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Results for MMA Bushido / NFG “Mortal Kombat” from Minsk, Belarus 28.11.2020

MMA Bushido, the MMA branch of King of Kings, teamed up with the NFG (New Fight Generation) promotion from Belarus to produce a “Mortal Kombat” themed MMA event this past Saturday on FightBox. Ninjas such as Sub Zero and Scorpion could be seen in the arena as well as ring girls dressed as eight-bit video game rabbits. The event featured a four-man heavyweight grand prix tournament as well as a NFG Middleweight Title fight. Full results for the event can be found below.

Igor Litoshik def. Gennady Makarenko by TKO (punches), 1st rd

-80 kg: Viktor Azatyan def. Berk Rustamov by TKO (punches, 1st rd

MMA Bushido Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Fights

Ahmed Mohammad Zhabbar Al Bubai def. Vitaliy But by KO, 1st rd

Vladimir Davidovich def. Kirill Grishenko by submission (kimura), 1st rd

-80 kg: Anton Fedorovich def. Touli Saparmyradov by TKO, 2nd rd

Bantamweight: Anton Larkov def. Alexander Zmushko by submission (armbar), 1st rd

-65 kg: Dmitriy Romanov def. Andrey Skolush by KO (knee), 3rd rd

Featherweight: Rustam Mohammad def. Mergen Grazmyradov by TKO (punches), 1st rd

-75 kg: Vladislav Mishkevich def. Mohammad Naemi by TKO (cut), 3rd rd

MMA Bushido Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Fight

Kirill Grishenko def. Ahmed Mohammed Zhabbar Al Rubai by TKO (punches), 1st rd

Main Event, NFG Middleweight Title Fight

Pavel Masalski def. Maziar El Hamivarmezani by TKO (punches), 1st rd

The next live event on FightBox HD will be 12.12.2020 when King of Kings returns to Vilnius, Lithuania for their final event of 2020

Source- Results for MMA Bushido / NFG “Mortal Kombat” from Minsk, Belarus 28.11.2020 (fightbox.com)

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr LIVE REACTION: Iron Mike wants rematch as legends DRAW fight – results, latest updates

MIKE TYSON and Roy Jones Jr weaved and jabbed their way to a draw in their LA exhibition fight — although with a tad less sharpness than in their prime.

The veteran pair performed admirably despite having a combined age of 105, before they both vowed to step into the ring AGAIN after judges tied the fight.

