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Fight Card for K-1 World Grand Prix Europe -95kg

After the runaway success that K-1 Japan has had, K-1 Global is looking to bring that level of excitement and interest to K-1 in Europe with their K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg tournament. K-1's Ned Kuruc had discussed the idea of moving away from the eight-man tournaments in the past, but K-1 has done an about-face in seeing the high demand for these tournaments and the excitement that they can create. 

The idea behind this tournament is to blend together some well-known -95kg fighters along with some lesser known, younger talents to create a new, thriving division. K-1 Japan has been focused on the smaller weights and K-1 Europe is going to focus on the heavier weights. 

Of course, this is not without controversy. K-1 ran a World Grand Prix event in Croatia -- the one that Cro Cop won -- in cooperation with Cro Cop's former manager and Final Fight promoter Orsat Zovko. Orsat has spoken about the poor relationship with K-1 and how there were financial disagreements in the past, but now the claims have resurfaced, namely from the Zovko-affiliated FightSite, which has published a number of pieces now of fighters claiming to still be owed money from the 2013 event. This is not the first that we've heard of this, but it has been a while since this has been discussed. K-1 Global has not replied to the claims, but were aware of them. 

Regardless of past, broken business relationships, there are high hopes for K-1's new start in Europe with the -95kg tournament. Well known fighters like Mladen Kujundzic, Fabio Kwasi, Emmanuel Payet and Igor Bugaenko are involved in the tournament alongside up-and-comers. 

K-1 World Grand Prix Euro -95kg Tournament

Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) vs. Tomasz Sarara (Poland)

Atha Kasapis (Germany) vs. Aundre Groce (England)

Fabio Kwasi (Holland) vs. Mladen Kujundzic (Croatia)

Rade Opacic (Serbia) vs. Emmanuel Payet (France)

Reserve Fight

Vasil Ducar (Czech Republic) vs. Bahrudin Mahmic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Super Fights

60kg Women - Marina Spasic (Serbia) vs. Merima Basic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

71kg Men - Marko Adamovic (Serbia) vs. Sayfullah Hambahadov (Russia)

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Krush 70 Results

Krush 70 took place last night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The main event rematch really lived up to the hype as Daike Watabe and Hitoshi Tsukakoshi went to war dropping each other all through the fight, which really should have been a draw and gone an extra round.

Full Results

-53kg : Reiji Kasami def Kento Russel 3R KO (Punches, 3 knockdowns)

-58kg : Hiroki Kokubo def Naoki Yamamoto DEC (Unanimous, 29-28,29-27,29-27)

-63kg : Kazuhiro vs Kento Motomura DRAW (30-28,29-30,29-29)

-55kg : Haruma Saikyo def Shota Oiwa 1R KO (Punches)

-53kg : Ryusei def Taisuke Degai DEC (Unanimous, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg : Takeshi Watanabe def Hitoshi Aketo DEC (Extra Round, 10-9,9-10,10-9)

-60kg : Tenma Sano def Yuki Matsuno DEC (Unanimous, 30-26,30-26,28-27)

-60kg : Asahisa Taio def Fumiya Osawa DEC (Majority, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg : Hayato def Kotaro Shinmano DEC (Unanimous, 29-28,29-27,30-27)

-65kg Jun Nakazawa def Star Son 3R KO (Punches)

-63kg Championship Daizo Sasaki def Hiroto Iwasaki (Unanimous 30-28,30-27,30-26) 

-67kg Championship Hitoshi Tsukakoshi def Daiki Watabe (Majority 28-27,27-27,28-26)

 

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A Look Into Thom Harinck's English Biography

While the popularity of kickboxing/muay thai has had a rocky history in the United States, it has flourished in Asia and Europe, this is especially true of Holland.  It is a sport with a very rich and colorful history and who better to provide a narrative of its evolution than Thom Harinck. 

As a 40+ year veteran of the sport, Harinck offers not one, but two tomes about his life, the sport and the evolution of Chakuriki Gym.  For devotees of combat sports and/or fans of the man himself, Harinck  delivers “Vechter,” a Dutch language book, due to be released this fall and the already available, "Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West."  

The former book provides an intimate look at Harinck’s life and relationships, while the latter, which is written in English, chronicles the rise of Chakuriki gym as well as discusses many of the key persons and organizations relevant throughout his career.  For fans and historians of the sport, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" takes readers back to many of the most pivotal kickboxing/muay thai matches in the history of the sport. So vivid is his story telling that readers will find themselves reliving those matches.  Written in a very easy to read style, this book details Harinck’s work with many of the best and brightest in the history of the sport including K-1 champions Branko Cikatic and Peter Aerts.  It also gives insight into his stormy relationship with kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.  

It is a memoir that delves into Harinck’s life experiences especially as they relate to the development of his Chakuriki training style. Reminiscent of the biopic of a rock star, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" is gritty, humorous, and at times sad as it explores both the triumphs and tragedies of the sport.  Well worth reading, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West", is a must have for those with an interest in kickboxing/muay thai.

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Victory World Series and Bellator Florence Fight Cards

The news out of Italy brings good tidings for the upcoming Bellator Kickboxing Florence event, which will feature a Victory World Series event as well. Promised fights for the Victory World Series event are two title fights; one at 70kg with Armen Petrosyan and one at 72.5kg with Musapha Haida.

For the Bellator portion of the card we have Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jordan Watson, the Bellator 56.6kg World Title between Gloria Peritore and Denise Kielholtz, Joe Schilling returning to action against Iermano Vittorio, Kevin Ross against Allessio Arduni and Karim Ghajii against an still-unnamed opponent.

UPDATE: Bellator officials have informed us that Karim Ghajii will be fighting Luca Novello.

Victory World Series 

ISKA World Championship: - 70kg with Armen Petrosyan (ITA)

World Championship ISKA: -72,5kg with Musta Haida (ITA)

Bellator Kickboxing hours

Giorgio Petrosyan (ITA) vs Jordan Watson (GB)

Bellator World Title -56,6kg: Gloria Peritore (ITA) vs Denise Kielholz (NL)

Joe Schilling (USA) vs Iermano Vittorio (ITA)

Kevin Ross (USA) vs Alessio Arduini (ITA)

Karim Ghajii vs. Luca Novello (ITA)

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