Following on from his impressive 2014 King in the Ring Cruiserweight New Zealand crowning, the 'Style Bender' Israel Adesanya will be headlining the New Zealand team in the first ever Trans-Tasman King in the Ring event in April 2015.
Four of Australia's top cruiserweight fighters will be landing on our shores with full intention of taking the crown back to the motherland. Four of New Zealand's best will be doing their best to make sure it stays put.
Four massive super fights also grace the inaugural King in the Ring Trans-Tasman fight card:
The newly crowned middleweight King from City Kickboxing in Auckland, 'Blood' Diamond battling it out with the tough Aussie 'Dirty' Sanchez from Full Force Gym in Sydney.
Our current 62kg King, 'The Arch Angel' Sone Vannathy seeks revenge from young blood Pumpini Ngaronoa in a 3 round grudge match not to be missed.
The big boys will also take the stage to bang it out for the thrill seeking fight fans. Nato Laauli steps up to take on 'The Punisher' from Hastings, Pane Haraki.
In a battle of the North & South, ETK Norths 'Cobra' Chris Eades toes the line with South Sider from Grizzly Thai Boxing, Jordan 'the Sniper' Syme.
New Zealand's biggest no bull fight night. No circus acts or smack talk. Just real fighters battling it out to be the best in the country.
Two countries. Eight Fighters. One Crown.
Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades (ETK North Shore) vs Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme (Grizzly Thai Boxing)
Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki (Hastings Fitness Centre) vs Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli (ETK)
Sone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy (Arch Angel Muay Thai) vs Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa (Dannevirke Bulldogs)
Blood Diamond (City Kickboxing) vs Dirty Sanchez (Full Force Gym)
Trans-Tasman 8 Man:
Kim Loudon (Extreme Muay Thai)
Mark Timms (Bulldog Gym, Manly)
Simon ‘Mayhem’ Maait (Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill)
Kurtis Pegoraro (Corporate Boxing Gym)
Team New Zealand
Israel ‘Stylebender’ Adesanya (City Kickboxing)
Pati ‘The Arsenal’ Afoa (ETK)
Zak ‘Fearless’ Fatamaka (Grizzly Thai Boxing)
Zane ‘The Hybrid’ Hopman (Fortitude Thai Boxing)
Saturday 11 April 2015, Doors Open 6:00pm, Fights Start 6.30pm
ASB Stadium Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland