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!