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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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Possible It's Showtime November Event in Spain: Giorgio Petrosyan Included

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Somewhat lost in the barrage of recent kickboxing news the past few days, Simon Rutz announced that Giorgio Petrosyan would return in November in Tenerife, Spain. If you connect the dots, it would seem like It's Showtime will be holding an event there in November since Mr. Rutz announced when Giorgio would fight next. I asked Simon Rutz if It's Showtime would be holding an event there in November and was responded to with an answer of maybe..or "Meaby!" to be exact. Note that as of now it's only clear that there is a possibility of the event being set up.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. I'm just speculating here but I think it's likely that the event would be held in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the islands. The kickboxing scene in the Canary Islands isn't talked about that much but it is quite good. Mainland Spain also has some good fighters, like Javier Hernandez and Abraham Roqueni. Three fighters from the Canaries fought on It's Showtime's last event in Madrid and gave good showings. Zeben Diaz defeated Yavuz Kayabasi, Moises Ruibal lost a close fight to Sahak Parparyan and Loren Javier Jorge lost to Tyrone Spong.

Kickboxing has some support in the Canaries and draws good crowds who come out to support their local fighters. Expect Ruibal, Diaz and Loren to be on the card again. I'd also expect some more Spanish fighters like Abraham Roqueni to be on the card, as well as Javier Hernandez, possibly defending his It's Showtime 61MAX World Title against Kan Itabashi, the number one contender for the title. Don't take my word for all this, I'm just speculating as to how the card would be set up if the event were to happen.

After the success of the show in Madrid, it makes a lot of sense to come back to Spain, especially in an area like the Canaries where kickboxing has support. It's Showtime continues to expand their territory and become more global, holding an event in Japan on July 18 and the Madrid show on June 18. Be on the lookout for clarification in the coming months, as November is quite far off.

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Fight Code Rhino Series Finals Trailer

Fight Code is the promotion that has been slowly and steadily taking the world by storm in 2011, with two huge kickboxing tournaments being run throughout the year in two of the most competitive weight classes of 72.5kg and Heavyweight. In a world of giants, Fight Code has quickly made a niche for themselves by promoting extremely entertaining shows by booking available talent and matching opponents closely against each other to make the best possible fights.

In November their "Rhino Series" Heavyweight Tournament will come to a close, hopefully in dramatic fashion. Today they released a teaser trailer for the event, set to happen in Geneva, Switzerland on November 25. There are two more shows to determine the finals for the Rhinos tournament, August 13th and October 22.

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It's Official: Giorgio Petrosyan OUT of It's Showtime Fast and Furious Tournament

Just when you think that things in the kickboxing world couldn't get any crazier after the sale of K-1 earlier today, Giorgio Petrosyan has officially had to withdraw from It's Showtime's Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament. The Fast and Furious tournament is easily the top tournament set to happen in 2011 in the kickboxing world, featuring talent like Andy Souwer, It's Showtime Champion Chris Ngimbi, Artur Kyshenko, Gago Drago, Chahid and more. Petrosyan and Souwer were the early favorites in the tournament, but it appears that Petrosyan's Achilles Heel has struck again.

For the past two years Petrosyan has been having a nagging problem with his hand, breaking it at the 2009 K-1 World MAX tournament, which put him out of action for a while, then re-aggravating it during the 2011 K-1 World MAX tournament. Now it appears during his fight with HINATA last week that Petrosyan has once again injured his hand, as we reported, and will have to withdraw from the It's Showtime tournament.

It's Showtime released an official announcement earlier today, stating that Petrosyan would not be ready to fight until November as he is recovering from surgery. It's Showtime officials are working to find a suitable replacement, but Andy Souwer's stock in this tournament just shot through the roof. [source]

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