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!
Let's start with the first weekend of May as we had three fighters that represented Mike’s gym. The beautiful Anissa won her fight against a very dangerous opponent at King of the Ring event in Belgium. Then we have our Turkish brother Gokhan Gedik that took on veteran fighter Nikolaj Falin in Manheim, Germany. It shouldn’t be a surprise that also Gedik took home the win. Then we have Massaro Glunder that travelled all the way to China to take on the home town favorite who was champion of the promotion. Like we expected it was a one sided fight and Massaro once again proved himself that he’s not only one of the most active fighters in the gym but also one of the most successful. The first week of May started strong as all three fighters took home the win for the team.
The next weekend on May 14 we got Cedric “Boss” Manhoef that had to fly to Russia to participate in a 4 man tournament for the big Kunlun promotion. It was pure violence of Cedric as he beat both men in dominant fashion claiming the tournament win. It was a huge opportunity for Cedric Manhoef and he passed with flying colors as he showed the promotion that he can be a great addition to their roster. The next day trainers Joeri Mes and Melayno coached Mohammed Amine to the win as he fought in The Hague at Fight Club event on points.
The third weekend of May we saw Massaro again, this time he was fighting a bit closer to home as he had to travel to Austria, Vienna. He took on Foad Sadeghi in a rematch for the W5 belt he already won from him a few months ago. Now Foad can get his revenge but unfortunately for him he couldn’t keep the pace and Massaro slowly broke him down and kept his belt where it belongs. So with that victory we are 6-0 in the month of May but you can’t always win as Angelo Bos fought Dimitri Ziogas at Enfusion event in Amsterdam. The fight ended in a draw which was a bit disappointing because we thought he won the fight. Mike’s gym fighters Deler and Dudek fought at a show in Ijmuiden. Deler won his fight but Dudek lost but like each loss you learn from them.
Going into the last weekend of May we are up with a record of 7-1-1 which makes May a very successful month whatever the outcome. With four fighters competing worldwide in the last weekend we claim our title as the most international gym once again. Let’s start in South-America where our heavyweight Ser fought in Suriname and just needed several seconds to KO his opponent. In the UK we had Chico “King Kong” Kwasi that fought on Paul Daley’s event called Ultimate Gladiators. Paul Daley a close friend of Mike organized this small show in Nottingham and once again Chico won his fight taking all three rounds. In Holland we had a big M.M.A. show in the northern part of the country where Tycho lost his fight and Mohamed Amine took on a 4 man tournament spot at a Rings show in Amstelveen with only two days’ notice. In the 4th round of the opening fight he dislocated his shoulder and wasn’t able to continue. Still much respect for stepping up as he just fought two weeks ago.
There you have it, with 13 fights in one month we can honestly say that we are not only the most international gym but also one of the most active gyms in the world. With 9 victories and only 2 losses and 1 draw it’s safe to say that we are also one of the most successful gyms in the world.
Mike Passenier: “Yes, the month of May was a very good month. We have won most of our fights and all of them did great, even the ones that lost worked hard and that’s the most important thing for me as a coach. I rather work with a fighter that losses all the time but I see him constantly in the gym then fighters that only take fights that they can win and brag if they beat someone not on their level. Being a champion is not something you can buy and each fight you are in you should know that you have done everything in the preparation. If you missed just one training or you where late on a training, then I can point and tell them that they didn’t work hard enough and tell them that’s the reason they lost. So winning is cool but having my guys and girls at each training is even better because you starting winning in the gym, not in the ring. The fighting part is easy. Let’s keep up the good work and let’s make sure that the month of June is even better.”
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.
04 April 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.
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.