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Default 2004: The Return Of K-1 Max To The United States?

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2004: The Return Of K-1 Max To The United States?

In the wake of K-1’s continuous expansion in The United States, rumor has it that the promotion will bring back to North America, tournament competition in its 160-pound limit “Max” division during the last quarter of 2004. Should a Max event be staged on North American soil, it will mark the first time since 2002 that K-1 USA will host this type of event.

In its inaugural season two years ago, K-1 Max premiered in Denver, Colorado in the form of a four-man qualifying tournament that sent its winner, Denver native Duane “Bang” Ludwig, to the premiere K-1 “World Max” tournament in Tokyo, Japan. Ludwig defeated his first qualifying tournament opponent, Melvin Murray, by way of second round technical knockout before engaging in a toe-to-toe war in the tournament’s championship round with Danish Muay Thai rival, Ole Laursen. After three rounds, the matchup between Ludwig and Laursen was declared a draw and sent into overtime, “sudden death” to determine a victor. Ludwig was ruled the winner after the additional three minute round.

Ludwig’s debut in Japan saw the young star suffer a unanimous decision loss to Japanese superstar Masato. The American, recently crowned the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Super Middleweight Muay Thai champion, has since experienced greater success in K-1’s birthplace, winning two of three bouts there.

Since its 2002 birth, K-1 Max has blossomed into its own high-powered promotion and gained acclaim from fight fans worldwide for the high level of skill and intensity consistently displayed by its competitors. United States followers were treated to their first televised stint of K-1 middleweight action on January 16th during the Pay-Per-View broadcast of “Battle Of The Rising Sun.” The show featured two hours of footage from a 10-bout card that took place last November in Tokyo.

Stay tuned for more news about the possible return of K-1 Max to The United States later this year!

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