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Enfusion 3: "Trial of the Gladiators" Fight Card for Sunday, December 2

Enfusion recently combined with the UK's Xplosion Fight Series to form Enfusion LIVE, and will launch a series of events next year. This weekend on December 2, the third season of the Enfusion kickboxing reality show comes to an end with the finals, featuring a one night, four man tournament with the 85kg finalists.

The format of the reality show is that fighters qualify for the finals by winning two fights. The four finalists are definitely some of the best fighters at 85kg, being Andrew Tate, Sahak Parparyan, Ritchie Hocking and Franci Grajs. Two semi finals will be fought and the winners of those fights will fight each other in the final.

It's Showtime 85kg champion Sahak Parparyan fights Slovenia's Franci Grajs, while Andrew Tate, who fought Sahak this year, faces Scotland's Ritchie Hocking. This is a pretty interesting tournament, as Grajs and Hocking are definitely less known than Sahak and Tate but they're no doubt good fighters and will provide tough tests and have the ability to cause upsets.

As well as a tournament with the male finalists, there's also a four man women's tournament featuring the show's coaches, in the same format as the men's tournament. Denise Kielholtz faces Lindsay Scheer in one semi final, and on the other side of the tournament, Chajmaa Bellakhal faces Lucy Payne, with the tournament being at 60kg.

The rest of the card features some Slovenian fighters, including Jasmin Becirovic taking on the tough veteran Wendell Roche. All tournament fights are K-1 rules.

75kg MT 3x3: Grega Smole vs. Miljan Vidovic

86kg MT 3x3: Tadej Toplak vs. Ivan Stanic

71kg MT 3x3: Mirko Vorkapic vs. Luke Whelan

Women's 60kg semi final: Chajmaa Bellakhal vs. Lucy Payne

Women's 60kg semi final: Denise Kielholtz vs. Lindsay Scheer

85kg semi final: Andrew Tate vs. Ritchie Hocking

85kg semi final: Sahak Parparyan vs. Franci Grajs

95kg MT 3x3: Jasmin Becirovic vs. Wendell Roche

Women's 60kg Final

Men's 85kg Final





Krush Adds Bennoui, Ezbiri to 67kg Tournament

Krush held a fan event in Tokyo yesterday, hosting promotional stars Yuta Kubo, Masaaki Noiri, Shota Takiya and Yasuhiro Kido, among others. However, the focus wasn't entirely on the fighters at the event, as Krush made a series of important announcements for their first two cards in 2013.

Firstly, Krush announced two more participants for their 67kg tournament, adding European fighters Abdallah Ezbiri and Houcine Bennoui. Ezbiri made his Krush debut at Krush.19 back in June, giving Yuta Kubo one of his harder fights in recent times and being the only one of Kubo's last 5 opponents to hear the final bell. Bennoui, whose brother makes his promotional debut at Krush.25 in December, is another in the long list of French fighters who have invaded Krush over the last year. He holds notable wins over Singmanee Kaewsamrit, Lumpinee Stadium champion Damien Alamos, Mosab Amrani and former Kubo opponent Charles Francois. With the inclusion of these two and the assumed inclusion of Makihira Keita, only one spot remains open. Should Krush choose to fill that spot with a Japanese fighter, Yuya Yamato would be a great final piece to a tournament that is already packed with young talent.

Krush also announced two big fights for their January 14th card, pitting 2011 Youth GP champion Masaaki Noiri against M-1 Super Lightweight champion Makoto Nishiyama. Nishiyama has made his way around the Lightweight circuit in Japan, but at 35 he still lacks a signature win, dropping fights to Hiroki Ishii, Ryuji Kajiwara, Tetsuya Yamato and Kanongsuk Weerasakreck. A win over Noiri would definitely be a career best, but at this stage in his career and on a 2-fight losing streak that dates back to over 2 years ago, Nishiyama will be a massive underdog. Also announced for the card is Krush 55kg champion Shota Takiya taking on Andy Howson. Takiya has held his place atop the 55kg division since April 2011 when he won the Krush tournament and has been an unstoppable force since. Howson made his Krush debut back in August at Krush.21 where he faced Nobuchika Terado for the ISKA Bantamweight title. Howson looked like he was on his way to winning that fight after dropping Terado twice, but Terado stormed back and dropped Howson 3 times to force a stoppage. This fight, on paper, is absolute fireworks, with Takiya being just as prone to brawling as Terado. However, Howson will have to make some adjustments as Takiya is faster and hits harder than Terado. 

