King in the Ring K-1 Heavyweight 8 Man Eliminator - 100KG
The ladies knight stole the show and potentially a few hearts in slick display of talent, will and skill from powerhouse gym - City Kickboxing. Originally training under the tutelage of Muay Thai pioneer Asasio Heimuli ( Lolo ) and now CKB it was the mix of styles , world class trainers & sparring partners and god gifted talent that crowned a new 100kg King in the Ring Champion.
Founder and former legendary kickboxer Jason Suttie addressed the crowd in true fashion stating when he started there were no weight limits and many he wanted to fight were much heavier, rather than accept defeat in samurai style he moved up and wrecked anyone in his way – in true ETK style respecting all and fearing none.
3 fights over 9 rounds put the KITR contest as one of the toughest, gruelling and tactical pugilistic competitions on this planet. If you play your cards right you can progress to the final with minimal damage but the chances of this are less than 1% which also represents the type of humans with the mental fortitude step up and represent.
As luck would have it the first fight would be against former double NZ Super Heavyweight KITR Champion, 2 x WKBF & WMC Superheavy weight Champion Tafa ‘Thumper’ MIsipati.
With hands of stone Tafa had the power to end everyone’s dream with just 1 punch. What started tame ended in chaos mid round with Carlos dropping Tafa with a left hook. Distance, timing and range enabled Carlos to blast Tafa with pot shots and precision boxing.
RD 2 was less forgiving to Tafa he was charged relentlessly like a wounded bull, Carlos used his teep following up again with a left hook to put down former champ Tafa.
Moving into Semi Finalwas Ata ‘Smiling Assassin’ Fakalelu with an impressive win over Jordan Maroroa ( South Auckland Lee Gar ) in earlier eliminator fight it was Ata’s unique switch style and punishing lower leg kicks that gained access to Semi Final 2.
Applying the same pressure Ata capitalised on low kicks while Carlos used superior hand speed and height to stack and rack points on Ata. RD 2 saw the sizzle in Ata’s step fade on the other hand Carlos stayed constant, used feints and continued to utilise superior boxing and total domination until the clacker of RD 3.
Next up was Hard Knox and true example of moving up multiple weights Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli originating from Wellington and training in the tough streets of Porirua- Nato certainly lives up to his name. After the initial demolition of Dan Kidwell. Nato went on to an all guns blazing war with Daniel Tai. A close fight which saw Nato edge forward to the final.
On paper Nato moved into the final with less damage than foe Calos who’s leading left leg looking slightly tender. In a perfect world, the plan would be to strategically smash the leg and tenderise it as much as possible. Initially sticking to plan Nato followed this to a tee. Half way through the rd the ladies knight had enough of the jousting and let his hands go.
Dropping Nato to the canvas - like Mike Tyson said everyone has a plan until they get punched
in the mouth. Seizing the moment Carlos continued to go in for the for the for kill with uppercuts left & right hook combinations. Never one to submit Nato carried on as long as he could until his guard could no longer block the barrage of punches and slunk to the canvas with in defeat of the newly crowned king Carlso Ulberg.
Fresh off the boat from fighting in China and now newly crowned king _ Carlos Ulberg is one to watch, only just cracking double digits in the fight game this newcomer brings his A game, with talent and stable to back it up we can only look forward to King in the Ring August for a potential super fight and once again action packed star studded card of only the best New Zealand has to offer.
King in the Ring Fight Results
8 Man Reserve Fight 3x3 minutes
Moe Hussain ( Zero Tolerence ) vs Fou Ah-Lam ( ETK )
Winner - Fou Ah-Lam ( ETK ) Unanimous
8 Man- Quarter Final 1 - 3x3 minutes
Ata ‘Smiling Assassin’ Fakalelu ( The Lion Pit, Wellington ) vs Jordan Maroroa ( South Auckland Lee Gar )
Winner - Ata ‘Smiling Assassin’ Fakalelu ( The Lion Pit, Wellington ) Unanimous
8 Man Quarter Final 2 - 3x3 minutes
Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing ) vs Tafa ‘Thumper’ Misipati ( ETK )
Winner - Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing ) RD 2 KO 1.50 seconds
8 Man Quarter Final 3 - 3x3 minutes
Daniel Tai ( City Kickboxing ) vs Sigi Pesaleli ( SMAC )
Winner - Daniel Tai ( City Kickboxing ) Unanimous
8 Man Quarter Final 4 - 3x3 minutes
Dan Kidwell ( Ngakaunui Thai Boxing ) vs Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli ( ETK )
Winner - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli ( ETK ) RD 1 TKO 2.57 seconds
Light Middleweight Super Fight 3x2 minutes
King Allsopp ( Pars Gym, Auckland ) vs Greg Lemanu ( ETK )
Winner - King Allsopp ( Pars Gym, Auckland ) RD 3 TKO 0.38 seconds
8 Man Semi Final 1 - 3x3 minutes
Ata ‘Smiling Assassin’ Fakalelu ( The Lion Pit, Wellington ) vs Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing )
Winner - Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing ) by majority decision
8 Man Semi Final 2 - 3x3 minutes
Daniel Tai ( City Kickboxing ) vs Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli ( ETK )
Winner - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli ( ETK ) Unanimous
Super Middleweight Super Fight 3x3 mins
Billy Walker ( ETK North ) vs Alex Redhead ( City Lee Gar )
Winner - Alex Redhead ( City Lee Gar ) RD 2 TKO 1.05 seconds
8 Man Final - King in the Ring Heavyweight 8 Man Eliminator - 100KG
Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing ) vs Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli ( ETK )
Winner - Carlos Ulberg ( City Kickboxing ) RD 2 KO- Punches