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Karate start-up league to hold 10 events next year

Reuters, LOS ANGELES

Jorge Perez, center, fights an unidentified opponent during a Karate Combat competition in New York City on Sept. 27.

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Karate Combat, a full-contact karate league, is to hold 10 events across four continents next year as part of a campaign to bring the ancient martial art into the mainstream, it said on Friday.

The New York-based league is to hold its first fight of the year on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, where Spain’s Igor de Castaneda is to face the Dominican Republic’s Jorge Perez in a battle of two of the upstart league’s rising stars.

Both scored first-round knockouts in their most recent fights.

Bouts would follow in Kyoto, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Miami, Paris, Italy and Latvia, with the fighters vying for the Golden Belt.

“We’re excited to expand Karate Combat in its second season with a more defined and expansive structure,” Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro said.

Karate Combat fuses the venerable combat sport with video game-like elements, such as allowing spectators to view a fighter’s vital signs in real time during a contest.

“Our mix of intense, full-contact action and respect for traditional martial arts virtues is resonating far and wide,” DePietro said.

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