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Mike's Gym Looking for the Next Badr Hari

There was a pretty decent discussion about kickboxing this morning on Twitter between Bloodstain Lane, Michael Schiavello, myself and a few fans about kickboxing. There were those that argued kickboxing was dead in the United States and had no talent and then a lot of talk about who were the big stars of the past 20 years, who is coming up and how the regional muay thai scenes are still going very strong. There are some promotions that do great work on the West coast and East coast as well as some strong upstarts in Las Vegas like Lion Fights.

We already know that Mark Miller is going to be representing America in Russia at the Glory World Series event in May and there are talks of a possible kickboxing tournament in May in the United States featuring some former heavyweight K-1 stars from the United States. Call me foolish, but I'm optimistic. So, apparently, are the guys who work at Mike's Gym in the Netherlands. So much so that Danny Delvers at Mike's Gym trains kids and I must say, some of the stuff they are doing is far beyond what a lot of MMA fighters pull off on UFC cards. That isn't an insult as much as it is praise for what youth programs can develop. [source]

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Photo of the Day: Shootboxing Returns April 23rd

April is shaping up to be a rather uneventful month for the world of kickboxing after a jam-packed March return for many of the bigger promotions in Europe. We saw the GLORY World Series continue, It's Showtime put on two big cards and Fight Code gave us the gift of Giorgio Petrosyan and a few other big fights. Understandably, Japan has been rather quiet the past month or so. Japan was actually hit by another earthquake today, a 7.4 and is once again on tsunami watch. Needless to say, inactivity in Japan is not a big deal. A few promotions are stepping up and running shows for Japan, to show the strength of the nation as well as to do their best to help out. Thankfully for us, Shootboxing is one of those promotions. Here is their poster. [source]

Shootboxing

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Cyrus Washington vs. Cosmo Alexandre Hype Video

Muay Thai prospect Cyrus Washington is set to square off against former It's Showtime fighter and champion Cosmo Alexandre next month for Lion Fight Promotions. The two will clash at 160lbs on May 14th, the following is from Lion Fights' press release.

Cosmo "Good Boy" Alexandre is a professional Brazilian Muay Thai fighter. He is a former WMC Intercontinental and WPMF World Champion. On December 5, 2009 he won the WMC King's Cup Challenger Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, and today, he holds a record of 39 wins / 13 losses. Alexandre has fought some of the best Muay Thai practitioners in the world, including Giorgio Petrosyan, Yodsanklai Fairtex, and John Wayne Parr. Alexandre, who is represented by the team at Authentic Sports Management, currently resides and trains out of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cyrus Washington has won multiple professional Muay Thai titles, including a title victory over the well known Burmese fighter Saw Nga in a bare knuckle championship bout that took place in Burma. Washington had previously lived in Thailand for over three years and trained out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. Washington recently made his way back to the U.S. and now currently lives and trains out of Michigan. Washington's current record is 47 wins / 16 losses.

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Bloodstain Lane Urges You to Support Kickboxing

We've been preaching this for a while now; that kickboxing is one of the greatest sports in the world and that it needs a bigger following in the United States. No, it deserves a bigger following in the United States. Any sport as exciting as kickboxing deserves a wider audience and the fighters, promoters and sponsors who work hard all do so for a reason; passion. That is all that you can ask for, and that is what kickboxing delivers.

Our good friend Bloodstain Lane agrees and his latest video is just that; he urges everyone to support the kickboxing world and talks about the upcoming return of Mark Miller as well.

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