Follow all the reaction to the draw with SunSport’s live blog below…

  • MIKE TYSON LATESTDespite drawing against Roy Jones Jr in their exhibition bout, George Foreman believes Mike Tyson has what it takes to become the oldest heavyweight champion in history.He said: “If he gets in shape like he’s in now, gets his timing back, and all the other things fall into place, he can have an opportunity to fight for the title.“If he can be managed right, the right champion will come to him. And if the right one comes, he can knock him out.”Meanwhile, Lennox Lewis said he was concerned about facing Mike Tyson because he looked like King Kong on TV.The British star beat Iron Mike in 2002 , but he wasn’t always so eager on the match-up.When asked if he was apprehensive of The Baddest Man on the Planet, he told the Guardian: “Yes and no.“Yes, because TV made him look like King Kong. But, no, because Manny [Lewis’ legendary trainer Emanuel Steward] always told me Tyson would be my easiest fight.“I’d say: ‘Come on, now! He’s going to be a little difficult.’ But Manny said: ‘No. It’s your easiest fight.”After pitting his wits against Tyson, Jones Jr has insisted that his American compatriot can still mix with the best.He claimed: “I’m happy to scratch it off the bucket list and move on with my life.“He hit harder, his hands hurt, his head hurts [my hands], everything hurt that makes contact.“He’s capable of fighting anybody. If he catches you, you’re going to have problems. I was feeling everything. He’s an exceptional puncher, still.“All it takes is one punch from either one of us for something to happen. He can do anything he wants to do.”
  • SON OF A GUNGeorge Foreman believes Mike Tyson can break his own record to become the oldest heavyweight world champion in history.Speaking after his draw against Roy Jones Jr, he told USA Today: “If he gets in shape like he’s in now, gets his timing back, and all the other things fall into place, he can have an opportunity to fight for the title.“If he can be managed right, the right champion will come to him. And if the right one comes, he can knock him out.“Tyson looked great, he really did. And Roy Jones had to use every old skill out of the book to keep himself from being knocked out.“I just couldn’t believe what I saw. And that was just an exhibition. Just think if (Tyson) had some activity the last two years. He’d be in line to be the champion of the world again at 54, 55.“You have to have a really good manager to navigate you who to fight and who not to fight,’ he added. ‘But if he gets someone who can do some creative moves, he can be in the big time quickly.”
  • MIKE DROPMike Tyson has criticised Floyd Mayweather’s claims that there are too many belts in boxing.Undefeated champ Mayweather told the World Boxing Organization’s to ‘sort their s*** out’ and accused them of taking extra money from fighters.It came after Tyson, 54, and old foe Roy Jones Jr came out of retirement to fight for the WBC Frontline Battle Belt despite it being an exhibition scrap.Reported by Essentially Sports, he said: “Boxing never has too many belts because every time it’s a championship fight, it’s more money for the fighter.“There’s never enough belts you know? To say there’s one champion and there’s 10 guys, how long will it take for the champion to fight the 10 guys?“Plus they gotta go through each other… It’s good to have three champions because then everybody can get paid… Everybody makes money. That’s what this business is about. Money.”
  • NOW LEWIS NOX ON DOOR OF RETURNLennox Lewis admitted he could stage a sensational boxing comeback as he has ‘unfinished business’ with his old heavyweight rival Riddick Bowe.After Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr – with a combined age of 105 – drew in an eight-round exhibition on Saturday night, former world champ Lewis hinted he could be next to return to the ring.The British-born star, 55, told BT Sport: “Sure! I mean, it seems like a lot of fun.“You have to look at Mike Tyson; Mike has been doing a lot of different things like wrestling, he’s been doing acting and he even had his own one-man band show.“So he knows how to entertain people, he knows what to do in these situations.”Lewis KO’d Iron Mike in Memphis in 2002 and retired soon after his TKO win over Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko the following year.
  • SPLIFF DECISIONMike Tyson admitted he smoked marijuana before his drawn exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr.Asked if he did, the 54-year-old replied: “Absolutely, yes. Listen, I can’t stop smoking.“I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. I smoke everyday. I never stopped smoking.” 
  • BEST OF FIVEMike Tyson is primed for more exhibition fights despite drawing his bizarre eight-round PPV exhibition showdown with Roy Jones Jr.SunSport looks at his possible options after dusting off the gloves for the first time in 15 years.
    • Roy Jones Jr rematch
    • Evander Holyfield
    • Lennox Lewis
    • Shannon Briggs
    • Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury
  • ‘ANYTHING HE WANTS’Mike Tyson still has the ability ‘to fight anybody’ – including Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury.The 54-year-old returned to the ring and fought out an entertaining eight-round exhibition bout against fellow icon Roy Jones Jr on Saturday.And Jones Jr claims ‘Iron Mike’ can still mix with the best after admitting his body is still feeling the effects of their showdown, which ended in a draw.He said: “I’m happy to scratch it off the bucket list and move on with my life.“He hit harder, his hands hurt, his head hurts [my hands], everything hurt that makes contact.“He’s capable of fighting anybody. If he catches you, you’re going to have problems. I was feeling everything. He’s an exceptional puncher, still.“All it takes is one punch from either one of us for something to happen. He can do anything he wants to do.”
  • NOX OUT BLOWLennox Lewis said he was apprehensive of Mike Tyson because he looked like King Kong on TV.The British-born former world heavyweight champ beat Iron Mike in 2002 but wasn’t always so eager on the match-up.When asked if he was apprehensive of The Baddest Man on the Planet, he told the Guardian: “Yes and no.“Yes, because TV made him look like King Kong. But, no, because Manny [Lewis’s legendary trainer Emanuel Steward] always told me Tyson would be my easiest fight.“I’d say: ‘Come on, now! He’s going to be a little difficult.’ But Manny said: ‘No. It’s your easiest fight.”
  • TY-MES ARE CHANGINGMike Tyson claimed boxing needs YouTubers like Jake Paul and KSI because ‘UFC was kicking out butt’.Jake Paul KO’d former NBA star Nate Robinson in round two of their undercard fight before Tyson’s comeback draw against Roy Jones Jr.Iron Mike, 54, said: “Well listen, my ego says so many things. “But my reality is, they help boxing so much; boxing owes these YouTube boxers some kind of respect.“They should give them some belts because these guys make boxing alive. Boxing was pretty much a dying sport, UFC was kicking our butt.
    “Now we got these YouTube boxers, with 25million views. Boxing is going back thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
  • MIKE DROPMike Tyson revealed the psychedelic ‘Toad Venom’ drug helped inspire him to make a boxing comeback at 54.The heavyweight legend fought for the first time in 15 years this past weekend, in an eight-round exhibition against Roy Jones Jr.But before the bizarre draw, Tyson opened up on how taking toad venom played a part in his dramatic body transformation and ring return.He said: “I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape.“It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.”According to AddictionCenter.com, toad venom is a psychedelic drug made ‘from a rare species of toad native to the Sonoran Desert’.It is said to cause ‘hallucinogenic effects [to] take hold in about five minutes after ingestion, causing a powerful religious-like trip that lasts about an hour’.
  • MIKE TYSON LATESTEvander Holyfield is the bookies’ tip to be Mike Tyson’s next opponent after his exhibition draw with Roy Jones Jr split boxing fans about 50-50-something.Former heavyweight king Tyson, 54, claimed “this is better than fighting for championships” while 51-year-old Jones said: “Maybe we can do it again.”But Holyfield is 4/6 favourite and Lennox Lewis 3-1 to step in ahead of Jones.Meanwhile, Tyson admitted he took marijuana before the fight, saying: “Absolutely, yes.“I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. I smoke every day.I never stopped smoking.”  Jones stifled not-always-rusty Iron Mike for most of the eight two-minute rounds, despite Tyson’s glimpses of explosive power.But former four-weight champ Jones said: “The body shots definitely took a toll.“It’s something to take the punches that Mike throws. I’m cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.”And Tyson said: “I’m good with that. The crowd was happy with that.” 
  • AMIR HAPPY TYSON ‘DIDN’T GET HURT’British boxer claims Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr put on a “great performance” – but is just happy both 50-somethings came out of it with their health still intact.

