World kickboxing mourns the tragic loss of former GLORY welterweight champion, Marc de Bonte whose death was confirmed earlier this week, following reports of his body being discovered after he’d been reported as missing three weeks prior. Sadly, not long before Marc was reported as missing, part one of what would be his last ever interview was published via MMA Plus.
Enfusion Live had recently signed Marc de Bonte on a multiple fight contract and he was set to make his Enfusion debut against, the current 85kg Enfusion champion, Ibrahim El Boustati in February, 2017.
Marc de Bonte had recently returned to kickboxing after a two year hiatus from the sport; he’d been pursuing a career in pro boxing in Germany. However, after parting ways with his then management (due to circumstances beyond his control), Marc had made a winning return to kickboxing in September, with an impressive KO of Artur Gorlov at, Kunlun Fight 51 in China.
Unfortunately, Marc is no longer with us and my deepest condolenences go out to: his parents, Marc’s partner, all of his family and friends and everyone else who knew Marc too. He was a wonderful guy full of positive vibes who, still had loads more to achieve as a world class combat athlete, and in life but is sadly no longer with us.
Rest in peace Marc de Bonte.
You will always be remembered as a kickboxing legend, however, you were a champion of a man in more ways than one.
Jamie Bates is a UK kickboxing veteran who, has been involved in the sport competitively since he was a child. At only 27 years of age (with an unofficial record of +100 fights), he has fought for top kickboxng promotions such as: the Tafnet Cup and ACB KB. Bates candidly opens up about his mistakes leading up-to his last fight against Ciprian Șchiopu at Respect World Series, London. As well as alleging that he hasn’t been paid (at the time of the interview) for fighting Schiopu which, resulted in him needing over 40 stitches in his head.
“I needed to fight for my own sanity. I also have bills to pay. My car was broke, I needed to fix that. I have a four year old daughter who wants to do things. I haven’t been paid for the fight yet like.”
Unfortunately, these allegations of non-payment were again repeated very recently as reported by MMA Plus, along with new allegations of non-payment by: Arnold Oborotov, Kaz Mwamba, Domink Matusz and Daniel Sam – all having fought at the same Respect London event on July 2, 2016. Respect are still to formally respond to MMA Plus who, did contact them about the allegations, before publishing them.
Interestingly, Bates works as a falconer as well as being a professional kickboxer and coach. He also has a degree in Sports Science and is very informed about various training, dieting and sports performance aspects; and shares his knowledge including, his opinions on the benefits of alkaline diets in preventing cancers.
However, Jamie Bates wasn’t afraid to discuss the wider problems of fighters allegedly using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and or, steroids to enhance their training and physical abilities in the ring. As well as the consequences that this can have on one’s long term health and well being.
Michael Terrill confirmed his retirement from professional kickboxing, alleging that Superkombat Fighting Championship, took up-to a year to finally pay him for multiple fights he had fought for the promotion. Superkombat are considered to be one of the most established promotions in world kickboxing and when news broke of this last week, several other fighters had also come forward alleging that both Superkombat and Respect World Series had been withholding payments for up-to 17 months.
“I kept emailing them over the Facebook messenger and they would say, ‘it’d be in next week, it’d be in next week’. Just it wasn’t coming. I’m sure there were a couple of lads from Romania as well, we were all emailing each other as well. From the Vos Gym, I think Francois [Lubbers] was having problems. I think there were a few. So, everyone refused to fight on their show. I never got paid for a year.”
“It was funny when I did get paid, I had to go into Ramsdens [Jewellers] to get my money through Western Union. Very professional.”
“The do give you a good platform to fight on. Its probably one of the bigger shows in Europe. Do get noticed but you still need to get paid for what you doing. Especially when you training two or three times a day. People don’t realise how expensive just eating is. Eating right is expensive and you’ve gotta train and then your waiting for your money.”
“It’s disheartening. You get to the top and you’re waiting a year and it just puts you off the sport.”
Terrill candidly explains: the whole Superkombat saga in more depth and his shocking decision to pursue bareknuckle boxing instead of professional kickboxing which, is unheard of before, especially when considering the public perception and controversy around such pugilism; and the new direction he is now headed in with life, combat sports, coaching and much more.
Iman Barlow successfully defended her 54 kg Enfusion world championship last night against, Ilsury Hendrikse at Enfusion Live 43 in Groningen, Netherlands. At only 23 years of age, Barlow has already conquered several other world titles, most notably within: Lion Fight and Muay Thai Grand Prix (MTGP).
“Pretty Killer” comes from a Muay Thai background and has been trained by her parents from a very early age at their family gym, Team Assassins in Leicestershire, England. However, Iman continues her professional fighting career being very active in both Muay Thai and kickboxing (K1 / Enfusion) rules.
Barlow has gained worldwide recognition (and fandom) for her warm and vibrant personality outside of the ring and for her skilful ways in the ring too. Having accumulated so much success in the striking arts, GLORY Kickboxing attempted to sign Iman earlier this year. However, due to her eventful scheduling at the time, Barlow surprisingly rejected the GLORY contract offer to focus on establishing her career with Enfusion, Lion Fight and MTGP whilst retaining her full-time job as a teaching assistant.
Find out more about Iman Barlow and her life experiences that shaped her into becoming a world champion in this candid interview; giving you a much deeper insight into who she is as a person, the hurdles she’s had to overcome and much more.