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Frank Giorgi Defeats Steve Moxon By Split Decision

Australia's two best 70kg fighters met yesterday in Melbourne. Moxon usually figts K-1 rules and Giorgi, Muay Thai rules so they compromised and met halfway under modified Thai rules. These two, along with Wes Capper are Australia's top candidates for K-1 MAX, especially Moxon who has big K-1 aspirations.

Giorgi ended up winning a split decision but from the sounds of it, it wans't easy. Moxon dropped him in the first round. According to multiple accounts, Giorgi won all four rounds after that, keeping Moxon at bay with kicks, hampering his footwork.

After a loss to Buakaw in December, Giorgi has rebounded now with two wins, the first coming over Tobias Alexandersson about three weeks ago. For Moxon, a loss is a loss but I don't think it's much of a setback for his K-1 aspirations, as I think he'll eventually make it there whenever they bring in new fighters. Moxon will be fighting again on May 19 against Expedito Valin in Australia.

Also on the card, K-1 veteran Jordan Tai was back in action, taking on Greece's Vasilis Kakarikos. It sounds like Tai was dominant, with even John Wayne Parr saying he looked amazing. Speaking of John Wayne Parr, Tai will be fighting him on June 23 in JWP's retirement fight, but in a cage with MMA gloves under Muay Thai rules.

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It's Showtime Champ Danyo Ilunga Wins In Germany + Video

Much like last month, the It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion, Danyo Ilunga returned to the ring yesterday in Germany. Also like his fight last month was that this fight was against a much lesser opponent.

Ilunga fought Dennis Sebastian and from the opening bell, it was clear that Ilunga would make quick work of him. Sebastian didn't have much for Ilunga besides some flailing punches as Ilunga was way too fast for him and out-maneuvering him. The fight ended not too far into the first round when Ilunga timed a knee perfectly to Sebastian's chin, sending him down and unable to continue.

While it's nice to see Ilunga staying active, he'll return to facing a much higher level of competition when he defends his It's Showtime title against Filip Verlinden on June 30 on the It's Showtime card in Brussels.

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Mike Zambidis Defeats Fadi Merza + Video

Mike Zambidis returned to the ring today in Greece and took on Fadi Merza, a long time veteran of the sport. The fight was for Zambidis' "King of the Ring" Oriental Rules Super Welterweight Title, which Zambidis won last year against Ali Gunyar.

While the fight was somewhat of a tune up for Zambidis, it wasn't easy for him as Merza looked to have a noticeable size and height advantage. Step up knees were coming his way throughout the course of the fight and Merza wouldn't just hand over the win to him. It was a fun fight, as most Zambidis fights are, and he walked away with a unanimous decision.

Up next for Zambidis is a rematch with Chahid Oulad El Hadj at the K-1 MAX Final 16 in Madrid, Spain on May 27. Their fight at the Final 16 in 2010 was absolutely insane and despite it being hard pressed to live up to that, it should still be a great fight.

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Tetsuya Yamato vs Sergio Wielzen, Masaaki Noiri vs Raz Sarkisjan Headline May 20th Hoost Cup

A little while back, Ernesto Hoost announced that he would be holding a Hoost Cup event on May 20th in Nagoya, Japan and since, big fight announcements have been rolling in.

Headlining the card will be 2010 K-1 -63kg Tournament winner Tetsuya Yamato taking on former It’s Showtime 61kg champ Sergio Wielzen. Yamato (26-9-1, 21 KO) is coming off of a knockout over Densiam Lukprabaht, avenging a loss from 2009 which snapped a 2-fight loss streak thar saw him drop decisions to Jomthong Chuwattana and Ryuji Kajiwara. Yamato has never taken on European competition, but has faired decently against Thai competition. Wielzen (35-5-2 1 NC, 19 KO) has fought in Japan twice before, the first turned into an exhibition against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck as one of the two fighters missed weight and the second was Wielzen’s most recent fight, a TKO via cut loss to Kosuke Komiyama at RISE 85. Wielzen’s only other bout against Japanese competition was a TKO via cut win over Masahiro Yamamoto in his first defense of his It’s Showtime title. He lost that title to Karim Bennoui last March, but was able to pick up a pair of wins before the loss to Komiyama. Although it’s on Yamato’s turf, I’d favor Wielzen as Yamato has found trouble with upper echelon fighters, mostly due to his lack of speed and defense. However, Wielzen can’t take any time to relax in this fight as Yamato has very good power for the weight class and is extremely dangerous late, as 12 of his 21 knockouts have come in the 3rd round or later.

