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Wendell Roche Headed to Madrid to Fight Daniel Ghita

Wendell RocheDaniel Ghita's original opponent, Paul Slowinski, was looked upon as a gimme fight for Daniel Ghita, and then Slowinski had to pull out of the fight on short notice. The word was circulating that Daniel Ghita's opponent would be Spanish fighter Damian Garcia, but it appears that as the time approached, Garcia backed out for one reason or another. We've spoken to Ghita's camp and can confirm that the situation is a bit frustrating for them at this point, as there have been many possible opponents for Ghita, lots of talks over the past few days, and that nothing has worked out.

Sometime late last night here in the States, early morning in Europe, talk emerged that Wendell Roche was headed to Madrid to fight Daniel Ghita. As of about five hours ago we could confirm that from the perspective of Ghita's camp, Roche was indeed a possibility, but with how this week has shaped up, they do not feel that anything is certain until the bell rings for the fight. That being said, Roche is in Madrid and It's Showtime staffers have been pushing this video from 2010 on their Facebook profiles, of Roche talking about the Heavyweight division and how he'd fight anyone.

It is safe to say that as of right now, Wendell Roche is on deck for Ghita, but this has been quite a disaster.

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Romie Adanza, Steven Banks Sign With K-1

With K-1 looking to make a big push into the United States this year, holding three events there, they're trying to sign American talent to fill up their cards and draw appeal. As we previously posted, they signed Eddie Walker recently. Now they've signed two more American fighters.

Romie Adanza and Steven Banks are two more American fighters that were signed by K-1. Steven Banks is a heavyweight fighter, who you might know from his fights with Paul Slowinski, in which he was stopped both times. It's expected that Banks will be a part of the Heavyweight World Grand Prix.

Romie Adanza may just be one of the smallest fighters to ever fight in K-1. In February he won the WBC Muay Thai Super Flyweight International title, which is at 115lbs. He has a really exciting style and is one of the best kickfighters out of America, so he's a great signing for the promotion.

Adanza, Banks and Eddie Walker are all expected to fight at the K-1 show in Los Angeles, which takes place some time in early September. Adanza may face Andy Howson, in a rematch of their fight from 2010 where he won a split decision. [source]

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Paul Slowinski Out, Damian Garcia Fights Daniel Ghita At K-1 On Sunday, May 27

There's been a bit of a shake up of the K-1 card this Sunday, May 27 in Madrid, Spain. The first fight that changed was Zeben Diaz vs. Mosab Amrani, when Amrani got injured and Emad Kadyear stepped in to fight Diaz. Now Paul Slowinski is out of the fight with Daniel Ghita due to injury and K-1 has found a replacement with less than a week to go.

Spanish fighter Damian Garcia will be stepping in for Slowinski to face Daniel Ghita. This really shouldn't be a challenge for Ghita, as Garcia is on a considerably lower level. He's a veteran, but has losses to the likes of Ashwin Balrak, by TKO back in 2007 at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Scandinavia. He's been around for a while but doesn't have any big wins, with pretty much all of them being over lower level competition.

In short, this is a mismatch but at least Ghita is still staying active and fighting on the card. It's better than him not being on the card at all.

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