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Robin van Roosmalen Replaces Giorgio Petrosyan in It's Showtime 70kg Tournament

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Giorgio Petrosyan is out of the It's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament, recently having surgery on his hand. Today It's Showtime announced that Robin van Roosmalen would be filling in for Giorgio. van Roosmalen will be facing Chahid Oulad el Hadj in the quarter finals of the tournament. This will be the second time these men have met, with van Roosmalen winning a decision in their first match back in March.

Here's the official news release from It's Showtime's website:

 

Robin van Roosmalen will take over the empty spot which was left by the injured Giorgio Petrosyan in the IT'S SHOWTIME 'Fast & Furious 70 max' 8 man tournament on September 24 in Brussels, Belgium.

Just like the original scheduled quarter final between Petrosyan and Chahid Oulad El Hadj, also this fight will be a rematch. Van Roosmalen and Oulad El Hadj faced each other in Amsterdam at 'Fighting Stars presents IT'S SHOWTIME', March 6 of this year. It was Van Roosmalen who got the better of the fight, scoring a 4-1 judges' decision. The young talent is now 2-1 in his last 3 IT'S SHOWTIME battles, also scoring a KO victory over William Diender. On May 21, Robin van Roosmalen put on a very spectacular fight against Mohamed Khamal at 'Fightclub presents IT'S SHOWTIME', where Khamal took the decision win after an extra round.

For Chahid, this fight will be chance to take his revenge. However, this time Van Roosmalen won't 'just' be in Chahid's way to a victory, but also in his way to a chance to win the € 50.000 tournament jackpot. Two heavy sluggers with a good chin, great speed and stamina will make up for a beautiful rematch.

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Photo of the Day: RENA Returns in August

RENA, the Girls S-Cup 2009 and 2010 Champion returns to the ring in August after a string of bad luck, including a poor performance to a high school student, Erika Kamimura in an exhibition bout and a loss to Ai Takahashi. It turns out that RENA was heavily considering retirement after he loss to Takahashi, where many who had supported her were suddenly declaring her career finished. Luckily her trainers and the officials at Shoot Boxing were able to convince her to continue her fighting career, as she did hold two consecutive S-Cup Championships and would be foolish not to try again.

RENA is set to fight on the August 19th Shootboxing event, the Girls S-Cup Qualifying Event, where the only match set currently is Ai Takahashi vs. Erika Kamimura, with RENA and V.V. Mei set to participate in the event as well. [source]

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Team Slamm Holding 70kg Tournament

SlammTeam Slamm will host an event in Suriname on August 26 that will feature an 8-man 70kg tournament featuring some up-and-coming talent. Slamm has always been known for putting on some solid kickboxing shows in the past, and by the looks of it this 70kg tournament will fall right in line. Brent Ducharme has the story;

The biggest name included in the eight man tournament is Team Slamm member Anthony Kane. Somewhat undersized for the 70 kg. weight class, Kane has never managed to break through to the top of the division since making it to the semifinal round of the prospect-packed K-1 World MAX 2010 West Europe Tournament. He has had some recent struggles, losing bouts to Faldir Chahbari and the relatively unknown Antoine Mandela.

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Other tournament competitors: Ajay Balgobind (former Hafi el Boustati opponent and new Team Slamm member), Miloud el Geubli (of Mejiro Gym), Cedric Bacuna (Vos Gym), Benedito Xavier, Antoine Mandela and Alessandro Campagna. [source]
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Breaking Down Potential Candidates to Replace Giorgio Petrosyan

With Giorgio Petrosyan now out of It's Showtime's Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament on September 24, we're all wondering who will be the man to replace him. It's pretty tough to replace the number one fighter in the sport and anyone stepping in for Giorgio Petrosyan needs to be a worthy challenger to the other seven contestants. Here are in my opinion the top three candidates to replace Giorgio Petrosyan.

Note: Simon Rutz made it clear that Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Albert Kraus, Mohammed Khamal and Mike Zambidis were all unavailable. Quite unfortunate, as those would be some of the top candidates to replace Giorgio.

Abraham Roqueñi

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The Spanish fighter has been on a tear lately, securing wins over Andy Souwer and Gago Drago, two competitors in the tournament this year. Roqueñi was an unknown to most before this year, and I believe he deserves a chance to prove himself. Hell, he already has. He's showed he can hang with the top of the division, especially with his win over Andy Souwer. It's about time Roqueñi got a shot at the big time. He's paid his dues on the scene over the years and his resume speaks for itself. If I were to pick anyone to replace Giorgio, I'd choose Abraham Roqueñi.

Yoshihiro Sato

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A mainstay of K-1 MAX, Sato has had some ups and downs recently. Sato has only lost to top competition lately though and his recent win over Albert Kraus shows he can still hold his own. Although I think by now that we all know what Sato is. He's a solid fighter who can hang with the top fighters and win a few against them but will never truly make a breakthrough as an elite fighter. Still, Sato is no one to write off, and with nothing currently lined up he could find himself replacing Giorgio Petrosyan and taking on Chahid Oulad el Hadj in the quarter finals. With Chahid in the quarter finals and the winner of that match facing the winner of Chris Ngimbi vs. Murat Direkci, Sato would definitely have a good chance of making it to the final.

Armen Petrosyan

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Giorgio Petrosyan's out, why not throw in his brother? Really though, Armen Petrosyan is a very good fighter, despite not being anywhere near as known as his brother. Armen has faced and beaten good competition, including decisioning Yoshihiro Sato in March. Armen's career is pretty tough to follow so we don't know what or if he has anything lined up for March. This could be Armen's breakout moment and if he wins the tournament, I'm already imagining all the discussion about Petrosyan vs. Petrosyan and if they'd do it. Maybe Armen can even get a Wikipedia page if he replaces Giorgio and wins.

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