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Romania versus Australia at K-1 Final 16
The Superkombat champions, Catalin Morosanu and Raul Catinas know their opponents in the pyramid of the most prestigious tournament of martial arts in the world, K-1 Final 16. On October 14, they will go up in the arena in Tokyo to take the first step to the one-million prize for the K-1 winner of 2012.
A number of 6 players, winners of the Superkombat pyramids, a promotion managed by Romanian Eduard Irimia – a recent exclusive partner of K-1 worldwide – has been written down on the fight card of the events to take place in Ryōgoku Kokugikan. ‚I am going to be in Tokyo as the Superkombat President, to cheer the six champions. You can imagine that I will thrilled to see our fighters qualify for the great final and honor their country’, said Eduard Irimia.
Daniel Ghita, the great absent
Unfortunately, Daniel Ghita will not participate in the K-1 Final 16, as the Japanese had to let go of the Romanian fighter due to some conflicts with his management, who had signed a contract with a rival promotion. The winners on October 14 will qualify for the great final K-1 on December 26 in New York, where the 8-pyramid champion will rake in a USD1 million check.
According to the announcement made during a press conference in Japan, the ‘Carpathian Death’ Catalin Morosanu (1.8 m and 105 kgs) will fight against the Polish-Australian Paul Slowinski. Aged 31, Morosanu’s opponent is 1.9 m tall and weighs 110 kgs. During his 13-year professional career, he had 88 victories.
On training for the K-1 Final 16, the Scorpions sportsman is ready for the great fight on October 14. ‚I’m gonna show Slowinski who’s the boss in the ring! He’ll never forget me after I beat him up!’, said the Iasi native, with a streak of 10 victories.
Catinas versus Australia number one
Coached by famous Thom Harrinck, the second Romanian in the pyramid and the winner of Superkombat Cluj Napoca, Raul Catinas will also fight against an Australian, Ben Edwards, number one in Oceania. The Lugoj native, Catinas (1.82 m and 107 kgs), compared to Peter Aerts by Harrinck, has had 4 victories so far and expecting the fifth in Tokyo. ‘All my thoughts are about Final 16. I am training in a Spartan style and not to qualify for the next level has never been my option’, said the 24-year old fighter.
Ben Edwards (1.9 m, 108 kgs) was the Oceania K-1 champion in 2010; last year, he was in the Superkombat Fight Club Gala in Oradea, where he lost in the semifinals against the Czech Roman Kleibl. Also in Tokyo, the Nigerian-Romanian Benjamin Adegbuyi, winner of Superkombat Varna pyramid, will be in a super-fight. Aged 27, the one nicknamed ‘Mr. Gentleman’ gets in the famous ring only 16 months after he had taken up on this performance sport and will fight against Iranian Jafar Ahmadi. When back from Tokyo, the three will be in the audience at the Superkombat World Grand Prix Gala, to take place at Galleria Arad with fighters like Sebastian Ciobanu, Steve Banks, Andrei Stoica and Alexandru Lungu on the fight card.
Fight-card for K-1 Final 16:
Zabit Samedov vs Xavier Vigney
Hesdy Gerges vs Sergii Lascenko
Singh Jaideep vs Ismael Londt
Hiromi Amada vs Makoto Uehara
Paul Slowinski vs Cătălin Moroșanu
Jarrell Miller vs Arnold Oborotov
Ben Edwards vs Raul Cătinaș
Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs Randy Blake
Genji Umeno vs Chanhyung Lee
Jafar Ahmdadi vs Benjamin Adegbuyi
Saulo Cavalari vs Pavel Juravlev
Rick Roufus vs James Wilson