I can’t believe it. Vrede just died last night. He was in Vegas earlier this month and became the WBC heavyweight worldchamp after defeating Shane Del “Rocky” Rosario by TKO in round 1 as I mentioned in my earlier post. Yesterday he collapsed during sparring/training and was immediately brought to the hospital, but he didn’t survive. Vrede died at the early age of 22. Rest in Peace, Ginty Vrede.
The Contender Asia commences filming in Singapore with twice-weekly fight nights set to be hottest ticket in town
September 5, 2007, Singapore – Sixteen of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world have commenced their journey to be THE Contender in the inaugural season of The Contender Asia. Filming for the groundbreaking reality series began in Singapore this week at the purpose-built The Contender House with the first fight night held this evening at an adjoining arena, witnessed by an audience of 400 including VIP guests and media.
Riaz Mehta, Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Omnimedia is Executive Producer of the 15-episode reality TV series. Reality TV maestro Mark Burnett and C. Scot Cru of Mark Burnett Productions are Executive Producer and Co-Executive Producer respectively.
Imagine Omnimedia has forged a historic partnership with Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks SKG and this is the first time a reality TV series is filmed in Singapore and produced by a local media company, a venture made possible by Singapore’s Media Development Authority facilitating the financing from Asian banking specialist, DBS Bank.
The fighters who come from 14 different nations represent the cream of the crop in Muay Thai’s middleweight division. The fighters moved into The Contender House during the weekend and in accordance with the format of the show, have been divided into two groups. Each week’s filming will follow the fighters as they live and work with each other, with the pinnacle being the elimination face-off in the ring. Fighters eliminated on a weekly basis until the final fight when only one Contender will be let standing.
The Contender Asia will be hosted by Australian-Chinese actress Jaymee Ong and Stephan Fox, the International Co-ordinator and Vice-President of the World Muay Thai Council. Several international and regional stars will also be making special appearances in the show throughout the season. The Contender Asia is scheduled to debut on AXN this December.
The Contender Asia is directed by internationally acclaimed Jerry Schafer complemented by local talents and senior producers from Mark Burnett Productions.
The Contender Asia fight nights will be held every Wednesday and Saturday from today till October 20. Attendance for the first week is by invitation only.
For more information on The Contender Asia, please go to http://www.thecontenderasia.com. For more information about Imagine OmniMedia, please go to http://www.imagine-omnimedia.com.
I read this article from WBC Muay Thai Official Site.
“The young Dutch Muaythai sensation Buiny Vrede exploded onto the WBC MUAYTHAI titles scene with a stunning first round KO of world champion Shane “Rocky” Del Rosario at the Las Vegas Hilton Casino Hotel.It was Rocky’s first defense of his prestigious WBC heavyweight title after his second round KO win over reigning International Champion Ricardo Van de Bos in Los Angeles last September. Vrede is trained by Colin Oyama who has produced many European world champion fighters in both Muaythai and MMA.Rocky Rosario had energized the heavyweight division with his youth and devastating power in both his punches and kicks. But he had little time to get started before Vrede landed a superb head high kick to his head. Vrede has made a habit of knocking out all comers and boasts a 100% rate. He is now being compared to the K1 superstar Remy Bojansky. Although Vrede barely raised a sweat before delivering his head high KO he is known for his lightening low kicks delivered with immaculate timing and precision. He also has a reputation for his hard right hand punches and powerful knee strikes.While Rocky started firm favourite in front of his fans in Las Vegas, Vrede showed no signs of any travel fatigue and went about his ring biz in a thoroughly professional manner – and left his opponent tasting the canvas.”
February 2, 2008
Bouts are scheduled for three rounds (three minutes each round) with a one round extension if needed
Line-up translated from sportsnavi (not in fight order):
Fight 1 – K-1 World Youth 2008 International Team Competition (Japan vs. Netherlands) – 3 Rds x 3 Min
HIROYA vs. TBA (Netherlands)
Fight 2 – K-1 World Youth 2008 International Team Competition (Japan vs. Netherlands) – 3 Rds x 3 Min
Shota Shimada vs. TBA (Netherlands)
Fight 3 – K-1 World Youth 2008 International Team Competition (Japan vs. Netherlands) – 3 Rds x 3 Min
Kizaemon Saiga vs. TBA (Netherlands)
Fight 4 – Tournament Reserve Bout
Yasuhito Shirasu vs. Kozo Mitsuyama
Fight 5 – Japan Tournament Bout – Bracket A
Andy Ologun (Team Ologun) vs. Yuya Yamamoto (Seisyun-Jyuku)
Fight 6 – Japan Tournament Bout – Bracket A
Keiji Ozaki (Team Dragon) vs. Yasuhiro Kido (Taniyama Gym)
Fight 7 – Japan Tournament Bout – Bracket B
TATSUJI (Iron Ax) vs. Hiroyuki Maeda (Bukuro Gym)
Fight 8 – Japan Tournament Bout – Bracket B
HAYATO (Future_Tribe) vs. Ryuji (Real Deal)
Fight 9 – Super Fight
Artur Kyshenko vs. Shingo Garyu
Fight 10 – Super Fight – change
Yoshihiro Sato vs. Buakaw Por.Pramuk – Por.Pramuk replaces an injured Takayuki Kohiruimaki (knee)
Fight 11 – Japan Tournament Semi-Final Bout – Bracket A
Winners of Bracket A Face Off
Fight 12 – Japan Tournament Semi-Final Bout – Bracket B
Winners of Bracket B Face Off
Fight 13 – Japan Tournament Final
Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B
Several months ago, I found the website of Pro Training Inc, Sityodtong LA (USA), a Muay Thai Kickboxing gym in Pasadena: www.sityodtongla.com
The gym is located in Pasadena, CA. The instructors are Walter “Sleeper” Michalowski, former middle weight champion, and Kru Nokweed, an official WBC Muay Thai referee.