In the second edition of “Why Kickboxing?” I take a look into the reformation of K-1’s heavyweight division after a few rocky years of grasping at straws to make new stars. K-1 has refocused and fighters like Remy Bonjasky and Badr Hari have taken center stage, with fighters like Gokhan Saki and Keijiro Maeda stepping up their game and proving they will be mainstays in K-1 much like Peter Aerts and Jerome LeBanner.
Monthly Archives: July 2009
K-1 has been on HDNet for a while now, and it still seems like a lot of people aren’t getting into it. It can be a bit daunting to just start following an already well-established sport, especially one that is in a rebuilding stage at the time. We all remember that while the UFC was getting popular; when Forrest Griffin’s heart and fortitude captivated a generation, when Chuck Liddell’s overhand right made your friend that hates sports cheer for him and when Tito Ortiz was pissing off Ken Shamrock that K-1 was, well, a freakshow.
K-1 was throwing you Bob Sapp, giants with tumors, Butterbean and every other atrocity on record while UFC was becoming a serious sport.
These days are gone, and while K-1 has a lot to prove, they are doing a bang-up job. So Why Kickboxing? Stay tuned and I’ll tell you why.
With this talk of HIROYA as the future of K-1, it might just sound like conjecture at this point, but for his age HIROYA is something very special. Here is one of his first fights when he was just 15.
While us viewers in the states won’t be getting this on HDNet, it still features a lot of up and coming K-1 stars, including HIROYA.
KOUSHIEN 62kg Tournament (3min.x3R)
HIROYA vs. Kohei Nishikawa
Shota Shimada vs. Daichi Sugishita
Ryuya Kusakabe vs. Ryosuke Sasaki
Katsuki Ishida vs. Kengo Sonoda
Masaaki Noiri vs. Ryo Murskoshi
Tsukasa Fuji vs. Kohei Masuko
Hiroki Akimoto vs. Hiroto Yamaguchi
Keisuke Miyamoto vs. Taishi Hiratuka
Shinnosuke Ueda vs. Namito Izawa
K-1 YOUTH Superfights (3min.x3R)
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kota Kobayashi
Koya Urabe vs. Toshiki Taniyama
Hirotaka Urabe vs. Yusuke Tsuboi
Norifumi Kitani vs. Shota Takiya
Daizo Sasaki vs. Ryuma Tobe
KOUSHIEN 70kg Tournament (2min.x1R)
Shintaro Matsukura vs. Taichi Sato
Seiya Matsubana vs. Motoi China
Kiyoshi Christopher Nishizawa vs. Ryu Ueda
Akahiro Nakamura vs. Koki Saito
YUUKI vs. Yusuke Okada
K-1 with more updates to the August 11th card, via N.O.B.:
World’s Last Preliminary GP Reserve Fight (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
Yuki Nimura vs. John Love
Opening Fights (3×3):
Katsuharu Ebisawa vs. Kazuo Doi
Kengo Shimizu vs. Shinkyu Kawano
Yuto Watanabe vs. Nobuhiro Ko
Peter Aerts is one of the true legends of K-1 and kickboxing in general. The 38 year old kickboxer has an astonishing 122 professional kickboxing fights to his credit and shows little signs of slowing down. For the past few years there have been talks of Aerts scaling back his appearances inside of the K-1 ring, but Aerts was a finalist in both the 2006 and 2007 WGPs. Last year Badr Hari crushed Aerts in the second round in December before moving on to be disqualified against the Flying Dutchman, Remy Bonjasky.
It is safe to say that in the past few years Peter Aerts has slowed down a bit, with his deadly high kick not finishing a fighter off since late 2007. Before talk of Cro Cop’s deadly high kicks were in full spin mode, there was Peter Aerts:
News came out today that ISKA UK’s No. 1 Ranked Heavyweight, John Love will make his debut in K-1 competition on 8/11’s already stacked card in a reserve bout. His opponent will be K-1 fighter Yuki, with either man having a lot to gain in case of a possible injury in the tournament.
K-1 continues to show their growth and investment in newer fighters with August’s events and strives to look to the future when fighters like Peter Aerts and Musashi won’t be able to fill up their cards to keep fans interested.