[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on LiverKick.com, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]
It’s really been brought to my attention lately that a lot of people don’t have a clue about about any weight classes in kickboxing besides 70kg and heavyweight, the two divisions that K-1 used for the most part throughout its history. The absence of other weight classes in K-1 for so long created somewhat of a sentiment to some people that those weight divisions didn’t matter or that the fighters weren’t any good or as good compared to 70kg or heavyweight. That couldn’t be any more wrong.
The weight classes outside of 70kg and heavyweight have really been left in the dust for so many years. They’ve never really had a big stage to fight on like K-1. It’s Showtime did utilize other weight classes but that platform still wasn’t enough to get some recognition for all the world class kickboxers that unfortunately for their wallets, aren’t a 70kg fighter or a heavyweight.
The heavyweight division tends to be looked at in such a prestigious light and cited as the place where the best kickboxers in the world are yet there is such a huge drop off after the top 5 even and then again after the top 10 and it’s not too soon until you find out that it’s mostly mediocrity. In other weight classes you won’t see this to the same extent where everything after the top 15 or so is mostly mediocrity. That’s not even mentioning that the overall skill levels of the fighters there isn’t on the same level as for example, fighters at 60-63.5kg. It’s obviously apparent when you actually watch the fights, comparing and analyzing them.