Rukiya Anpo faces Hideaki Yamazaki in lightweight title fight at K-1 World Grand Prix 2020
The K-1 World Grand Prix 2020 is set for the Edion Arena Osaka on September 22nd. In the main event Rukiya Anpo will be defending his lightweight (65kgs) title against Japanese veteran Hideaki Yamazaki.
This will be the second fight between them, with Anpo scoring a high kick KO over Yamazaki in the fourth extension round at K-1 World Grand Prix 2018.
Anpo has been on a strong run of form since that fight beating Kaew Fairtex at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2019 in Saitama to win the title and defending it against the same opponent at K-1 World Grand Prix 2019 in Nagoya.
Anpo also defending the title successfully against Fukashi in his last fight on K’Festa 3 back in March. Meanwhile Yamakazi has also been on a strong run since then to earn his shot, winning his last three fights by knockout.
The co-main event sees 57kgs Krush champion and the 2019 57.5kgs Krush Grand Prix champion Yuki Egawa face Tatsuya Tsubakihara. Egawa won that tournament in explosive fashion, with three first round stoppage wins and will be looking to bring his trademark, heavy hitting, pressure style to really test the young prospect Tsubakihara.
With the current worldwide travel restrictions, it’s no surprise the card is dominated by Japanese fighters, with only one non Japanese fighter on the card. Thailand’s Japan based Raseesing Weerasacklek will take on Hiromi Wajima in a super welterweight match up.