|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Look, at this point there isn't a whole lot that can be said about Buakaw. Buakaw is a former K-1 World MAX Champion and probably the most famous thai fighter to fight outside of Thailand. Over the past few years Buakaw has kind of been taking it easy with his fights in the ring while focusing on fights outside of the ring. This stretches from a parting with his former camp, Por. Pramuk, and claiming that their contracts were that of slaves. Then he worked with Yokkao to establish a temporary training camp before he moved on to create his own, independent of anyone else.
His biggest ally during the parting with Por. Pramuk was easily the promotion Thai Fight, who not only fed him a healthy dose of easier fights to build up his name across the world, but helped to assure that the Por. Pramuk breakup would be beneficial for both Thai Fight and Buakaw. Now that relationship has apparently gone sour as well for both parties, as last month Thai Fight launched a lawsuit against Buakaw for about $1.5 million for breach of contract. Now Buakaw Banchamek is launching his own counter-suit for defamation of character.
I will almost always side with fighters when it comes to stuff like this, but many are beginning to wonder why trouble seems to be following Buakaw. Is it just that he's a whistleblower in the world of Thai fighting, or is he breaching the tradition?
If you are unfamiliar with Buakaw's plights, I urge you to read my piece from last year on the whole saga.Add a comment
Part II of "The King of the Ring" featuring Tyrone Spong, from the team that brought you The Reem. This episode follows Tyrone Spong around while he prepares for his bout with Remy Bonjasky as well as focuses on his life in Miami.Add a comment
Bosnian Heavyweight Kickboxer Dzevad Poturak has released a statement today announcing his retirement from the sport of Kickboxing at the age of 35. Poturak, who has competed in K-1, It's Showtime, SuperKombat and most recently Final Fight, will fight one last time at Final Fight 07, which is scheduled for September. Poturak's record currently stands at 50-22-1-1, with notable wins over Sergei Laschenko, Wendel Roche and Daniel Ghita under his belt.
Poturak had a strong showing at the K-1 World Grand Prix in March where he defeated Laschenko in a reserve bout and was called to fill in for an injured Badr Hari. Poturak was actually injured himself at the time, but opted to head to the ring and fight, putting forth a valiant effort against Ismael Londt. His most recent bout was at Final Fight 06 where he lost to Igor Jurkovic.
His retirement bout is slated for September 6th in Sarajevo under the Final Fight banner. Everyone here at LiverKick wishes Poturak well in his retirement.Add a comment
GLORY 9 New York will be taking place this Saturday, June 22 and of course you can catch the event live here on LiverKick.
It won't be live on TV but it will be aired shortly after, on CBS Sports Network in the United States. A delayed broadcast will be shown at 1:30AM ET/10:30PM PT on CBS Sports Network. That's Saturday night on the west coast and Sunday morning (June 23) on the east coast. A replay will also be shown on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.
In the past, the CBS Sports Network broadcasts have left some parts of the event as well as a few fights out of the broadcast, so it'd be a good idea to watch it live. You also wouldn't have to stay up late into the night.
Check out CBS Sports Network's TV schedule here.Add a comment
Rico Verhoeven gets a chance at redemption against Errol Zimmerman this weekend in New York City. This video interview released by Glory shows Rico talking about the upcoming bout and how he feels like Errol runs his mouth too much and that Rico has grown as a fighter since their last battle, with plans on knocking Zimmerman out.
Stranger things have happened and Zimmerman is both hot and cold at times. This could be a huge win for Verhoeven.Add a comment
This one is approaching and approaching fast, so check out the video that The Fight Channel has released to promote Final Fight 06 featuring Hesdy Gerges vs. Pavel Zhuravlev.Add a comment
Chaowalith Jocky Gym breaks down his KO win over Salatan Sasaloon in a video for Evolve University. The fight took place in Malaysia in 2008 and Chaowalith won with a brutal elbow KO, here he is talking us through how he was able to set it up.
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Yesterday K-1 held a World Qualifying Tour in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Headlining the event was a fight between one of Canada's best in kickboxing and Muay Thai, Shane Campbell, against Justin Greskiewicz.
Two Final 16 qualifying matches were held in the 70kg/155lb division, with the aforementioned Shane Campbell vs. Justin Greskiewicz fight and a fight between Mukai Maromo and Joey Pagliuso.
Maromo looked to be the sharper and more powerful of the two in the first round, as he momentarily dropped Pagliuso with a right hand, though a count was not given. In the second round Pagliuso came back and scored a knockdown that sent Maromo into the ropes, before ending the fight with a big overhand right knockout.
Shane Campbell made quick work of Justin Greskiewicz and needed just over a minute to get a dominant stoppage victory. Campbell first found success with a heavy left hook to the body that seemed to visibly hurt Greskiewicz. Campbell went to the left hook to the body once again when he had Greskiewicz cornered and then followed it up with a knee to the face that finished the fight and sent his opponent down and split wide open, leaking blood.
The other two pro bouts featured some of Canada's young, up and coming talent. A 20 year old with over 50 fights, Robert Thomas was able to stop Ali Youssef in the second round. Thomas battered Youssef in the corner, and Youssef did not get up while the referee administered the ten count. Joe George, much like Shane Campbell did, made quick and short work of Ben Henry via first round TKO.
Shane Campbell def. Justin Greskiewicz by TKO in Round 1.
Joey Pagliuso def. Mukai Maromo by KO in Round 2.
Robert Thomas def. Ali Youssef by TKO in Round 2.
Joe George def. Ben Henry by TKO in Round 1.Add a comment
It seems to be slow lately, like really slow. GLORY 9 New York is indeed coming up and K-1 has a show this weekend in Calgary, but outside of that, it has been a bit of a deadzone for Kickboxing the past few weeks. Apparently Jaideep Singh knew that and decided to make his MMA debut for Super Fight League out of India. Super Fight League debuted with a lot of hype, glitz and a really funny theme song because the inevitable scaling back into much smaller, more manageable events featuring up-and-coming fighters and not Bob Sapp.
So one of those fighters is Jaideep Singh, best known from K-1 and GLORY. He made his MMA debut today, which you can watch on their YouTube channel.
Jaideep's debut was successful, with Alireza Tavak tapping to strikes. Yes, someone tapped to Jaideep's strikes.Add a comment
Albert Kraus had his first foray into professional boxing back in September, when he stopped Mubariz Abdulayev (not Valentin Cimpoeru as listed on BoxRec) in Holland, which can be seen in the video above. Kraus will be back in the boxing ring this Saturday in England on the card headlined by James Degale vs. Stjepan Bozic.
He'll face a Welsh fighter by the name of Joe Jones. Jones holds a record of 0-10 and has been stopped five times. Needless to say, expect Kraus to roll here. Along with Rico Verhoeven and Daniel Ghita, he at times trains with Tyson Fury at the Super Pro Sportscenter and from that seems to have also conjured up a relationship with Fury's promoter, Hennessy Sports, who are staging the event.
Last time out in kickboxing, Kraus was stopped in the second round by Andy Ristie at GLORY 8, which took place on May 4 from Tokyo, Japan.Add a comment