Perhaps the second biggest booking of this event is 2011 Krush Youth Tournament winner Masaaki Noiri taking on Holland’s Raz Sarkisjan. To many, Noiri (12-2-0, 5 KO) is the clear #2 Lightweight behind Yuta Kubo as his only pro losses are to Kubo and Yuji Takeuchi and holds wins over Koya Urabe, HIROYA, Ryuji Kajiwara and Hirotaka Urabe. Currently, he is riding a 6-fight win streak, most recently defeating Frenchman Cedric Peynaud, but not without Peynaud catching him in the first and dropping him. I can’t tell you much about Sarkisjan at all other than he is Dutch-Armenian and, according to the Krush press release, trains under Hans Nijman. Noiri would have to be the favorite here and if he puts away Sarkisjan with ease, I’d love to see him take on Ryuji Kajiwara for the Krush 63kg title or Naoki Ishikawa in a 60kg #1 contender’s bout as Ishikawa stated towards the end of last year that he wanted to face the winner of the 2011 Youth Tournament. However, it seems as though Noiri is content to stay at 63kg as he gets older and with Krush announcing a 2012 Youth Tournament, I’d imagine Noiri would like to participate again and defend his throne.

The next big fight is WBC Japan Super Welterweight champ Soichiro Miyakoshi taking on HEAT Middleweight champ Danilo Zanolini. Miyakoshi found himself in limbo in 2011 as he was regulated to gatekeeper status with losses to prospects Yuya Yamato and Takafumi Morita, but he closed off the year strong with a win over Yutaro Yamauchi to claim his WBC Japan Super Welterweight title and most recently, Miyakoshi became the first man to beat J-Network Welterweight champ Masato Otake. Miyakoshi is no stranger to foreign competition as he’s faced the likes of Christophe Pruvost and Liam Harrison, among others. It’s hard to refer to the Brazilian Zanolini as a foreigner as he’s fought his entire pro career in Japan, mostly in HEAT. He won the HEAT 70kg title back in 2010 and has defended it twice, most recently with a KO of Su Hwan Lee, while his most recent fight was a loss to Hiroki Nakajima for the inaugural It’s Showtime Japan 70kg title. I give Miyakoshi a slight edge in this fight.

In a 64kg bout, WBC Japan and NJKF Welterweight champ Yuya Yamato is set to square off with Kanongsuk Weerasakreck. Yamato (12-7-0, 8 KO) wasn’t much of a name outside of Japan before last May when he upset Fabio Pinca in Thai Fight via 3rd round cut. Since, however, the 21 year old prospect is just 1-3 with his win over fellow card participant Soichiro Miyakoshi and losses to Kazuki and Fabio Pinca in rematches and most recently to Klangsuan Sasiprapa in NJKF. Kanongsuk (64-15-2, 22 KO) was a force in the 63kg division with wins over Rashata, Tetsuya Yamato, Genki Yamamoto and Hirmoasa Masuda, among others, but has dropped his last two fights, first losing his WPMF Lightweight title to Arita Tsukahara by late KO, then dropping a decision back in March. This one’s tough to call as both fighters are on a slide, but I think Kanongsuk is just better at the moment.

Other fights include Holland’s Jemyma Betrian taking on WBC Japan Women’s Featherweight champ Ayano Oishi, recently crowned 2011 K-1 Koshien champ Sho Ogawa vs Yuta Nogami, at heavyweight Noboru Uchida, who is best known for beating Alexey Ignashov in 2005, against Polish fighter Tomasz Sarara and Tsutomi Takahagi against Jairo Kusunoki. Also expected to participate are Daichi Yamato and Ramazon Ramazanov.{jcomments on}

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