Kevin Ross knew it was bound to happen. He has believed for many years that it was only a matter of time before kickboxing got a mainstream push in the United States. Ross, a longtime Muay Thai practitioner, just didn’t know when it would happen.
Part of the California native thought kickboxing would gain a foothold long after he had been retired. Yet here he is as a part of the core of Bellator Kickboxing, backed by media giant Viacom, airing on Spike TV and headed by Scott Coker.
“I couldn’t be more excited, man,” Ross told MMA Fighting. “Not only to see this going on, but to be on the forefront of it getting put out there like that is amazing to me. I never thought I’d still be actively fighting and still in my prime while this was going on. I always felt that I’d be someone to help it get there, but to be doing this is really amazing to me. And I’m very grateful to be a part of it.”
Ross meets Matteo Taccini on Saturday at the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing event in Turin, Italy. Bellator has partnered with Italian combat sports promoter Oktagon to build the card. The show will also feature Melvin Manhoef in the main event against Alexandru Negrea, former GLORY highlight-reel maker Raymond Daniels and rising star Anastasia Yankova.
Bellator Kickboxing might not have the elite of the elite in kickboxing at the very start, but what they do have is well-known names, exciting fighters and marketable personalities from the jump. Ross believes the ingredients are in place to take kickboxing, long ignored in the United States, to a completely different level.
“It’s unfortunate that the time [kickboxing] has been out there on the large stage it was missing a piece,” said Ross, a ….View full article
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