M. NARAUSKAS: There won't be two draws in a row

 

"There won't be two draws in a row" - said M.Narauskas on his upcomming fight against R.Mineiro

After apologising to R.Mineiro, M.Narauskas and R.Mineiro will meet at the Dream Boxing & KOK World Series 2018 tournament on September 21 in Kaunas.

The fights will take place in the "Žalgiris" arena - the same arena that their last fight took place and it ended in a draw. The decision angered R.Mineiro: he stated that he would return to Kaunas and wouldn't leave the rock on a rock, he also said alot of provocative phrases, and talked down Marijus Misiūnas- the coach of M.Narauskas, to remind him some rules of courtesy and respect some Lithuanian supporters tried to get in the ring.

"Then, at the end of the tournament, we talked calmly, he admitted he was angry and apologized. I understood him - I did not have emotions. On the other hand, the fight was really very difficult and nervous. We had all the power ", - M. Narauskas spoke in the 2017th remembrance.

The 20-year-old fighter of the "Titan" club of Kaunas stressed that this time he will not need additional motivation. "I will defend the honor of my city, I hope that there will be more supporters in the" Žalgiris "arena than last year. I think they will be able to congratulate the winner, because there will be no doubles in a row, "- said M.Narauskas.

“Dream Boxing & KOK World Series 2018” Will be the first tournament for M.Narauskas this season.

"Since autumn 2017, I have won a couple of very important duels, I have become Europe's professional league and amateur champion in the fall," said Narauskas, pointing out that the victories in Turkey and the Czech Republic are very significant to him.

During the Champions League (EML) competition in Antalya, M.Narauskas (weight category up to 72.57 kg) fought 3 times in one evening: first defeated Andrea Gollone, followed by a czech Vlastimil Barink and finally the Spanish fighter Arizona Colchon.

"The Lithuanian was not a favorite, M.Narauskas odds to win weren't good, but the duel after the duel, this guy made it easier to deal with his rivals with his sharp attacks. Do not hesitate - we will hear a lot from M. Narauskas, "wrote Nina Schumacher, a German federal spokesman.

In the championship hosted in Prague, Mindaugas led the capitulation of Danish fighter Ramizas Uglas, Turkish fighter Arias Adil Giuler, and to finish it off 29:28 - Israelian athlete Roie Ullman. "I lost the first round, but others got better - M.Narauskas spoke about the duel with R. Ullman. - If you can not beat the opponent by force, then you need to try the wisdom.

The Trieste Fight Night Tournament in Italy this July introduced not only the main trophies but also the unforgettable excitement. The athletes fought at the Trieste marina, under the open sky. M.Narauskas killed the second round and beat Teo Mikeličy.

"The audience was very emotional in responding to what was going on in the ring, but they were not only clapping for their own fighters, but also for fighters from other countries - for striking effects, elements of the show," said a Titan spokeswoman.

Mindaugas still recaps the fastest victory when he knocked out the opponent just after the fight started. "It happened, it seems, in the first few seconds of the actuality. Knockout is an undeniable proof of superiority, and judges do not need to scratch their heads,-he said Europe's champion.

Six years ago, M.Narauskas started his career with his trainer V.Valančius, and he inteds to fight as long as he is in good health and has motivation.

"There are fighters, in their 30's, but they are in good physical shape. It's important to train regularly and consistently, because any break requires more and more homework, and they also need to find time. In order not to be abusive, in such cases you need to decide what to choose - a ring or to become a spectator, "the Lithuanian muay was a star.

KOK’s 2018 Summer Series Over, the Best Still Yet to Come

 

 

King of Kings has been stereotyped as being the biggest kickboxing organization in Eastern Europe, regularly drawing thousands of fans to their biggest shows in Lithuania, Moldova, Estonia and Latvia. Usually the organization hits these reliable hot spots twice a year, once in the late winter / early spring and then again in the fall / early winter, taking a break during the summer months when everyone is on vacation and combat sports events are sporadic. However, the summer of 2018 will go down as the most active in KOK history with three big shows. After it’s all been said and done, 2018 will be remembered as a year of global expansion for King of Kings.

 

KOK Cyprus

 

In what was billed as “The Hottest Event of the Sumer”, King of Kings returned to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, this time in the city of Limassol, on June 23rd. This is the third time KOK has visited the country, debuting in December of 2014. The card was mainly comprised of lesser-known Cypriot and Greek fighters, but after this event I’m sure several of these guys will go on to make a name for themselves. This card delivered many memorable fights on a very high level.

In my opinion, the fight of the night was Danny Parker versus Stefanos Argyrou which was a war for three straight rounds of non-stop action. The main event of Levanis “Leo” Revazishvili vs. Georgios Moustakis was also one hell of a matchup.

Aside from the fights, what better place to have a kickboxing show than in paradise, right? Cyprus is a beautiful place with crystal-clear Mediterranean water, delicious food, miles and miles of beaches and a very relaxed, laid back atmosphere. The KOK team had a great time relaxing on the beach the next day.