Source- Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr LIVE REACTION: Iron Mike wants rematch as legends DRAW fight – results, latest updates – The Sun

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight card

The Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. exhibition boxing bout is what has everyone talking, but there will be plenty of action before they enter the ring.

With Tyson and Jones headlining at Staples Center in Los Angeles this Saturday, a six-fight undercard has been finalized to lead into the clash of legends. Most notable is the co-main event bout between YouTube star Jake Paul and 10-year NBA veteran Nate Robinson.

Paul has already experienced the hoopla of a widely-publicized boxing event, having served as the co-headliner when his brother Logan, also a social media sensation, fought British YouTuber KSI in August 2018. He faced KSI’s younger brother Deji Olatunji and won by fifth-round TKO after Olatunji’s corner threw in the towel. It was Paul’s pro debut.

Robinson, a three-time NBA dunk contest champion, will be competing in boxing for the first time.

Several experienced pro fighters round out the card, including Badou Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs) vs. Blake McKernan (13-0, 6 KOs), and Viddal Riley (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. UFC veteran Rashad Coulter (9-5 in MMA).

The preliminaries feature a trio of United States National Boxing Council (an affiliate of the World Boxing Council) title bouts: Jamaine Ortiz (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Sulaiman Segawa (13-2, 4 KOs), Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (14-2, 11 KOs) vs. Edward Vasquez (8-0, 1 KO), and Juiseppe Cusumano (18-3, 16 KOs) vs. Gregory Corbin (15-3, 9 KOs).

The event is expected to begin at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.

See the full fight card for Tyson vs. Jones Jr. below:

Main Card

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson

Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan

Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter


Jamaine Ortiz vs. Sulaiman Segawa— Silver lightweight title

Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez — featherweight title

Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Gregory Corbin — heavyweight title

Source- Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight card – MMA Fighting

Tyson vs Jones Jr: When is the fight weigh-in and how can I watch on TV or live stream?

TWO boxing legends are almost ready to go to war as Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr draws nearer.

We’re well into fight week ahead of the huge clash on Saturday night, with the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ returning to the ring for the first time since 2005.

Before that first bell goes though the veteran pair have to face-off at the weigh-in, along with undercard stars Badou Jack and Jake Paul.

When is Tyson vs Jones Jr weigh-in?

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

You can catch all of the weigh-in on BT Sport 1.

Coverage will begin at 10pm GMT and run for an hour.

If you’re a BT Sport customer, grab the official app to stream on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.

While EE customers can watch for FREE – simply text SPORT to 150 and receive a three-month BT Sport trial.

