NZs premier combat sport promotion King in the Ring has its first event of 2021 kicking off on the 27th of March, as the electric atmosphere of New Zealand's biggest combat sport event, takes over the North Shores Eventfinda Stadium.

A religiously stacked fight card featuring fighters from all over NZ, who take to the combat sport stage for a night full of K1 kickboxing action, bringing together their own styles born from kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai, kyokushin karate, MMA and other martial arts.

The 8 man eliminator bouts will showcase NZs top welterweight fighters going head to head in a survival series of three round elimination bouts, and two super fights .

Pool A for 8 man Eliminator Series:

Kayne ‘Insane’ Conlan, from Strikeforce, Auckland.

Doug ‘Dynamite’ Higgins, from Dynamite Muay Thai X ETK, Auckland.

Rob ‘El Hurto’ Horrocks, from Fight Science NZ, Queenstown.

‘Fancy’ Adam Manisy, from Alpha Muay Thai, Wellington.

Pool B for 8 man Eliminator Series:

Connar ‘Pretty Boy’ Wilson, from Freestyle MMA, Morrinsville.

Yuri Mamic, from Urban Sport Gym, Auckland

Jon ‘Hell Raiser’ Anderson, from Alpha Muay Thai, Wellington.

Tony ‘Killa’ Jaggard, from Mana Muay Thai, Palmerston North.

Curtain raiser and reserve fight, in case of injury In the 8 man bouts, is scheduled between Ben ‘Brawla’ Sisam, from The Combat Centre and Shem ‘Money’ Murdoch, from Dunedin Kickboxing Gym.

The First super fight of the night is scheduled between Aiysha ‘Baby Mumble’ Abied, from Beyond Muay Thai Gym, and Nyrene ‘Neutron Bomb’ Crowley from City Kickboxing.

Co-main event, and second super fight for King in the Ring features reigning king Mike ‘Blood Diamond’, from City Kickboxing, stepping in the ring against Diego Beneduzi, from South Island Lee Gar, for the WKBF World Title.

This will also be King In the Rings 30th event since commencement, and broadcasted on TVNZs free to air Duke Channel on the night at 7.30pm (Sky Channel 23 and Freeview channel 13), after previously being aired on Sky.

With the move to TVNZ, King in the Ring becomes the first kickboxing promotion to feature on free TV since K-1 in the early 2000’s.

The driving force behind the scenes of king in the ring, Arna Suttie, addresses the event being broadcasted on TVNZs Duke Channel this Saturday.

"Having the sport and the fighters in front of as many eyes as possible was our goal from the beginning, and that was a main driver for making the switch to TVNZ. We were with Sky for 9 years so the decision wasn’t made lightly. They helped us grow to this point and we are grateful for that.”

She adds, “Our country is producing these great fighters, but it’s taking for them to be recognised on the world stage before becoming household names here and we are hoping to bridge that gap. Our fighters deserve the recognition that the nation’s rugby players get!", thoughts that are resonatory of every fighter, and combat sport fan in NZ.

Event Founder and former NZ HeavyWeight Kickboxer and 6 time Muay Thai World Champion, Coach Jason Suttie, elaborates further on this, and highlights how the fight night is free and accessible for everyone in NZ.

“ We always wanted to get the fighters in front of as much mainstream as possible. We’re gonna be up there with the rugby players and cricket players and every single Kiwi that has a TV, can just turn it on and watch it for free. You watch, once they watch one show, they’ll watch every single show after that.”

A night combat sport fans around nz have been anticipating, King in the Ring promises explosive fights back to back, showcasing some of NZ’s current best combat sport athletes, along with 8 welterweights battling it out for the coveted King in the Ring title and the $10,000 grand prize.

To find out more about the 30th King in the Ring event that takes place on Saturday, 27th March, and to keep on track with upcoming fight nights and events, follow King In the Ring on Instagram @kinginthering8man and “King in the Ring 8 Man Series” on Facebook.

Written by Agent 33