HONOO RETURNS WITH THE RISING TOUR. Rising in Tokyo - 3/6/19 Rising in Nagoya - 3/13/19 Rising in Kyoto - 3/20/19 Rising in Hokkaido - 3/27/19 HONOO #3 - 4/3/19 The Kishin Black Belt Grapplers' Tournament will be held on these shows as well as HONOO Afterburn. Danny Thorpe will defend his HONOO World Heavyweight Championship twice, against Wild Mike at the Rising in Kyoto and against Lukas von Hahn at HONOO #3. The card for Rising in Tokyo is as follows.
Davey English vs Nein Stein Tyson Apollo vs Makenzie O'Rourke Wild Mike The Wall Jr. vs Midnight Jones Mason Markham vs Ricky Backdrop (Kishin Black Belt Round 1) Vanessa Saunders vs Lukas von Hahn Xemyr Le Bae vs Anton Mikhailov (Kishin Black Belt Round 1) Bluce Lee vs Azumi Takahashi
Next season rule changes: Karatekas now run 60/40/0 ukemi rather than 60/40/20. In addition, they are now able to select any critical style. Their method of experience gain remains unchanged.
Davey English vs Nein Stein is the first HONOO match to go 5 ROUNDS. Shockingly, Stein won with a kick critical rush. Apologies for the bit of off color humor, I'm very very tired and it sounded funnier in my head. Ricky Backdrop has advanced in the KISHIN BLACK BELT tournament, as did Anton Mikhailov. Mason Markham's career may be over. Wild Mike will face Danny Thorpe as planned.
The next stop on the rising tour: AFTERBURN. Ross Cromley vs Sam Bopp Vanessa Saunders vs Saint Anger Will another mysterious broadcast intrusion occur? Mr. Monopoly admitted it was him! Arrest him! Bluce Lee vs Todd Mitchell, the final Round 1 Kishin Black Belt match.
Some minor last minute rule changes following last night: Face up/face down logic category unlocked for all classes except for Boxer. Pickup is still locked to 0, however. The most notable rule change is that any grounded strikes (in the broadest sense, i.e. Kamigoye) besides stomping are now restricted to 10% or below.
Front Grapple editing is now a bit more restricted following the Ricky Backdrop Burning Hammer incident. Competitors may not have moves that do not fit their style set at over 10% in any damage category. This rarely affects any class besides the wrestlers and karatekas as most unfitting moves are already barred from use for the other classes.
The preferred moves for each style are: Strikers: ..Striking. Wrestler: Takedowns, suplexes, submissions. Hybrid Fighter: Takedowns, submissions, strikes. Karateka: None in particular.
Steam's being a tad finnicky right now so I haven't updated anything on my end yet.
MR. MONOPOLY WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE C'MON! What the HELL is the AWF?! Why did he kill the owner of BDW?! Xemyr was nearly injured in his match with Ricky Quick. He's fine but is on thin ice.
This Wednesday, HONOO RISES IN NAGOYA!
HONOO Rising In Nagoya 3-13-19 Tyson Apollo vs Ross Cromley Vanessa Saunders vs Ricky Quick Lukas von Hahn vs Bluce Lee KISHIN Black Belt: Second Round - Ricky Backdrop vs Todd Mitchell Midnight Jones vs Makenzie O'Rourke KISHIN Black Belt: Second Round - Azumi Takahashi vs Anton Mikhailov
Bopp, upon hearing of Apollo's loss, has lost interest in facing him. Cromley vs Apollo II has been set for the Rising in Kyoto. The finals of the KISHIN Black Belt Tournament, a 2 out of 3 falls match between Anton and Backdrop, will also take place.
This Sunday, HONOO Afterburn will feature:
Card: Midnight Jones vs The Wall Jr. Azumi Takahashi vs Vanessa Saunders Wild Mike's Public Sparring Session: Anyone can step up to THE FROZEN PIZZA MAN. And more~
The Wall Jr. barely avoided injury from the CRITICAL he sustained in his fight with Midnight Jones. Xemyr has an injury as well that almost became serious.
A new HONOO website has launched in an effort to make the guide actually readable. Visit it here.
