Choi vs. Bonjasky in K-1 World Cup quarterfinalFreefighter Choi Hong-man will fight Remy Bonjasky of the Netherlands in a quarterfinal in the no-holds-barred K-1 World Cup Grand Prix 2005 Final in Tokyo on Nov. 19.
The former ssireum star has been on the rise since beating Bob Sapp of the United States recently, and he seems to be preparing a lot for the next bout. Bonjasky stands 1.92 meters (6.3 feet) tall, or 26 centimeters shorter than Choi, but the Dutch has mastered basic skills and is flexible with long arms and legs. Bonjasky's main weapon is to jump and attack the opponent's face with his leg or knee.
Choi needs to be concerned about low kicks, which was a weak spot in the match with Sapp. Bonjasky said in the K-1 event in Seoul last year that it was difficult to attack Choi's face but he would use a low kick to keep Choi off balance and put him in the target space. The fight with Bonjasky is expected to be the first game at the Nov. 19 World Cup. The final will be held the same day.
“I will take this chance to learn from the best fighters in the world,” Choi said. “I gained confidence after beating Sapp.”
Six other fighters in the quarterfinal are Peter Aerts (Holland), Ruslan Karaev (Russia), Jerome LeBanner (France), Musashi (Japan), Semmy Schilt (Holland) and Ray Sefo (New Zealand).
by Sung Ho-jun