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Breaking: Hesdy Gerges is Back on for May 21st

Big news revolving around the world of It's Showtime again, as LiverKick.com confirmed with Simon Rutz this evening that Hesdy Gerges has once again been added to the May 21st Amsterdam card. Rutz then posted publicly on his Facebook that Gerges is innocent (at least that is what It's Showtime and everyone else believes) and that Gerges will be prepared for his fight on May 21.

This is the second time in a row that Hesdy Gerges has run into problems right before a fight, the last time in early March before he fought Daniel Ghita. So Hesdy Gerges vs. Chris Knowles is officially back on now, and hopefully Gerges will be as prepared as he was for Daniel Ghita just a few months ago.

Stay tuned for more updates on It's Showtime as they happen.

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Prepare for It's Showtime Tomorrow; Catch Highlights From the Weigh-Ins

Kickboxing promotion It's Showtime has their work cut out for them at the moment, with a longterm deal with United States television network HDnet announced today and running one of their bigger shows to date tomorrow in Lyon, France. We've broken down the card, fight-by-fight so far, of course with an in depth look at the return of Badr Hari to action, and at this point there isn't much to say outside of sit back, relax and enjoy the fights tomorrow.

We've checked with It's Showtime to see if the stream will still work in the United States in the wake of the HDnet agreement, and yes, if you want to watch the event live you can indeed access their stream as opposed to waiting until Friday night on HDnet. It's Showtime's stream runs on Microsoft's Silverlight platform (the same as Netflix), so make sure that you have Silverlight installed and that it is functional before purchasing the stream.

The stream can be viewed at http://www.ShowtimeFights.com at 4PM Eastern Time. View the entire card at WikiKick, with all of Part 2 being broadcast live.

So now all that there is left to do is sit back and enjoy this video of the weigh-ins.

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It's Showtime Lyon: Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian preview

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In the fourth bout on the main card, another title is up for grabs as Yohan Lidon and Marat Grigorian battle it out for the vacant It's Showtime 73MAX World Title.

The winner will be the first ever holder of the It's Showtime 73MAX World Title as the division was just introduced this year. Fighting it out for the title are Frenchman Yohan Lidon and 19 year old rising star Marat Grigorian. Lidon is a veteran of the game while Grigorian is one of the rising stars of It's Showtime. Despite only being 19 years old, Grigorian already has 35 fights of which only 3 he has lost. Grigorian has been fighting for It's Showtime since he was just 17 years old.

Making his home at the Bulldogs Gym under trainer Daniella Somers, Grigorian is relentless in his attack. He'll hunt down his opponents and punish them until they can no longer fight back. Possessing heavy hands, Grigorian loves to bang to the head and body with combinations of hooks and uppercuts. Many fighters just cover up and wilt when faced with Grigorian's onslaught of non stop pressure.

Grigorian's opponent, Yohan Lidon has other plans in mind. Lidon likes to take a more technical approach to a fight. While a semi-aggressive fighter, Lidon will pick his shots with every one of them having a calculated purpose. Lidon will go forward on his opponents but nowhere near as much as Grigorian does. Lidon also likes to throw hands, but takes a more crisp approach throwing straight punches as well as mixing in hooks. He uses his kicks to find the range on his opponent before he can move in and start doing some damage.

One of the keys for Lidon in this fight will be the teep. Lidon frequently uses the teep to establish his range and set up his strikes. Grigorian will be coming forward all night long so it's essential for Lidon to throw out the teep to stop Grigorian's forward movement for a moment that Lidon can use to set up strikes. Grigorian will be looking to just walk Lidon down and bludgeon him with punches and knees inside.

I see this being a very close fight that has a good chance of going the full five round distance. Both fighters will have their moments as they go back and forth with exchanges. If Lidon can throw straight punches then he can tag Grigorian coming in with wide punches but I expect Grigorian to walk through a lot of shots to deliver his own.

I think Grigorian's relentless pressure will give him a slight edge but if Lidon can land clean punches consistently then he has a chance to stop Grigorian. It'll be tough to get Grigorian out of there. Lidon would have to pounce on Grigorian right away after hurting him. In the end, I believe this fight will go to a decision. Don't be surprised if one of or both of them get dropped in the fight. Lidon's more diverse arsenal will help him come cleaner in the exchanges and edge out a close, hard fought decision that is likely to have the crowd on the edge of their seats.

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Hesdy Gerges Released Again

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Hesdy Gerges has been released from authorities for the second time this year. Amsterdam news source AT5 confirmed the news today.

Back in February, Gerges was arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion that he was part of a cocaine trafficking ring. He was released and went on to still fight and beat Daniel Ghita. This time he was extradited to Belgium to be dealt with as the Belgian authorities suspected that the trafficking ring was going through Belgium. Gerges was released again today and stays with his claim that he is 100% innocent.

Recently Gerges was pulled from the May 21st It's Showtime card in Amsterdam due to these issues but now that he's been released, will he be able to pull off what he did last time against Daniel Ghita? It'll be interesting to see if he is indeed put back on the card in the main event against Englishman Chris Knowles.

Here's the full news report, translated:

This confirms his lawyer Sander Janssen AT5. Gerges was earlier this month handed over to Belgium . Justice having suspected him of involvement in cocaine trafficking. Gerges will immediately travel to the Netherlands after his release. He must still be available for the Belgian judiciary.

The kick boxer in February for the first half was arrested in the case. A SWAT team charged him into his home in Noord. After nine days he was allowed to go home, pending the surrender request. Gerges denies anything to do with drug trafficking have.

http://www.at5.nl/artikelen/62191/kickbokser-hesdy-gerges-vrij

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