K-1 returns with a big event on Monday September 24 at the famed Saitama Super Arena. The event will crown the first K-1 champion in the cruiserweight weight category. Three tournament finals in the K-1 Koshien (juniors) league will also take place.
Boubaker El Bakouri of Morocco, Andre Groce of Great Britain, and Sina Karimian of Iran, along with America’s Brian McGrath battle four Japanese fighters in the cruiserweight tournament quarterfinals. Kenta Hayashi faces Anpo Rukiya at the top of the card in a lightweight battle.
The event seems to be doing well at the ticket office, with advance tickets sold out. The event will be broadcast on the Abema TV broadcast platform, with Gaora Sports re-airing the event on tape delay.
Here is the fight card. Apologies in advance for any misspellings or other oversights. In addition to the main card listed below, there are two preliminary bouts scheduled.
K-1 World GP Japan
“First Cruiserweight Title Determination”
Monday September 24
Saitama Super Arena-Community Arena
Start Time: 15:00 local time
Anpo Rukiya vs Kenta Hayashi (JPN)-Lightweights
K-1 Koshien 65kg Tournament Final
K-1 Koshien 60kg Tournament Final
K-1 Koshien 55kg Tournament Final
K-1 World GP Cruiserweight Tournament Final-Winner Semi final 1 vs Winner Semi final 2
K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament Semifinal Winner 3/4 vs Winner 4/4
K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament Semifinal-Winner 1/4 vs Winner 2/4
Rui (JPN) vs Taichi Furuta (JPN)-K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament Reserve Fight
Makoto Uehara (JPN) vs Boubaker El Bakouri (MAR)-K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament 4/4
Hitoshi Sugimoto (JPN) vs Aundre Groce (GBR)-K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament 3/4
Keiji (JPN) vs Brian McGrath (USA)-K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament 2/4
“OD Ken” (JPN) vs Sina Karimian (IRN)-K-1 Cruiserweight Tournament 1/4
Kaito Ozawa (JPN) vs Ashizawa Ryusei (JPN)-Featherweights
Koji (JPN) vs Stauros Exakoustidis (GRC)-Super Featherweights
Yoshiki Takei (JPN) vs Akram Hamidi (FRA)-Super Bantamweights
Takeru (JPN) vs Daniel Puertas (SPA)-Super Featherweights