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Roshani Out, Van Opstal in Against Hinata; KENJI vs Franck Gross Added to RISE 88

RISE has announced that, unfortunately, Vahid Roshani will not be able to participate against Hianta at RISE 88 on June 2nd. However, he will be replaced by a formidable opponent in Team Souwer’s Henri Van Opstal. Like Souwer, Van Opstal has fought in Japan in Shootboxing, competing in the 2010 S-Cup and making it to the semifinals with a win over Luis Saraiva, though he lost to Buakaw. He also got a win over Akihiro Gono at Shoot the Shooto last November. I believe his most recent fight was a loss to Hafid el Boustati at It’s Showtime 55 back in January, but it is possible he could have fought since then. Hinata and Souwer faced off in September of 2010 in Shootboxing with Souwer using Shootboxing rules to his advantage and locking up a standing choke in the 1st round that gave him the win.

RISE also made what I presume to be the last big fight announcement for RISE 88, announcing that promotional 55kg champ KENJI will be taking on WAKO European Bantamweight champion Franck Gross. KENJI (20-4-0, 12 KO) has won 6 in a row and 10 of his last 11, with his sole loss coming in the semifinals of the inaugural Krush 55kg tournament to divisional kingpin Shota Takiya by extension round decision. He most recently took decisions over Shooto 52kg champ Mikihito Yamagami and Pajonsuk Por Pramuk at RISE 87 and 86, repsectively. According to the release, the Frenchman Gross (21-4-1, 3 KO) is a practitioner of savate.

Also added to the card is Yasuomi Soda taking on Korean Kim Dong-soo at 65kg. Soda is coming off of a loss to 65kg champ Koji Yoshimoto in a challenge for Yoshimoto’s belt, which was also Soda’s first pro loss.

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Glory Sports International "Road to Glory" Video

We all wish that everyone could get along in the Kickboxing world, but until that day happens, we have two different promotions putting on shows with half of the world's talent. Both of them will promote events on the same weekend in May, ironically enough, with Glory promoting on the 26th and K-1 on the 27th. That being said, Glory just released this awesome video highlighting Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman, Nieky Holzken and Robin van Roosmalen.

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Japanese Court Declares FEG Bankrupt

TanikawaThere has been a lot of talk over the last few years of FEG's financial problems, obviously the biggest being the scandal that erupted and led to the hiatus and sale of K-1. Caught in the crossfire of the whole ordeal was Golden Glory's Bas Boon, who is owed somewhere in the realm of $2 million by FEG and attempted to outright purchase K-1 before EMCOM purchased the rights to K-1 and formed K-1 Global Holdings. In a new interview with legendary Japanese journalist Tadashi Tanaka, Boon discusses the proceedings in Japan, as well as his suspicions over the current K-1 brand.

"At 5 pm on May 7, the Tokyo District Court issued an order declaring FEG bankrupt, and commenced proceedings to wind up the company. The court ruled that FEG is insolvent and has appointed a trustee to administer all outstanding debts of the company.

We estimate that FEG’s debts exceed $30 Million; Golden Glory is owed nearly $2 million, all of which is debts to fighters and trainers. The real tragedy is for the many incredibly talented athletes, production companies, venues, and other suppliers who were making an honest living providing services to K1.

As a creditor of FEG, Golden Glory hopes that this bankruptcy proceeding will also lead to an opportunity to shed light on the parties responsible for the company’s mismanagement and reveal what is really going on with the K-1 brand. We are especially concerned that some transactions will drain FEG of its remaining assets and goodwill and leave the creditors with nothing. It does cost a lot of money but we are confident that with the administrator from the court we will find assets from FEG/K-1 which can be used to pay some of the creditors.

It is a very long and costly process to file a petition for a foreigner in Japan."

Read the rest of the interview to see Boon's thoughts on EMCOM and K-1 Global Holdings here.

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Takumi vs Katsuki Sakaki 55kg #1 Contender’s Fight Added to Krush-EX 2012 Vol.3

Krush has just announced a few fights for its Krush-EX vol.3 event on June 17th. In a 55kg #1 contender’s bout for the right to face champ Shota Takiya, Team Dragon’s Takumi will take on Katsuki Sakaki. Takumi (11-2-0, 4 KO) is currently riding a 5-fight win streak, most recently dispatching KO-ICHI by 1st round KO at Krush.18. Sakaki (4-4-1, 4 KO) earned his spot in this fight with a 1st round KO upset of Ryuma Tobe at Krush.18. Tobe was probably brought in to be Takumi’s initial opponent for the #1 contender’s bout, but his loss to Sakaki put Sakaki in that position. The two fought back in 2010, with Takumi taking a decision win. I would favor Takumi to win again, but Sakaki has good power and showed he can stop a top fighter in Tobe. Regardless of who wins, he will be a big underdog to Takiya, who seems unstoppable at the moment. Takumi fought Takiya in the first round of the Krush 55kg tournament, losing by front kick KO.

Also added to the card are a pair of 55kg fights featuring J-Network Super Flyweight champion Yuki taking on SATOI and Team Dragon’s Namito Izawa taking on Shibuya Scramble’s Yuya Suzuki. Izawa headlined Krush-EX 2012 Vol.1 against Nobuchika Terado, but lost by decision.

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