K-1 World MAX 2003 World Tournament Final

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K-1 World MAX 2003 World Tournament Final
Promotion K-1
Date July 5, 2003
Venue Saitama Super Arena
City Japan Saitama, Japan
Attendance 15,600
Event chronology
K-1 Beast II 2003 K-1 World MAX 2003 World Tournament Final K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Fukuoka

K-1 World MAX 2003 World Tournament Final was a kickboxing event promoted by the K-1 organization. It was the second ever K-1 MAX final for middleweight kickboxers (70 kg/154 lb weight class) involving eight finalists and two reserve fighters, with all bouts fought under K-1 rules. The tournament fighters had qualified via preliminary tournaments, had been involved in the previous years final, or had been invited due to their achievements in kickboxing and Muay Thai (more information on the fighters is detailed by the bulleted list below). As well as tournament bouts there was also a super fight, also fought under K-1 rules. In total there were twelve fighters at the event, representing seven countries.

The tournament winner was the home favourite Masato who defeated reigning champion Albert Kraus by knockout, in what was a very entertaining event with five stoppages in the eight bouts. Both Masato and Kraus had challenging routes to the final with Masato having a close decision victory over Mike Zambidis and Kraus overcoming up and comer and future K-1 MAX champion Andy Souwer in the quarter finals. The event was held in Saitama at the Saitama Super Arena, on Saturday, 5 July 2003.



  • Japan Yasuhiro Kazuya - K-1 MAX Japan 2003 3rd place, national karate champion
  • Russia Viatcheslav Nesterov - invitee, Kyokushin Karate Oyama Cup 3rd place

K-1 World MAX 2003 World Tournament Final[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 Japan Masato DEC  
 Greece Mike Zambidis        Japan Masato KO  
 Brazil Marfio Canoletti        Thailand Sakeddaw Kiatputon    
 Thailand Sakeddaw Kiatputon DEC        Japan Masato KO
 United States Duane Ludwig KO        Netherlands Albert Kraus  
 Japan Kozo Takeda        United States Duane Ludwig  
 Netherlands Albert Kraus TKO      Netherlands Albert Kraus KO    
 Netherlands Andy Souwer    


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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Results". K-1 Grand Prix Website.