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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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If you didn't know yet, Badr Hari's opponent for It's Showtime Lyon on May 14, Gregory Tony, fought in the PrizeFighter Heavyweight International Tournament yesterday. Tony won in the first round with a controversial split decision over Russian Evgeny Orlov. In the second round he faced rising prospect Mike Perez, who stopped Tony in the first round quite easily. Now on the first knockdown, Tony seemed to injure his left arm. Right as he started getting up he was moving his left arm around in a manner that would suggest it was injured while he landed on the canvas. No one has any idea if Tony is still going to fight Badr Hari. As of now we can only speculate.

Keep an eye out on Liverkick.com for news regarding Gregory Tony's injury.

Here's the two fight videos:

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By Daniel Fletcher

Every champion falls, every great fighter declines, and every star burns out or fades away. It is the nature of the beast; as inherent and inexorable a fact as that the Earth orbits the Sun, that grass is green and that Michael Schiavello will scream "Goodnight Irene!" during a fight broadcast when a fighter gets sparked. To get proverbial, what goes up must come down, and as a promising young fighter embarks on his career, the ageing warrior must one day reach the point where the journey must end.

Andy Howson lost his ISKA world title last night, and subsequently announced his retirement. He was cheered by a raucous following, and hugged by the friend that had just relieved him of his championship belt. The show was over.

After 13yrs, he admitted that the young had usurped the (comparatively) old, and that his time was done. "After 13yrs, a lot of hard fights and a few world titles" was his own way of putting it, but he neglected to mention the respect of his peers, the support of his friends and his team, and the fact he went out being cheered. Hey, home town or not, even legends get booed at the end... just ask Nigel Benn. Going out to cheers and applause is a pinnacle.

As for the fight itself, it was a counter-striking technician against a shorter, more brawling orientated scrapper in Andy. Dean James used his range well, and though he initially showed Howson a great deal of respect in a cautious opening round, he turned it up a notch in the final minute of the second. A standing elbow landed precisely, arcing down onto Howson's head and cutting him open. The blitzkrieg was expected from the defending champion in the third, but it was this round that the downfall continuted; while Andy pressed, James began to pick him off and avoiding the inside work, landed another elbow from the clinch. Wobbled, Howson was forced back to the ropes, and a short elbow from the clinch dropped him. He survived the round.

(Photo courtesy of http://muaythaiphotos.com)

Howson cut

The fourth round spelled the end. As one fan put it, Howson "went crazy as only he can", and tried flurrying to turn the contest into an all out brawl. James complied to some extent, and should be credited for not playing an overly cautious technical game in his victory; this was an exciting contest. Alas, it had to end, and after allowing the bout to continue following a check up, the referee called another halt as the two head wounds spat blood, some of which was running down into Howson's eyes. An audible groan went round, as Dean James was declared the new ISKA World Bantamweight champion, and Howson's reign was ended.

Ultimate respect to Andy Howson, one of Leeds, Yorkshire and England's best Muay Thai fighters, and a very likeable guy.

Jordan Watson did not compete on the card, as his recent title defence over Cedric Mueller of France was still reminding his body about it. He did, however, speak very candidly with me about the 70kg MAX division he competes in, and there will be more on that in my next upload. Stay tuned.

Howson's retirement and Watson's non-participation didn't entirely cast ill-omen on Bad Company at the event, and they had their moments of triumph too. Lee Mundin outpointed Jo Boffey, thanks to a Herculean comeback in the final two rounds. Boffey had nudged ahead on the scorecards leading into the fourth, but Mundin earned a win for Bad Company in handsomely outlanding and outworking Boffey and taking the decision victory.

Also a victor was "Nice Guy" Eddie Long. The unassuming 78kg fighter has a peculiar hunched stance, his chin tucked and hands held outwards Remy style. It led me to ask his sparring partner, "The Myth" whether or not Long had a glass jaw that needed protecting at all costs. Not only the answer he gave, but the fight in question proved that he certainly didn't - Lee Keegan was unable to hurt him, and struggled to deal with the leg kicks dished out by the Bad Company man. At the end of the first round, his right leg was visibly wilting, with redness showing at the back of his thigh, and the expected finish came soon after. Despite his outward calm, Keegan backed into his corner and was more focused on blocking Long's leg kicks as opposed to dishing out his own offence, and after one too many right lowkicks, he buckled, and was unable to beat the count.

Off to a winning start for Long, who will look to compete at a forthcoming HGH Promotions or Bad Company promoted show. Who says nice guys finish last?

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One week away from his May 14th showdown in Lyon for It's Showtime, Badr Hari is looking absolutely jacked. Really impressive considering if you think back 6 years ago when he was that skinny Moroccan kid.


