I had always wanted to be into kickboxing.
I liked K-1. As I got into K-1 via tape trading years ago, I found myself seeking out ISK/AK-1 USA shows on ESPN(2). The first fight I saw on ESPN was a semi-famous corker between Kit Cope and the late Alex Gong, which got me even more excited about following this sport.
I tried to catch the shows whenever they were on and record the ones that aired at odd hours. Soon, I noticed a pattern:
Most of the fights weren't really any good. Cope vs Gong was an aberration and American-style kickboxing, at least in its most visible form, tended to suck, K-1 branding be damned.
There wasn't a huge selection of K-1 in the communities where I traded tapes and teenaged me didn't really want to spend much to buy them, so I mostly gave up and stuck with MMA. Nowadays, netween now being older(/having more money that I could buy used K-1 DVDs with at Japanese book stores) and changes in technology, I started to follow things a little bit more.
When I heard about about TaKe-On Muay Thai, I got very interested. Actual Muay Thai! In New York City! How could I pass it up?
And so, Saturday night, I heading to The Theater at Madison Square Garden (formerly the Felt Forum & the Paramount Theater, a "proscenium" (traditional/not in the round) theater in the same building as the main arena that has hosted a number of fight cards in the past. The setting made it TaKe-On's biggest event to date, with 3,203 passionate fans packing the place.