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Full Fight Card For It's Showtime 57/58 Tomorrow, Headlined By Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong

It's Showtime is back tomorrow with a huge event, featuring Editions 57 and 58. The card is split into two parts, the first part being Edition 57 and the second part being Edition 58. Both parts have some great match-ups, including two title fights in total and some of the best fighters in kickboxing.

The first part of the card features six fights and is headlined by Andy Souwer vs. Chris Ngimbi for Ngimbi's It's Showtime 70MAX World Title. As is the norm for title fights this one will be five rounds. Expect fireworks. 

Also on the first part is a rematch between Hesdy Gerges and Rico Verhoeven, two our LiverKick's current top 10 heavyweights. Gerges is coming off the loss to Daniel Ghita in January, while Rico Verhoeven is coming off a somewhat controversial loss to Sergei Lascenko. Also at heavyweight, with Jerome Le Banner out of the fight, Rustemi Kreshnik now faces Mourad Bouzidi. Marat Grigorian was originally supposed to face Berneung Topkingboxing, but now faces Aziz Kallah in a battle of two rising prospects at 73kg.

The second part of the card is the main attraction, featuring Peter Aerts in his return fight against Tyrone Spong. It's being hailed as his last fight in the Benelux and is a very special occasion, as Aerts is finally back to resume his legendary career.

Right under that fight is Daniel Ghita, who fights Dzevad Poturak for the third time. Originally supposed to face Harut Grigorian, Robin van Roosmalen faces Hafid el Boustati, as Grigorian was unable to get medical clearance for the fight. Still, it's an awesome fight regardless. There's also an It's Showtime 95MAX World Title fight, with the champion Danyo Ilunga fighting Filip Verlinden.

Full fight card below:

Part 1

77kg: Vahap Ozdemir vs. Duoli Chen

70kg: Mandela Antoine vs. Robbie Hageman

73kg: Aziz Kallah vs. Marat Grigorian

HW: Rico Verhoeven vs. Hesdy Gerges

HW: Rustemi Kreshnik vs. Mourad Bouzidi

70kg: Andy Souwer vs. Chris Ngimbi (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title)

Part 2

70kg: Samir Djabba vs. Andy Ristie

73kg: Fatih Ozkan vs. Sonny Dagraed

95kg: Filip Verlinden vs. Danyo Ilunga (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title)

70kg: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Hafid el Boustati

HW: Dzevad Poturak vs. Daniel Ghita

HW: Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong 

It's Showtime 57/58 takes place on June 30 in Brussels, Belgium. To see Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong live, you can buy It's Showtime's stream of the event, which features 12 fights with some of kickboxing's best. For full information on the event, including buying it and viewing the full fight card, click here.

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Daniel Ghita's Fight This Saturday Will Be His 5th Of The Year

It's Showtime's huge event on this Saturday, June 30 is right about at the halfway point of the year. Most of the top fighters so far haven't fought more than three times, which is still a lot compared to MMA and boxing, where we're lucky to see the world's best even fight three times in a year.

One fighter who hasn't taken that approach this year is Daniel Ghita, who's already fought four times this year. With two, good, solid wins overs Hesdy Gerges and Sergei Lascenko and then two lower level wins over Brian Douwes and Wendell Roche, Ghita isn't going to sit around and wait for the big fights to happen, which it seems they won't for him at least until the K-1 Final 16 in October, and probably not even until the Final 8 until he gets the "big" fight.

Last year saw Ghita only fight three times, as a proposed match with Badr Hari fell through, along with K-1's Final 16 return completely flopping. Ghita's 31 and in the prime of his career and unlike many other fighters, he's not wasting his prime away sitting on the sidelines. Although the competition hasn't been the best in his last two fights and won't be the best on Saturday, there's nothing wrong with him staying active. The big fights with the likes of Badr Hari, Semmy Schilt and Gokhan Saki just aren't really available at the moment, and probably won't be at all when it comes to the latter two, or any GLORY fighters for that matter.

