Yesterday we brought news of Daniel Ghita's rumored involvement in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Tokyo this October, and today we can bring forth a few definite names. After speaking with their manager, it was revealed to LiverKick.com that both Ben Edwards and Paul Slowinski from Australia are slated to take place in the World Grand Prix Final 16. Both men bring a varying degree of experience and credibility with them, both former K-1 Final 16 competitors in their own right, and make for fine additions to K-1 in these confusing times.
Paul "The Sting" Slowinski has two K-1 qualifying tournaments under his belt in his career and has appeared in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 a total of two times, the last time in 2008, losing to the man that went on to become champion that year, Remy Bonjasky. His next shot at K-1 was in 2010 in the Oceania GP, where he made his way to the Finals but fell to the other man this post is about, Ben Edwards. Slowinski, since his last K-1 appearance, is on an eight fight winning streak with wins over names like Steve Banks, Peter Graham, Chris Knowles and Carter Williams.
The 2010 Oceania GP was Ben Edwards's coming out party in the Kickboxing world, as he ran through it in record time. Edwards displayed his brute strength and knockout power, earning his way into the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16. It was there that he ran into the man who would go on to be champion in 2010, Alistair Overeem, and was laid out flat in the first round. Since then, Edwards has been trying to find himself again, going 4-2 since then but trying to become more of a Kickboxer and less of a brawler. Edwards's only problem seems to be his lack of cardio, but if he works on it, with his skill and power he'll be a force to be reckoned with.