Randy “Boom Boom” Blake Scheduled to Return
Randy “Boom Blake”, a K-1 and Glory veteran who fights out of Oklahoma, is scheduled to return to the ring Friday night at the XFN 346 event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to a press release. Blake is best known for a close loss to Mirko Cro Cop at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final 16. In Glory, Blake has beaten Warren Thompson and Koichi, but dropped decisions to Brian Collette and Mourad Bouzidi. Blake’s mainly fought locally in the past three years, and also dealt with some injuries. Kickboxing Z reached out to XFN for an updated kickboxing fight card but no response yet. XFN 346 airs live and free on the FITE TV streaming service, and is scheduled to begin at 9pm EST/6pm PST this Friday February 2.
Glory Partners with Fairtex
Glory Kickboxing has made a lot of headlines lately. The world’s biggest promotion announced a new CEO with Marshall Zelaznik taking the wheel, and former CEO Jon J. Franklin transitioning to Chief Development Officer. They also signed Mohamed Jaraya, the 21 year old Netherlands based talent who debuts at Glory 51. Now, the promotion has a new equipment provider, as yesterday Glory announced a multi-year deal with Fairtex. Starting with Glory 50, Fairtex will provide the gloves for all the Glory events for the duration of the agreement. In turn, Glory will give the equipment manufacturer “presence” on its broadcast and digital platforms and include Fairtex in promotional materials.
Fairtex exclusively designed a new glove for Glory, and the company’s founder Philip Wong is confident in its quality.
“Tremendous time and effort has been put into redesigning our professional fight gloves exclusively for GLORY, yielding the best Fairtex product ever made,” Wong said.
Kraus-Ben Moh Update
Enfusion announced all VIP tickets are sold for the Enfusion 61 & 62 event February 17 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Andy Souwer challenges Tayfun Ozcan for the Enfusion 72.5 kg championship in the Enfusion 62 main event. Albert Kraus, another Dutch kickboxing legend, will face Nordin Ben Moh in the co-feature.
Kraus won the first ever K-1 Max tournament in 2002, and been in many great fights over the years. He’s 37 now, and has mainly campaigned in China recently where he’s done fairly well. Ben Moh beat Jaraya last year in Enfusion in their rematch but lost to Ozcan. Should be a good one.
Glory “going back to Cali”?
According to the California State Athletic Commission website, Glory Sports USA has put a hold on the date of Saturday March 31 for an event at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. This would be their fifth event in the Golden State. Kickboxing Z reached out to Glory for confirmation, but no response has been received yet.
Kickboxing Instructor Accused of Assaulting Students with BB Gun
Finally, Peter Sheridan, a kickboxing instructor in the UK and former karate champion, is on trial for assault for allegedly firing a “M4 carbine 6mm electric BB gun” at students during an “urban combat class”. The prosecution claims Sheridan fired the gun at the children, ages 10 to 12, after warning a student he wasn’t doing an exercise properly. Sheridan denies the prosecution’s claim, and stated he was “having fun” with the kids and fired the BB gun for less than 10 seconds. You can read the bizarre story for yourself here.