Yesterday K-1 announced the fight draws for the upcoming K-1 World Max (70kg) Final 16 2013 event Mallorca, Spain on the 14th September.
The K-1 World Max tournament has lost much of it’s prestige since many of the top 70kg fighters are signed to Glory. However with names like Andy Souwer, Buakaw Banchamek, Mike Zambidis and Henri Van Opstal, the tournament is still a significant event at 70kg and in kickboxing in general.
Headlining this event will be Andy Souwer facing Yasuhiro Kido. The co-main event will feature Muay Thai star Buakaw Banchamek vs David Calvo. While these are squash matches of sorts for Souwer and Banchamek, they will at least whet the appetite for these two to face each other in the K-1 World Max Final 8 sometime later this year.
Full listing of Final 16 match-ups below.
Andy Souwer (NLD) vs. Yasuhiro Kido (JAP)
Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. David Calvo (SPA)
Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Wallace Lopez (BRA)
Lee Sung-Hyun (KOR) vs. Francois Alexande (FRA)
Zhou Zhi-Peng (CHN) vs. Joey Pagliuso (USA)
Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
Henri Van Opstal (NLD) vs. Enriko Kehl (DEU)
Mike Zambidis (GRC) vs. Elam Ngor (ESP)