The Glory World Series 70kg First 16 feels like a far off, distant memory now, even though were are just a few weeks past it, but if you cannot wait for more Glory action, luckily Glory TV has put together a documentary series about the event. Part 1 is up now and you should be watching it already. If even this isn't enough, they announced this morning that very shortly they would be announcing some future dates and matchups for future events, so you will not have to wait much longer!
Australia'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.
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.
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.