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Fight of the Year Candidate: Yuya Yamamoto vs. Shintaro Matsukura

On May 29, Krush held their 70kg Tournament Opener and in the quarter finals, Yuya Yamamoto took on Shintaro Matsukura. The fight was a back and forth war, both fighters trading shots and taking shots to give them right back. Remember Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid from last year? Or how about Mosab Amrani vs. Mohammed Khamal? Yeah, this is on the level of those fights of 2010. This fight can join Mohammed Khamal vs. Robin van Roosmalen, Sahak Parparyan vs. Amir Zeyada and Daniel Ghita vs. Hesdy Gerges just to name a few as fight of the year candidates for 2011. Check it out, it's a must watch.

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Get Pumped for Daniel Ghita Fighting This Weekend

Face facts, there are very few Heavyweight Kickboxers that have captivated audiences like Daniel Ghita has in the past two years. Ghita burst onto the K-1 scene in 2009 when he won the Final 16 Qualifying GP, defeating John Love, Yuki and Sergei Laschenko in one night all via first round knockouts. His leg kicks have made him notorious as one of the hardest kickers in the Heavyweight division and a total leg hunter. Over the course of the last year he has worked extensively on improving his hands and it has shown. He is also nearly invincible with an incredibly hard head. Ghita has only been knocked out once in his career, back when he was only 24 years old facing off against a much more game Gregory Tony (trust me, Tony used to be a lot better).

So to get prepared for this weekend's It's Showtime event, watch Daniel Ghita from last year, where he absolutely decimated Errol Zimmerman.

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Watch Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima's Pro Wrestling Debut

Japan's kickboxing world is finally starting to kick back into gear it seems with It's Showtime Japan being announced and K-1 running their first show of the year next month. Of course, that show is at 63kg and the fighters who are loyal to K-1 are looking for work elsewhere. Jienotsu is not only one of the most interesting fighters in K-1's roster, but he tries to keep himself busy. In May he made his professional wrestling debut against former SHOOTO prospect turned pro wrestler Kohei Sato for Zero-One MAX. It is actually a very, very entertaining bout.

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Ekapop Sor Klinmme vs Frederic Berbichon 2011

It's common for Thai boxers at the heavier weights above 60-65 kg to take fights in Europe. The pay, once converted to Thai baht, is substantial, and three rounds can be a nice change from five.

Ekapop fights at 72.5 kg, which is huge in Thailand. Most of the small handful of Thai nationals who have competed internationally at this weight are well known. Among them, Lamskongkram Chuwattana, Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Yodsenklai Fairtex, Pajunsuk Lukprabat, and Changpuek Kiatsongrit.

This fight was a semi-final bout in a four man tournament in Bagnolet, France. Where that is, I'm not sure. Google Maps tells me it's somewhere in France.

The fight is quite nice to watch, with the fighters having entertaining and well-matched styles. Ekapap wears black gloves, Frederich red.


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