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Sapp Returns To Las Vegas
For April 30th K-1 Superfight

Written By Michael Afromowitz – muaythaimes@aol.com

Former NFL lineman turned K-1 phenomenon, Bob "The Beast" Sapp (17-4 (8 KO’s), will make his second-career appearance in Las Vegas, Nevada during a K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II" Superfight with martial arts fighting veteran, Tommy Glanville (19-5 (11 KO’s), on Friday, April 30th. The fight will air live along with the remainder of the main card on Pay-Per-View television.

The 6 foot 3 inch, 375-pound Sapp has taken the martial arts fight world by storm since he joined its ranks in the spring of 2002. Twice before his rookie year came to an end, the native of Colorado Springs, Colorado defeated K-1′s all-time greatest achiever — "Mr. Perfect" Ernesto Hoost — by way of brutal first round technical knockout and second round knockout, respectively.

Bob Sapp vs. Ernesto Hoost in K-1.  Photo Courtesy of K-1
Sapp vs. Hoost

Last August, Sapp made his highly anticipated fighting debut in The United States during the inaugural "Battle At The Bellagio" show. In a three-round Superfight with martial arts fighting veteran and fan favorite, Kimo Leopoldo, Sapp was surprisingly taken to task by his determined opponent before putting Leopoldo down for the second time in the bout and earning a technical knockout win at the 1:11 mark of the second round.

After emerging on the fight scene in Japan, Sapp quickly evolved into a larger than life celebrity there. To date, he has starred in over 200 commercials on Japanese television, has been a guest on every major talk show there, and has graced the cover of TIME magazine’s Asia edition. Sapp has been used to sell T-shirts, ice cream, lunch boxes and other Japanese consumer products on which his face is plastered.

News of Sapp’s rise to fame in The Far East made its way back to The United States last year. Shortly after landing on the front page of leading daily business periodical, The Wall Street Journal, the big man was a guest on NBC Network’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and FOX Sports Network’s "The Best Damn Sports Show, Period." ESPN magazine, Muscle and Fitness, and hip-hop voice, The Source, have all covered the Sapp story.

The 6 foot 2 inch, 294-pound Glanville is a resident of Las Vegas and a veteran of three K-1 bouts. His last appearance on a K-1 card came three years ago in the form of a Las Vegas Superfight with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Mark "The Shark" Miller. Miller scored a knockdown on Glanville in the second round of action, but Glanville rallied in the third and final round and put his opponent down briefly before earning a unanimous judges’ decision victory.

To regain his old form, Glanville recently acquired the help of Las Vegas Boxing trainer, Skipper Kelp. Highly regarded for his insight into the western boxing part of the martial arts fight game, Kelp has been polishing Glanville’s punch combinations. He has also been putting the fighter in the ring with nearly every Superheavyweight sparring partner that Sin City has to offer, including K-1 veterans, Marvin Eastman and Dewey "The Black Kobra" Cooper.

Tickets for Friday, April 30th’s K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II" event can be purchased online at K-1 USA’s website (www.k-1usa.net) store or by calling The Bellagio Hotel and Casino box office toll free at 1-800-963-9634.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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