Igor Jurković

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Igor Jurković
Igor Jurkovic.jpg
Born Igor Jurković
(1985-07-15) July 15, 1985 (age 28)
Poreč, Croatia
Other names The Istrian Warrior
Nationality Croatian
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93.8 kg (207 lb; 14 st 11 lb)
Division Light heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Poreč, Croatia
Breda, Netherlands
Team King Porec
Golden Glory
Trainer Leo Komšić
Cor Hemmers
Kickboxing record
Total 58
Wins 50
By knockout 31
Losses 8
By knockout 2
last updated on: May 3, 2014

Igor Jurković (born 15 July 1985) is a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer fighting out of Poreč, Croatia. He was 6 times Croatian national champion 2004, 2005, 2006 in Thai boxing, and kickboxing champion 2005 in full contact, 2005 and 2006 in low kick rules, and also was sparring partner of Mirko Cro Cop. He has fought in K-1 and he is under contract with Glory promotion.

Biography and Career[edit]

Igor "The Istrian Warrior"[1] Jurković was born in the city of Poreč, Croatia. He started kickboxing after watching Mirko Filipović knocking out Mike Bernardo, and as Bernardo was falling down, a new kickboxer, decisive to continue Croatian kickbox glory was rising. Igor was six time Croatian kickboxing champion, also W.A.K.O. amateur world champion under Muay Thai rules, also winning bronze and silver medals on other W.A.K.O. championships.[2]

"Le Grand Tournoi"
He was K-1 Rules "Le Grand Tournoi" 2006 champion.[3] He had a walkthrough in quarter finals because Frédérique Bellonie, last year's champion, suffered injury before tournament. In semi finals he defeated Frédéric Sinistra and won tournament defeating Magomed Magomedov in the final. Tournament was promoted by the K-1 organisation, it was only a prize tournament, not a K-1 qualifying tournament. After that he had a break in his career because of injury sustained while falling off the motorcycle, but successfully returned to kickboxing and won few international tournaments.[4][5]

Gloden Glory
In 2011 he signed for Golden Glory, and successfully passed his first test on United Glory 14 event. He knocked down Pavel Zhuravlev in the first round, in the second round he dropped Pavel and broke his nose, causing ringside doctor to stop the fight.[6] After the fight Head Kick Legend magazine ranked Jurkovic as 20. heavyweight kickboxer on August 2011.[7] He "sneaked" there due to a Win against Zhuravlev.

It was later announced that Jurković is scheduled to participate on K-1 World Grand Prix 2011 in Nanjing Final 16 on October 29. 2011, however the event was canceled as K-1 was suffering from financial problems.[8][9]

2012[edit]

On 10 March 2012 he made another big step defeating Freddy Kemayo on "Cro Cop Final Fight", he won in a close fight after extra round.[10][11]

He was expected to fight Ali Cenik [12] on United Glory 15, but it was later changed and he faced Zabit Samedov, losing the fight via unanimous decision after suffering first round knockdown. Later in the fight Jurković was at least equal fighter, but knockdown was enough for Samedov to take deserved victory.[13] In an interview after the fight he said that he was not ready for two tough fights in that short time.[14]

He was scheduled to fight for the championship belt of Cristian Bosch under WBC Muaythai organisation, but he gave up because he was also scheduled to fight in the Glory summer tournament that was planned to happen in Ukraine but cancelled. In an interview Jurković said that he was sorry he could not fight for the belt as he believed that he could take it easily, and that he was never into Muay Thai but he felt the belt would have suited him.[14]

Glory World Series have announced a Glory grand Slam heavyweight 16 man, one-night, single-elimination tournament event in Tokyo, Japan in December, and Igor is expected to be one of 16 participants.[15]

October 6, 2012, Brussels, Belgium, Glory 2, it was last test before Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam, and another great victory. This time against Gregory Tony. Power advantage was on Jurković's side at the very beginning of the fight, his quick distance closing and power hooks were too much for French opponent. In the second round, after a punch Gregory's hand suffered a fracture, an old injury witch reopened. But that does not diminish Jurković's victory, which was achieved with many powerful body shoots. Three knockdowns in round two and referee stops the fight.[16]

Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam
He competed in the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012. At the opening stage, he faced Anderson "Braddock" Silva and gave up ten kilograms in weight.[17] He lost via TKO when the referee stopped the bout in round one after he was floored twice.[18][19]

2013[edit]

On 19 April 2013, Jurković vs. Cătinaș lived up to the expectations of many of the kickboxing fans that were in attendance at FFC03: Jurković vs. Cătinaș in Split, Croatia. A ton of damage was dished out over the course of the fight between both fighters and Igor Jurković won on a unanimous third round decision in a fight that could have gone either way. After the fight he said that he didn't want to disappoint public and organisation despite breaking his fist in training.[20][21][22]

After refusing to fight at Glory 9: New York, because wanted to fight in his hometown Poreč he fought Dževad Poturak at FFC06: Jurković vs. Poturak on June 14, 2013. Jurković dominated all three rounds and deservedly took unanimous decision win.[23][24][25][26][27]

He fought Jhonata Diniz at Glory 12: New York - Lightweight World Championship Tournament in New York City on November 23, 2013 and lost the fight by first round TKO. He looked good at the beginning of the fight but got too aggressive when Diniz dropped him with a punch, Igor continued to fight but Diniz finished the job.[28][29][30][31][32][33]

