Emanuele Tetti takes on Masahiko Suzuki at RISE World Series
Emanuele Tetti performs spinning kick in his WKN World Flyweight title bout against Samvel Babayan | Pic: Valerio Saccomandi via Facebook

RISE World Series semi final round in Osaka

The World Kickboxing Network continues the collaboration with Japanese promotion RISE, presenting its next international matchup on June 21 at EDION Arena Osaka. The contest features Italian Emanuele Tetti up against the representative of the country-host Masahiko Suzuki. The pair squares off in a three-round catchweight bout with the limit of 56 kg, the organization announced on Thursday (via Twitter).

Emanuele Tetti is a newly crowned WKN World Flyweight champion. He earned the title by a unanimous decision against Samvel Babayan late April.

Masahiko Suzuki is riding a two-fight win streak. In his previous outing in March he stopped Duk Jae Yoon in the first round with punches. Before that he KO’d Masaki Takeuchi in Round 2.

The collaboration between WKN’s affiliate TFN (The Fighting Network) and RISE (Real Impact Sports Entertainment) started in 2013 when Australian Danial “Mini T” Williams faced Japanese Dyki Miyagi at the RISE 94 event in Tokyo. Over the years numerous Japanese athletes have taken part in the WKN events in Europe, while the representatives of WKN Top Team have battled it out in “The Land of the Rising Sun”.

The upcoming RISE World Series event is headlined by a pair of semi-final bouts of two knockout tournaments.

In one of the semi-finals of the 58 kg contest Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa takes on Thai Serkim representing the gym of famed Saenchai. The second semi-final features Rungkit Wor.Sanprapai of Thailand face off another local competitor known as Shiro.

South Korean Chan Hyeong Lee takes on Japanese Genji Umeno in one of the semi-finals of the 61 kg tournament. Another representative of the country-host Taiga Kawabe goes up against Seksan Or Kwanmuang of Thailand in the second semi-final.

The lineup can be found below.

RISE World Series semi-final round in Osaka
RISE World Series semi-final round in Osaka

58 kg Tournament semi-final bouts
Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Serkim PKSaenchaimuaythaigym
Rungkit Wor.Sanprapai vs. Shiro

61 kg Tournament semi-final bouts
Chan Hyeong Lee vs. Genji Umeno
Seksan Or Kwanmuang vs. Taiga Kawabe

Catchweight (56 kg) bout Emanuele Tetti vs. Masahiko Suzuki