The K-1 Japan Bantamweight World Grand Prix is set for April 22, 2017 at the Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
The night will feature the quarterfinals of the bantamweight tournament with Ishida Keisuke, Takei Yoshiki, Terado Nobuchika, and Kubo Kenji representing Japan. The four other fighters are Charles Bangiovanni from France, Antonio Orden from Spain, Jamie Whelan from the U.K. and Leung Pakyu from China.
The night will be headlined by Kaew Weerasakreck, formerly Kaew Fairtex. The Thai fighter will be defending his K-1 Super Lightweight title against Yamazaki Hideaki. Kaew is currently on a 10 fight win streak and has found a tremendous amount of success in K-1 as of late with great performances in K-1 tournaments. His only defeat in his last 20 fights has come to Kimura Minoru, which he avenged months later.
Fan favorite Tetsuya Yamato (@tetsuya_yamato) will be in action fighting Kawabe Hiroya. Yamato has had mixed results as of late having gone 6-4 in his last 10 fights. His opponents, however, have all been top competition.
Making his K-1 debut will be American Victor Saravia. Training under David Huey at Muay Thai America Gym in North Hollywood, California, he is considered one of the best young talents in the country. He has great boxing, that he blends with his Muay Thai. Having solid hands should make the transition to K-1 rules easier. Welcoming Saravia in his debut will be K-1 champion Takeru. This fight will be the biggest of Saravia’s young pro career.
K-1 Japan Bantamweight World Grand Prix Fight Card:
Kaew Weerasakreck (c) vs. Yamazaki Hideaki – For K-1 Super Lightweight Championship
Tetsuya Yamato vs. Kawabe Hiroya
Victor Saravia vs. Takeru
Namito Izawa vs. Yuya Suzuki
K-1 Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Ishida Keisuke vs. Charles Bongiovanni
Takei Yoshiki vs. Antonio Orden
Terado Nobuchika vs. Jamie Whelan
Kubo Kenji vs. Leung Pakyu