Legend Writing Book
Bastiaan “Bas” Boon, the legendary fight manager and promoter, is writing a book about his experiences in the fight game. Boon has recently been blogging about his experiences in the fight business at basboon.com, and mentioned that he will be releasing a book in the future.
Boon is best known as the mastermind behind the Golden Glory fight team, which included all time great Semmy Schilt, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Nieky Holzken, and other top fighters. The Golden Glory team was a huge force in international kickboxing and MMA, sending fighters to K-1, Pride, the UFC, and other top organizations.
Boon has had his share of controversies over the years, including a well publicized disagreement with UFC boss Dana White over payment terms to fighters. Golden Glory also petitioned a Japanese court to declare K-1 bankrupt, after
accusing the Japanese organization of not paying debts.
After the Glory promotion was sold to Pierre Andurand, Boon relocated to Thailand, where he operates the Fight Game Gym.
If his blog entries are any indication, Boon’s book will pack a solid punch. The entrepreneur turned author has already penned some interesting columns about fight game politics, and also a heartfelt piece about how his nephew Joey Boon overcame the odds to become a millionaire tattoo artist.
Time Bomb” Dropping “Mind Bombs
Speaking of writing and fighting, former Glory super bantamweight champion Tiffany van Soest has been doing some writing of her own. van Soest penned some poetry, and recently took the stage at an open mic event.
van Soest returned from a seven month layoff in July, defeating Sofia Olofsson by split decision in her first fight since losing the super bantamweight title to Anissa Meksen. van Soest said she wanted to “run it back” with Meksen in her post fight interview, but Meksen has since lost the title to Jady Menezes by highly controversial split decision.
If the Glory bosses order an immediate rematch between Menezes and Meksen, then van Soest should be first in line to face the winner.
K-1 Rules Tournament to be Held on Big Boxing Event
A four-man tournament with K-1 rules has been announced for November 17 as part of a big boxing event taking place in Baracaldo, Spain. A EBU European Welterweight Title bout between England’s Frankie Gavin and unbeaten Spaniard Kerman Lejarraga headlines the event.
Jairo Diaz of Spain, Christopher “Mamba Negra”, Michael Garcia, and Edye “La Sombra” Ruiz will compete in the tournament. MGZ Promotions is putting on the event.
Fights This Weekend
31 August and 01 September: Faith Fight
01 September-Khaos 6 Tokyo, Japan
02 September-Hoost Cup, Japan
Next week promises more action, with a Tatneft Cup event, One Super Series action, and Kunlun Fight 76.