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Superpro Fight Night IV Recap: Highlighting The Beqiri Brothers

Although Superpro Fight Night IV took place a week ago in Basel, Switzlerland, it was aired in Switzerland on TeleBasel today and after watching it, I thought it'd be appropriate to highlight it, considering all three Beqiri brothers were fighting. The event also had the Glory tournament with the new format, but that part wasn't televised on TeleBasel, unfortunately.

First up is Ilir Beqiri, the youngest of the Beqiri brothers and also the lightest as this fight was at 63.5kg. He's just 18 years old and is now 7-0 in his pro career after defeating Mohammed Jelassi of France. Ilir shows tons of skill and promise for a kickboxer of his age and one can only assume that he's going to keep getting better, much like his brothers have.  It was actually a close fight with Jelassi, who probably should've gotten more credit on the scorecards as the French fighter also showed a lot of skill and promise. Beqiri scored mostly with punches and occasional teeps to the face while Jelassi had more of a Muay Thai style, hammering in kicks to the body, along with step up knees there as well. Definitely look out for both fighters in the future, especially Ilir, seeing as how well his brothers have done.

Even though his fight was shown last, after Shemsi's, I'm going from youngest to oldest and talking about Hysni Beqiri, who dominated Mohammed El Mir, a participant in the GLORY Final 16, en route to a clear cut unanimous decision. Hysni definitely fights in much more of a different style than his two brothers, as he throws a lot more kicks than them. He likes to fire kicks to the body from range and attacks with a much more measured approach, maintaining his distance whilst punishing his opponents. Hysni is just 23 years old, again already showing tons of skill and promise. In my opinion, he's definitely ready to fight on a bigger stage like Glory, as he already showed in his fight against Hafid el Boustati where he arguably won after three rounds.

Last up, Shemsi Beqiri, the oldest and right now, the most successful and well known Beqiri. He may be the oldest but Shemsi is still only 26 years old and from the looks of his fight, still seems to be getting better. He got the biggest win of his career against Yoshihiro Sato back in May and while Steeve Valente is not as good as Sato, Shemsi dominated him and showcased some new skills. Particularly in the first two rounds, Shemsi started to throw hard kicks to the body, backing up Valente, just as he would back him up for the entire fight, including when he forced two counts on him in the second round. While Shemsi gets in and gets out, in this fight he was a pure presser fighter and it definitley worked. Look for Shemsi in the GLORY Final 8 in Rome, Italy on November 3.

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It's Showtime Champ Sahak Parparyan Beats Jason Wilnis Yesterday

Sahak Parparyan is the It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, last defending it against Andrew Tate on May 12 in Belgium, where he won a five round unanimous decision. Sahak hasn't fought since then but he returned to the ring yesterday.

Yesterday in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Iron Ring took place where the biggest fight on the card was Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis, an up and coming 21 year old Dutch fighter. Sahak ended up winning a decision and getting another win this year, advancing his record in 2012 to 5-0 after four wins in the first half of the year. It's still a good win for Sahak as he was able to get some ring time against a competent opponent after not fighting since May.

For Wilnis, he is just only 21 so he's still got a future ahead of him. He did lose to Cheick Sidibe on May 12 at It's Showtime but still has potential and it's way too early to write him off.

Also on the card was another up and coming Dutch prospect, Steve Poort, who is still fighting in the B Class. Poort actually lost a decision, surprisingly, to Regian Eersel but again, it's another case like Wilnis' where losses to young up and comers don't mean you can write them off. It's not unusual for a prospect to lose in the B Class and come back much better, just like the likes of Robin van Roosmalen have done.

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Merseburger Fight Night: Ilunga Wins Tournament, Drago Snaps Losing Streak

Aside from K-1's event yesterday in Los Angeles, there was some other notable kickboxing action in Merseburg, Germany at Merseburger Fight Night. Danyo Ilunga was among names featured in a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and Gago Drago also returned to the ring to try and snap his eight fight losing streak.

Ilunga ended up winnin the heavyweight tournament but he only ended up having to fight twice. He defeated Wendell Roche in a rematch of their It's Showtime title fight back in December of 2010 by unanimous decision in the quarter finals. The other quarter final match-ups consisted of Slavo Polugic defeating Utley Meriana by unanimous decision, Senad Hadzic defeating Martin Jahn by corner stoppage in the second round and Uguz Ovgur took a decision over Vladimir Toktasynov.