Source- Tyson vs Jones Jr: When is the fight weigh-in and how can I watch on TV or live stream? (thesun.co.uk)

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: UK start time, date, live stream, undercard and rules for this weekend’s boxing fight

BOXING legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will face off in a spectacular exhibition fight in LA.

The 54-year-old Tyson will face Jones, 51, in a long-awaited bout, with the Baddest Man on the Planet dropping an incredible SIX stone to get in shape for the clash.

The California State Commission say the exhibition will be fought under the rules that both men will not look for the knock-out and will instead “exhibit” their skills, but both fighters have come out and said the contrary.

When is Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr?

  • The big fight is now set for Thanksgiving Weekend – Saturday, November 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • It was originally set to take place on September 12 but the event has been postponed until later in the year.
  • The undercard is expected to start at 9pm ET which is 1am GMT and the main event will follow between 4am and 5am GMT.
  • The legends are set to eight rounds in the ring, with Youtube star Jake Paul and NBA star Nate Robinson confirmed for the undercard.

What live stream and TV channel is Tyson vs Jones Jr on? 

  • BT Sport Box Office will be broadcasting the fight in the UK.
  • The event will cost £19.95 to watch.
  • Coverage begins at 8pm ET, which is midnight in UK. The undercard is set to start from 1am GMT.
  • The social media site Triller will also be airing the PPV fight.
  • Emmy-winner Mario Lopez hosts the show, and musical acts will be announced for performances too.

Who is on the Tyson vs Jones Jr undercard?

YouTuber Jake Paul leads the way on the four-fight card when he takes on ex-NBA star Nate Robinson.

Elsewhere KSI’s trainer Viddal Riley is also in action as is former super-middleweight champion Badou Jack.

  • Tyson vs Jones Jr
  • Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan
  • Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson
  • Viddal Riley vs Rashad Coulter

What are the rules of the fight?

The fight will be contested over eight, two-minute rounds.

No headguards will be worn but the fighters will be wearing larger 12-ounce gloves.

Technically the fight can only be stopped if there is a knock-out, but California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Forster said he will stop it as soon as a cut appears.

Forster said: “Tyson and Jones Jr. won’t be wearing headgear for the fight. They’ll be lacing up 12-ounce gloves and there won’t be any judges present at the fight to score the action. So, technically, there won’t be a winner unless a knockout somehow occurs, or either fighter is deemed unfit to continue.

“They can move around and make some money, but I told them if you get cut, it’s over.”

What have they said?

Mike Tyson: “We’re throwing punches at each other. This is going to be my definition of fun … broken eye sockets, broken jaw, broken rib. That’s fun to me.”

Roy Jones Jr: “He’s still Mike Tyson, he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him.

“He’s the bigger guy, he’s the explosive guy. He’s going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me.

“I do have first-round fireworks, but he’s known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman.”

Source- Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: UK start time, date, live stream, undercard and rules for this weekend’s boxing fight – The Sun

Welcome to the NEW Fight Island: A stunning 18,000-seat arena with a beach club and boardwalk pier to boot… the $1BILLION ‘mega-project’ where Dana White is looking to bring fans back for Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC against Dustin Poirier

If Dana White and Charles Darwin were to enter a conversation, what would they talk about? 

No, not how Khabib Nurmagomedov defies all logic in being able to wrestle bears in his native Dagestan, nor Israel Adesanya’s cat-like reflexes in eluding all manner of opponents.

The UFC supremo and the naturalist are likely to concur in their approach to change. It was Darwin who famously said that ‘it is not the strongest or most intelligent animals that survive, but those who can best manage change’. 

The past year has proved a lesson to sports chiefs the world over that those who can best adapt to change will not just survive, but thrive too. For White, the UFC has managed to react sharply to the wrecking ball that is coronavirus in hosting regular events despite the pandemic. 

Source- UFC’s NEW Fight Island: All you need to know about Dana White’s plan to bring fans back to the UFC | Daily Mail Online

Black & White

It’s About More Than Belts and Uniforms

Hidden amid the glorious combat pyrotechnics that make Bruce Lee’s 1973 classic Enter the Dragon such a memorable movie is one scene in which African-American co-star Jim Kelly, on his way to the big martial arts tournament, is stopped and harassed by white policemen. Viewed against the current backdrop of civil unrest gripping American society over police brutality and social injustice, Enter the Dragon’s brief foray into issues of race may well be the film’s most lasting symbolic image.

