THE Chinese fighters are coming. Their mission is not to conquer Manila but to dominate the rest of the world. They are also bringing good news to professional kickboxing fans.
The Wu Lin Feng Global Fighting Championship-Philippines, the first-ever professional kickboxing competition in the country, finally gets underway on October 23 at the Cove in Okada Manila.
The highlight of the blockbuster 10-fight promotion presented by the MSM Promotion and sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) will fit defending titlist Fu Gaofeng of China against Philipp Engeroff of Germany in the 75-kg main event.
“It is with great honor to introduce to local Fight Fans the Wu Lin Feng Global Championships-Philippines-the First-ever professional kickboxing to the held here in Manila,” said MSM Promotion head Maynard S.Marinas during the recent Media Launch also at the Cove Manila.
Marinas said professional kickboxing competitions have become popular since 2007, drawing a worldwide audience and attracting more fighters from the United States, Germany, Iran, Thailand, Russia, New Zealand among others.
Participants have included K1 Fighters, mixed martial arts professional, muaythai fighters, wushu and sanda practitioners.
“In 2013,the kickboxing promotion was ranked among the top 100 most viewed satellite and cable television programs in China,” said Marinas.
The promoter also introduced some of the foreign fighters in the fight card, which will pit “hina against the Rest of the World.
Also in the blockbuster promotions are the fights between Li Ning against Kanchit Chai; Zhao Chongyang against Osman Yannis; Zhang Chuyun against Alex Wellin; and Zhuo Wei against Mehrab Sanneh.
GAB headed by Chairman Abraham Mitra will supervise the event.