In a result I don’t think anyone saw coming, Abraham Roqueni scored a huge upset this weekend, defeating the #3 fighter in the world, Andy Souwer. The fight was the main event for El Desafio in Spain; Roqueni took the decision win.
When this fight was announced, it seemed like such a routine win for Souwer that we didn’t even discuss it much here at LiverKick.com. I don’t want to take anything away from Roqueni, who is a good fighter, but this is Andy Souwer we’re talking about, and the result was little in doubt. Instead, Roqueni treated local fans to an amazing upset, knocking the heavily favored Souwer down early in the fight and holding on from there to get the win.
Check the full entry for video of the fight.
With this loss, Andy Souwer has now lost 2 of his last 3 fights, with both loses coming against fighters far outside the top 25. In fact, this makes him 4-4 in his last 8, which doesn’t sound so bad, especially considering the level of opposition Souwer faces, but when you look at his overall record of roughly 150 fights and only 11 loses, you can see that something may be amiss here. Souwer spent much of 2010 sidelined due to an eye injury – is it possible he has come back too fast? Or are those 150 fights and 12 years as a pro catching up to Souwer? There’s a temptation to say it’s just one loss, but as I said after the Imada fight, Andy Souwer is the kind of fighter who just doesn’t lose to anyone but the very best. Since making his K-1 debut, Souwer has only lost 3 times to fighters outside of the top 5 – and two of those 3 loses have occurred in his last 3 fights. It’s extremely premature to write Souwer off after this loss, but it’s also unwise to ignore the facts. And the facts say that Souwer is not at the top of his game right now. Will he shake that off and get back to the dominance he is capable of? We’ll have to see. Souwer’s next scheduled fight is a tough one – March 6 against L’houcine Ouzgni for It’s Showtime. That will be a must win for Souwer against a very capable foe.
Elsewhere on the card Dennis Schneidmiller lost a decision to Fran Palenzuela, Youness el Mhassani defeated Oliver Tinda by decision, and Hafid el Boustati vs. Manuel Hinojo went to a draw. Full results available here.
Also in action this weekend was Alexey Ignashov. The Red Scorpion headlined a European event billed as Ring of Honor on Saturday, facing K-1 ColliZion 2009 tournament champion Roman Kleibl. Ignashov took the decision victory, redeeming a 2009 loss. Click here for fights from the entire event, including Ignashov vs. Kleibl.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His first novel, the Godslayer, is available now.