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Alexey Ignashov Returns to the Ring in May for Fight Code

AlexeyIt has been over a year since Alexey Ignashov has stepped into a Kickboxing ring, and while we are all talking about who will join GLORY or who will join K-1, there is a lot less talk about Fight Code and promotions like SuperKombat. A name that has been brought up in the "where will they go" conversation is Alexey Ignashov, a fighter with a very troubled past who has been fighting part time in the past few years after having bouts with alcoholism.

In 2010 he was given another shot at glory in K-1, given a rematch with Badr Hari which he was nowhere near prepared for before being put into the mix of a qualifying tournament in Bucharest, Romania which he was on track to win before having to pull out of the final fight due to injury. It's Showtime brought him in to fight against Thomas Hron, and sadly things did not go well for Alexy. Ignashov actually fought for Fight Code last February, defeating Roman Kleibl by decision.

It looks like Ignashov will return to the Fight Code ring in May in Budapest, Hungary. Not much is known about this card so far outside of it happening on May 12th in Budapest and that not only is Ignashov appearing, but Vitali Ahkramenko should be as well.

UPDATE: Ali Cenik posted on his official Facebook that he will be fighting Alexey Ignashov.

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Bas Boon Issues Statement Regarding His Beef with K-1, It's Showtime, FEG, Etc.

Bas BoonToday is an interesting day for Kickboxing news, as I wake up to see that Robin van Roosmalen, a Golden Glory fighter announced for the May 26th card in Sweden, has signed with It's Showtime and K-1 and will participate on the May 27th card for K-1 instead. This seems like the first brick of Glory's wall being ripped out, and yet another volley in the ongoing war between Simon Rutz and Bas Boon. On top of that, Bas Boon issued a statement in regards to, well, everything that has been going on. As always, Bas Boon is not afraid to name names, make wild accusations and include a lot of links to articles.

We have reached out to K-1 Global for comment and will update as soon as we hear back.

NOTE: It should be noted that this is completely Bas Boon, does not reflect LiverKick.com's opinions, beliefs or anything of the sort. It should also be mentioned that there is a section claiming that we "removed" an article. That link works, the article is still there.

Interview with Bas Boon by Tadashi Tanaka the japanese journalist who broke the story in 2006 in the Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai (Weekly Gendai) containing allegations that the Pride Fighting Championships, once the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world, was actually owned by the Yakuza, Japanese organized crime. Pride shows were dropped by Fuji TV, a major national broadcast network in Japan. Pride eventually went under".

On April 5th Tokyo time, Mr. Tanikawa issued a press release regarding the establishment of a new K-1 by K-1 Global Holdings as well as his resignation from K-1 FEG.  I will summarize what he said and point out some grave errors of fact he has made. To recap the facts:

1. Golden Glory has filed a petition in Japan to have FEG declared bankrupt

2. The petition was filed by us on March 14, 2012 in the Tokyo District Court

3. FEG is no longer financially sound, and is unable to pay its creditors, including KOI (Knockout Investments, N.V.), which is owed in excess of $1 Million. Including other parties who are also owed money by FEG the amount may exceed $30 million.

4. Despite repeated promises to pay, Mr. Tanikawa of FEG stated in writing on Feb. 9, 2012 that it has released its employees and has no funds to pay KOI.

5. Golden Glory and its fighters have suffered damages resulting from FEG’s failure to pay

6. Golden Glory has filed this petition to seek the Court’s protection to find and secure any assets of FEG which should be used to repay its creditors

7. A company called EMCOM Holdings issued an announcement dated Jan.31, 2012 that it had acquired a Hong Kong registered company called K-1 Global Holdings and had funded this company to take over the loans made by a Japanese company called Barbizon connected to Kazuyoshi Ishii. Barbizon had security for its loans to FEG, this security was over the trademarks of K-1 (owned by Ishii) and the historical K-1 fight footage (owned by FEG): http://www.hd.emcom.jp/en/pdf/20120131_002.pdf

8. As a creditor of FEG, Golden Glory is concerned that some transactions will drain FEG of its remaining assets and goodwill and leave the creditors with nothing. We hope that this bankruptcy proceeding will also lead to an opportunity to shed light on the parties and what is really going on with the K-1 brand. We just want to get our athletes paid what they are owed by K-1.

We suspect the original intention for K-1/FEG was to not pay us, so all the fighters would quit and not be under the management of Golden Glory or It's showtime anymore.

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Glory: Robin van Roosmalen Breached Contract By Signing With It's Showtime

Well shortly after it got out that Robin van Roosmalen had signed with It's Showtime and would be fighting in the K-1 Final 16, Glory fired back with a press release. In the press release, it states that Robin had a contract with Knock Out Investments/Golden Glory that is still valid. According to Glory, Robin's contract says that KOI/Golden Glory have the exclusive right to represent him and that he authorized KOI/GG to sign contracts for him.

According to Glory, Robin van Roosmalen accepted the offer to fight Dzhabar Askerov on May 26 earlier this week. The offer also included a multiple fight deal and Glory just had to add that it "was overall a much better offer then the offer of It’s Showtime/K-1." Both KOI/GG supposedly accepted the offer and Robin was bound by contract.

KOI/GG tried to reach van Roosmalen but were unable to get in contact with him. They say they warned him multiple times not to sign elsewhere and now will be pursuing legal actions not only at van Roosmalen but also at It's Showtime and K-1. According to Glory, It's Showtime were aware that KOI/GG represented van Roosmalen and even pointed out to them that he was bound by contract, saying that It's Showtime/K-1 wrongfully acted in entering into an agreement with Robin van Roosmalen.

To read the full press release in English or Dutch, click here.

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Fight Code Tomorrow Features Allazov, Bessmertny, Shakuta

Fight Code is back tomorrow, this time in Minsk, Belarus. After a successful first event of the year in Milan with around 15000 people watching, the arena tomorrow holds about 3000. There hasn't been much buzz at all about tomorrow's event, but Fight Code seems to be focusing their promotional efforts on the local market of the event locations as opposed to the internet.

The Dragons 72.5kg tournament continues, with four fights of the Final 32. The winners will advance to the Final 16. So far, Enriko Gogokhia and Mustapha Haida have moved on to the next round. Fight Code 2011 Dragons winner Yury Bessmertny will be participating in one of those four bouts, against Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia. The other three Dragons fights see Vitali Nikiforov take on Evgeni Telitsa, Maxim Smirnov against Dmitry Baranov and Farhat Ahmedjanov against Tadas Jonkus.

In two non tournament fights, we've got two great fighters, with one being a long time top fighter and one skyrocketing to the top. Dmitry Shakuta, who's floated around the top of 77-81kg for quite some time now, will take on Igor Ljapin of Ukraine. Chingiz Allazov is one of the fastest rising fighters in the game, and is slowly moving up to the money weight of 70kg. This fight is at 69kg and he'll be fighting Dmitry Rudenko of Ukraine.

The event starts at 15:00 GMT. Fight Code can't stream their events live anymore due to TV contracts so as for watching this, it'll be on at 18:00 in Romania on DolceSport, which is 11 AM EST/8 AM PST in North America.

Dragons Final 32 Eastern Selection (72.5kg):

Vitali Nikiforov vs. Evgeni Telitsa
Maxim Smirnov vs. Dmitry Baranov
Farhat Ahmedjanov vs. Tadas Jonkus
Yury Bessmertny vs. Edvin Erik Kibus

Non Tournament Fights:
69kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Dmitry Rudenko
81kg: Dmitry Shakuta vs. Igor Ljapin

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