~The Rising in Kyoto Is Almost Here~ Wild Mike vs Danny Thorpe(c) The man who wears a pepperoni crown of thorns steps up to the champ. Kishin Black Belt Finals: Anton Mikhailov vs Ricky Backdrop, 2/3 Falls Pure grappling action! Tyson Apollo vs Ross Cromley The sequel to the critically acclaimed silent film "Tyson Apollo Dies" THE DEBUT OF THE AWF I'm pretty sure Mr. Monopoly breaks all the laws. The Wall Jr. vs Richard Richards The Wall Jr. can avoid injury, but he can't avoid the returning RICHARD RICHARDS. Vanessa Saunders vs Saint Anger The sequel to the critically acclaimed silent film "Saint Anger Dies" Gary The Hot Soup vs Sumo He showed up on our doorstep and wanted a job okay Ricky Quick vs Azumi Takahashi
Scene: A small gym somewhere just outside of Kyoto
Vanessa Saunders, never one to stay idle, is right back at training on a heavy bag, delivering kicks much like the ones she's been scoring knockouts with in her past few matches. "My time here got off to a rough start. You all saw that much, the first few matches I struggled to get a real foothold. Took me until this second tour to find who I was around here... but you damn well know, now, what I'm all about. I've left my last few opponents down and out, unable to stand after a kick like THIS-" Another sharp kick to the bag, almost a reminder of how she's finished many of her recent matches. "And now I hear Saint Anger is gonna get another go at me. You remember what happened the last time we met, I picked Saint Anger apart. And the outcome's gonna be the same this time. We'll see if you can last a bit longer this time before I break your legs."
Following his match with Richard Richards, The Wall Jr's injury came back to haunt him. Sustained in a fight with Midnight Jones, this was the first instance of a fighter getting knocked out cold but getting back up near immediately. The Wall will be out for at least a month. Wild Mike has been fined heavily and suspended for his actions in the match with Danny Thorpe. The KISHIN Black Belt now belongs to Anton Mikhailov, who defeated Ricky Backdrop in record time. The rule changes will stick, all matches will be 5 rounds with no TKO, you can only win by knocking your opponent out cold or making them tap out. The first KISHIN Black Belt defense will take place at the Rising in Hokkaido.
Stay tuned for HONOO Afterburn on Sunday, featuring the debut of Melanie Tanaka and Andronicus Turner! An update on the status of Victor Kai! What the hell is the AWF?!?!
The Wall Jr. was fighting injured. HONOO, great health standards! Xemyr has been injured and will sit out for 5 shows.
HONOO Afterburn returns this sunday: Andronicus Turner had an incredible victory in HOKKAIDO. Now, will the other boxers step up to him?! Midnight Jones had an incredibly shameful victory in HOKKAIDO. Come back, Victor Kai! Was Azumi securing a match against KISHIN BLACK BELT CHAMPION Anton Mikhailov a fluke? Or is this the beginning of her legacy?!
Matches confirmed for HONOO #3 next week, thus far:
An Interview With Andronicus Turner By Maxwell McNally
In the fighting sports one can never know where one’s career path may lead. One of the best examples of this can be observed in the life of Andronicus Turner. A star amateur boxer who trained under the great Emmanuel Steward in his developmental days, and looked to carry on the proud Detroit legacy in the sport, Turner’s career hit a series of roadblocks. Once a favorite to contend for a championship, Andronicus Turner now turns to a different arena to pursue his future. I met Mr. Turner at the M1-5 Lounge in New York City, right down the block from the Church Street Boxing Gym, where he has been training for this month.
Maxwell McNally: Thank you for meeting with me, Mr. Turner, how has your time been here in NYC?
Andronicus Turner: It’s been well. Been training with some top guys over at Church Street, worked some wrestling defense with the coaches, the old school style. You know that the real old guys, the bare knucklers trained as much wrestling as boxing?
McNally: I was not aware.
Turner: Yeah, they didn’t break the clinch so easy, so they had to learn how to control it. That’s what I’m having to learn, fighting in HONOO like I’ve been doing.
McNally: Yes, that was exactly what I wanted to speak about. But first, can you give me some background, your personal history in the sport?
Turner: Sure thing. I was born in the middle of Detroit. My dad raised me, mom skipped out right after I was born, didn’t want nothing to do with me, so Dad had to teach me everything. He had a bad leg from a car accident when he was a kid, but he loved boxing. Every Thursday, we watched Ali’s and Tyson’s old fights on VHS, he had them all. Then Friday, we’d watch the fights on TV, and once a month, we’d go see some live action. He told me I needed to be tough to survive, and I needed to be smart to succeed. Told me that’s all I needed in life, don’t be weak, don’t be stupid.
McNally: And I certainly think his message got through.