So to make Ghita's fight on Saturday against Dzevad Poturak sound interesting, there are a few twists to it. This fight with Poturak is a rubbermatch. Ghita and Poturak have fought twice before, with Poturak beating Ghita back in 2008 by unanimous decision. They fought again at an It's Showtime event in 2010 and that time, Ghita walked away with the unanimous decision. Needless to say, Ghita is a completely different fighter than the one who fought Poturak twice previously, and Poturak might not even be as good as he was back then.

We all know what's going to happen on Saturday. Ghita will walk away as the winner, probably adding another highlight to his growing highlight reel. The big fights should come by the end of the year, and then hopefully we'll truly know where Daniel Ghita stands among the top of the heavyweight division. For now though, he's just staying active, and keeping sharp for when the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of the Day: Rashad Evans in Brussels to Corner Tyrone Spong

This weekend It's Showtime has a huge event coming up, including the "Benelux retirement" of Peter Aerts against internationally-acclaimed Tyrone Spong. The twenty-six year old Spong is possibly looking to make the transition to MMA, but not before settling his debts in the Kickboxing world and making his way to the top. Fighting Peter Aerts in one of his retirement fights is a huge honor for Spong, and would be one of his biggest wins at Heavyweight to date, which he very much needs. Spong has been training in Florida with Rashad Evan's "Blackzilian" camp, including fighters like former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Alistair Overeem, so he will without a doubt be in good shape and will have had a decent sparring partner, to say the least.

It's Showtime 58 will air live on HDnet this Saturday at 3pm Eastern time, or if you are not in the United States or wish to view the entire card, purchase the event from ShowtimeFights.com.

Rashad Evans

“I came all the way out here 2 Brussels, Belgium to corner @Tyrone_Spong & he got me out here like The Notorious Bum! I'm not trying 2 be high maintenance but could a brutha at least get a bed?! Lol” [source]

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Tyrone Spong Has Chance To Establish Himself As A Top HW This Weekend

Tyrone Spong is back in action this weekend at It's Showtime 57/58 in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, June 30. He'll be facing Peter Aerts, in Aerts' return fight, which we highlighted in a post a few days ago.

With the return of Peter Aerts to face Tyrone Spong, it also gives Spong the opportunity to finally get that big win in the heavyweight division that will help firmly establish him as a top heavyweight. There's no doubt that Tyrone Spong is a great fighter, and talent-wise, one of the best heavyweights out there. Some may wonder why he's currently ranked at #10 on our LiverKick rankings, and that's simply because he doesn't have a big win yet.

He's defeated the likes of Melvin Manhoef, Loren Javier Jorge, Ray Sefo and Kyotaro at heavyweight, and if you notice, none of them were real, top heavyweights at the time and at this present moment, still aren't. His losses are nothing to scoff at, as they've come to top heavyweights in Alistair Overeem, who went on to win the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix, Gokhan Saki, who today is considered one of the best heavyweights in the world and Jerome Le Banner at the time, who Spong was getting the better of towards the end of the fight.

It's taken a long time for Spong to really get adjusted to heavyweight and he fights in a much more measured way than he did before at lower weights. He's been at around a weight of 230lbs/105kg for some time now, so he's not even a small heavyweight anymore.

Spong has all the ability to be one of the best heavyweights. He's arguably the most naturally talented heavyweight in all of kickboxing. After cleaning out all the divisions in between "MAX" and Heavyweight there really was nowhere else to go, especially if he wanted the money to be good.

His run so far at  heavyweight has had some ups and some downs and some growing pains, but this Saturday he'll get another chance at defeating a top heavyweight and further establishing himself as one. With his future in kickboxing somewhat cloudy due to his afilliation with the Blackzillians and Authentic Sports Management in Florida and a lingering MMA career, it's uncertain how much longer he'll stick around, but for the time being, he still has a chance to become one of the best heavyweights.

It's Showtime 57/58 takes place on June 30 in Brussels, Belgium. To see Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong live, you can buy It's Showtime's stream of the event, which features 12 fights with some of kickboxing's best. For full information on the event, including buying it and viewing the full fight card, click here.

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