Top 10 Kickboxers of 2022

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Who are the top ten kickboxers of 2022? Who had the best year in kickboxing and who is the fighter of the year?  Kickboxing had a marquee 2022 with some amazing bouts this year. The list for the Top 10 Kickboxers of 2022 can be found below. This list includes fighters from ONE Championship, K-1, RISE, and GLORY Kickboxing.

Top 10 Kickboxers of 2022

10. Superbon Singha Mawynn

The ONE featherweight kickboxing world champion Superbon Singha Mawynn defended his throne against the former Kunlun, K-1, and GLORY Kickboxing champion Marat Grigorian. Superbon will next Chingiz Allazov, a K-1, WAKO, and ONE Grand Prix World Champion, at ONE on Prime Video 6.

9. Toma Kuroda

Toma Kuroda has had an incredible redemption in kickboxing. After one loss early in 2022, he would win three in a row to pick up the 2022 K-1 Bantamweight World Grand Prix and the inaugural K-1 Bantamweight title.

Taito Gunji 2022 fighter of the year kickboxing

8. Jonathan Di Bella

The Italian-Canadian Jonathan Di Bella kept his unbeaten streak alive this year and captured the ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship. He performed a masterclass fight against the Chinese-born kickboxing phenom Zhang Peimian in an unforgettable war.

7. Roman Kryklia

The Ukrainian ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Roman Kryklia defended his throne and picked up two wins at heavyweight to earn the ONE Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship. All three fights of his fights were won by knockout.

6. Tyjani Beztati

The GLORY Lightweight World Champion Tyjani Beztati defended his throne twice this year in absolute masterclass fights. The young Dutch-Moroccan is on the trail to greatness.

5. Antonio Plazibat

The Croatian knockout machine Antonio Plazibat earned two thunderous victories this year in GLORY’s heavyweight division. With his multiple stoppages wins, he put himself in line to face the heavyweight king Rico Verhoeven.

4. Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9

‘The Professor’ Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9 earned a flawless victory when he defended his GLORY throne earlier this year. Additionally, he captured the RISE Super Lightweight World Championship when he defeated Kento Haraguchi. He is a world champion between two illustrious organizations. He has a third kickboxing match booked for later this month.

3. Tenshin Nasukawa

The kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa earned one of the best pound-for-pound quality wins in history when he defeated his cold-war rival Takeru Segawa at THE MATCH 2022.

2. Masahiko Suzuki

The RISE Bantamweight Champion has had a highly unforgettable 2022. Masahiko Suzuki has gone 4-0 this year with one more fight still scheduled. This kickboxer is building a reputation for being one of the most exciting fighters currently active.

1. Taito Gunji – Fighter of the Year

Taito Gunji had an incredible 2022. This Japanese K-1 kickboxer earned five impressive wins this year. Along the way, he captured the 2022 K-1 Featherweight World Grand Prix, winning most of his fights by way of KO/TKO.

Honorable Mentions:

Chingiz Allazov
Kazuki Osaki
Tetsuya Yamato
Keisuke Monguchi
Regian Eersel
Leona Pettas
Akihiro Kaneko
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Timothy Wheaton is a combat sports writer who covers MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. He has been an avid follower of these sports since 2005. Tim is a host alongside Frazer Krohn on the MMA Sucka Podcast.

With MMA Sucka, Tim has contributed interviews, articles, and podcasts. He has also represented MMA Sucka in person at live Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing events.

Tim also works with a host of other media sites such as Calf Kick Sports, Sportskeeda MMA, Low Kick MMA, Vecht Sport Info, Fighters First, and Beyond Kickboxing. Tim is is the authority on kickboxing and MMA journalist who has covered K-1, PRIDE FC, UFC, GLORY Kickboxing, Bellator, ONE Championship, and plenty more.

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