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Big Month Ahead For Kickboxing Sees K-1, GLORY, It's Showtime, SuperKombat

It's a new month now, and with this month comes some huge events in the world of kickboxing. Last month was a bit more low key, but this month all the big boys are out in full force. K-1, GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat all have events this month and they're all looking great, particularly K-1 and Glory who have put together monster cards.

First off, there's two events on May 12 as It's Showtime and SuperKombat return. It's Showtime's card isn't star studded but it features some pretty good fights and has some familiar, big names. Most notably, Daniel Ghita is back, taking on Brian Douwes who replaced Sebastian van Thielen. Sahak Parparyan defends his It's Showtime 85MAX World Title against England's Andrew Tate in what should be a really interesting clash of styles. Sergei Lascenko is also on the card against Salah Edine Kandoussi. Fight card

For SuperKombat, they've got their usual crew of Romanians on the card, and a four man tournament, with the winner qualifying for the year end World Grand Prix. Bogdan Stoica will be fighting for the new SuperKombat 85kg World Title while his brother Andrei faces Rodney Glunder. K-1 veterans Raul Catinas and Sebastian Ciobanu are back. Catinas is in the tournament against Daniel Sam and Ciobanu takes on Redouan Cairo. It's a solid card, overall. Fight card

Now for the huge, stacked cards. A day before K-1, GLORY kicks off their first tournament of the year, in the 70kg division with the Final 16 of the tournament. Featured are big names like Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen, Yoshihiro Sato, Albert Kraus and Fabio Pinca just to name a few. The 70kg tournament brings together some names from all over the world that I'm really looking forward to see. Aside from the tournament Final 16, there's a huge (literally) Glory Heavyweight Title fight between Semmy Schilt and Errol Zimmerman. Gokhan Saki will also be on the card, and Sergei Kharitonov is fighting an MMA fight against Tony Lopez. Last but not least, Nieky Holzken takes on Alex Tobiasson Harris in a super fight, which happens to be my favorite fight on the card. Fight card

Lastly, we've K-1 finally returns on May 27. Like GLORY, K-1's card features a 70kg (K-1 MAX) Final 16, but featuring names like Andy Souwer, Artur Kyshenko, Mike Zambidis and Murthel Groenhart, again, just to name a few. There's also a number of super fights, most notably including Badr Hari's not-so-long return to kickboxing after it appeared he'd left the sport for boxing. Badr will face Anderson "Braddock" Silva in a super fight. Other super fights include Daniel Ghita vs. Paul Slowinski, Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergei Lascenko and Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge. Fight card


Frank Giorgi Defeats Steve Moxon By Split Decision

Australia's two best 70kg fighters met yesterday in Melbourne. Moxon usually figts K-1 rules and Giorgi, Muay Thai rules so they compromised and met halfway under modified Thai rules. These two, along with Wes Capper are Australia's top candidates for K-1 MAX, especially Moxon who has big K-1 aspirations.

Giorgi ended up winning a split decision but from the sounds of it, it wans't easy. Moxon dropped him in the first round. According to multiple accounts, Giorgi won all four rounds after that, keeping Moxon at bay with kicks, hampering his footwork.

After a loss to Buakaw in December, Giorgi has rebounded now with two wins, the first coming over Tobias Alexandersson about three weeks ago. For Moxon, a loss is a loss but I don't think it's much of a setback for his K-1 aspirations, as I think he'll eventually make it there whenever they bring in new fighters. Moxon will be fighting again on May 19 against Expedito Valin in Australia.

Also on the card, K-1 veteran Jordan Tai was back in action, taking on Greece's Vasilis Kakarikos. It sounds like Tai was dominant, with even John Wayne Parr saying he looked amazing. Speaking of John Wayne Parr, Tai will be fighting him on June 23 in JWP's retirement fight, but in a cage with MMA gloves under Muay Thai rules.


It's Showtime Champ Danyo Ilunga Wins In Germany + Video

Much like last month, the It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion, Danyo Ilunga returned to the ring yesterday in Germany. Also like his fight last month was that this fight was against a much lesser opponent.

Ilunga fought Dennis Sebastian and from the opening bell, it was clear that Ilunga would make quick work of him. Sebastian didn't have much for Ilunga besides some flailing punches as Ilunga was way too fast for him and out-maneuvering him. The fight ended not too far into the first round when Ilunga timed a knee perfectly to Sebastian's chin, sending him down and unable to continue.

While it's nice to see Ilunga staying active, he'll return to facing a much higher level of competition when he defends his It's Showtime title against Filip Verlinden on June 30 on the It's Showtime card in Brussels.


Mike Zambidis Defeats Fadi Merza + Video

Mike Zambidis returned to the ring today in Greece and took on Fadi Merza, a long time veteran of the sport. The fight was for Zambidis' "King of the Ring" Oriental Rules Super Welterweight Title, which Zambidis won last year against Ali Gunyar.

While the fight was somewhat of a tune up for Zambidis, it wasn't easy for him as Merza looked to have a noticeable size and height advantage. Step up knees were coming his way throughout the course of the fight and Merza wouldn't just hand over the win to him. It was a fun fight, as most Zambidis fights are, and he walked away with a unanimous decision.

Up next for Zambidis is a rematch with Chahid Oulad El Hadj at the K-1 MAX Final 16 in Madrid, Spain on May 27. Their fight at the Final 16 in 2010 was absolutely insane and despite it being hard pressed to live up to that, it should still be a great fight.


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