“That scene is very, very timely, even so many years after the movie came out,” said Warrington Hudlin, a longtime martial artist and successful movie producer. “The message wasn’t just explicit but implicit. But to be honest, when I originally saw it, it didn’t stand out to me. I was already very familiar with that kind of racism.”

While Kelly’s confrontation with the racist policemen now stands out as a graphic reminder that America has wrestled with these issues for a long time, nearly forgotten is the scene immediately preceding it: Jim Kelly enters a dojo and says goodbye to another African-American man in a karate gi. Displayed on the wall behind them is a large logo of a fist with a cobra. The logo is highlighted in black, red and green, the colors of Pan-Africanism.

Although the film is a work of fiction, the logo is the symbol of a very real group, the Black Karate Federation, and the sensei who sends Kelly off to Han’s tournament is one of the organization’s founders, Steve Muhammad (then Steve Sanders). Muhammad was one of the greatest tournament fighters of the era, a man whose hands were so quick that his personal fighting style became known as “the invisible fist.” He won his weight division virtually every year he competed at Ed Parker’s Long Beach International Karate Championships, the most celebrated tournament of the day. But neither Muhammad nor any other African-American of that era ever won the grand championship.

“At that point, grand championships didn’t exist for us,” Muhammad said with only a hint of bitterness still showing through after all these years. “And all of the Black fighters who came up at that time would tell you yes, it was because of racism.”

Martial arts are, and have been, a part of American society for a long time. And although it’s not a popular topic to address within the arts, just as with the society it’s a part of, race has always played a role in the arts.

Warren Lewis is a name no one will remember. In part, that’s because the institutional memory of martial arts in America doesn’t go back any further than the founding of Black Belt in 1961. But it’s also because the accomplishments of African-American martial artists have often gone overlooked. Born in Los Angeles in 1915, Lewis may well have been the Jackie Robinson of the martial arts. Achieving his shodan in 1932 and reaching the rank of nidan by 1936, he was almost certainly the first African-American to earn a black belt in judo and quite likely the first Black person to earn a dan rank in any Asian-based martial art.

But as interesting as Lewis’ accomplishments are, his impact on the martial arts, and Black people in those arts, seems negligible. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Black Americans began to take up the Asian fighting arts in more significant numbers and then began to teach those arts to others.

Like their white contemporaries, many of the earliest African-American martial arts instructors had limited credentials. While a handful did learn from expert teachers, many were forced to piece together their experiences with World War II military combatives and a bit of judo to teach their own blend of fighting. Some of the earliest pioneers of this era included judo champion George Harris and shotokan karateka Maynard Miner, as well as people like Charles Elmore in New York, Ron Williams in the Midwest and William Short in California. Formal training from qualified Asian instructors was limited for all Westerners, including Caucasians, during this period. Ernie Cates, a Marine Corps and armed forces judo champion in the late 1950s and early ’60s, recalled that when he began training in judo in Okinawa in 1954, he could find only one instructor on the whole island who would accept Western students.

But if some Asians were reluctant to teach any Westerner, many white servicemen who became martial arts instructors during that era had a reputation for being less than welcoming toward African-American students in particular.

Chaka Zulu grew up in Harlem in the 1950s, picking up a bit of judo at the local YMCA from Charles Elmore before joining the Marines near the end of the decade. Although he would eventually learn goju karate and develop such a fearsome reputation in the New York area that it’s said he was an inspiration for the martial arts warlord Sho’nuff in the cult classic film The Last Dragon (a role he claims to have turned down over its racist implications), Zulu’s first exposure to karate came while in the military. Stationed in North Carolina, he sought entrance into an isshin-ryu class that fellow Marine Don Nagle ran in Cates’ judo school.

“They had a school outside Jacksonville, and I made an attempt to train there — but Nagle wasn’t having any of that,” Zulu recalled. “He didn’t say outright that it was because I was Black. It was more a subtle thing. But he made it known in subtle terms I just wasn’t welcome.”

Years later, when Nagle attempted to greet him at a banquet, Zulu said, “He acted like nothing ever happened, but I remembered and cursed him out for it.”