Moving on to the January 26th card which hosts the beginning of the 58kg tournament, the aforementioned Nobuchika Terado, as well as Yoshihiro Sato, were at the event to announce their participation for that card. Terado hinted at moving up to 58kg to compete in the tournament, though nothing is confirmed. Should Sato take (and win) a string of fights in Krush, a rematch with Yasuhiro Kido would be very possible and likely entertaining. The only announced fight for that card is a 70kg title match between champion Yasuhiro Kido and Takuro Moriya, assuming Kido doesn't suffer any lasting injuries in K-1 next month.


Thai Boxe Mania Results: Bessmertny, Gogokhia pick up wins

Thai Boxe Mania took place yesterday in Torino, Italy and featured some interesting match-ups with the likes of Yury Bessmertny, Enriko Gogokhia and Crice Boussoukou. All three are up and comers with promising futures.

Yury Bessmertny was in the main event and faced Roberto Cocco, the Italian veteran who main evented Thai Boxe Mania back in February against Artur Kyshenko. The fight took place at 75kg, a weight Bessmertny has been fighting at more commonly as of late. Unfortunately the fight came to an abrupt halt when a headbutt caused a cut, but for some reason the win was given to Bessmertny instead of being a no contest.

At 72.5kg, a particularly interesting fight in Enriko Gogokhia vs. Berneung Topkingboxing took place at 72.5kg. Gogokhia has been on the come up for quite a while, arguably beating Mike Zambidis last year. Gogokhia ended up winning a decision.

Just four days after winning in Lyon by TKO against Rachid Magmadi, Crice Boussoukou stepped up and took a fight with Kaoponlek on short notice at this event at 67kg. Boussoukou had been knocked out by Kaoponlek last year in Lyon. This fight went much differently, although Kaoponlek won a decision. Reports are that the decision was pretty controversial and Boussoukou himself thinks that he won the fight.

75kg: Yury Bessmertny def. Roberto Cocco by TKO (Cut).

72.5kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Berneung Topkingboxing by decision.

67kg: Kaoponlek def. Crice Boussoukou by unanimous decision.

92kg: Davide Longoni def. Milan Dasic by KO.

72.5kg: Paolo Fiorio def. Lefterio Perego by TKO.

70kg: Christian Zahe def. Alkid Farruku by TKO.

57.5kg: Patrick Carta def. Flavio Scrimali by KO.

65kg: Alessandro Alias def. Allan Godzicki by KO.


Nuit des Champions: Bennoui beats Adamandopoulos again

The annual Nuit des Champions event in Marseilles, France just went down today and featured a card full of some of the best French fighters in kickboxing.

In the main event, Karim Bennoui and Thomas Adamandopoulos fought for the second time, after Bennoui defeated Adamandopoulos by way of debated split decision last year, also at Nuit des Champions. Once again, Karim Bennoui walked away with a decision victory over five rounds to capture the WKN title at -62.1kg. This is a very big win for Bennoui, who had not fought since January. The win will move him slightly up the LiverKick rankings once they're updated in the next few days.

At -76kg, Karim Ghajji defeated Dmitry Valent, again by way of decision over five rounds. Valent is a really good name to have now on Ghajji's resume. At -95kg, Stephane Susperregui continued to prove that he's probably the best French fighter at this weight, as he won by KO in the third round against Emmanuel Payet.

Abdallah Mabel offset Bruce Codron's winning streak, as he won by doctor stoppage in the third round. At 67kg, Abdallah Ezbiri continues to rebound from his loss to Yuta Kubo earlier in the year, taking a decision victory over Samir Mohamed.

62.1kg: Karim Bennoui def. Thomas Adamandopoulos by decision.

76kg: Karim Ghajji def. Dmitry Valent by decision.

95kg: Stephane Susperregui def. Emmanuel Payet by KO in Round 3.

70kg: Abdallah Mabel def. Bruce Codron by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 3.

79kg (Full Contact): Karim Benmansour def. Mehdi Amar by decision.

60kg women: Amel Dehby def. Fatima Adib by decision.

67kg: Abdallah Ezbiri def. Samir Mohamed by decision.

64kg: Charles Francois def. Vang Moua by decision.

80kg: Hicham Medoukali def. Nicolas Atmani by decision.

91kg: Fabian Fouquet def. Jose Moreira by decision.



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