 

 

KOK London

 

I’m sorry to say that I did not attend KOK’s British invasion on July 7th, but everyone’s favorite KOK English commentator Sandy Holt, who recently was bestowed the prestigious award of Muay Thai Master, was there to call the action. Sandy had this to say about the show:

What a pleasant surprise to get King of Kings in my home country and to the capital of the UK! The KOK event started slowly with regards to the crowd, and I was a little worried as two major events were on the same day - England in the World Cup football quarter finals and another fight night in London too, but as the night went on the crowd came in and much to the delight of us all, the fights, as with all KOK matchups, was on point and nothing but five star action inside of the KOK square ring!

 

 

The biggest news coming out of KOK London, was that perhaps a new star was born in King of Kings on this day. When I asked promoter Donatas Simanaitis what he thought about this young prospect from Azerbaijan, he told me that “Overall the KOK project is at the stage where a new generation of strong and invincible fighters are taking over. One of them is a talent from Azerbaijan - Elkhan Alyev. He is spectacular and strong fighter and you had a chance to see him at the KOK World GP in London as well as Lithuanian fighter Mindaugas Narauskas. He is a rising star of martial arts as well. As I once said, KOK is a place where new stars of martial arts are born and you will be able to see them at upcoming events. Elkhan Alyev is one of those who will surprise all of our fans in the future.”

 

 

KOK Turkey

 

This may go down as one of the biggest KOK events in history. There was an electric atmosphere in the air for this show as it was estimated that nearly 25,000 people were jammed, shoulder to shoulder, into the Sarkoy town square, right next to the beach, to witness King of Kings’ debut in the country of Turkey.

There were probably about a hundred or so VIPs inside the steel barrier around ringside, followed by about four or five rows on the outside of the barrier near the ring. Behind those ringside seats there was an open space of about five or six meters before you reached the bleachers. I’m not sure exactly how many people were actually seated, I’d guess about 1,000 people at most. The rest of them were all standing between the bleachers and the ringside seats for the entire duration of the event. It was incredible! The Turkish fans are so passionate too. If their fighters are winning they absolutely lose their minds and if their fighters are losing, you can hear a pin drop, even in the middle of 25,000 people. Long time Turkish fighter turned promoter Erkan Varol co-promoted the event with KOK and I hope this is the beginning of a strong relationship between the two organizers.

 

 

The main event was absolutely wild and at times was completely out of control. Turkish fighter Adem Ozdemirseemed to me to be a classically trained Western style boxer. His opponent, Umid Namuratov of Uzbekistan, looked to have more of a martial arts style to his offense, I’d say probably taekwondo or karate. This clash of styles was frustrating for Ozdemir who was losing his temper during the fight and at one point even resorted to what looked like a judo throw of some sort. Nevertheless, it made for an exciting matchup and capped off one of the most memorable shows in KOK history.

 

 

Fall / Winter Season 2018

 

While the summer season in KOK certainly overachieved, the best is really yet to come as King of Kings is set to deliver some of its biggest shows of the year starting in September. I had a chance to ask KOK President Donatas Simanaitis about the upcoming events for the remainder of 2018 and this is what he had to say:

"There are still some great events ahead in 2018. We will have 8 more tournaments this year in Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Spain and Belgium. It is hard to guess what will be the biggest fight of the year as we have so many great fighters in KOK, but we will have a title fight in the heavyweight division and a very interesting title fight in Latvia where Constantin Russu will meet Zaur Dzhavadov.

 

 

Breaking the Mold

 

As I stated in the beginning of this blog, one of the stereotypes that KOK faces is that it is sometimes viewed as an “Eastern European” fight promotion. After all, promoter Donatas Simanaitis is from Lithuania and the biggest shows are always in his home country or in Moldova. But in my opinion 2018 and 2019 are going to smash that stereotype. KOK is truly turning into an international brand, touring all over Europe and parts of Asia. The ambition is to eventually reach all parts of the globe. In fact, if you think of Europe as a giant square, you can even say that by the end of 2018 KOK will have reached “all four corners” and many other places in-between.

As for 2019, once again Donatas Simanaitis gives us a glimpse into the future.

"KOK  is taking a big step in Europe. We are currently planning 17 events in 2019. Next year we will have tournaments in Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Moldova, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, England, Spain, Cyprus, Ireland, Slovakia, Turkey and Greece. We are also planning to have an 8 man tournament in the heavyweight division in 2019. We will have the strongest 8 heavyweight fighters in the world fight against each other to see who is the strongest one."

 

Below is the schedule for the rest of 2018

 

21.09 - Kaunas, Lithuania

29.09 - Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

06.10 - Chisinau, Moldova (not on FightBox)

13.10 - Tallinn, Estonia

27.10 - Riga, Latvia

17.11 - Vilnius, Lithuania

30.11 - Valencia, Spain

08.12 - Chisinau, Moldova

?.12 - Belgium (date TBA)

 

 

- Daniel Austin (Don Roid)

 

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