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Okinawa faces Korea in next Tenkaichi Super Fight

Date Posted: 2012-02-17

The Strongest Fighter in Okinawa is about to be unveiled as fighters enter the ring on February 26th to battle for the title, and it promises to be a thriller as an Okinawan favorite meets a strong but unknown Korean fighter.

Okinawan fighter, “Hiroto” and Korean fighter, Cho Jung Hyun head the main event, a CMA KPW Middleweight Title Match. At December’s Tenkaichi Super Fight, Hiroto won in a stunning victory against a K-1 experienced Kenji Kawabata. Riding his last few victories, Hiroto earned the right to fight for the CMA KPW Middleweight title.

His opponent will be a little known South Korean powerhouse named Cho Jung Hyun. An excellent veteran fighter from Korea, Cho has studied Tae Kwon Do since childhood, and his kickboxing record is 14-1-0, with 12 of his victories coming by KO. A majority of his KOs have come by way of high kicks.

In Korea, he has fought MMA events, where his record is 6-0-0.

The key, analysts say, will be Hiroto’s boxing versus Cho’s kicks. If either connects, he’ll easily knock the other down. Many predict this fight will end in a KO.

Kickboxing and MMA pro rules apply as Okinawan, American and Japanese fighters do battle in the Tenkaichi Super Fight, one of the largest martial arts events on the island. It’s also a General Mobilization, the largest kickboxing and MMA event with competition at the highest level in Okinawa. All in all, it’s a bout to decide “who is the strongest fighter in Okinawa.”

The most interesting point is what anyone with confidence in himself can enter to participate in the event. A person who trains at a gym, or those who train themselves outside any gym, and persons with one-on-one fight training experience in the military, are going to meet and fight regardless of national origin, pitting Okinawan, American and Japanese as competitors.

Preliminary matches take place starting at 4 p.m., before the Super Fight.

The challenge matches are an amateur event that uses gloves bigger than those used in the Super Fight. No knees to the face are allowed, and the rounds are shorter for the fighter’s safety. These fights are the beginning steps for those wanting to test their training and eventually fight in the Super Fight.

Tickets are available at WildSeasar, at the Camp Foster, Hansen and Kadena BX Mail Centers and at Okinawa Market on Chuo Park Avenue.
General seating tickets are 3,500 ($45), Ring Side tickets are 4,500 ($60), and the best Super Ringside Seats are 5,500 ($75).

Information in English is available Monday through Friday 6 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m. at 098-926-1114, or by e-mail at tenka926@yahoo.co.jp.

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