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It's Showtime 56 Tomorrow Features Daniel Ghita, 85kg Title Fight

It's Showtime is back tomorrow with their second event of the year in Kortrijk, Belgium, and while it's not on the level of their big card that happened on January 28, or the upcoming June 30 one, it still has some good fights.

Headlining the card is Daniel Ghita, who returns to the ring after a stoppage victory over Sergei Lascenko in March. Ghita faces Brian Douwes, who replaced Sebastian van Thielen. This is really just a tune up for Ghita leading into his fight at K-1 on May 27 against Paul Slowinski. It's always great to see Ghita fight, and with him being this active so far this year, I don't really have a problem with it ahead of a big fight at K-1's return.

In probably the most important fight on the card, Sahak Parparyan is back down at 85kg to defend his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title against England's Andrew Tate. There's been a lot of trash talk leading into the fight, with both men even betting 1000 Euros on the outcome. While Andrew Tate isn't that known, all kickboxing fans should take notice tomorrow. He's a good fighter with huge punching power that comes from a full contact background, and stopped both of his opponents on the Enfusion show, which Sahak was also on. The question mark about Tate is his level of competition. Sahak has proven himself against good fighters, but Tate is no slouch and I expect a very good, competitive fight.

Sergei Lascenko is also back in action on the card. He fights Salah Edine Kandoussi, who I can't find anything about so I'll just assume it's a bout similar to Daniel Ghita's and that Lascenko should roll on to his fight with Rico Verhoeven on May 27 for K-1. Rustemi Kreshnik and Michael Duut meet up in a heavyweight bout, as well as up and coming prospect Jason Wilnis, who takes on Cheick Sidibe at 85kg.

You can purchase the event and watch it live at The event starts at 4PM ET/11 AM PT in North America. If you're in Canada, it'll be live on The Fight Network.

Fight card:

Daniel Ghita vs. Brian Douwes

Michael Duut vs. Rustemi Kreshnik

Andrew Tate vs. Sahak Parparyan (It's Showtime 85MAX World Title)

Sergei Lascenko vs. Salah Edine Kandoussi

Eric Denis vs. Sonny Dagraed

Cheick Sidibe vs. Jason Wilnis


Video: Peter Aerts Discusses His Benelux Retirement Against Tyrone Spong

On June 30th in Belgium a Dutch legend will have what could be his last fight in the "Benelux" area of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. His final opponent in the Benelux region will be against Tyrone Spong. This fight was initially set to be Peter's final fight, but this was before K-1 and Glory were vying for the Dutch Lumberjack to help bolster their tournaments. Aerts eventually decided on fighting for Glory Sports International's tournament, so his fight with It's Showtime will no longer be his full retirement, just his retirement in his home.

It's Showtime released an interview with Aerts this morning, talking about the Spong fight. As always, it is fun to watch Aerts and his facial expressions during interviews.


Daniel Ghita Fighting Brian Douwes on May 12th

Apparently Sebastian van Thielan woke up one day and realized he was going to be fighting one of the scariest men in the world of combat sports, because he went to It's Showtime and demanded more money for the May 12th fight in Belgium. It really is hard to blame him, as there really was not much of a chance for van Thielan against Daniel Ghita. That is not a knock on van Thielan as much as it is high praise for Daniel Ghita who looks like a complete monster right now.

Stepping in for van Thielan is Brian Douwes, who was last seen defeating Dzevad Poturak in SuperKombat in February of this year stopping him in the third round.

It's Showtime issued a press release stating that van Thielan had signed a bout agreement and the amount of money was agreed upon a long time ago and then wished him luck in the rest of his career. It is safe to assume that van Thielan appearing on future It's Showtime cards just went out the window for van Thielan.


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