Kickboxing referee Atsushi Onari officiates WKN World Cup 2017 in Tehran
Kickboxing referee out of Japan Atsuhi Onari (r) with WKN promoter in Iran Reza Hejazi (l) during Kickboxing World Cup press conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Tehran / Pic: Instagram @atsushionari

Twelve nations partake in the WKN Kickboxing World Cup on Friday March 10 in Tehran.

Atsushi Onari is an internationally renowned referee out of Japan. He is known as one of the pioneers being with the original K-1 from its very beginning. Furthermore, Onari has refereed some of the biggest bouts ever. This includes Gokhan Saki vs Badr Hari at It’s Showtime and Remy Bonjasky vs Hong Man Choi at K-1, just to name a couple. He has also worked at Glory World Series, W5 professional kickboxing, the Legend fighting show.

At Kickboxing World Cup 2017 an expert out of Japan, Atsushi Onari appears head to head with the “Bigger’s Betters Boxing” referee Klaus Hagemann. The latter is also the WKN coordinator for Germany. Famed Steve Smoger out of the US was meant to govern the trio however due to the political situation in the world he unfortunately could not present at the event.

The championship is a welterweight contest. Athletes out of eight countries will battle out for a prestigious WKN championship belt. The quarterfinals and semi-finals will go ahead at 3 x 2 minute rounds. The final is scheduled at 5 x 2. Moreover four international titles at stake. The bouts will be fought at 3 x 3.

The gala is a historic happening for Iran

The WKN promoter in Tehran is Reza Hejazi. The president of the World Kickboxing Network, Stephae Cabrera attends the event. In addition, a former 16-time world champion in Muay Thai, Osman Yigin tops up the bill of eminent personalities.

On Wednesday the WKN have posted a set of photos on the World Cup event page. It shows the team meeting as well as the press conferences and TV shooting of the athletes. Official weigh-in ceremony and draw is held Thursday.

WKN Kickboxing World Cup 2017

  • Askgar Hosejni (Afghanistan)
  • Mohammed Hossein Daroudian (Iran)
  • Christopher Rotin (Malta)
  • Eric N’Singa (Congo)
  • Ilan Durand (France)
  • Mattia Peddio (Italy)
  • Andreas Charitou (Cyprus)
  • Tsuyoshi Haruno (Japan)

WKN Super Cruiserweight International Title / 3×3
Sina Karimian (Iran) Neil Aquino (Germany)

WKN Super Light Heavyweight International Title / 3×3
Vahid Mahdavi (Iran) Denis Lamanec (Slovakia)

WKN Middleweight International Title / 3×3
Armin Ebrahimpour (Iran) vs Anucha Kanthongtab (Vietnam)

WKN Super Middleweight International Title / 3×3
Mohammad Siahat Maradi (Iran) vs Pong Chuenchun (Thailand)