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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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HINATA vs. PetroK-1's relative silence continues, although there is a rumor of K-1 MAX happening in June or July, we've seen nothing definitive yet. The recent success of the Stand Up Japan event featuring Masato and KID Yamamoto has spawned a lot of positive press and apparently another charity event coming up in July. The Japanese press is all over the main event for the event as it will be a clash between Europe and Japan.

Japanese press have dubbed it "It's Showtime Japan vs. REBELS" with the main event being Giorgio Petrosyan vs. HINATA. Both men are at the top of the heap in the 70kg weight class. Petrosyan is currently the man to beat at 70kg, looking utterly unstoppable with two K-1 World MAX Championships in his possession. At the It's Showtime Lyon press conference Petrosyan mentioned that K-1 has still yet to pay him for his backpay, so there is a slim chance outside of K-1 making it up to Petrosyan, and if they actually have an event, that we'll see him competiing for them again.

So this should be considered a rare appearance in Japan for Petrosyan, against the top Japanese 70kg fighter outside of Yoshihiro Sato. There is talk of European Fighting Network and It's Showtime being more involved with the event, so stay tuned for more news regarding this event. [source]

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Yesterday, in the shadow of It's Showtime, SuperKombat held a big event in Bucharest, Romania featuring names such as Albert Kraus and a heavyweight tournament featuring K-1 veterans Dzevad Poturak and Sergei Lascenko.

The heavyweight tournament started off with Roman Kleibl vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Kleibl took a decision in 3 rounds. In the second semi final, Sergei Lascenko stopped Dzevad Poturak with a knee to the body, setting up a final of Roman Kleibl vs. Sergei Lascenko. Lascenko went on to get the knockout agaisnt Kleibl in the second round, winning the tournament. Kleibl also advanced to the Final Eliminations, which are a bit unclear as to what they are right now but it looks like SuperKombat will be holding more events similar to this and the winners of the heavyweight tournaments will all meet in a final grand prix tournament. It's a big win for Lascenko, as he's been rather inconsistent and not in the best shape in past fights. You have to think the switch to Mike's Gym played a role in the turn around.

K-1 star Albert Kraus returned to action after a loss last month, taking on Romanian Marius Tita. Kraus went to work early, bombarding Tita with punches mixed in with low kicks until a high kick sealed the deal, knocking Tita out cold. It's a good win for Kraus as he was able to get back on track with a win. Nice to see him throwing some more kicks as well.

Others in action picking up wins were Rico Verhoeven and Sebastien Ciobanu. Upcoming Romanian star Bogdan Stoica forced his opponent's corner to stop the fight in the 3rd round of their Wako-Pro -88.68 kg Intercontinental Title Match. Romanian-Nigerian Benjamin Adegbuyi stopped his Czech opponent Libor Polach in the 1st round.

Overall, a good event from SuperKombat. Looks like they have some big things in the works. Check out the video of Albert Kraus' fight above and be on the lookout for more videos from the event over the week.

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Once again, StillWill delivers with another top notch kickboxing highlight reel. You might remember his other amazing highlights of names such as Gokhan Saki and Melvin Manhoef. This time, the featured fighter is Tyrone Spong. Spong started out in the lower weight classes where he cleaned out the divisions and now he's all the way up to heavyweight where he's currently one of the top ranked fighters in the world. Check out the new amazing highlight below!

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itsshowtimemay21We'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Amsterdam. on the card top 5 heavyweight Hesdy Gerges is in action as well as a huge -70kg fight with Mohammed Khamal and Robin van Roosmalen. There's also a title fight for the vacant It's Showtime 85MAX World Title, featuring Amir Zeyada and Sahak Parparyan.. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy, watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch on tape delay on The Fight Network at 6PM EST/3PM PST. The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Main Card

Giga Chikadze (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Evgeniy Kurovskoy - Giga pretty much dominated this fight, Evgeniy got dropped by a beautiful right hook in the first round, and got tagged with a big knee in the second. The third he rallied a bit, but simply could not come back.

Frank Pareces Vilches (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Robert van Nimwegen - I missed literally the entire fight to buffering.

Hafid el Boustati (R3 - Dec.) Mohammed Medhar - From what I saw, el Boustati was picking Medhar apart.

Sahak Parparyan (It's Showtime 85MAX World Title Fight) (R5 - Dec.) Amir Zeyada - Crazy fight, back and forth with really great combinations from both men. It was very hard to pick a winner in this fight, Zeyada was a lot bigger and stronger, but Parparyan stayed calm and weathered every storm and had more clean connections.

Mohammed Khamal (R3 - Dec.) Robin van Roosmalen - Wow. Watch this fight. This is what stand up battles should look like, both guys were going tooth and nail for all three rounds, made you wish it were a 5 round bout.

