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BEIJING, Dec. 4th, 2013 — On January 11th in Gran Canaria, Spain K-1 Global, in conjunction with Street Culture – MNL, will host one of two K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Final events, airing live around the world on Epicentre.tv. The K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Final in Spain event will feature two huge Quarterfinal bouts from the 2013 K-1 World MAX tournament. With so much on the line for these young fighters be prepared for two exciting fights in the World MAX tournament.
Spain’s Elam Ngor will make his first K-1 World MAX Final 8 appearance against the very tough and technical Korean K-1 veteran Lee Sung-Hyun. Ngor earned his spot in the tournament with a hard-fought and impressive victory over Azerbaijan’s Ismat Aghazade while Lee Sung-Hyun engaged in a war against France’s Charles Francois to advance in the tournament. In the other Quarterfinal bout Spanish star Maximo Suarez will square off against one of Canadian Kickboxing’s best kept secrets, Shane Campbell. Maximo Suarez made a big impression on the world stage with his win over Romania’s Miodrag Olar, while Shane Campbell made quick work out of Brazil’s Wallace Lopes with his devastating body shots in the Final 16.
The card will also feature a host of Superfights, including an exciting clash between Spain’s David Calvo and Britain’s rising star that is Chad Sugden. Also on the card will be Damian garcia against Alcorac Caballero, Moises Baute vs. Razvan Floria, Alejandro Rodriguez vs. Azerbaijan’s Tural Bayrmov and Aitor Alonso against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Fight fans never thought the day would come, but soon it will be upon us: Peter Aerts (103-30-1, 78 KO’s) is preparing to hang up his gloves on December 21.
The living legend will fight the final kickboxing match of his career at GLORY 13 TOKYO when he faces Rico ‘The Prince’ Verhoeven (42-9, 10 KO’s), winner of the recent GLORY Heavyweight Championship Tournament in Chicago, USA.
Aerts’ professional record begins with a 1998 fight in the Netherlands and goes on to encompass more than two decades at the top level.
The greatest moments of his career took place in Japan, where he won three K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments in front of huge, adoring crowds.
“I always wanted to make my retirement fight in front of Japanese fans. So this is the best time to draw the curtain over my long fighting career,” says Aerts, who at 43 is still going strong.
Most recently he defeated Jamal Ben Saddik (24-4, 20 KO’s)via three knockdowns at GLORY 8, which also took place in Tokyo. Prior to that, he was forced to exit the GLORY 4 GRAND SLAMtournament with a broken hand.
“I don’t care about the injuries and my age so much. My right fist had bone fractures three times. I had some operations but I still good and I have no problems fighting,” he says.
“Am I physically declining? No, no, I’m still young enough. You can see that just by looking at me,” he laughs. “But there’s always a time for quitting things and that time is now I believe.
“I want to say thank you to my Japanese fans from the bottom of my heart, for supporting me for such a long time. And I promise from the bottom of my heart that my last fight for them will be a real fight.
“There’s no question this great retirement match on December 21 could be the toughest fight I’ve ever had. GLORY is serious about raising up young fighters – they brought me Rico Verhoeven, the heavyweight tournament champion as my opponent.
“Normally if you say ‘retirement match’ it’s an easy fight, right? But I don’t mind and I am not intending to lose the match. I would tell Verhoeven, ‘Listen, it’s not an easy job to knock me down.’
“Japan made me a big star so I want to return something to Japan, to say thank you. This fight is going to be my final bow to the Japanese fans.
“This is really the last one. Japan raised me up, so I want to finish my fighter’s life there. I want to say thank you and goodbye. I will do my best for a grand finale. Gam-bari-masu!”
GLORY 13 TOKYO takes place Saturday December 21 in Tokyo, Japan and airs LIVE on SPIKE TV in the USA and on BT Sport in the UK.
The event features a four-man welterweight tournament and the Japanese retirement match of Remy Bonjasky, who faces Brazil’s Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva in a repeat of their close GLORY 2 BRUSSELS encounter.
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