You were paid off not to fight Lebanner??? That sucks majorly!!!Hi Simmy!
To get on the K1 circuit you need two things – proven ability and marketability. With one you may get a shot, but without both you’ll be asked back.
A good fight record is important.
After this you need to know the right promoters to get on the official K1 circuit, and that’s the hard part.
And the even harder part is to get K1 Japan to like you, as if you don’t, you won’t get the opportunities.
I know this from first hand experience of doing not too badly on the official K1 tournament circuit and K1 Grand Prix tournament circuit. I didn’t quite break the tournaments however, best was runner up in K1 Scandanvia.
We pushed to get recognised by Japan, and they said I hadn’t beaten the right opponents. So we asked for access to fight them, and it was provided. So I beat Carter Williams (K1 USA Champ), Gregory Tony (K1 France Champ), and in the year that Azem Maksutaj was seen as a bright light of K1 I beat him.
I had a couple of further hiccups too – I was paid off not to fight Jerome Lebanner after a contract was made. I also was due to fight Ignashov but the show collapsed. Gutted on both counts!
So after beating these people K1 then said I was ‘too old’, and that was that!
So it’s not an easy path by any means, and also a complete political nightmare…
Start beating people on the biggest shows you can, and get yourself marketable, and make contacts, and network, and promote yourself like mad…and you just might make the circuit!
Hope this helps!