The 1950s was still a time of segregation, and in places like North Carolina, it was technically illegal for Blacks and whites to mix in a dojo. But some white instructors were willing to buck social conventions. John Keehan (aka Count Dante) was a notable exception in the Midwest, while one of Zulu’s teachers, Peter Urban, was willing to instruct anyone, regardless of race, in the New York and New Jersey region. But Cates is perhaps the one most fondly remembered by older African-American martial artists because they have a deep respect for his willingness to cross the color line way back in 1957.”I remember a young man walked through the door, and he was a shade darker than the rest of us,” Cates recalled. “He wanted to speak to the owner. His name was Ronnie Duncan, PFC, and he said he wanted to learn jujitsu. Well, when I was in Okinawa, I couldn’t find an instructor until I met Matsumoto sensei. He was the only one willing to teach foreigners. So I felt I owed it to teach him (Duncan), I owed it to the art and I owed it to a fellow Marine.”

With curtains hung on the dojo windows to hide Duncan’s presence from the outside world — and students who happened to be local police officers turning a blind eye to the state’s segregationist Jim Crow laws — Cates trained Duncan and other Black students who would eventually return to the New York area and begin teaching.

“Martial arts is a microcosm of society. In some ways, it’s ahead of society, but in other ways, it’s not. I’ve known people who wouldn’t study martial arts with a Black person. It had to be with an Asian or no one.” Those are the words of former tournament champion and Hong Kong kung fu film star Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief.

When Ronald Duncan returned to New York from his tour of duty with the Marine Corps, he began teaching in Brooklyn at the St. John’s Recreation Center. Commercial martial arts schools in general had limited prospects at that time, even more so if run by a Black instructor. So the St. John’s Rec Center became something of a mecca for aspiring African-American martial artists in the New York area. Included among the lineup of instructors who taught there were Duncan, Miner, karate teacher George Cofield and jujitsu sensei Moses Powell. Future martial arts stars like Black Belt Hall of Famers Thomas “LaPuppet” Carroll and Ron Van Clief got their start there.

“I began with Ronald Duncan, and he kind of gave me off to Moses Powell,” Van Clief remembered.

Powell would become possibly the most influential African-American martial arts figure on the East Coast, if not in America. He, and many of the other early Black pioneers in the region, got much of their training from Florendo “Professor Vee” Visitacion, a Filipino who’d studied Japanese jujitsu, as well as some Filipino arts, and was open to teaching anyone who wanted to learn. Powell became one of his leading students before founding his own form of jujitsu. Called sanuces-ryu, it developed a large and devoted following across the metropolitan area. But unlike many of his predecessors, Powell saw martial arts not just as a sport or form of fighting but also as a political tool. In the early 1960s, he began training members of the Nation of Islam.

“Master Powell, himself, never refused to teach anyone because of their race and had many white students,” said Darrell Sarjeant, a student of Powell’s and several other prominent African-American instructors of the era. “But you have to remember, at that time, Black people were dealing with a different level of discrimination.”Sarjeant pointed out that groups like the Nation of Islam were seeking to empower young Blacks in the 1960s, and the martial arts were one of the most significant methods they found for this.

Thomas Green, Ph.D., a professor of anthropology and one of the first Western academics to seriously explore the history and culture of the martial arts, said a number of African-American practitioners in the 1960s sought ways to merge their arts with the growing political consciousness among Blacks.

“Several of the early guys were associated with the Nation of Islam. Besides Moses Powell, there was [chito-ryu karate instructor] James Cheatham. And a martial artist named Mfundishi Maasi was the bodyguard for [writer/activist] Amiri Baraka. There were people who were politically active, and they wanted some type of self-defense,” said Green, who also pointed out that beyond self-defense, the martial arts became a symbolic means of Black empowerment.

Although continued interest in the martial arts by many in the Black community is now commonly attributed to the rise of Bruce Lee and the wave of kung fu movies that followed, in fact that interest started well before most of the general population had heard of Lee. It has its roots in the notion of Black empowerment through martial arts that sprang up in the 1960s.”The fact of the matter is we had our martial arts heroes in the Black community before Bruce Lee showed up,” said Geraldine Chisolm, a student of Duncan’s who became known as Lady Sensei. (See the June/July 2020 issue of Black Belt.) “Because we didn’t have any cinematic role models back then, gentlemen in our community who practiced martial arts like professor Duncan, Moses Powell, George Cofield and Thomas LaPuppet were our superheroes.

“They were mythological to us, doing things like breaking boards. All the little boys wanted to be like them. Mothers took their teenage boys, who might be on a wayward path, to Powell and Duncan and said, ‘Please do something with our son.’ Many men found that martial arts put them on a path to discipline and making better choices in life.”

