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Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004

Tyson To Return To The Ring In July

From K-1:

Tyson To Return To The Ring In July
Two-time champion’s first fight in over one year to be promoted by Fight Entertainment Group

Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion, "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-4 (44 KO’s), has signed a contract to participate in his next boxing bout. Slated for July, the fight will mark both Tyson’s first ring appearance in over a year as well as his first fight promoted by Fight Entertainment Group (FEG), a subsidiary company of K-1, the world’s premiere martial arts fighting sport.

Tyson’s opponent for the July bout, as well as an exact date for the fight, is expected to be announced shortly. Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles have been mentioned as the three possible sites for the event. Terms of the agreement were not announced.

"Mike is excited that he will be boxing again this summer," said Tyson’s representatives. "Mike is already back in the gym preparing for the fight, and he’s dedicating himself to delivering a great performance in July. We’re confident that FEG will put on an amazing show."

During his last contest on February 22, 2003, Tyson toppled Clifford "The Black Rhino" Etienne just 49 seconds into the first round of their meeting in Memphis, Tennessee’s Pyramid Arena.

For some time, K-1 had sought to make Tyson a part of its promotion that is well-known for its Superbowl-like production. Last summer, Tyson signed an agreement which designated K-1 as his exclusive representative in Japan and granted K-1 certain promotional rights with respect to any Tyson boxing matches held in Japan. Less than a year later, K-1 agreed to serve as Tyson’s boxing promoter for a boxing match to be held in the U.S.

K-1 is a martial arts fighting sport that derives its name from its inclusion of a wide array of combat disciplines, including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Kickboxing ("K"), and its intent to determine one champion in one ring ("1"). After being staged for the first time in Japan in 1993 under the direction of founder Master Kazuyoshi Ishii, it later evolved into the country’s most popular sport and achieved popular culture status there as its athletes turned into larger-than-life celebrities. Last year, K-1 USA, the North American subsidiary of K-1, inked a partnership with ESPN to jointly market Pay-Per-View televised K-1 fight cards.

Storm Samurai brings two shows in a matter of only three days!
By Eduardo Alonso

In what can be called something unique in Brazilian fighting history, the most traditional Muay Thai show in the country returns to action with two shows separated by a matter of only three days, bringing its fighting excitement out of the city of Curitiba for the first time ever in the promotion’s history, as the biggest city in Latin America, Sao Paulo, will host the first of the two shows with Curitiba keeping tradition holding the second one.

Ever since Storm added the name "Samurai" to it’s title, the show began to be not only a Muay Thai event, but a truly MMA promotion, counting with Jiu-Jitsu matches, Mixed Martial Arts disputes as well as Muay Thai, what couldn’t be more natural considering the tradition of the promotion and it’s ties with the Chute Boxe team, with Rafael Cordeiro being the main promoter behind the show. This time however, in order to make the challenge of having two shows in a matter of few days, Cordeiro and his crew joinned forces with Paulo Zorello, a former Brazilian Kickboxing stand out who runs Full Contact Kickboxing in Brazil as well as was the responsible for the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling show in 2003 in our very country. The partnership between Chute Boxe master and Storm promoter Rafael Cordeiro and Paulo Zorello made it possible for the brand to do its first ever show out of Curitiba, this next Thursday April 15th at the city of Sao Paulo. The show in Sao Paulo will count with 6 Muay Thai bouts, 2 MMA matches and 1 Jiu-Jitsu and 1 submission Wrestling combat pleasing the tastes of every sort of fan. The stand outs in the show are Storm veteran Henrique Rocha who will be featured in a Muay Thai bout against Eriovaldo Filho, and MECA veteran Zinho also in another Muay Thai bout against Rodrigo Lima. Tadeu San Martino, who was the last man to face Anderson Silva in Muay Thai will also be back in action to face Marco Rodrigues in yet another Muay Thai bout. The MMA matches will see a representative of the Brazilian Top Team in Thiago Cruz competing versus Joao Werdini.

When Saturday comes up it will be Curitiba’s turn to enjoy Storm Samurai as the biggest attractions will happen at the Saturday show. This edition will count with nothing but six Muay Thai bouts, six MMA matches and one Jiu-Jitsu fight, with plenty of Chute Boxe fighters in all sports. The most interesting Muay Thai outings promises to be Storm veteran and Chute Boxe fighter Monge facing Jean, and mutilple times STORM vetetan Edinei facing MECA winner Paulo Bueno. However, it’s on the MMA part that the show gets more interesting, as Chute Boxe future talent Mauricio "Veio" Amado will be making his second MMA fight ever, with big expectations. A Chute Boxe black belt, Amado is a tough and skilled Muay Thai fighter with plenty of striking experience, who is now adapting to MMA with the help of Rafael Cordeiro and his friends Murilo Ninja and Mauricio Shogun, and promises to be a future star out of the team. Another Storm stand out in Muay Thai, Fabio Tigrao, will be featured in MMA making his debut in the sport. Mauricio Amado will be facing Ademar, who is a student of legendary Jiu Jitsu fighter De La Riva, and Fabio Tigrao will be fighting against another student of De La Riva in Joao Pedro. All in all fighting action is guaranteed in Brazil in the next few days and FCF will have the latest from both shows.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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