Wednesday, March 13, 2013

JEWELS wastes fans time with unqualified Korean kickboxers

JEWELS has added three more MMA fights to the Mar. 30 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show. They also added a kickboxing match and I expect them to add a lot more of that crap that JEWELS owner Yuichi Ozono is well aware that fans dislike. The problem is that two of the three fights have Korean kickboxers that have little or no MMA experience. They don't belong. In a match contracted for 53kg, MIZUKI will face Chan Jeon Mi. MIZUKI trains at Hakushinkai in Nagoya. Her MMA record is 4-1 but she has a lot of kickboxing experience and won the 53.5kg SHOOT BOXING Girls S-Cup last summer. She is a very polished fighter for an 18 year old. Her last fight was a win over Korean kickboxer Song Kyong Hyo on the Dec. 15 JEWELS show. Chan trains at Dobong Kukje and like all the Korean kickboxers is managed by CMA Korea. They claim in the press release that she is the 54kg champ in the MMA League in Korea. But this is her MMA debut so that makes no sense. Look, this is a waste of MIZUKI's talent. If Ozono can't find her a decent opponent, send her to Invicta and at least she can fight someone halfway decent. In a fight contracted for 60kg, Shizuka Sugiyama will face Korean kickboxer Kim Sung Eun. Sugiyama trains at Zendokai in Yokohama. Her record is 8-3 but she is 2-0 since returning from a year in Australia. She was supposed to face Roxanne Modafferi on the Dec. JEWELS show but Roxanne got hurt and the fight was cancelled. That would have given a good idea of where Sugiyama is at as a fighter. Kim also trains at Dobong Kukje. Her MMA record is 0-1. She lost to Kyoko Kimura on the Apr. 1, 2012 PANCRASE show. Sugiyama is expected to win but an opponent like this won't tell us if she is any good. In a match contracted for 48kg, Mina Kurobe will face Tomo Maesawa. Kurobe trains at K-Taro. She won her MMA debut over Naomi Taniyama on the Dec. 15 JEWELS show. Maesawa trains at Paraestra. Her record is 0-2 and her last fight was a loss to Kikuyo Ishikawa on the Dec. 15 JEWELS show. She dropped from 52kg to 48kg for that fight. All fights are scheduled for two five minute rounds. And the poster for the show is now out.

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