Takeru (K-1 Group)

K-1 World GP 2018 Cruiserweight Tournament Results: Karimian Crowned, Takeru Stops Puertas

On Monday, Sept. 24, K-1 World GP returned to Tokyo, Japan, for K-1 World GP 2018 Cruiserweight Tournament.

In the evening’s championship tournament, eight men battled for the inaugural 90-kilogram title. In the opening round match-ups, OD Ken fought Sina Karimian, Keiji knocked out Brian Mcgrath, Aundre Groce battled Hitoshi Sugimoto, and Boubaker El Bakouri met Makoto Uehara.

Also, K-1 world champions Takeru and Yoshiki Takei returned against Daniel Puertas and Akram Hamidi, respectivelly.


The prelims aired live at 12:30 a.m. ET on Ameba TV (Japan). The main card continued at 1:35 a.m. ET on GAORA and Ameba TV (Japan).

Sina Karimian def. Boubaker El Bakouri by majority decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28) 90-kilogram tournament final
Takeru def. Daniel Puertas by knockout. Round 1, 2:09
Yoshiki Takei def. Akram Hamidi by knockout. Round 1, 1:42
Koji def. Stauros Exakoustidis by extra round split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Boubaker El Bakouri def. Hitoshi Sugimoto by knockout. Round 2, 1:40 – 90-kilogram tournament semifinal
Sina Karimian def. K-Jee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27) – 90-kilogram tournament semfinal
Ryusei Ashizawa def. Kaito Ozawa by unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Rukiya Anpo def. Hayashi Kenta by knockout. Round 3, 0:44
Suarek Rukkukamui def. Masanobu Goshu by unanimous decision (30-28×3)
Boubaker El Bakouri def. Makoto Uehara by knockout. Round 1, 1:05 – 90-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Hitoshi Sugimoto def. Aundre Groce by unanimous decision (30-29, 29-28, 30-28) – 90-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
K-Jee def. Brian Mcgrath by knockout. Round 1, 2:37 – 90-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Sina Karimian def. OD Ken by knockout. Round 4, 0:39 – 90-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Rui def. Furuta Taichi by TKO. Round 3, 2:49 – 90-kilogram tournament reserve
Hisaki Higashimoto def. Kawarada Shuji by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Takaya Ogura def. Ryota by knockout. Round 1, 0:38