- K-1 Krush 113 goes Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 am EST
- Who are the best bets to go with on this electric kickboxing card?
- Check out the odds for these bouts, my analysis, and my predictions below
K-1 Krush 113 emanates from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The legacy of K-1 Kickboxing is one of the richest in international martial arts and they’re back at it in a few weeks. Multiple title bouts are scheduled for the upper part of the marquee but the entire event has something for everyone. The 138 lb and 143 lb belts will be on the line with Kongnapa Weerasakreck vs Yuto Shinohara and Daizo Sasaki vs Kensei Kondo, respectively.
Expect high octane, fast-paced, hard-hitting action from some of the best pure stand-up practitioners in the world. True purveyors of the sweetest, most technical, nuanced aspects of the standup realm.
K-1 Krush 113 Odds
Odds taken on April 22
In a largely barren sporting landscape these days, events like this are really able to whet the appetites of combat sports bettors. For Aoshi vs Riamu, I think Riamu is a solid underdog bet. He has a slight reach advantage and he has momentum riding a multiple fight win streak heading into this fight.
Pick: Riamu (+125)
Kurata vs Kataoka is a compelling bout that will surely electrify the fans. I favor the former over the latter here and think the 18-year-old phenom gets it done. Don’t blink during this one though and make sure you have all the snacks situated in close proximity prior to this prizefight.
Pick: Eiki Kurata (-125)
When Kokubo vs Kitamura goes down, the former enters on the heels of a win but the latter was defeated in his last outing. Kokubo has been out of action for well over a year though so I think some ring rust can hurt him in this prizefight here. I’m edging it to Kitamura here and I think he’ll return to the win column with style points.
Pick: Natsuki Kitamura (-105)
Shimura vs Takeuchi aligns two fighters on two different trajectories right now. Takeuchi is on the heels of back to back losses. Having been finished pretty emphatically in both outings, ending up on the wrong end of the highlight reel. Conversely, Shimura is coming off of a first-round win in his last fight after invoking the three knockdown rule.
Winning in the first frame by making his opponent fall to the canvas the max amount of three times. Shimura also has a three-inch height advantage which would lead one to believe he will have a decent reach advantage too. I have Shimura here at K-1 Krush 113.
Pick: Riki Shimura (-120)
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Picks for the Remainder of the Undercard
Ruku vs Kota Nakano
Pick: Kota Nakano (+110)
Shuji Kawarada vs Yuzuki Satomi
Pick: Shuji Kawarada (-190)
Shohei Nishibayashi vs Raito Tamagawa
Pick: Raito Tamagawa (-115)
Shuji Kawarada vs Yuzuki Satomi
Pick: Yuzuki Satomi (+135)
Takahiro vs Shoya Matsumoto
Pick: Shoya Matsumoto (-110)
Tetsu vs Kyohei Hayashi
Pick: Kyohei Hayashi (+145)
Yuta Saito vs Sho Oizumi
Pick: Yuta Saito (-160)
K-1 Krush 113 Main Event
Leading into the main event title fight, both men are coming in on the heels of back to back wins. Two top ten caliber bantamweights ready to trade leather and exchange kicks. Shinohara is at a disadvantage with pro experience but has a solid amount of ammy experience, having won titles between 50kg and 60kg through the early part of the 2010s.
The savvy southpaw Weerasakreckis creeping in on 150 pro fights and his experience belies the fact that the proficient muay thai practitioner is still only 27-years-old.
Yuto Shinohara vs Kongnapa Weerasakreck Tale of the Tape
|2018 Krush-65 kg Champion||Titles/ Distinctions||2018 Krush-63 kg Champion|
The experience edge being in the favor of the southpaw creates a unique scenario for Shinohara. He will have to overcome the unique angles and unorthodox considerations that come with southpaws coupled the fact that he’s a sharp kickboxing technician as well.
I think he will ultimately be able to crack the code here. I can see Shinohara solving the puzzle of Weerasakreck when the two enter the ring at K-1 Krush 113. Shinohara will wrest the championship gold away from the reigning champ and assume the 138 lb throne.
Pick: Yuto Shinohara (-120)
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