Hesdy Gerges (R2 - KO) Chris Knowles - Knowles had some heart, took a lot of shots in the first round, but in the second round couldn't handle Gerges's power. Right hook, right uppercut, left knee to the face and a hook to finish it and Knowles was DOWN for a solid 20 seconds.

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In the main event of the evening, top 5 heavyweight Hesdy Gerges takes on Englishman Chris Knowles.

Hesdy Gerges has once again had training for a fight interrupted with his legal issues. He was extradited to Belgium for questioning for suspicion of being part of a cocaine trafficking ring. Gerges was also arrested a week before his fight with Daniel Ghita, one of the top heavyweights in the world and still managed to come back out of prison and get the win. This time Gerges comes out of prison for another challenge, although not quite of the same stature as Daniel Ghita.

Chris Knowles is one of the top heavyweight fighters in England. Despite his weight, he's quite agile for someone his size and can throw a plethora of techniques that we're used to seeing from guys fighting at -70kg. Knowles and Gerges were originally supposed to fight at It's Showtime's Christmas event on December 18. Unfortunately, Knowles could not make it to the fight due to heavy snowfall. The fight is back on now and Knowles is hoping he can give Hesdy Gerges the Christmas present of a loss that he was unable to last time.

Gerges has proven himself against top competition. Knowles, not so much. Knowles has fought a lot of guys from the British scene who have no business being in the ring with him. Gerges is a huge step up in competition - and one that I think Knowles is not ready for. While Knowles is a tough guy, Gerges will probably end up being too much for him.

I think a telling fight about Knowles would be his fight with Gokhan Saki from 2008. Saki low kicked him to death and eventually stopped him in the third round. I see a similar finish for Gerges here, probably a bit quicker. Once Gerges gets started on his low kicks, it's very hard to stop him. At times Gerges even gave Semmy Schilt trouble with his low kicks. Knowles would like to come forward and tee off but against the taller fighter in Gerges, he'll have to walk through some low kicks and counter punches that are without a doubt going to slow him down.

I think Gerges will be too much for Knowles here, chopping Knowles down with low kicks en route to a stoppage in the second or third round.

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In the co-main event, Mohammed Khamal and Robin van Roosmalen battle it out in what many are calling a potential fight of the year candidate.

There's history between these two men. They've met before. Back in March 2010, they met in Utrecht in the semi-finals of the K-1 World MAX West Europe Tournament. Khamal knocked van Roosmalen out at the end of the first round and went on to win the tournament, qualifying for the K-1 MAX World Grand Prix Final 16. Now just over a year later, van Roosmalen is looking for revenge.

Since that fight in March of last year, things have changed. Robin van Roosmalen isn't the unknown that he was back then. He's made a name for himself fighting for Ultimate Glory and It's Showtime. After the loss to Khamal, he lost again to Ajay Balgobind but ever since then he's been on a tear. Currently on a 5 fight win streak, van Roosmalen is one of the most hyped up and coming -70kg fighters at the moment. Wins over William Diender and Chahid Oulad El Hadj during his win streak have helped garner interest for the Dutchman.

Mohammed Khamal did go on to win the tournament and advance to the Final 16 but 2 months later he lost to Chahid Oulad El Hadj. Then last October, in what raised many eyebrows, he defeated Artur Kyshenko who is widely considered top 5 at -70kg. Coming off another career high point, he lost to Gago Drago at the Final 8 in November once again derailing his hype. His last fight happened in December, where he needed an extra round to defeat Mosab Amrani in one of the fights of 2010.

A win for either fighter will boost them much higher in the ranks of the -70kg division. This will be van Roosmalen's toughest test since the first fight and he'll definitely be ready to go, having fought and won twice in March.  Khamal hasn't fought since December and it'll be interesting to see how the layoff affects him.

Both men are pretty small guys for -70kg and aren't big hitters. Khamal is the more technical fighter while van Roosmalen tries to force the fight more. van Roosmalen has already been knocked out by Khamal once so he'll have to be extra careful. His style might leave him open to a counter from Khamal and it could be lights out. van Roosmalen works the body effectively and that should be a key to winning this fight. Working Khamal's body will slow him down and open up opportunities to tee off on him. At times Khamal can be either teeing off or getting teed off on. Getting teed off on by van Roosmalen probably isn't in his best interest as the body shots will add up.

This fight could be a lot similar to Khamal's fight with Mosab Amrani just without the non stop aggression that Amrani is known for. The fight went back and forth with Khamal and Amrani taking turns on who was on the offensive. van Roosmalen always tries to go forward, not too aggressively while Khamal is content moving and finding a spot to strike. Combinations will be essential for both fighters and you'll likely see a lot of them as they go back and forth on the offensive.

The fight should be high paced and exciting. Don't miss this one. It's a tough fight to call but I'd say Khamal's technical advantage will win him a decision. I see him outworking van Roosmalen, landing the better shots. Khamal has been against a top 5 fighter in Artur Kyshenko and managed to beat him. I'm not sure van Roosmalen is ready for that level of competition yet.


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