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Daniel Ghita Discusses Desire to Fight Badr Hari and His Quest to KO Everyone

GhitaWithout a doubt, the man of the hour right now in the world of Heavyweight Kickboxing is Daniel Ghita. There are other big names in the sport, like Semmy Schilt, Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and Errol Zimmerman, but Daniel Ghita is making short work of everyone put in his path, and if the amount of opponents that pulled out of the fight with him from this past weekend's K-1 event is any indication, he's pretty well-feared. In a recent interview with a Romanian website, he discussed his recent fights, his future and talked about an interesting twist for his fight on June 30th, as Gokhan Saki was offered the fight with him, but demanded too much money. (Thanks to effin for the translation).

Until Roche, your adversaries had to be Paul Slowinski or Damian Garcia. Do you think they feared you?
Surely. Slowinski accepted the fight initially, but later he stopped answering his phone. The same happened with Garcia. Anyway, it wasn't beneficially for me to change 3 adversaries in a few days. You prepare a tactic before the fight, for a specific adversary.

You fight on 30th of june with Frederic Sinistra, in his home country, Belgium. How do you see the fight?
Sinistra is a star in Belgium, he even fought with Badr Hari. I hope to not have any problems and finish the fight by KO.

Have you set a personal target, to KO all of your adversaries?
Yes, because i know i can do it currently. I want to KO every single one of my adversaries this year.

We know you offered Gokhan Saki for a 30th of june fight, but he did not accepted.
And so it is. But Saki asked 3 times more money to fight me and the match failed to go through. If you have the heart of a lion, you fight with the best. He feared me, surely.

Check the rest of the interview out here.

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Buakaw Retires After He's Unable To Reach Agreement With Por. Pramuk

It seems that the Buakaw-Por. Pramuk battle is over, and the result isn't good news for kickfighting fans around the world. Buakaw was unable to reach an agreement with Por. Pramuk over a new contract. Here's a full, translated story on the matter:

"31 May 2012. Buakaw announced his retirement from fighting after he was unable to reach an agreement with Mr. Pramuk Rojanathan of Por Pramuk camp over the new contract.

This afternoon, Buakaw met with Mr. Pramuk at the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for another round of negotiations over his new contract after they failed to reach a conclusion at the previous meeting [on 22 May 2012]. Also present at today's meeting were the Deputy Governor of SAT & the President of the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand.
Before the meeting began, Mr. Dej Jaikla, the Director-General of the Board of Boxing Sport, asked the media to leave the room. However, Mr. Pramuk asked that the media be allowed to stay.
Por Pramuk camp's lawyer said that the camp was willing to drop their lawsuit against Mr. Teerawat Yioyim, Buakaw's sports science trainer, provided that Buakaw accepted the new contract. The new contract specifies that [until 5 November 2018] income from fights will be divided 60:40 (60% to Buakaw, 40% to the camp), & all other income from activities such as (but not limited to) public appearances, advertising & sponsorship will be divided 75:25 (75% to Buakaw, 25% to the camp).**
However, Buakaw's lawyer said that Buakaw should be entitled to 100% of his income from activities outside of the ring, & should not be made to share it with the camp. This is because Buakaw is already 30 years old & has at most a few years left in his career as a boxer.
When an agreement could not be reached, the camp's lawyer said that the camp would be happy to sell Buakaw off to another camp that is interested in buying him. This had been proposed by Major General Intharat Yodbangtoey (the mediator in the dispute between Buakaw & Por Pramuk camp) at the previous meeting on 22 May 2012.
Buakaw then said that since both parties could not agree, & that the outstanding issue now lies with him alone, all problems should come to an end if he retires. His family & his first muaythai teacher had never asked for money, & he has already repaid their kindness in full. Therefore, he would like to retire from boxing from now on. He will not fight again, & will not try to register [as a boxer with the Board of Boxing Sport] again under a different name. On hearing this, Mr. Pramuk & his son Mr. Teeraphat (Au) burst into applause lasting many minutes.
The Deputy Governor of the SAT said that it is most regrettable that an agreement could not be reached, & that things had to end this way. He said that it is bad for Thailand's image that Mr. Pramuk & Mr. Teeraphat had clapped happily when Buakaw said that he would retire & not continue to fight & achieve success for the nation.
Mr. Pramuk retorted that he had clapped for joy not because Buakaw will retire but because all the problems he has had with Buakaw since March will come to an end.
Mr. Pramuk later said that he regrets that Buakaw will not continue to bring fame to Thailand, & claimed that the dispute had to end this way because of a 'third party'. He thinks that this would not have happened if not for issues related to money, & that in the past, the careers of famous boxers have ended because of such problems. In any case, he is relieved that things have come to an end.
Buakaw said that it is regrettable that he has to retire even though he is still able to fight. However, he wanted to end this dispute once & for all. He had thought about it [the decision to retire] beforehand, & confirmed once again that there was no 'third party' behind his decision.
Buakaw also said that he has brought fame to the country all along, & it is better for him to retire when he is at the top, rather than to retire when his career is fading away.
When everything has been settled, Buakaw will not leave the muaythai scene totally, but return to his home in Surin province to train a new generation in muaythai at his Banchamek Gym. Many children have applied to join his gym, including the children of foreigners. When asked if he would consider becoming a promoter, he said that it is too early to think about it now.
Buakaw would like to apologise to all of his fans for his decision to retire, & assures everyone that this is not the last that they have seen of him. He would like to thank everyone & the whole country for their support & encouragement. In addition, he would like young fighters to view his case as an example, & hopes that this will be the last time such a case ever happens in the muaythai scene." [source]

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K-1 Gets a Date for Los Angeles: September 8th

As a part of the K-1 Rising in Madrid broadcast this afternoon, K-1 finally announced the date of the K-1 World Grand Prix in Los Angeles: US Grand Prix show. We already learned about what arena they would be booking, but were not clear on the date. Now we have a date, finally, and that date is September 8th at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. There have been no names or fights announced yet for the event, but oddly enough, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was shown in the crowd a few times and the commentators dropped hints at Rampage Jackson moving to K-1 after his UFC contract was up. Chalk that one up to simply speculation for now, but it would not be a terrible idea to draw in fans.

K-1 in LA

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K-1 is Tomorrow, so Watch The Weigh-in Staredowns

After the blockbuster card from Glory today, K-1 has a lot to live up to tomorrow, but they seem more than willing to put forth the effort. If you were like me and were sleeping through the presser, our good friends at Staredown.nl put together a video of the (funny enough) staredowns from the K-1 press conference in Madrid, Spain, from earlier today.

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