K-1 World GP 2008 in Seoul – Final 16
Un Grand Prix palpitant avec ses surprises !
Samedi 27 septembre 2008, 8 combattants rentrent chez eux avec encore l’espoir de remporter la couronne de Champion du K-1 World Grand Prix 2008.
Dans l’enceinte du Olympic Gymnasium de Seoul, 8 combattants se sont hissés en quart de finale du tournoi annuel, et parfois au dépend des favoris.
Semmy Schilt perd ainsi toute chance de remporter le titre une 4e fois puisque Peter Aerts l’élimine au terme d’un combat fou pendant lequel l’ancien a tout donné.
La nouvelle star, Badr Hari fait chuter le géant Coréen sur ses terres. Hong Man Choi est incapable de répondre à l’appel d’un extra round et jette l’éponge.
De son côté, le Français Jérome Le Banner se qualifie sans grand mal au terme d’un combat bien fade.
Voici tous les résultats:
Peter Aerts bat Semmy Schilt – Décision partagée
Badr Hari bat Hong Man Choi – TKO (Jet d’éponge) R3
Ewerton Teixeira bat MUSASHI – Décision
Remy Bonjasky bat Paul Slowinski – Décision unanime
Errol Zimmerman bat Glaube Feitosa – Décision unanime
Gokhan Saki bat Ray Sefo – Décision Extra Round
Jerome Le Banner bat Junichi Sawayashiki – Décision unanime R3
Ruslan Karaev bat Chalid “Die Faust”- TKO R2
Les quarts de finale ont déja été tirées au sort.
Ruslan Karaev vs. Gokhan Saki
Remy Bonjasky vs. Jerome Le Banner
Errol Zimmerman vs. Ewerton Teixeira
Peter Aerts vs. Badr Hari
Lights and big screens at the K1
Seoul searching day Six
Here we go again another Blog from yours truly, and after I promised I would never do another one after China. But I’m a firm believer in the quote “NEVER say NEVER”.
So the rest of the troop trudged along to the Karaoke bar in the hotel where queen Latifah (Adele) said she stole the show, I know that’s not true because she can’t sing. She’s
good at cooking and cleaning and looking after me and darning my socks occasionally but singings not one of her strong points.
“Billy Murray, Carl Emery and Dr Robert Briner sign the legal documents for the Kickboxing for Peace initiative” hspace=”5″ src=
“http://www.prokick.com/uploaded/2008/sept08/290908-SigningThePapers200.jpg” width=”200″ align=”left” vspace=”5″ />That morning, Sunday, signed the legal documents for the Kickboxing for peace
initiative with Carl Emery, Dr Robert Briner and myself. More on the initiative at a later date.
Said our goodbyes to everyone as Adele and I went to the W hotel just slightly out of town for brunch, well it wasn’t brunch because of Carl, he kept us late because he had a sore throat from
singing too much at the Karaoke.Carl is in Korea for another wek. He is at the world martial art conventio, Sacha Vertelli and Luca Steiger are taking part in the Ju Jitsu style competition, we
wish them well.
K1 finalist Gokhan Sakiwho defeated Ray Sefoon pionts rang Adrian Moat, our number one self appointed K1 contender, to say that he is also tough enough. height=”167″ alt=”Gokhan Saki with Billy Murray” hspace=”5″ src=”http://www.prokick.com/uploaded/2008/sept08/2900908-GokhanBilly200.jpg” width=”200″ align=”right” vspace=”5″ />
Got a private car courtesy of the hotel to take us to the airport, which was very kind of them. Left Korea, slightly disappointed in Seoul, didn’t see any of the ancient or the historic past
just the modern side. Got the flight from London to Dubai, I said in an earlier blog about the Dubai airport. I don’t think I’ve seen an airport as busy.
Arrived in London 45 minutes ahead of time of course Adele was looking to see if we could change our flight so she could go into London to do some shopping but at the last minute she took a tiredy,
I don’t know why as she did nothing but sleep on the last two flights. London flight was on time arrived in Belfast at 5.20pm nearly 26 hours travelling.
Went home got a shower and back at Prokick taking one of our yellow belt classes. It doesn’t seem as though we’ve been away… maybe it was all a dream.
Well, this is big FIGHT day – the last 16 best K1 fighters will be whittled down to make the final 8 for the K1 Grand Prix in Japan on December 1. And more importantly this was the first time since
we’re here that we’ve made breakfast, and it wasn’t worth getting up for when one only have a couple of hours sleep.
“Carl Emery, Mr Kickboxer from Switzerland just arrived in town along with his team mates” hspace=”5″ src=”http://www.prokick.com/uploaded/2008/sept08/270908-SwissTeamAndAdele200.jpg” width=”200″
align=”left” vspace=”5″ />My Swiss friends all arrived in Seoul for tonight’s big event – Carl Emery, Mr Kickboxer from Switzerland just arrived in town along with his team mates and we were
honoured to with top barrister Swiss Robert Briner whom jetted in to met Carl and the team in Seoul for Saturday’s BIG Fight night the K1 final 16 – and yours truly was allowed to tag along.
Sat and discussed Kickboxing oh yeah and more kickboxing stuff for our December show in Belfast. We talked that much guf that we were late and by the time we got to the Olympic stadium where the
event was being held we missed the opening ceremony – oh if looks could kill I was well buried.
“right” vspace=”5″ />Yes her ladyship Adele was not please, also missed two local fights – I really wanted to see them so I could gauge our own heavyweights against them, really my fault.
The show is everything you would expect if one had the backing of national TV and by the looks of the event and fight card – a humongous budget to plan it as well. No harm in dreaming.
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After the event was over and we got back to the hotel where the after event party was held. When that was over every one headed to the lobby and Mr Kickboxer had the bright plan to hit the Karaoke
bar in the hotel which is open till 3am.
Fill you in with the details tomorrow on who sang what when we head on our way back on Sunday.
“http://www.prokick.com/images/uploads/cache/270908-SwissTeamAndBilly260_260x217.jpg” width=”260″ /> Carl Emery Mr Kickboxer just arrived in town along with his team whom all jetted in for the K1
final 16 – and Billy Murray was allowed to tag along at the back
Seoul searching day five
My Swiss friends all arrived in Seoul for tonight’s big event most of the matches are over so I’ll bing you the results later on this evening with picture. Meanwhile,- Here we go again another
Blog from yours truly, and after I promised I would never do another one after China. But I’m a firm believer in the quote “NEVER say NEVER”. Billy Murray