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Capital Punishment 6 in Canberra on August 26th

Capital PunishmentAustralia's ever-burgeoning Kickboxing and Fight scene continues to march forward as Capital Punishment puts on their sixth card on August 25th in Canberra, Australia. There are a few big bouts set to take place, featuring Ben Edwards, Paul Slowinski and Doug Viney.

Ben Edwards is set to fight in a Boxing match, taking on Shane Tyliard for the Australian Heavyweight Boxing Championship, looking to add to his trophy collection in his so far unblemished professional boxing career. This is all a warm up for what appears to be a slot in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, which is heavily rumored to be his.

Paul Slowinski, also rumored for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, will do battle in a K-1 rules contest against Doug Viney, with both men former K-1 Oceania Champions in their own right.

Look for more information as the event approaches.

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Dzhabar Askerov Wins Just 2 Weeks After War With Robin van Roosmalen

On May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden, Dzhabar Askerov faced off with Robin van Roosmalen in what was one of the best fights of the year so far. Askerov shaded the first round but lost the next two, with his leg getting battered immensely by Robin's low kicks. 

Askerov had a fight scheduled on June 2, which he pulled out of. Fight Nights, the promotion that he fought for today, didn't list him on their website so I figured he pulled out of that too but to my surprise, he fought today. Askerov didn't show any signs of wear and tear, which is amazing, as he put a beating on Danila Utenkov.

Askerov battered both of Utenkov's legs, just walking him down and showing no regard that Utenkov was even there. In the second round, the accumulation caught up to Utenkov and he was overwhelmed in the corner, forcing the referee to stop the bout.

Dzhabar has really done some crazy things this year, including winning three fights in less than a month earlier, and four in just over a month. He's definately the most durable fighter in kickboxing today.

On another note, Askerov's stablemate, Ramazan Ramazanov was on the card too, and avenged a loss from earlier this year to Mamoudou Keta. Keta knocked out Ramazan with a high kick in March, also for the Fight Nights promotion in a fight where Ramazanov was winning. This time, Ramazanov dominated, dropping Keta in the second.

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Morosanu, Catinas, B. Stoica, Londt, Brestovac Featured At SuperKombat, July 7

SuperKombat held a press conference in Varna, Bulgaria, the location of their event on July 7 on June 5 and announced some of the fighters featured on the card with an early event banner, seen above.

Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas, Bogdan Stoica, Ismael Londt and Mladen Brestovac will all be on the card, which is a pretty solid field of heavyweights. Speaking of heavyweights, once again there will be a four man tournament on the card, with the winner qualifying for the SuperKombat World Grand Prix Final event at the end of the year. Mladen Brestovac will take part in the tournament, along with a Bulgarian fighter, Kostadin Kostov. Catalin Morosanu and Raul Catinas have already qualified for the year end WGP with their tournament wins, so they'll be in the Final 8 along with Ismael Londt, Erhan Deniz, Sergei Lascenko and Pavel Zhuravlev, the four finalists from last year.

Morosanu, Catinas and Londt will most likely just be in super fights. Bogdan Stoica is the SuperKombat 91kg Champion so it's also possible that he could be defending his title, but nothing has been said about that yet.

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Rumors of Igor Jurkovic vs. Remy Bonjasky for GLORY in Japan this Summer

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How many retired fighters have their possible return match rumored about, debated over and demanded as much as Remy Bonjasky? Not many that I can think of. Sure, some MMA sites were reporting that Cro Cop's bout against Ray Sefo was his retirement fight and that his fight for K-1 a few weeks ago was a "return" match, but if you read LiverKick, you know better. Remy Bonjasky on the other hand, has been rumored to come back for just as long as he has been retired. Word started circulating right after his retirement that he wanted $1 million for a retirement fight, but not against Badr Hari, and we don't blame him for that. Then as K-1 was making its return and Glory was beginning to ramp up, there were rumors of him signing for both promotions. In fact, both sides were seemingly certain at one point, with Glory even mentioning Remy Bonjasky on their website and having a profile for him before removing it shortly thereafter.

The rumor now is two-fold. The first part of the rumor is that GLORY is looking to run in Japan this August. If so that will be huge, as K-1 has yet to make any plans for Japan, and outside of announcing Masato as an executive producer and seemingly having a crew of Japanese people behind the scenes, they do not have their sights set on running shows on Japanese soil -- yet. GLORY on the other hand is going ahead full force with their plans, even if their original plan of having the K-1 name fell through. After the amazing GLORY World Series show on May 26th it is safe to assume that GLORY knows how to put on a show when the world is watching. The other rumor coming out is that GLORY will run the Ukraine in September, a show which originally slated for mid-summer, but has been pushed back.

Back to Bonjasky, the big rumor is that he is slated to return to action in Japan for GLORY this summer against Igor Jurkovic. It would surely be an interesting fight for him to return to, and the possible addition of Bonjasky to the GLORY World Series tournament field would add a whole new air of legitimacy to it, as he is yet another multi-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, with three wins under his belt, marking him as one of the most elite Heavyweight Kickboxers ever. In a tournament field with four time champion Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman, Brice Guidon and more, this would make the Heavyweight tournament tip in favor of GLORY over K-1, who would only really have Badr Hari, Daniel Ghita, Sergei Laschenko and Hesdy Gerges to tip their scales.

We've reached out to GLORY officials for confirmation on this, but until we hear more, chalk it up as a very interesting rumor. [source]

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