2014[edit]

He faced Michael Duut at Glory 14 event in Zagreb, Croatia on March 8, 2014. Jurković dropped weight and fought in Glory light heavyweight division. He dropped Duut with punches two times in round one, and referee stopped the fight at 1:14.[34][35]

He defeated Jovan Kaluđerović early in round one at FFC11: Jurković vs. Kaluđerović in Osijek, Croatia on April 4, 2014 in the main event of the night. Igor was checked with right cross early in the round but recovered and dropped Jovan with punch-knee combination. Finished the fight with few liver kicks at the time of 1:47.[36][37]

He suffered quite a convincing defeat via UD at Glory 16: Denver by Artem Vakhitov in Broomfield, Colorado, United States on May 3, 2014. While focusing on leg kicks he was outclassed by Vakhitov's boxing and suffered first round knockdown. After the fight Igor said “I lost by judges’ decision, but it will not demotivate me. This is now behind me, the mach was OK, but I was not myself. I was slow and I did not have an answer to his combinations”. [38][39][40]

Before break he will once again fight at FFC13 in a main event of the evening against Luis Tavares on June 6, 2014 in Zadar, Croatia.[41]

Titles[edit]

Professional[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
Amateur kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of Jurkovic on FFC official website". finalfight.hr. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Official WAKO results". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ "BUAKAW at the Phoenix Muay Thai". muaythaitv.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  4. ^ "U "PINKIJU" ODRŽANA FINALA MEĐUNARODNOG TURNIRA "SRBIJA OPEN", Igoru Jurkoviću trofej "Zoran Šijan"". atastars.rs. 01.02.2010. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  (Serbian)
  5. ^ "Jurković i Lešnik najveći dobitnici". balkaniyum.tv. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-15. (Bosnian)
  6. ^ "Glory world series live results". liverkick.com. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Kickboxing Rankings: Heavyweight Division, August 2011". headkicklegend.com. August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jurković na K-1 Grand Prixu: Krv, znoj i suze su mi donijele ovo!". Fightsite.hr. 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2011-10-16. (Croatian)
  9. ^ "Report: K-1 Grand Prix 2011 Cancelled". bloodyelbow.com. 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  10. ^ ""Cro Cop Final Fight" Airs On Fight Now TV In USA". liverkick.com. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Cro Cop Final Fight Live Results". liverkick.com. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jurković u Moskvi protiv Samedova". fightsite.hr. 07.03.2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  (Croatian)
  13. ^ "Glory World Series Live Results". liverkick.com. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  14. ^ a b "Jurković: Morali smo odbiti Ghitu". fightsite.hr. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Glory Announces 13 of 16 Heavyweights for Glory Grand Slam in December". liverkick.com. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. (Croatian)
  16. ^ "GLORY 2 BRUSSELS RESULTS". gloryworldseries.com. October 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  17. ^ "Glory: Igor Jurković 99.8, Anderson Silva 110 kg". profightstore.hr. Retrieved 2012-12-30. (Croatian)
  18. ^ GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
  19. ^ DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
  20. ^ "FFC 3: Jurković neutralizirao Catinasa, Delija pregazio Laprakisa" (in Croatian). Profightstore. 19 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Final Fight 3: Igor Jurkovic Defeats Raul Catinas". LiverKick. 19 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Jurković: I broke my fist in training, but I think I didn’t disappoint anyone!
  23. ^ Jurković: I ditched New York to fight Poturak
  24. ^ Final Fight 06: Gerges vs. Zhuravlev on June 14th
  25. ^ Gerges u fantastičnom meču pobijedio Zhuravleva, Jurković nastavlja put prema vrhu FFC-a(Croatian)
  26. ^ Final Fight 06 Results
  27. ^ FFC 6 Results: Hesdy Gerges Defeats Pavel Zhuravlev, Jurkovic Victorious Against Dzeved Poturak
  28. ^ Main Event for GLORY 12 Unveiled: Joe Schilling vs. Wayne Barrett
  29. ^ 2 more fights confirmed for Glory 12 including Joe Schilling vs. Wayne Barrett headliner
  30. ^ Glory 12: Igor Jurković doživio TKO poraz, Ristie šokirao i s dva nokauta osvojio turnir (GIF)(Croatian)
  31. ^ Glory 12 Live Results and Updates
  32. ^ Remy Bonjasky Walks Away With Controversial Decision Over ‘Cro Cop’ at Glory 14
  33. ^ Glory 14 Results and Recap
  34. ^ Otkriveno: Igor Jurković protiv Michaela Duuta na Gloryju 14 u Zagrebu!(Croatian)
  35. ^ Mirko Filipović poražen kontroverznom odlukom sudaca, ostali sunarodnjaci brutalni(Croatian)
  36. ^ Igor Jurković uskočio u glavnu ulogu FFC-a 11 u Osijeku!(Croatian)
  37. ^ Jurković slavio nokautom, Veseli svladao Živkovića u borbi večeri(Croatian)
  38. ^ UFC Veteran Pat Barry Suffers First-Round Knockout Loss to Zack Mwekassa at Glory 16
  39. ^ Glory 16 Results
  40. ^ Jurković: I wasn’t myself
  41. ^ Jurković najavio još jednu borbu pa odmor(Croatian)

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