Monday March is over, welcome April
We all know that Monday is the hardest day to start the week and people always refer that Monday is not the best day of the week. Well I think we can make the conclusion that the month of March is Mike’s Monday blues.
Like most of the months you win some and you lose some but March wasn’t our best month, although the performance of Adamchuck was still very impressive as he kept his Glory featherweight belt by defeating Mosab Amrani in a one sided fight. It was the other fight results that didn’t do our team any justices. On that same night we unfortunately didn’t see the Murthel we normally expected and lost his fight against underdog Cedric Doumbe.
Another news that was hard to swallow was the loss of Massaro Glunder against the K-1 champ Kaew Fairtex via decision. A typical decision that they are protecting the champion as Kaew clearly lost rounds 1 and 2, so we got robbed from an important victory. On March 12 we had four fighters travelling abroad as Walter left to Vilnius in Lithuania with Gokhan Gedik, Arya and Jordy Laret and all three lost their fights. In the UK we had Chris “Bad News” Baya that had some bad news of his own as he lost in a close fight but broke his arm pretty early in the fight. So with a loss and his arm in a casket you can imagine that it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping.
Luckily the month March was coming to an end as the last weekend of March the results were getting better as Colin George, Tommo and Fabio Kwasi won their fight and it was only Deler that lost. So we knew that we wanted to leave March behind and focus on April and the month started off great when Mohamed Amine won his fight at the Hemmers gym event.
But our biggest success was yesterday at the biggest kickboxing event of the year in Holland, World Fighting League. Mike had three tournament participants; Anissa Haddaoui, Murthel Groenhart and Fabio Kwasi. Anissa beat the favorite Ilona Wijmans in the finals and took the first tournament victory back home. Murthel Groenhart redeemed himself after his disappointing loss at Glory and took home the 4 man tournament by beating Marco Pique and Sem Braan on the same night. The biggest upset has to go to 20 year old Fabio Kwasi who got the call last week to be a replacement fighter and he did what many didn’t expect. He won the damn thing by defeating Douwes and Tevette in one night!
We three tournament victory you can almost say it was our most successful event of the year but unfortunately Massaro Glunder didn’t got the W. Just like Kwasi he got the call only a few weeks ago and like people know, the Mike’s gym mentality is that we are always ready to fight if we get the call. Massaro was doing well and was winning the fight in round 1 and was looking on his way to take round 2 but suddenly he got hit with a good shot and got 8 counts and therefore lost his momentum and finally lost the fight on points.
The year 2016 is still young so we are expecting good results the upcoming months but we said goodbye to our Monday March and we are welcoming April and looking forward to get more good results for the team.
Mike Passenier: “Very happy about our victories last night, having three belt holders fighting in a tournament format is very unique and to be honest I think it has never been done by any other gym. So once again I’m proud of my students. Even the loss of Massaro is a victory on its own. He’s facing a very good opponent with only 2 weeks’ notice and was controlling the fight. So he didn’t lost from a better fighter but he lost from a fighter that had his luck on his side. I’m positive if we can get a rematch along the line we will win that fight. But congratulations to El Massouadi because we always lose in grace and he fought a good fight in the last round.
05 July June ends big
Almost each weekend we can enjoy one of Mike’s gym fighters on shows around the world but the first weekend of June Mike wasn’t travelling to corner one of his fighters, this time he visit the beautiful Ukraine with Glory featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk. They got invited by the old trainer of Serhiy and where there to scout new fighters and meet with the president of WAKO and other important people within the kickboxing scene of Ukraine. It was a great trip and it was good to see that the level of kickboxing in Ukraine is getting better and better. Mike is going to help this development by bringing some Ukraine talent over to Holland to train at Mike’s gym.
02 June May Madness
Each month we have several fights worldwide and with such a team of champions it’s hard to keep up. So let’s look back what happened in the month of May as Mike's gym had 13 fights over 4 weekends in three continents. In Europe we have our home country Holland but also Belgium, Germany and Austria got to know Mike's gym. But even outside of Europe we had Russia, China and even Suriname in our travelling plans. So our title most international gym in the world is not something we made up, it's simply true!
01 December Again three titles for Mike’s gym
It’s getting a bit normal, that each weekend Mike’s gym fighters bring home belts. While it’s not easy to top the historical weekend two weeks ago we make sure to keep our goals the same and that’s to break records. This weekend wasn’t such a big catch but still manage to take home more belt then the average gym will do in a whole year. This weekend we took two world titles and one European title, so that’s still pretty impressive.
24 November From Japan back home
Another fight week in the books and like always Mike’s gym was represented worldwide. We start our journey in Japan, a special place for Mike Passenier that have experienced his biggest highlights of his career when guys like Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Gokhan Saki where fighting on the biggest stage of the world. After the collapse of the big K-1 it took some time to adjust but they are coming back strong with a whole new format.
09 November Historical weekend Mike’s gym
Mike’s gym is no stranger to having multiple fights during the weekend all over the world. It’s almost weekly routine for the guys out of Mike’s gym but once in a while you have a weekend that everything falls in place and that all the hard work in the gym pays out.
03 November Yvel Power at Mike’s gymFormer Rings, Pride and UFC fighter Gilbert Yvel will start from today with a new M.M.A. training at Mike’s gym called ‘Yvel Power’. He will teach the M.M.A. class each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 09.00 till 10.15 in the morning.
20 October Two weeks of fighting
It’s getting a bit predictable but again Mike’s gym had many fighters competing on several shows around the world. Let’s go back a week; as Yokkao 14 and 15 was held in the UK. It’s arguable the best muay thai show in Europe this year with big names in the world of muay thai like Sanchai, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Jordan Watson, Liam Harrison and you can also add Massaro Glunder and Jordan Pikeur to that list now.
