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It's Showtime in Yokohama to Feature Two Title Bouts

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September 17th is still quite a ways off, but for Japan the It's Showtime event that is headed their way is shaping up to be a big one. There will be six main card fights and it appears that two of them will be title fights against established It's Showtime champions. Nightmare of Battle breaks it down;

The legendary Masahiro Yamamoto has finally gotten back on track and is on a three-fight winning streak. After defeating Kan Itabashi at REBELS.9 last year he has received the right to challenge for the It’s Showtime 61kg world title at the event.

The other world title fight will be at 65kg. The best Korean K-1 fighter of all time, Chi Bin Lim, defeated Mosab Amrani last year to acquire the right to challenge for the title.

So as long as the champions are there to defend their titles, this means that Masahiro Yamamoto will challenge Javier Hernandez and that Chi Bin Lim will fight Orono Por Petchpoon.


Tyrone Spong True to His Roots, Not Turning Back on Kickboxing

There is a lot of "will he or won't he" going on on the topic of the future of Tyrone Spong. It is no secret that Spong is currently living and training in Florida with the team aptly named the "Blackzillians" being headed by Rashad Evans with a veritable dream team of Cosmo Alexandre, Melvin Guillard, Anthony Johnson, JZ Cavalcante, Jorge Santiago, the Villeforts and a lot more. He initially hooked up with Rashad Evans to help Evans train his stand up, and began training with him more and more. The questions always seem to fall on if Spong will continue Kickboxing or if he'll leave for MMA, which was a big story last year with a lot of uncertainty behind the future of K-1.


It's Showtime Japan Gets a Venue in Yokohama

Part of the challenge of booking events in Japan for an outside promoter is picking the right venue in the right city, making sure there is access for fans to public transportation and that you'll actually be able to sell tickets to the show. It's Showtime has already announced that in September they will be heading to Japan for their first "It's Showtime Japan" show. Don't get confused, because there have been "Countdown to It's Showtime Japan" events held in Japan, co-promoted by REBELS Muay Thai and M-1 Muay Thai in Japan, but this event will be the first fully-fledged It's Showtime event to happen in Japan.

It's Showtime has decided to head to Yokohama, the second-most populated city in Japan and home to quite a few big sporting events. Many K-1 events have been held in Yokohama, but in the 17,000+ seat Yokohama Arena. Instead, It's Showtime is setting its sights on a more modest venue, the Pacifico National Convention Hall of Yokohama, which seats around 5,000 people. For a first show in Japan with a brand like It's Showtime, booking a venue of that size is a good move, as if there is a lot of demand for tickets, there will be a buzz created, and no matter what they should be able to fill the venue up, depending on the names booked for the card.

There have also been some pretty intense rumors about this possibly being a co-promotion between It's Showtime and EMCOM's K-1, but nothing official has come out yet.


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