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It's Showtime May 21st Preview: Frank Pareces Vilches vs. Robert van Nimwegen

  • Written by Rian Scalia

frankparecesrobertnimwegenIn the second fight of the main card, Dutchman Robert van Nimwegen takes on Peruvian Frank Pareces Vilches in a -65kg contest.

Robert van Nimwegen fights out of the Van Os Gym in Alkmaar, Holland. He holds an unspectacular 0-4 record in It's Showtime. Tomorrow at It's Showtime in Amsterdam, he's looking to finally get in the win column under the It's Showtime banner.

A veteran of the game, van Nimwegen has yet to have a breakthrough in the kickboxing world. He's often lost when he takes a step up in competition and can win fighting lower level opponents. His next opponent will be another step up in competition. Can he finally win and make a move up the ladder?

Although not well known, Frank Pareces Vilches is a veteran of the kickboxing game, mostly fighting under Thai rules. He's fought and trained all over the world including living and training in Russia and Uzbekistan. Currently living and training out of the Superpro Samui camp in Thailand, he's looking to make a name for himself on the main card of a big event. It's Showtime is one of the biggest stages of kickboxing and just fighting there will make him more recognized.

This fight likely comes down to who will throw more strikes and dictate the fight. van Nimwegen likes to come forward but he doesn't throw anything if strikes are coming his way. Vilches has shown that he can move around his opponent with footwork and get some shots off. Vilches like to counter with the hands and string together combinations. Although he doesn't have the prettiest technique with his hands, his combinations are put together quite nicely and accurately. If Vilches can keep throwing strikes while moving, he has a high chance of winning.

van Nimwegen's best strike is probably his right low kick. He throws a hard low kick that will definitely slow down opponents. The problem with him though is that he doesn't strike enough. He'll come forward and cover up without throwing anything back while opponents are striking. Vilches can move around the ring and strike so van Nimwegen will need to open up to win the fight. van Nimwegen can absorb a lot of punishment and all of that happens when he covers up and doesn't throw anything.

Although primarily fighting under Thai rules, Vilches has the style to make it work in It's Showtime's K-1-like ruleset. He mixes his combinations together nicely, utilizing both punches and kicks. He'll mostly just throw low kicks at his opponents and then get to work with the hands.

Vilches has the style to give van Nimwegen fits. van Nimwegen will most likely be following Vilches around the ring while Vilches picks his shots. Vilches' hand combinations will come through and get him a unanimous decision victory.

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