There were rumors of a big kickboxing event in Singapore at the end of last year, but the show was postponed to figure things out, as Andy Souwer and Giorgio Petrosyan were featured on the event but didn't even know about it. Now though, the event has acquired Andy Souwer and Albert Kraus among others, two huge names in the world of kickboxing. Antuan Siangboxing (Antoine Pinto) said he was fighting for K-1 at the end of February, and it looks like this was what he was talking about. It might not be K-1, but it has some big names on the card and with Singapore booming, hopefully some money is being put into the sport over there, like OneFC in MMA.
Andy Souwer takes on Naruepol Fairtex, a stablemate of Yodsanklai who is a veteran of the sport, having fought names such as Giorgio Petrosyan, Yodsanklai and Yohan Lidon. Naruepol is obviously much better suited to fighting in Muay Thai and the favorite is definitely Souwer. He's past his prime days but he can still hang with a lot of fighters and it should be a decent test for Souwer. Naruepol is coming off two straight wins over Marco Pique and Jonay Risco, while Souwer last beat Toby Imada in a rematch at Shoot the Shooto 2011 in shootboxing.
Albert Kraus will take on Ekapop Sor Klinmee and again, Ekapop is probably better suited to Thai rules. Ekapop will be fighting at Yokkao Extreme against Diego Santuccio. Ekapop is pretty old and he just got beaten badly in Cambodia at the end of 2011 so Kraus if of course the favorite. Kraus is coming off a mediocre 2011 year where he went 2-3.
Rounding out the card are three members of the Siangboxing gym and Andy Souwer's teammate, Henri van Opstal and you can see who they're fighting on the full fight card below.
- Andy Souwer(Holand) vs Naruepol Fairtex(Thailand)
- Antuan Siangboxing(France) vs Bow Suweilek(Malaysia)
- Albert Kraus(Holand) vs Ekapop Sor Klinmee(Thaiand)
- Henri Van Opstal(Holand) vs Kim Dong Su(Korea)
- Leo Siangboxing(France) vs Lee Jin Hwan(Korea)
- Mathias Siangboxing(Italy) vs Tum Sityodtong(Thailand)