Source: K-1 has cancelled USA event plans, focus on Japan

Source: K-1 has cancelled USA event plans, focus on Japan
July 4th 2012

The K-1 organisation is not likely to proceed with previously-announced plans for events in the USA this year. Sources says that a targeted Madison Square Garden event is now “unfeasible” and that the organisation will be returning to a domestic Japanese and south-east Asia focus.

The reason is the weekend’s buyout of Its Showtime by the GLORY organisation, set up as a rival to K-1 in the premier league kickboxing sphere. K-1’s financial troubles over the past couple of years led to it being bought out by a Japanese-Korean investor named Michael Kim at the start of this year.

A partnership with Its Showtime - the main European promotion - was reached which allowed for talent-sharing and for K-1 branded events to take place in Europe, with Its Showtime and other local promoters bearing the brunt of the costs.

At the same time, the organisation announced a renewed focus on cracking the US market and that led to announcements of a Grand Prix event at the iconic Madison Square Gardens venue in New York, which has housed many legendary boxing bouts.

Unfortunately for a brand with such a distinguished heritage, most K-1 announcement these days are received with a heavy dose of scepticism and that was the case with the announcements regarding US events. However, it does seem that the recently-announced open tryouts for K-1 will be going ahead in California.

Under the partnership with Its Showtime, one K-1 branded show took place in Europe. Entitled K-1 Rising it took place in Madrid, Spain and featured Badr Hari and Mirko ‘CroCop’ on the card, as well as Daniel Ghita, Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko and Sergei Lascenko.

Of these, only Hari and CroCop are thought to have signed directly with K-1 rather than Its Showtime and as a consequence the acquisition of Its Showtime by GLORY has been disastrous in roster terms. K-1 has been left with access to a vastly reduced field of available fighters, with almost all of the big-name and rising talent now owing allegiance to GLORY.

At the weekend Simon Rutz, the head of Its Showtime, gave a statement about his relationship with K-1 and the K-1 Rising show, in which he accused the brand’s new owners of not paying their bills and leaving the local Spanish promoter with extensive costs to pay. He said it was because of this that he had decided a working relationship was untenable and to sell out to GLORY.

Today the new K-1 owner Michael Kim issued a short statement of his own in which he claimed that Rutz’s allegations were untrue. He says that “almost all the money for the fighters who participated in the event has been paid” and that “a few did not get paid because the person who introduced these fighters to us, Simon Rutz, has yet to provide us their payment details and that has prevented us from wiring them their money.”

Regarding the promoter money, Kim admits that there was a delay in “reconciling the expenses” but says that an agreement has now been reached “in writing on payment amounts and payment methodology” - suggesting that instalments may be the order of the day.

If that is the case, it mirrors the practice of the previous K-1 owners - paying fighters after their bouts by instalment on a delayed basis - and won’t entice potential new investors. There is presently no news on the next K-1 fight event to take place, although a heavyweight grand prix is apparently planned for Japan later this year.


  • matazurka

    Posted at 20:13 on July 4th 2012

    "Portugese promotor" should be "Spanish promotor". Please correct this.