In the first semi-final, Slavo Polugic pushed Senad Hadzic to the ground and soccer kicked him not once, but twice, resulting in a brawl in the ring between both camps. Both fighters were disqualified. Uguz Ovgur was injured so with Polugic and Hadzic disqualified, Ilunga ended up fighting Sergio Pique, who won his reserve bout over Jerry Otto via KO from a high kick, in the final.  Ilunga ended up overwhelming Pique in the first round, winning by TKO.

Gago Drago faced Baker Barakat and after a competitive first three rounds, the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Drago pressured Barakat a bit more to secure the win and snap his eight fight losing streak.

Max Baumert of Golden Glory Berlin met the grizzled veteran, Marco Pique and took a unanimous decision in a close fight.

Reserve Bouts:

Sergio Pique def. Jerry Otto by KO (High Kick) in Round 2.

Steven Kitzing def. Romano Romasco by unanimous decision.

Tournament Quarter Finals

Danyo Ilunga def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.

Slavo Polugic def. Utley Meriana by unanimous decision.

Senad Hadzic def. Martin Jahn by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2.

Uguz Ovgur def. Vladimir Toktasynov by unanimous decision.

Semi Final

Slavo Polugic and Senad Hadzic are both disqualified.

Final

Danyo Ilunga def. Sergio Pique by TKO in Round 1.

Super Fights

Gago Drago def. Baker Barakat by extra round decision.

Max Baumert def. Marco Pique by unanimous decision.

Alban Ahmeti def. Onur Karaoglan by unanimous decision.

Peter Chobanov def. Mikail Bajramov by TKO (Cut) in Round 1.

 

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Muay Thai Mania V: Aussie Defeats Nieky Holzken Again

Muay Thai Mania V went down yesterday in The Hague, Netherlands and the card was headlined by a rematch that was a long time in the making between L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and Nieky Holzken.

In their first fight, Aussie quickly won in the first round with a flying knee back in 2010 at It's Showtime. Holzken had wanted this rematch for a long time, saying that he wasn't his best for the first fight. Well yesterday, Aussie won again, but this time by decision. It wasn't just a regular decision though, as the fight had to go to an extra round.

There were some other intriguing match-ups on the card, including the man who recently upset Robin van Roosmalen, Hafid el Boustati, who took on Shemsi Beqiri's brother, Hysni Beqiri. In another fight that had to go to an extra round, Hafid el Boustati won a decision.

Albert Kraus made his pro boxing debut and it was a success. His opponent from Romania, Valentin Cimpoero, could not continue after the third round so Kraus won by TKO. K-1 and SuperLeague veteran Aalviar Lima showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he stopped the Remy Bonjasky-trained Darryl Sichtman with a body shot. In other action, Fred Sikking defeated Hakan Aksoy by decision and Jason Wilnis defeated Louis Tavares, although the decision seems to have been hotly disputed. Thanks to FightStarTV for results.

25 A-Class Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
26 A-Class Remon Bonte (Team Pasztjerik) vs Ismael Lazaar (Budokai Tilburg) WOP
27 A-Class Juan Baragan (Sportcentrum 010) vs Jacky Dings (Golden Glory Helmond) WOP
28 A-Class Hicham Achalhy (TB Den Haag) WOP vs Eddy Almeida (Team Pasztjerik)
29 A-Class Albert Kraus (Team Super Pro) WTKO vs Vali Cimponu (Roemenie)
30 A-Class Luis Tavares (Team Pasztjerik) vs Jason Wilnis (The Colosseum) WOP
31 A-Class Fred Sikking (The Coloseum) WOP vs Hakan Aksoy (Siam Gym)
32 A-Class Hafid el Boustati (Mousid Gym) WOP vs Hysni Beqiri (Team Super Pro)
33 A-Class Darryl Sichtman (Bonjasky Academy) vs Mandela Antone (Team Furious) WMI
34 A-Class Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) WOP vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
35 A-Class Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond) vs L’houcine Aussie (Topteam Beverwijk) WOP
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