Awesome fight added to the twenty-first KRUSH event in Tokyo, August 11th!
Japanese star Nobuchika Terado will defend his ISKA K-1 World 55kg title against the exciting English brawler Andy “The Punisher” Howson. Terado won his championship belt in the first place due to barbecuing an Englishman’s leg in Kieran McAskill, but will look to continue the trend against a revitalised Howson who re-emerged from retirement to win two fights against national champions and then defeat fellow UK Muay Thai legend and world champion Damien Trainor, taking their quadrilogy to a 3-1 “lead” to the Punisher.
Howson shouldn’t have too much difficulty adjusting to K-1 rules, given his underrated technique and ability to brawl with boxing and kicks. The fight will take place – unsurprisingly – under K-1 rules, with no elbows and only limited clinching allowed.
KRUSH is a Japanese kickboxing promotion that are on legendary status if only for hosting shows at the Korakuen Hall, the home of Shooto! They are a solid promotion that has produced a handful of top class kickboxers and pit homegrown talent against Europeans for special attraction nationality based cards and matchups, with their champions facing top talent from England, Holland and more. The Howson/Terado fight is one such bout.
The bout is a precursor for Howson’s new K-1 career, as K-1 Rising signed him up as part of their bid to attract new and exciting talent from the Muay Thai world. From English shores at least, there are few better than Howson.
K-1 Rising had booked a rematch the Leeds boxer with Romie Adanza in K-1 Rising: Los Angeles, in September, though with the likelihood of that card’s cancellation, it remains to be seen if and when it goes down. Howson already fought Adanza on American soil, and what transpired was an outrageous robbery that had Dick Turpin rolling in his grave.
“Yeah I thought I won that fight,” Howson admits. “The switch to K-1 rules I’m not happy about, as he’s already got a K-1 style with good boxing and kicks, and I’m a traditional Thai fighter, but whenever we fight I’ll set the record straight”.
The KRUSH.21 card features the following title bouts:
- Ryuji Kajiwara vs. Thomas Adamandopoulos (KRUSH 63kg title)
- Nobuchika Terado vs. Andy Howson (ISKA K-1 World 55kg title)
The full card has yet to be released.