|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
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|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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Two WKN Muay Thai titles will be on the line in Gold Coast, Australia on April 7. Nathan "Carnage" Corbett defends his title at -96.6kg and Frank Giorgi will fight for the vacant title at -69.9kg.
Nathan Corbett will face the French fighter Stephane Susperregui. Susperregui has faced some good competition in Steve McKinnon, Nicolas Wamba and Massinissa Hamaili. There's no doubt though that Corbett his toughest test to date.
Nathan Corbett is of course one of the best fighters that sits right below Heavyweight at around 95kg. Corbett picked up three wins last year, all in very dominant fashion. "Carnage" prefers to fight under Muay Thai rules and that might be one of the reasons why he has trouble finding opponents as many prefer to fight in Kickboxing. With the future of the MPL up in the air, it's good that Corbett has a fight booked instead of waiting around.
Frank Giorgi will face Antuan Siangboxing (AKA Antoine Pinto) for the vacant WKN Muay Thai title at -69.9kg. Giorgi comes off a loss to Buakaw Por. Pramuk where he put on a good showing. Antuan is coming off a loss to Yodsanklai Fairtex in October. Giorgi is definitely a fighter to watch, after great and gutsy showings against Vuyisile Colossa, Abraham Roqueni and Buakaw Por. Pramuk. Antuan is only 20 years old yet has a huge amount of fights, fighting very often, including 11 times last year. Antuan has agreed to the fight and the WKN will confirm the fight this week. [source]
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With Danyo Ilunga injured, It's Showtime had to look around for an opponent to fight Mourad Bouzidi at -95kg on January 28. In a rather unexpected replacement, It's Showtime 85kg champ Sahak Parparyan stepped up to the plate to fight Bouzidi a full 10kg above his normal weight class. Bouzidi is actually coming down in weight from just fighting at Heavyweight so Sahak will be at a big size disadvantage.
Sahak actually just fought on Saturday, taking a decision over Hakan Aksoy at a weight limit around 86kg. Sahak has fought at -95kg in It's Showtime as recently as March, where he took a decision over Marco Vlieger. In January of 2011, he also lost a decision to Frank Munoz at -95kg on the Enfusion second season. He's looked much better at 85kg though and has really come into his own.
Bouzidi is coming off a three fight losing streak, all losses taking place at Heavyweight though. He's not that much bigger than 95kg but he's still a legit Heavyweight size-wise.
This isn't Sahak's first time taking a fight on short notice though. He stepped up to fight Moises Ruibal for It's Showtime on June 18 in Madrid on short notice and took a decision. It doesn't sound like Sahak was injured during his fight with Aksoy on Saturday so he should be good to go. Full news release by It's Showtime below, or view it on their website here.
Last Thursday we announced that Chahid Oulad El Hadj and Danyo Ilunga had to cancel their fights due to injuries against respectively Harut Grigorian and Mourad Bouzidi on the IT'S SHOWTIME event in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, January 28.
We already mentioned that IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 70kg Chris Ngimbi will step in for Chahid, but now another world champion takes an empty spot.
IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 85kg max Sahak Parparyan will replace Danyo Ilunga. Parparyan is always up for a challenge and after defeating Hakan Aksoy just last weekend, he will enter the ring again within two weeks, not only stepping in (for Ilunga) but also stepping up (in weight), as he fights Bouzidi in the 95kg max division.
With Ngimbi and Parparyan on the fight card, there are now 4 IT’S SHOWTIME world champions on January 28’s card, with Ngimbi and Parparyan in non-title fights, and Hesdy Gerges (heavyweight) and Yohan Lidon (73kg max) defending their titles against respectively Daniel Ghita and Lhoucine Ouzgni.
Add Robin van Roosmalen (IT’S SHOWTIME ‘Fast & Furious 70 max’ tournament winner) and 4 former IT’S SHOWTIME world champions (Murat Direkçi, Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari) to that and it shows once more that this is a stacked card!
