|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event tomorrow in Tenerife, Spain and the fight card is set with some intriguing match-ups. A few match-ups have had fighters shuffled in an out, but the card is still pretty solid.
In the main event, It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion Danyo Ilunga defends his title against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. Ilunga has defended his title once this year, stopping Nenad Pagonis in a very sloppy fight. In September, he beat Mohamed Boubkari to stay active. Loren lost a lopsided decision to Tyrone Spong at It's Showtime's Madrid event in June and last month beat Rodney Glunder at home in Tenerife. Loren can present some problems for Ilunga with his crisp combos but I don't think he's quite sharp enough to dethrone him. Ilunga's relentless pressure in my opinion will be too much for Loren and I could see a late stoppage or wide decision for Ilunga. Who knows, maybe Ilunga will fight very technical like he did against Wendell Roche.
Giorgio Petrosyan makes his return after yet another hand injury and takes on another hometown fighter in Zeben Diaz. Diaz impressed against Yavuz Kayabasi at It's Showtime's Madrid event but lost to Warren Stevelmans the next month. He has very good hands and throws crisp combinations but he's fighting Giorgio Petrosyan. Giorgio will likely put on another clinic.
Sergio Wielzen takes on Javier Hernandez's replacement, Tenerife fighter Carlos "Chiquitin" Reyes at 61kg. Reyes has a win over Hernandez and this should be another great match-up. Wielzen is an outstanding kicker and kicks should be flying for the whole fight. Amir Zeyada fights another Tenerife fighter in Moises Ruibal. This is another good match-up, and the short Ruibal will come forward with punch combinations while Zeyada uses more of a full arsenal of strikes. Zeyada has transformed himself into a huge 85kg fighter that is competitive with higher level fighters. Ruibal's style is made for excitement so expect fireworks.
Murthel Groenhart has been very active for It's Showtime this year and now he fights fellow Dutch fighter Darryl Sichtmann. Sichtmann is a pretty good fighter stepping up from the Dutch scene, and fighting Murthel at 77kg is a measuring stick for a fighter's success. Both fighters are very dynamic and Murthel's style is great to watch. Sichtmann tends to let his opponents impose their game on him and that's why I favor Murthel here. Last but not least, Andy Ristie takes on Jonay Risco. Ristie is slowly rising up and Risco will serve as another stepping stone to the big stage for him.
You can catch the fight tomorrow at 4PM EST on www.showtimefights.com or in Canada on The Fight Network.Add a comment
Another week and another podcast with Steven Wright and myself running down the week's happenings in the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. This week we turn our eye to the results from the MPL event, as well as the looming question of why is it that we still can't watch these shows? Then we move our attention to Japan where Shoot Boxing co-promoted this year's Shoot the Shooto events with Shooto and how that turned out, as well as look at Zambo's recent jaw injury and what that fight really means.
As always, it is an hour of insightful Kickfighting news and analysis and you can find it on Steven's blog, or search for it on iTunes (keyword: LordGaul). Or go ahead and listen to it on LiverKick.com, this time it won't expire, I promise.
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Chalk this up to further drama coming out of the now severed relationship between Golden Glory and Alistair Overeem. In a press release dated November 10th from the Law Offices of Roberick J. Lindblom, they explain with a bit more detail why Alistair Overeem has chosen to sue both Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory. It appears that KOI and GG are ready to fire back at Alistair and are looking to recoup losses from Alistair breaching his contract with them.
This lawsuit is a preemptive action on the part of Mr. Overeem and his counsel in response to KOI’s recent notification to Mr. Overeem of numerous violations by him of his management agreement with KOI, including but not limited to his failure to pay commissions for past fights and endorsement deals secured by KOI and Golden Glory.
KOI and Golden Glory are respected organizations committed to securing the best fight deals and training for their team of fighters. Mr. Overeem's continued suggestions to the contrary are scurrilous and will be vigorously defended in the proper forum.
I must say, if Mr. Lindblom's office continues to drop gems like "scurrilous" I'd feel bad for Ubereem.Add a comment
Rumble of the Kings will be hosting its annual event in Sweden on November 26 and the highly anticipated match-up of Artur Kyshenko and Yodsanklai Fairtex is taking place on the card. For this fight, Rumble of the Kings has done a countdown show for that fight. The show is very similar to an HBO 24/7 type lead-up and gives an inside look at each fighter's preparation for the upcoming bout. I quite enjoyed this video and I think most kickboxing fans will too. Check it out.Add a comment
With a fight against Yodsanklai Fairtex coming up in two weeks, Artur Kyshenko now has another bout set. He'll fight on February 4th in Turin, Italy on the Thai Boxe Mania event which has played host to Giorgio Petrosyan before. His opponent, Roberto Cocco, is an Italian fighter based out of Turin who has recently fought in the MPL.
Cocco hasn't fared well in the MPL so far, losing both of his fights. What's interesting about this fight though, is that Cocco has been fighting at 82kg in the MPL. Kyshenko has been fighting at 70k for a long time with a few bouts above, like his fight with Nieky Holzken at 74kg. His fight with Yodsanklai Fairtex will take place at 72.6kg. Artur was scheduled to fight L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni in July at 77g but the event was cancelled. There's no specified weight for this bout with Cocco yet, but one would assume it's around 77kg.
While Kyshenko is definitely the favorite here, it's interesting to see him finally start to take fights all over from 70-77kg. I've long been a believer that Kyshenko would be even more of a monster if he didn't have to cut so much weight and instead fought at a bit higher weight. [source]Add a comment