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It's Showtime 46: Danyo Ilunga Frustrates Wendell Roche to Win the 95MAX World Title

Roche takes the slow approach to moving forward at Ilunga, but Ilunga more or less is scoring at will throughout the first round. The blows he is landing with aren't going to knock Roche out, but they are scoring and he is moving in and out of the pocket at will while Roche looks very tentative. You can tell Ilunga works with Remy Bonjasky. I mean that.

Roche comes out throwing his hands looking to score and get Ilunga off balance, but Ilunga's movement is causing massive problems for Roche. Roche looks sluggish already and frustrated that he can't throw his hands. Roche is pushing him back, bu Ilunga's counter punching style is really lighting him up. The look on Roche's face as he comes out for the third round is that of a homicidal maniac. Frustrated and ready to unload. Sadly for him, Ilunga's elusive style keeps him from landing and opens Roche up for shots. Roche lands a fantastic right hand that stumbles Ilunga, but he does not follow through for some reason, most likely due to fatigue.

Ilunga's frustration of Roche is still apparent, and Ilunga is not looking to get bullied himself. Wendell gave a slight push to Ilunga, who came back and shoved him hard onto his ass. Roche is not listening to his corner and working his low kick, which he needs to do to slow dow the younger, quicker and smarter Ilunga.

Going into the fifth round Wendell Roches needs a knockout and he scores a big shot early on that seems to drop Ilunga, but he also shoved him so the refereee ruled it a slip. Ilunga is smart, pushing Roche and really making him work. Roche actually falls over after throwing a punch from exhaustion.

Danyo Ilunga, the German fighter who came in a practical unknown, best known for training with Remy Bonjasky walks away with a Unanimous Decision.

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It's Showtime 46: William Diender Bullies Rachid Belaini to a Decision Win

The staredown between Diender and Belaini was beyond epic, with Belaini right in Diender's face and neither man backing down an inch. As soon as the first bell rings the hard and heavy shots come out. Diender goes for the flashier attacks throwing a few flying knees while Belaini keeps things fundamental. At one point he trips Diender and then literally tea-bags him, that is the kind of fight this is. Just when it looks like Belaini has the round Diender comes back and begins bullying him around.

Diender catches Belaini with a stiff left hook early in the second and follows up swarming Belaini who is able to cover up. Belaini is quickly in trouble again, in the corner as Diender rains down blows on him. The second round is all Diender.

The third round both men decide to go all out with Belaini realizing he is behind here and he throws his shots like he is trying to take Diender's head off. Diender responds in stride. Diender is controlling the fight here pushing Belaini to the ropesand making sure Belaini can't respond with his big hooks. Near the end of the round Diender is simply too tired to connect with a heavy enough shot to score a knockdown. Both men make the distance in what was a very good battle.

All five judges score the fight for William Diender and there was no doubt that he was the winner. Diender runs out and hugs Peter Aerts and hey, why not?

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It's Showtime 46: Chahid and Robin van Roosmalen Duke it Out

The first round starts out with both men feeling each other out with some leg icks and keeping distance, with Chahid being th first to start throwing his hands. RVR pieces together some solid combinations to combat Chahid's fast hands. Chahid switches things up for most of the end part of the round ending combos with knees. The second roud shows more of the same, with timid combinations making it through. Very technical bout so far.

When the bell rings for the thir round both men have a fire lit from underneath them, as it has been an incredibly close fight so far. Both men decide to go for broke and really let things go with their hands. Chahid has the edge with his hands while Roosmalen is using his hands to set up his kicks. Roosmalen keeps himself planted in the middle of the ring with Chahid being bullied to the ropes for most of the round. Although Roosmalen is controlling the position, the shots Chahid hits with have devious intent.

It looked like the way Robin van Roosmalen cut off the ring could sway the judges, it could easily go to an extension round.

Oh wow, the judges have chosen a winner, and 4-1 score the fight for Robin van Roosmalen!

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Buakaw Wins in France

Buakaw Por. PramukThe #2 ranked Buakaw Por. Pramuk had a fight this weekend, headlining the Nuit des Titans 6 event in Tours, France. Buakaw’s opponent was Youssef Boughanem. Unfortunately, this fight did not amount to much, as Boughanem suffered a dislocated shoulder halfway through round 1, forcing the match to end even before it could get started.

Rough footage of the fight is available online, and it appears Boughanem is injured as a result of a strong Muay Thai dump that sends him awkwardly to the canvas. He gets up, throws a punch, and immediately waves off the fight, knowing something is wrong. Some reports are calling it a freak injury, but to me it seems Buakaw’s attack directly caused the injury, so it’s a legit TKO as I see it.

Check the full entry for the rough footage.

Prior to the fight there was a bit of controversy, as some reports indicate the fight was changed at the last minute from Muay Thai rules to more modified rules that did not allow elbow strikes.  Boughanem, a fighter skilled with his elbows, was reportedly frustrated and felt the rules were being skewed in favor of Buakaw.

With this win, Buakaw extends his current streak to 7 straight victories. Next up for the Thai legend is the Isuzu Thai Fight tournament, where he will represent Thailand at the 70kg limit. No further details yet on this fight.

 

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