Takeda Announces Retirement! Final Opponent Is Albert Kraus
Legendary Japanese kickboxer Kozo Takeda announced his retirement at a K-1 MAX press conference today. His last opponent will be Albert Kraus in a superfight on the October 26th K-1 MAX Final card.
Also announced for the card were MAX superfights between Taishin Kohiruimaki and Drago, Hinata and Mike Zambidis, and cosplayer Nagashima and Chinese Xu Yan.
In a 60 kg superfight, former bad boy Japanese Boxing champion Kazuhisa Watanabe will take on Korean “KID Killer” Jae Hee Cheon.
Update: A fight with Artur Kyshenko is also planned to be added to the card, making it 14 fights (including 4 koshien fights).
Update #2: Nagashima has started training in the Silver Wolf Gym (the gym Masato belongs to) since August and he spars with Masato once a week. He got a lot of advice from Masato but what seems to have stuck most is when Masato said: “You want to become stronger, right?”. Nagashima also mentioned that he has started weight training.
FieLDS K-1 WORLD MAX 2009 World Championship Tournament -FINAL-
Date: October 26th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan
K-1 World MAX 2009 FINAL Fights (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
Souwer/Pramuk vs. Petrosyan/Yamamoto
Andy Souwer vs. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yuya Yamamoto
K-1 World MAX 2009 FINAL Reserve Fight (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
Yoshihiro Sato vs. Yasuhiro Kido
Superfights (3×3, 1×3 Ext.):
MAX: Kozo Takeda vs. Albert Kraus
MAX: Taishin Kohiruimaki vs. Drago
MAX: Hinata vs. Mike Zambidis
MAX: Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima vs. Xu Yan
60kg: Kazuhisa Watanabe vs. Jae Hee Cheon