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.