But while these movements took hold in the urban areas of the Northeast, other parts of America sometimes lagged behind in matters of martial arts and race.

In her acclaimed 2011 book The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson chronicled the “Great Migration” and the “Second Great Migration,” the mass movement of Blacks from the South to, ostensibly, more welcoming Northern climes between 1915 and 1970. The book takes its title from a poem by author Richard Wright, himself a participant in the exodus:

I was taking a part of the Southto transplant in alien soil,to see if it could grow differently,

if it could drink of new and cool rains, bend in strange winds, respond to the warmth of other suns. …

As with other aspects of American life, martial arts practiced by African-Americans in the 1960s seemed to find some regions of the country more conducive to growth than others. It wasn’t just Southern vs. Northern but often rural vs. city and the heartland vs. the coastal regions.

Source- Black & White – Black Belt Magazinehttps://blackbeltmag.com/american-martial-arts-history

Pultarazinskas Gets Chance for Redemption at KOK Classic 4

KOK featherweight contender Matas Pultarazinskas wasn’t happy with his last performance.

The Lithuanian was held to a draw by Poland’s Lukasz Leczycki at the KOK Classic 3 in September. Leczycki’s awkward style caused problems for Pultarazinskas, who made his ring return after a long layoff because of injury.

Pultarazinskas will get a chance to redeem himself and earn a title belt in the process. KOK announced the young fighter will rematch Leczycki for the promotion’s interim featherweight title at the KOK Classic 4 on 12 December.

The KOK Classic 4 will take place in Lithuania at a venue to be announced. The event will be audience-free in compliance with Lithuanian government restrictions on public events because of the coronavirus.

KOK Fights TV is streaming the event live and worldwide. FightBox HD is the international broadcaster. More matches will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

Source- https://kickboxingz.com/pultarazinskas-gets-chance-for-redemption-at-kok-classic-4

Floyd Mayweather comes out of retirement AGAIN as he announces his return to the ring in Tokyo in February… but will it be more of a contest than the 136-second fight that earned him £7m last time?

  • Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to fight in Japan next year
  • The boxing legend will headline an event in the capital on February 28
  • Mayweather fought in Japan in 2018 when he beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa
  • An opponent for Mayweather’s latest comeback has not yet been named 

Floyd Mayweather is set to make a sensational return to the ring next year with a fight lined up in Tokyo for February 28.

The boxing legend will temporarily come out of retirement again to headline an event dubbed ‘Mega 2021’ in the Japanese capital, according to La Provence, but an opponent is yet to be named.

Mayweather, 43, hinted last week on an Instagram video that he would be fighting again in Japan – but it may not be boxing as the show he is set to be on is a new MMA event.

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Kell Brook admits ‘nobody has ever done that to me’ after brutal KO loss to pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford

BRITISH boxer Kell Brook admitted ‘nobody has ever done that to me’ after he was KO’d by Terence Crawford.

Brook, 34, had been on top on two of the judges scorecards when pound-for-pound king Crawford unleashed a fight-ending barrage of blows in the fourth round.

Brook was finished on his feet by his 33-year-old opponent.

Crawford’s victory was his eighth straight knock-out win – a streak that stretches back to July 2016.

It was the third defeat of Brook‘s career after previous stoppages against Errol Spence and Gennady Golovkin.

Despite suffering broken eye sockets in BOTH previous losses, Brook said the manner of his latest failure in Las Vegas was unique.

After the fight, the Sheffield star said: “Never in my career, nobody has ever done that to me in sparring or anything.

“It was one of them… I got caught with a shot I didn’t see.

“I’m gutted because nobody could’ve gotten me in better condition. I was bang on the limit. 

“Maybe I could’ve been a bit more relaxed and loose and let the shots go.”

Crawford returned from a year out of the ring in some style – retaining his WBO welterweight title.

It was Brook’s first fight at welterweight since 2017 and ultimately he came up short.

After his 37th career win, Crawford said: “I was trying to gauge the distance. He had good distance.

“I was trying to find my rhythm in between getting my distance together. That’s why it was so competitive at first. I couldn’t get my shots off.

“Kell is a tremendous talent. He came and he tried to take my title. He was in shape.

“He made the weight. There were no excuses to be put on the table. He came off of three wins.

“He lost to the better man.”

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