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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.


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.


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 and order the next PPV, which features Daniel Ghita, Peter Aerts, Tyrone Spong, Andy Souwer and more.


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


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