Turner: You bet it did. We’d play chess, made me do the toughest practical math he could find for me to do. And he enrolled me in two, not one, two boxing gyms! Made me fight my crazy little head off so hard that I couldn’t even dream of running the streets. So one day, Manny Steward saw me training, and told me he could give me some advice. I quit both my gyms and went with his guys from then on. You know how I said I watched Ali and Tyson? I tried to fight just like them both, high hands, peek a boo like Mike, the footwork and fancy stuff of Ali. Manny told me to knock both those out. Made me drop my guard lower, fight at my optimal range instead of dancing around or bull rushing inside. And made me sit down on each punch, combination, make them all count.
McNally: So when Emmanuel died in 2012, you kept on with his crew.
Turner: Yeah, that’s when I went pro, came up, won a few fights on ESPN, got known nationally. Reppin’ Manny, the Kronk guys, Detroit, it all meant a lot. But you know, when you think you have it all put together, you don’t have a clue.
McNally: That’s when you started losing the important fights.
Turner: Yeah, got two title eliminators, lost both of them. No chance at a shot at the gold, at any of the Alphabets. Then I’m not on TV, not on any of the big cards, back to fighting at the club level. Fighting people who weren’t going nowhere. It got worse, I get picked a few years back to go up against a rising prospect, I was just going to be a faded name on his record. I fight him, and flat out blew it. Got stopped against the ropes, even though I wasn’t KOed for real. So instead of keeping that up, I decided it was time to turn things around, do something different.
McNally: And that would be HONOO.
Turner: I don’t think that’s what I was thinking exactly, but I wanted to see if I could get my stuff back if I tried doing my boxing outside of boxing. MMA, Kickboxing, No Holds Barred, as long as I could still punch and move, I was game. So these guys called me up, said they had some legit underground fighting league. I thought “why not?” I mean, it can’t be worse than fading out and retiring as a boxer!
McNally: And so far, you have been undefeated. I’ve seen your fights, you looked remarkably impressive. I see a pure boxer using his skills and athleticism to dominate. We know that is not easy to do against someone who has wrestled or thrown kicks for a career.
Turner: Man, I don’t care about where they came from, what they’re doing. I just want to drag them into my style, make them box. If they wrestle, I jab them as they come in, stuff their shot, hit an overhand. If they kick, I’ll move in and out of range too fast for them, work the angles, beat them up with combinations. There’s no style I can’t deal with, using my boxing.
McNally: Do tell me, what is your aim in HONOO, and what do you have planned going forward?
Turner: I don’t plan on doing this for more than a year. Give me a year, I go undefeated, get some hype going, and I’ll see if I can get back into contention again in boxing. But I told you my dad didn’t raise a fool. I know that fighting this much, against this many different styles, I can lose some. That happens, I roll with it, win the rematches, and show everyone that the Kronk style is the best in any sport, and that Detroit boxers can come back from anything. Maybe that’s more realistic, to look and see if I can win here. And maybe that’s what I need to focus on, to win everything I can in HONOO.
McNally: Well, I will not be the man who bets against you anytime soon. Thank you again for speaking with me, and I hope to see your next fight.
Turner: April 4th, live from the Spike Dome, HONOO #3, I’m clashing fists with Sam Bopp, it’s going to be real, it’s going to be hard hitting, it’s going to be off the hook! Sam, you better be working that neck like Sonny Liston, ‘cause I’m taking my best shot at your chin! Go order this now, call your friends, your family, everyone on the block, we’re going live at www.twitch.tv/fpbdwtv and nobody’s gonna want to miss it!
After I failed to win the HONOO GP, I lost sight of who I was as a fighter. I didn't realize this until I was looking up at the lights after my battle with Nein Stein. Ricky Quick, you better bring your a-game tonight. I know you're a fighter with a lot to prove, but you can bet your ass I will knock that chip right off your shoulder. Give it your all out there tonight.
Y'all motherfuckers sleepin' on me, the one, the only badass motherfucker to step into HONOO Pro Wrestling. At HONOO #3, where I'm making my debut, I'm stepping into the ring with the girl many say is the most dominant, the most dangerous, the most deadly kick-boxer in recent history; Vanessa Saunders. Only one of us will leave the Spike Dome standing, and...no disrespect to Vanessa, she's easily more dangerous than even Danny Thorpe, but after the match finishes, I'll be leaving the dome on my own two feet. Vanessa Saunders, you're not going away on your own two feet. You're not even going to go away on a stretcher. When I'm through wit' you, you'll be leaving on a bodybag.