Andy Howson’s K-1 debut was a typical affair in that his opponent got hurt, banged and bloodied, but sadly, a three-knockdown rule spelled the end after Howson had knocked his tough Japanese opponent Nobuchika Terada down twice himself.
It was a race to score the third, and the Asian won.
It was not an easy debut for the long-time Muay Thai fighter from England to make, after transitioning over to K-1 rules after being signed by K-1 Rising to fight on their now “postponed” American cards. Regardless, the career switch will open up more opportunities to the former ISKA and WMC (MuayThai Against Drugs) world bantamweight champion, and even if K-1 Rising doesn’t come to fruition, Andy can find fights in KRUSH, in DEEP: Kick, and perhaps even in Shootboxing; wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events.
Howson is a technical brawler, and one of England’s most exciting fighters in recent times, and I’m sure that he will bounce back soon and – be it under K-1 or Muay Thai rules – that he will perform well, put on an entertaining scrap win or lose, and do his team-mates and himself proud.