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gregory_tonySo you're all hyped for It's Showtime Lyon on May 14. You're hearing all this talk about the return of Badr Hari and how this is the most stacked card of the year. You look into the card a bit more, browse through all the great match ups and you see Badr Hari vs. ...Gregory Tony? Who could this be?

Many people technically don't know him. If you look around you can see that no one's even sure of his real name. Take a look around the internet and you'll notice that you'll find about half of the results are for Tony Gregory and the other half are for Gregory Tony. I guess those are the troubles you encounter when you have two first names as your name. It's Showtime lists him as Tony Gregory. In his recent big time boxing match against Robert Helenius, he was listed as Gregory Tony. We can indeed confirm that his name is Gregory Tony.

So let's get to the question. Who is Gregory Tony? Gregory Tony is a 6'5, 230lb Super Heavyweight fighter from France who will be taking on Badr Hari, May 14th in Lyon for It's Showtime.

Early in his career in the mid to late 1990s Tony fought around France, becoming the Muaythai champion of the country in 1996, 1999 and 2000 and Kickboxing champ in 1995, 1996 and 2000. In 2001, Tony started fighting in K-1 with a disqualification win over Swedish fighter Jorgen Kruth. The next year he went on to win the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Marseilles tournament with 3 straight wins over Karim Aouaden, Phillipe Gomis and Azem Matsukaj. The next year in 2003, Tony would again win another K-1 tournament, this time winning the K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary France with Daniel Waciakowski, Fabrice Bernardin and again Azem Matsukaj in the final for the second year in a row.

For the next few years, Tony went on to fight for K-1 all over Europe, facing names such as Alexander Ustinov twice, Humberto Evora, Vitali Akhramenko and Patrice Quarteron. In 2006 he split two fights with Daniel Ghita, knocking Ghita out in the first encounter and being knocked out by a right hook from Ghita in the rematch.

The year 2006 was also the year Gregory Tony started his professional boxing career. Tony would go back and forth between boxing and kickboxing from the end of 2006 until 2008, racking up a 9-0 record in boxing and getting a win over Alexey Ignashov and a loss to Zabit Samedov in kickboxing. Tony moved more towards boxing in 2009 with 3 wins, improving his record to 12-0. At the end of 2009, he came back to kickboxing and fought to a draw over 5 rounds with Fabrice Aurieng, still retaining his WKBC Heavyweight title. That was the last time he would fight in kickboxing.

In August of 2010, after not having fought in any combat sports for 9 months, Gregory Tony returned for the biggest boxing match of his career. At this point, he was ranked one of the best heavyweights in all of France. Facing Robert Helenius of Finland, one of the biggest up and coming fighters in boxing. Tony was dropped in rounds 3, 4, 5 and 6 when the fight was finally stopped. Tony continued with boxing this year, picking up a win each in March and April.

Just last night, mere hours ago, Gregory Tony fought in the British "Prizefighter" International Heavyweight Tournament. He defeated Russian journeyman of both boxing and kickboxing, Evgeny Orlov by controversial split decision in the first round. In the second round, he was stopped in the first round by Cuban-Irish Mike Perez. Now you may be thinking..Wait, he got stopped in the first round, how is he fighting Badr Hari in a week? Well, supposedly he had hurt his arm when he was dropped but many people are questioning that and think he may have just been looking for a way out. We'll never know but as of now he is still fighting Badr Hari.

And that leaves us where we are right now. A week away from It's Showtime Lyon on May 14th. In kickboxing, Gregory Tony is coming off a longer layoff than Badr Hari. He's been keeping active in boxing but you have to wonder if this whole time he's even been training kickboxing or just focusing solely on boxing.

Here's some fight videos of Gregory Tony:

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Two big names in the Muay Thai world are set to clash on May 31st in Hong Kong. Fight Factory has put together their "Arena" card and in the main event, Belarussian Andrei Kulebin takes on the current Super Welterweight champ of Lumpinee Stadium, Saiyok Pumpanmuang under full Thai rules. Kulebin looks to bounce back from a lackluster win over Italian Angelo Campoli at Fight Code: Dragon Series Round 2 on March 12. Kulebin picked up the win but the fight was more competitive than many thought it would be. Saiyok has not lost for years and is looking to continue his winning streak with a convincing win over the Belarussian.

The event poster below:


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Mosab "The Jaguar" Amrani is one of the breakout stars in the European kickboxing world after a few great bouts for It's Showtime, including a Fight of the Year Contender against Mootje Khamal at It's Showtime: The Sand in December. He has another fight for It's Showtime coming up on May 14th at It's Showtime Lyon against Houcine Bennoui. So where has he been training for this bout? At Superpro Samui in Thailand, one of the better-known, quality Thai Boxing camps, best known for Pajonsuk Superpro Samui. Many feel that Amrani is one of the fighters to watch over the coming years, so watch Amrani training and follow his path to becoming one of the best.

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