Australia has long been a hotbed for Kickboxing and Muay Thai, so it is no surprise that on March 17th in Canberra that Capital Punishment will keep the momentum going with a big card. The folks behind CP have had a good relationship with K-1, putting on the 2010 tournament that Ben Edwards won to qualify for the K-1 World Grand Prix, and here is hoping that we hear something of FIKA/K-1 in Australia very soon, but for now all signs point for March 17th to be a big show.
The main event features two fighters who are fighting for the next It's Showtime card, this time against each other in a competitive Heavyweight bout. Rico Verhoeven has been making a name for himself all over again after some tough luck over the past few years. When Rico got called up to K-1 he simply was not ready and it showed, but over the past year his improvement has been impressive, picking himself up a controversial win over Hesdy Gerges. Rico fights Errol Zimmerman in a few weeks, but in March he'll square off with Australia's Ben Edwards. Edwards qualified for his first K-1 World Grand Prix in 2010 before running into Alistair Overeem and since then has had some ups and downs. He fights Ricardo van den Bos soon, but without a doubt a fight with Rico is the bigger fight. For both fighters it is a great litmus test as for where they'll stand for the rest of the year among the elite.
Steve McKinnon is a big deal in Australia, basically unrivaled outside of Nathan Corbett at -96kg, and he takes on the always serviceable Antz Nansen. Antz has not had a ton of fights against top competition so this will be a step up for him, but with talk of K-1 looking to have a possible world cup, two guys like this facing off here can definitely make a big statement this year. I'd say the early odds are tipped in McKinnon's favor, but Nansen is a talent who just has yet to really get his signature win over a big name yet.
As I'm talking about K-1 and bringing in new talent, it is hard not to mention the awesome 70kg battle that is on deck for this show. Steve Moxon recently dismantled one of the top 70kg fighters in Australia, Bruce McFie via a 3rd round KO and he'll step into the ring against Wes Capper. Capper has had a lot of success of late, and if K-1 is looking to dip into the pool for 70kg fighters, these two seem like prime targets to go big time.Add a comment
Yesterday in Eindhoven, Holland, Fightsensation II took place and it featured a lot of up and coming Dutch-based fighters along with a fight between two of the higher-ups at the weight around 85kg.
The It's Showtime World Champion at 85kg, Sahak Parparyan, met Hakan Aksoy. Parparyan was coming off a bit of a layoff, as he was scheduled to fight in September against Vjekoslav Bajic but couldn't due to an injury sustained. Sahak's last recorded win was against Moises Ruibal on June 18, but he did win two fights on the third season of Enfusion in August. Aksoy defeated Bogdan Stoica in July, although Stoica lost due to an injury sustained. Sahak took a decision over Aksoy, further cementing himself as one of the top at 85kg. From all the accounts I've heard, Sahak looked really good and the only thing that held Aksoy up was his incredible chin. Sahak has really come into his own since permanently fighting around 85kg and not hanging around higher weights.
It should be interesting to see what's next for Sahak, but for now the only thing set for him is the finals of Enfusion which are supposed to take place some time in April in Holland. He's apparently fighting the Slovenian fighter Franci Grajs in the semi-final of the one night final tournament.
Full results of the A Class fights on the card below:
Sahak Parparyan def. Hakan Aksoy by decision.
Ilias El Hajoui def. Martin Benton by TKO.
Morena Jansen def. Abdel Imkech by decision.
Dennis Stolzenbach def. Michel Andrade by KO.
Jan Pruimenboom and Buray Buzaryilmaz fight to a Draw.
Robbie Hageman def. Twan Aarts by decision.
Fikri Ameziane def. Schacht by decision.
Jafhar Wilnis def. Ralph Blewanus by TKO (Doctor Stoppage).
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Today at Mike's Gym in Oostzaan, Badr Hari took to the ring for a public workout amidst many avid fans who came out to show their support for Badr. His fight with Gokhan Saki is exactly two weeks away. Mike's Gym is a huge gym and it still couldn't fit all the fans that showed up. It's Showtime will be releasing photos of the event tomorrow. Watch as Badr hits pads in the ring with Mike Passenier with fans and press packed into Mike's Gym.Add a comment