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It's Showtime Champ Chris Ngimbi Loses In France

You might've not known, but on Saturday, Chris Ngimbi returned to the ring after losing to Harut Grigorian at It's Showtime in January. Ngimbi was coming off two losses in a row so he definitely wanted to rebound with a win. His opponent was Gregory Choplin, the Frenchman who had also competed in It's Showtime in the past.

On paper it seemed like a winnable fight for Ngimbi. In the end, he lost a decision to Choplin but it wasn't without some controversy. The fight was under K-1 rules but according to Ngimbi, Choplin was constantly clinching and holding which isn't permitted when excessive under K-1 rules. The It's Showtime 70kg champ has this to say about the fight:

"Yesterday the French juries chose to let me lose by point. It's a disgrace since we agreed on fighting on K1 rules and my opponent only clinched during the whole fight. I was extremelly motivated and It's should have been a better fight if he also wanted to fight instead of only hanging on me. But up to the next fight .....thanks all for your support!!!"

Ngimbi even posted a picture of Choplin holding on to him, which can be seen below. Choplin has been known to do this in the past. I can remember he would do this a lot in his It's Showtime fights. He's just more of a Muay Thai fighter than a K-1 rules fighter.

It's Showtime fighter Yavuz Kayabasi also picked up a win on the card with a stoppage over Samir Djabba. Djabba will be fighting Andy Ristie on It's Showtime's June 30 card. 



Oktagon: Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko Fight Card For Tomorrow, March 23

Well, after a very big kickboxing card today put on by Glory World Series, we've got another big event tomorrow. Oktagon/Fight Code, promoted by Carlo Di Blasi, is back.

After a successful 2011, Fight Code returns tomorrow, March 24 with a great card featuring a battle of two of the best kickboxers in the world. World number one, Giorgio Petrosyan fights perennial top 5 fighter, Artur Kyshenko in one of the biggest fights at 70kg in some time. The fight is on Giorgio's home turf and he'll look to defend his status as the unquestioned world number one. Giorgio comes off a win over Abraham Roqueni at Yokkao Extreme while Kyshenko is coming off a win last month at Thai Boxe Mania over Roberto Cocco.

Right before Petrosyan and Kyshenko hit the ring, last year's Fight Code tournament winner, Yury Bessmertny returns to the ring after an impressive knockout of Gago Drago last month. He'll fight Romanian fighter Cristian Milea, and should definitely win this fight.

One of the fastest rising up and coming fighters in the sport, Chingiz Allazov takes on the grizzled Thai veteran, Bovy Sor Udomson. Although Bovy is way past his prime, he's an all action fighter and so is Allazov, so this has the makings of a great fight. 

Another up and comer, Enriko Gogokhia will take on Bruno Franchi. I thought Gogokhia beat Mike Zambidis last year and sometimes he's a bit hit or miss with his performances but when he's on, he's on. Franchi should be a stern test for the Ukrainian-based Georgian. Up and coming prospect Iulian Imeri takes on Filip Hryeniewicki.

Fight card:

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko

MMA: Valentijn Overeem vs. Michal Kita

Yury Bessmertny vs. Cristian Milea

Chingiz Allazov vs. Bovy Sor Udomson

MMA: Michele Verginelli vs. Anderson Da Silva

Hunkar Kilic vs. Mustapha Haida (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 72.5kg)

Michael Kongolo vs. Davide Mosca (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 85kg)

Sorin Radu vs. Davide Longoni (Winner of Oktagon Selektion Heavyweight)

Fabio Siciliani vs. Marco Re

Adi Petrisor Catana vs. Emmanual Horta Tavares

Veronica Vernocchi vs. Paola Capucchi

Iulian Imeri (Winner of Oktagon Selektion 70kg) vs. Filip Hryeniewicki

Bruno Franchi vs. Enriko Gogokhia


Koya Urabe vs Keijiro Miyakoshi Added to NJKF Kick to the Future 2 on April 29th

New Japan Kickboxing Federation has added a huge name to its Kick to the Future 2 card on April 29th at Korakuen Hall, pitting 63kg superstar Koya Urabe against rising prospect Keijiro Miyakoshi. Urabe (17-3-0, 2 KO) picked up a close win last weekend against Kizaemon Saiga in his first fight back since being brutally KO’d by Masaaki Noiri in December. Miyakoshi (10-3-1, 4 KO) most recently fought to a draw with MA Kick Super Featherweight champ Hikaru Machida, but before that was on a 3-fight win-streak which saw him take out Hayato Hatekayama, Kazuki and Akihiro Kuroda, winning the NJKF Lightweight title against Kazuki. I had expected Miyakoshi’s first foray against the division’s elite to be a WBC Japan title match against Rashata, but this fight against Urabe is a pleasant surprise. Although Miyakoshi has promise, Urabe should be the big favorite here as he’s proven himself against the upper echelon of the division while Miyakoshi is untested. Although this fight is taking place under the NJKF banner, there will be no elbows, however there was no mention of clinching so I assume the clinch and clinch knees will still be allowed.

Another inter-promotional fight that was announced for this card is recently crowned NJKF Super Bantamweight champ Rookie taking on MA Kick Super Bantamweight champ Keisuke Miyamoto. Rookie (10-3-0, 4 KO) trains at ESG with former Krush champ Kenta and most recently won the vacant NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym and before that was knocked out by Ryuya Kusakabe in a fight for the vacant WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title. Miyamoto (12-1-0, 5 KO) started competing in Kyokushin karate as a teenager and in 2009, made it to the quarterfinals of the K-1 Koshien Tournament where he lost to Masaaki Noiri. He started his pro career a perfect 9-0, winning the MA Kick Bantamweight Rookie Tournament in 2010, but suffered his first career loss last September to Takayuki Umehara. Since, he is on a 3-fight winning streak which saw him claim the vacant MA Kick Super Bantamweight title in a 4-man multi-night tournament, and most recently he KO’d MA Kick Featherweight champion Minoru Junibayashi at Featherweight.

Already announced for this card is a fight for the vacant WBC Japan Featherweight title between WPMF Japan champ Yosuke Morii and NJKF champ Heihachi Nakajima. Morii is riding a 2-fight losing streak with a loss to Genji Umeno and a loss in Thailand. Nakajima is coming off of a win over Chao “Shimura” Logate in HEAT. Also, there will be a NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight title match between defending champ AZUMA and Team Dragon’s Satoko Sasaki.{jcomments on}

Source: boutreview


Schilt, Saki, Zimmerman, Kharitonov Slated For Glory's Next Event

Aside from the 70kg tournament announcement made today at the Glory World Series show, they also had some other big news about the next event.

Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman and Sergei Kharitonov will all fight at the next Glory World Series event. No opponents have been anounced yet, but it's nice to see these guys all stay active. The next show is at the end of May so it won't be too long before Schilt, Zimmerman and Kharitonov are back in the ring.

There was a lot of speculation as to what Gokhan Saki would do with his career but as I've said for a while, it appears he's going to keep doing kickboxing. He signed a contract with the new Glory World Series a few months ago. He last fought on January 28 where he was stopped by Badr Hari in the first round at It's Showtime in Leeuwarden.


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