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Peter Aerts Is Finally Back In Just Under A Week

With the upcoming big It's Showtime card headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong coming up, I feel like it needs to be reiterated how big of a deal the return of Peter Aerts is.

Aerts' last fight was on December 11 of last year, where he stopped "Mr. Kamikaze" in the first round in Japan. Yeah, I know what you're thinking about that. That "return" to action in Japan was quite obscure and against a nobody so we'll just disregard it, as we should when considering his return. Really, his last real fight was against Alistair Overeem in the finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix in December of 2010, the last K-1 World Grand Prix to happen.

Aerts has fought the best of the best pretty much consistently since the early 90s, on the world's biggest stage, which is quite crazy when you sit and think of it. So it comes as no surprise when his return fight is against one of the best, LiverKick's #10 ranked heavyweight, Tyrone Spong. This will be Aerts' first fight for It's Showtime and really, his first fight outside of K-1 since 1995. Things have changed and as of right now, It's Showtime is one of the biggest stages in the world in the sport of kickboxing.

K-1 went on a major hiatus and with it, so did Aerts. He was owed a lot of money by themand decided to sit out, hoping he'd get it and that K-1 would come back strong. Well, needless to say, that didn't happen last year and with things still uncertain at the beginning of this year, Aerts signed on for his, at the time, retirement fight for It's Showtime on June 30. Shortly after that, new kickboxing superpower, GLORY came in and with the long bankroll Pierre Andurand, signed Peter Aerts, effectively making his fight on June 30 a "Benelux retirement fight."

What all this really means, is that Peter Aerts is back in the mix at the top of heavyweight kickboxing. Aerts may be 41 years old and may have tons of wear and tear, but one thing hasn't changed, and that's that he's still a top fighter in the heavyweight division. He beat Semmy Schilt a year and a half ago. Schilt didn't fight at all last year and came back as his usual, dominant self, at 38 years old. What's to say that Aerts can't return to his normal self in the ring? He was still a top heavyweight in 2010.

Against Tyrone Spong he's in the ring with a fighter 15 years younger than him, looking to add a win over his first real top heavyweight onto his resume. He's faced this situation before, like when he fought and defeated Errol Zimmerman in 2009. I wouldn't put it past him to win again on June 30. That's just Peter Aerts for you.

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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Take a Look Back at It's Showtime 56

Next weekend is the next big It's Showtime event, but if your appetite is not satiated yet for It's Showtime Kickboxing action, go ahead and watch this video highlight reel they made from It's Showtime 56. Hopefully after watching this, you'll head on over to ShowtimeFights.com and order the next PPV, which features Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts, Tyrone Spong, Andy Souwer and more.

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HDnet to Air It's Showtime 58 LIVE on June 30th

On Saturday, June 30th the legend that is Peter Aerts will fight in what is billed to be his Benelux retirement bout. He'll fight Tyrone Spong, who has gotten a lot of press in the United States for his affiliation with Rashad Evans and his camp, the Blackzilians. If you live in the US and get HDnet you will have the opportunity to watch It's Showtime 58 live at 3pm Eastern time. Of course, this is JUST It's Showtime 58, as It's Showtime 57 will be happening directly before it (essentially the undercard). If you want to catch the full card, go ahead and purchase the PPV from ShowtimeFights.com.

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All 12 Fights Being Streamed By It's Showtime On June 30

It's Showtime's event on June 30 is being hailed as editions 57 and 58, because it's essentially two separate fight cards put into one. This is what they did for their event on January 28, which featured Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki.

Like the event on January 28, It's Showtime will also stream all 12 fights live. The first portion is headlined by Andy Souwer vs. Chris Ngimbi, for Ngimbi's It's Showtime 70MAX World Title. Also featured on the first portion are two rematches, with Hesdy Gerges fighting Rico Verhoeven and Rustemi Kreshnik fighting Mourad Bouzidi.

The second part of the card is the real main attraction, as it's headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong. This was supposed to be Aerts' retirement fight but now it's being hailed as his "Benelux fairwell," meaning his last fight in the Benelux, seeing as he signed with GLORY. Daniel Ghita will fight for the third time against Dzevad Poturak right before Aerts and Spong walk to the ring, and Robin van Roosmalen will fight Hafid el Boustati at 70kg. The It's Showtime 95MAX World Title is on the line, as the champion Danyo Ilunga fights Filip Verlinden.

If you want to buy tickets, you can go here for all the information, including the full fight card. To buy the stream and watch the event, you can go here.

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