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It's Showtime 59 To Be First Outdoor Event

It's Showtime 59 will take place at the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain on July 21. This is the promotion's second trip to Tenerife, after a successful event last year in November.

What will be a first for this event though, is that it's taking place outdoors. The venue will be the Estadio Antonio Dominguez, home of the local soccer team Club Deportivo Marino. With a capacity of up to 7,500 people and maybe more with added floor seats, I'd expect a pretty packed crowd.

Fight card:

70kg: Andy Souwer vs. Zeben Diaz

61kg: Masahiro Yamamoto vs. Javier Hernandez (61MAX World Title)

70kg: Andy Ristie vs. Abraham Roqueni

85kg: Erick Kouwan vs. Murthel Groenhart

95kg: Amir Zeyada vs. Loren Javier Jorge

85kg: Andrew Tate vs. Moises Ruibal


It's Showtime May 12 Fight Card: Grigorian vs. Chahid Headlines

Before It's Showtime's huge event on June 30 in Brussels, they'll be holding an event, also in Belgium on May 12. From looking at the card, it's a much smaller event in a smaller city in Kotrijk, Belgium. Overall, there aren't many "names" on the card but there should still be some good action. Credit to It's Showtime should also be given for scheduling this event in between the large gap from their last event to the June 30 one.

Headlining the card is a 70kg match-up where rising star Harut Grigorian takes on Chahid Oulad El Hadj. Grigorian is well recognized as one of the best up and coming fighters in kickboxing after his surprise close encounter with Andy Souwer and his domination of Chris Ngimbi. He last fought on February 11 at a very small show in Belgium, stopping his opponent in the first round. Chahid had a terrible 2011, losing three fights and having one of his fights go to a no contest. He had really bad luck, getting his balls smashed twice. He has the type of style to make this fight a great one.

Sahak Parparyan will defend his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title against the England-based American, Andrew Tate. Tate was on the same 85kg third season of Enfusion with Parparyan and both of them had advanced to the finals of the show. Sahak has established himself as the top fighter at the weight and he's only getting better so it should be interesting to see if Tate can present any major challenges for the champion.

Sergei Lascenko makes his debut under the It's Showtime banner and he'll take on Salah Edine Kandoussi. This seems like just a squash match for Lascenko. There's absolutely nothing at all on the internet about his opponent.

Michael Duut fights Rustemi Kreshnik at heavyweight, Jason Wilnis fights Yassin Boudrouz at 95kg and Sonny Dagraed fights Eric Denis at 73kg. Full fight card below:

70kg: Harut Grigorian vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Heavyweight: Michael Duut vs. Rustemi Kreshnik

85kg World Title: Sahak Parparyan vs. Andrew Tate

73kg: Sonny Dagraed vs. Eric Denis

95kg: Jason Wilnis vs. Yassin Boudrouz


It's Showtime Fight Card For July 21: 61kg Title, Andy Souwer Atop Card

It's Showtime is headed back to the Canary Islands in Spain, returning to the site of their show in November in Tenerife. After the successful event in November, it was a no brainer to go back. It's Showtime will be co-promoting the event with the same partners as the last Tenerife event.

Headlining the card is a title fight at 61kg pitting champion Javier Hernandez against the challenger Masahiro Yamamoto. Hernandez won the title back in June last year when he defeated Karim Bennoui in Madrid. This will be his first defense of the title and Yamamoto will be a tough fight for the champion. Yamamoto became the number one contender for the title by defeating Kan Itabashi at the It's Showtime Japan Countdown 4 event in October. Yamamoto went on a tear at the It's Showtime Japan events, winner three fights under that banner last year. Both fighters have the styles to make for an action packed fight.

Right under the main event, two time K-1 MAX WGP winner Andy Souwer takes on the hometown fighter, Zeben Diaz. Diaz put on a good showing against Giorgio Petrosyan his last time out. Having hometown fighters like Diaz is a big plus, as they play a big part in the event being successful.

At 70kg, Andy Ristie fights Abraham Roqueni. Ristie made a name for himself with the win over Hinata a month ago and he'll look to boost his stock even more. Roqueni's coming out party was his win over Andy Souwer a year ago.

A couple of fights at 85kg are on the card, as Murthel Groenhart fights Erick Kouman and Andrew Tate fights Moises Ruibal. It's odd to see Groenhart fighting all the way up at 85kg when some would say he's even too small for 77kg. Andrew Tate is an American fighter based out of England who participated on the third season of Enfusion. His opponent Erick Kouman is a hometown fighter, originally from Cameroon who's faced the likes of Sem Braan. In another odd fight, Amir Zeyada is fighting Loren Javier Jorge all the way up at 95kg. Zeyada had just made his debut at 85kg last May and now he's fighting all the way up at 95kg against the hometown hero, Loren Javier Jorge.

85kg: Andrew Tate vs. Moises Ruibal

95kg: Amir Zeyada vs. Loren Javier Jorge

85kg: Murthel Groenhart vs. Eric Kouman

70kg: Andy Ristie vs. Abraham Roqueni

70kg: Andy Souwer vs. Zeben Diaz

61kg World Title: Javier Hernandez vs. Masahiro Yamamoto


It's Showtime Releases Planned 2012 Event Schedule

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It's Showtime today released on their website their planned event schedule for 2012. We had been given a bit of a schedule a while ago, but it wasn't the full one. The new schedule just released has added two more stops in Spain and Belgium each. Also, there's no Australia event.

We didn't expect It's Showtime to take such a long time off between events and we were right. It's Showtime will be holding an event on May 12 in Wevelgem, Belgium. BFN Group's website had listed the event, but now it's been made official by It's Showtime. With the huge event on June 30 in Brussels, don't expect this to be a big time card.

July 21st will see It's Showtime return to Tenerife, Spain after a successful first time out in November. The Spanish market has proved to be great both times that It's Showtime has visited so it was a no brainer to come back. Expect Zeben Diaz, Loren and the usual Tenerife-based fighters on the card.

As we already knew, It's Showtime goes to Yokohama, Japan on September 17. Then in October they'll head to Belgium once again. On November 10 they'll be in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was signed by Simon Rutz last year and will be an annual event. Finally, they'll head back to Spain, either Barcelona or Madrid on December 1. [source]

May 12: IT'S SHOWTIME 56 in Wevelgem, Belgium
June 30: IT'S SHOWTIME 57 & 58 in Brussels, Belgium
July 21: IT'S SHOWTIME 59 on Tenerife, Spain
September 17: IT'S SHOWTIME 60 in Yokohama, Japan
October: IT'S SHOWTIME 61 in Belgium
November 10: IT'S SHOWTIME 62 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
December 1: IT'S SHOWTIME 63 in Barcelona or Madrid, Spain


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