29 September Fabio Kwasi and Dion Staring victorious
This weekend Mike’s gym had three fighters competing; on Friday coach Oscar Roque travelled to Bosnia to coach one of the talents out of Mike’s gym, Fabio Kwasi. He took on Mladen Kujundzic in the co-main event of the WFL show.
25 September Mike’s gym the most international gym of the world
There are many great gyms in the world and even in Holland there are some great places to train but there is no gym in the world that is so active in the world than Mike’s gym. Almost each week one of our fighters are fighting in arena’s all over the world.
24 August Busy month for Mike’s gym
The month august is almost over and we can look back at a very productive and busy month for our Mike’s gym fighters fighting all around the world. We start august 1 where Superkombat was holding their big Romanian event which was aired live on Eurosport. Superkombat established themselves as one of the leading kickboxing promotions in Europe.
13 July Hari & Groenhart fight in AugustWhile the new names of Mike’s gym are taking over the K-1, the establish names like Badr Hari and Murthel Groenhart will also be back in action. Murthel Groenhart will kick off the month of August and will fight again for Glory and Badr Hari will be back and will take on Ismael Londt.
06 July K-1 Taste of VictoryJuly 1 the black and yellow squad of Mike’s gym travelled to the land of the rising sun; Tokyo, Japan. This time the K-1 was holding their famous 8 man tournament at -70kg. Sergey Adamchuk got a reserve spot in case one of the main fighters wasn’t able to continue and Jordan “Shaggy” Pikeur was part of the tournament. Kickboxing sensation Massaro Glunder got the opportunity to fight a superfight against highly respected Kimura Minoru.
22 June Superkombat, K-1 promotion and seminarJust like last weekend, there was enough activities to talk about. The week started Thursday as trainers Mike and Walter took the plane to Romania to have 4 fighters competing at Superkombat. Onur Sahin, Gokhan Gedik, Fabio Kwasi and Colin George where all ready to take on their Romania opponents.
16 June Another international weekend for Mike’s gymIt’s almost each weekend that numerous of Mike’s gym trainers, fighters or supporters are representing the gym all over the globe and this weekend was no different.
08 June Sergey Adamchuk in huge upset in GloryWhat a big weekend for Sergey Adamchuk, when he woke up Thursday he would never expected that his weekend will turn his career around. On Thursday around 15.00 he got the call asking if he could fight the next day at Glory in Lille, France.
27 May Chris Baya victorious and Massaro robbed
Last weekend Chris “Bad News” Baya travelled with Mike and Oscar to Riga, Latvia. The event could be watched live on www.fightboxlive.com and saw a welterweight tournament between Jevgenijs Aleksejevs, Rain Kaerkinen, Piotr Woznicki and Sergei Morari. Chris would fight a super fight in the lightweight division and took on hometown favorite Kristaps Bulmeistras.
21 May Mike’s gym fighters in the K-1Three Mike’s gym fighters will travel to Japan to participate in the K-1 70kg tournament which will be held on July 4 in Japan. The K-1 is famous for their 8 man tournaments where 8 fighters will fight for the tournament title. So in order to win the belt you have to beat three fighters in a row on the same night.
11 May Innocent Anyanwu new boxing trainerThe famous pro boxer Innocent Anyanwu will start teaching the boxing class at Mike’s gym. Three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 19.00 till 20.00 people can learn from this champion. Innocent was born in Nigeria and at the age of 12 his mother passed away and he moved to Cameroon to become a professional boxer in Germany. In 2001 he came to Holland and start training at Martin Jansen.
04 May Gokhan Gedik and Jordann “Shaggy” Pikeur victoriousMike’s gym represent itself again this weekend as Turkish fighter Gokhan Gedik took a fight in Schotland and Jordann “Shaggy” Pikeur had to fight Monday at Krush in Tokyo, Japan
21 April Another great weekend for Mike’s gymIt was yet another important fight weekend for Mike’s gym. It all started on Friday where Gokhan Saki was finally back in the ring after a yearlong lay off. Like expected he won the fight against a very durable opponent, Ciobanu. After the fight Mike Passenier took the plane back to Holland to be in the corner of Chris Baya but meanwhile Oscar Roque was in Japan to help out Massaro Glunder for his biggest fight of his career.
16 April Saki & Massaro this weekend!It’s going to be an awesome fight week for Mike’s gym. Just like last week Mike’s gym fighters will be active all over the world. Dion who was in Tokyo and Sergey who took the European ISKA belt back home from France is it now time for prospect Massaro Glunder and worlds best fighter Gokhan Saki.
13 April Big fight weekend for Mike’s gymMike Passenier is at the moment in Dubai helping prepare Saki for his upcoming fight on April 17 for GFC. While Mike is not home at Mike’s gym still fighters are competing over the whole world.
09 April Massaro Glunder vs Masaaki Noiri April 19 at K-1 JapanMassaro Glunder got a great opportunity and step up in competition when the K-1 promotion asked him to fight against one of the best featherweights in the world Masaaki Noiri. The young Japanese superstar Noiri was originally matched against the K-1 GP winner Kaew-Fairtex but the Thai fighter had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury.
08 April RIP Sergii LashchenkoUkrainian heavyweight Sergii Lashchenko passed away today after he got shot. According to several news outlets Sergii got into an altercation earlier and checked himself into the emergency room in a nearby
hospital. Most likely because he got injured during the altercation.