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  • Dersm

    Posted at 10:02 on July 19th 2013

    , starving ylruseof over a long period of time will only hurt you. The LONGER you take to cut weight, the less energy you will have when you step in the cage. If you have 3 months to go, I would only worry about NOT GAINING WEIGHT, and then do your cut in the last 1-2wks.When I cut weight, I lose about 8-10lbs (3.6-4.5kg) on the last DAY before weigh in.The first step is to clean out your system. Starting about 5-7days before weigh-in, increase your water intake to at least 1.5gal per day, and change your diet to a high fiber, medium carb, and low protein diet. That should clear about 1.5-2kg out of your bowels. Then 3 days before, start limiting your water intake again. Drink electrolyte products like gatorade to keep your blood energy levels high. Wear sauna suits during workouts, and hit the sauna after practice. I sometimes lose 3kg of water-weight in a normal practice, so if I hit the sauna afterwards. I weigh myself every morning, because that's my lightest weight of the day. Once I start limiting my water intake, I try to lose 2-3lbs per day (1-1.5kg) for 3 days, then I'll cut 8-10lbs on the last day.If I weigh-in the night before a fight, I want to wake up that morning about 2-4kg over weight, then sweat the rest out. If weigh-in is the morning of the fight, then I like to go to bed between 1/2kg under weight to at weight. You will ALWAYS lose some weight over night due to respiration (water in your breath) and perspiration (sweat). I like to wake up the morning before at 1/2-1kg underweight so I can have a small piece of fruit and 1cup of juice or gatorade (totals about 1/2kg) before weigh-in so I don't get a stomach ache. After a morning weigh in, I'll try to eat a fairly full breakfast, then a good solid lunch, and a very light dinner before the fight, and I'll hydrate all day with a lot of water, some juice, and some gatorade to replace electrolytes. I want quite a bit of protein on the day of the fight as well. If I weigh in the night before a fight, I'll weigh in at 155lbs (70.5kg), then by the time I step in the cage the next night, I'm usually back to about 168-172lbs (76.5-78kg).It's a good idea to start weighing ylruseof after any weight changing event during the day. Weigh ylruseof before bed and again when you wake up to see how much you lose overnight. Weigh ylruseof before and after you go to the bathroom, before and after you eat, before and after practice, etc etc etc. Pay attention to how much water you drink during practice/workouts so you'll know how much weight you GAINED vs how much you sweat out (1L is 1kg, so if you drink 1L during workouts, subtract 1kg from your end weight to see what you'd have weighed if you didn't drink during practice). Once you get a grip on how much all of your events affect your weight, you can plan out a very easy attack on how to lose the weight.But like I said, 4kg is nothing

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  • Acissej

    Posted at 10:19 on July 22nd 2013

    If you want to lose weight I would sugesgt first finding out what your BMR (base metabolic rate) is. This basically tells you how many calories you burn while going on with your normal day. You can also use it to see how many calories you should be eating to lose weight. For example, if your BMR is 2000 calories then you should be eating 1500 1700 to lose calories. The second step is to create a meal plan that is at a 500 calorie deficit from your BMR. To help keep your calories low, I sugesgt eating A LOT of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. Anything from broccoli and spinach to asparagus and celery is VERY low in calories and it will fill you up; not to mention the numerous nutrients they contain. It's also important that you eat enough protein and carbs in your diet. You should be getting the majority of your protein from chicken breast, tuna and turkey breast. These lean meats are packed with protein and are very low in calories and fat. For carbs, eat small amounts of whole wheat bread or a very small amount of oatmeal. I would also sugesgt leaving fruits for only 1 day week. Fruits are high in fructose and will release insulin in your body. Insulin tends to store fat in your body so leave the fruits to only one day a week. Also, for liquids, drink only water and green tea. Many people don't realize how many calories they drink, so just keep it simple and drink water and UNSWEETENED green tea.An example of a good meal would be something like this. The meal would consist of: 55g of turkey breast (it can be deli sliced), 2 slices of whole wheat bread (preferably toasted), 2 tomato slices, 2 pieces of lettuce, and 1 tablespoon of fat free mayo. After toasting the bread you can assemble the sandwich in whichever way you see fit. Don’t try to put more than 1 tablespoon of mayo and don’t add any more spreads, such as cream cheese, to the sandwich. If you would like to add more tomato slices or more lettuce, feel free to do so. The amount of calories and carbs in tomatoes and lettuce is very little and almost insignificant when calculating the macronutrient amounts.When it comes to exercise, I sugesgt doing 30 40 minute sessions of weight training coupled with 20 minutes of HIIT. For weight training, I would sugesgt focusing on whole body exercises such as lunges and squats. They can really help with boosting your energy levels up and with losing more calories per workout. As for HIIT; HIIT exercises are short but intense workouts designed to improve your glucose metabolism, which increases your overall fat burning process, and to improve your athletic capabilities. The normal routine for HIIT is to do 30 – 40 seconds of sprinting and then 15 – 20 seconds of walking, split for 15 – 20 minutes. However, I notice that my clients get burned out by the 20th second of the sprint; therefore, I make them sprint as hard as possible for 20 seconds and then jog lightly for 40 seconds. They still get the same results since, when normal HIIT is done with 30 – 40 second sprints, they get so burned out by the first 20 seconds that the 10 – 20 seconds they have left, ends up being a jog anyway.I hope you reach your goals! Remember to stay dedicated and focused.

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  • Anita

    Posted at 02:01 on July 23rd 2013

    I lost half a size in 2weeks (size 8 1/2UK) but it wasnt healthy and feel like crap. Also skin get rellay bad. If you excerise lots and take small snacks often during the day instead of 3meals you will loose it healthly. =)

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