Krush! Masato’s Opponent TBA Within This Week

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Takeuchi, Yamamoto, and Ishikawa - GBRing.com

The Krush Lightweight GP 2009 Finals were held today in Japan. Krush is a young organization (4 events old I think) that is very close to FEG and fighters who do good there will get a chance in K-1.

In today’s event the great Masahiro Yamamoto (31-7-5) won two fights to become the champion of the 16-man Lightweight GP (around 60 kg I think). He avenged a past loss in the finals where he defeated Yuji Takeuchi, who got the a spot in the final after Naoki Ishikawa, who defeated him in the semifinals, wasn’t allowed to continue by the doctors.

After the fight, Yamamoto called out New Japan Kickboxing Federation’s Hiroki Ishii (44-9-10), saying that any fight location is fine for what would be a dream fight between two Japanese fighters.

Also on the event was the final of the 70 kg Road to MAX tournament where 21 year old Hiroki Nakajima defeated Yutaro Yamauchi by decision in the second extension round. Nakajima is now 10-0 with 7 (T)KO’s and as can be figured out by the name of the tournament we should see him in K-1 MAX in the future.

After the event, reporters caught up with FEG president Tanigawa. Tanigawa talked about Masato’s retirement opponent and said that they want to decide on an opponent this week.

Of course a candidate is this years champion Giorgio Petrosyan, but Tanigawa says that after visiting a doctor for a detailed check after returning home, it became clear that Petrosyan has a bone fracture in his right hand.

Other candidates are Andy Souwer, Buakaw Por.Pramuk, and Yoshihiro Sato. Tanigawa himself, not surprisingly, wants Sato as Masato’s opponent.

They want to make an announcement on Thursday or Friday this week.

  1. Anonymous
    November 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    No, not Sato!!! THey need him to fihgt Souwer.

  2. whomever
    November 2, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I say fight Buakaw. He beat Souwer. But seeing as how FEG rigged it to make sure Baukaw lost that fight, I doubt they’d willingly put him against Masato.

  3. November 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Let him destroy Gomi, Gomi intended to call him out but was too exhausted following VTJ ’09. They should leave Sato vs. Souwer alone, and fighting Buakaw vs. Masato is to risky. If he loses, he loses to a guy that didn’t make it to the finals…

  4. Rictor
    November 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Hiroki Ishii was once scheduled to fight in K-1 but decided to pursue the Raja title first. He’s great but his style is more suited for Muay Thai than K-1. Nevertheless, if FEG decides to keep the 60kg division going he will probably end up in there.

  5. cacti
    November 3, 2009 at 5:01 am

    I still think Petrosyan can, and wants that fight. FEG wants a fight with Souwer or Sato though.

  6. kenny wang
    November 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

    its gonna be Gomi

  7. Fightgod
    November 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    whomever :I say fight Buakaw. He beat Souwer. But seeing as how FEG rigged it to make sure Baukaw lost that fight, I doubt they’d willingly put him against Masato.

  8. Fightgod
    November 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    FEG didnt rig it, it was a very close fight, couldve gone either way,but boy does souwer know how to fight for the judges. my scorecard was a draw on all 3 rounds. just remember: throws from the clinch doesnt score in K-1!

  9. cacti
    November 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Fightgod :
    FEG didnt rig it, it was a very close fight, couldve gone either way,but boy does souwer know how to fight for the judges. my scorecard was a draw on all 3 rounds. just remember: throws from the clinch doesnt score in K-1!

    Seriously? Buakaw dominated both R2 and R3 imo.

  10. cacti
    December 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    WTF happened???

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