It's Showtime 55 blew everyone away this weekend, putting on the biggest combat sports event in the world after fans watching UFC on Fox 2 fizzle out. We saw some huge finishes from Errol Zimmerman, Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari and the landscape of the Heavyweight Kickboxing world was re-written. This next weekend in Italy we see yet another big event from what has felt like a rather active Italy, this time it is Thai Boxe Mania 2012, with the big bouts using Fight Code rules in association with Oktagon.
The big bout of the night is Artur Kyshenko taking on Roberto Cocco at -75kg. This is a warm-up bout of sorts before Kyshenko faces down Giorgio Petrosyan in March, also in Italy, and is a tough challenge. Roberto Cocco is a very tough veteran fighter with over 138 fights under his belt, he also fights at 75kg normally, while Kyshenko falls between 70 and 73 usually. Kyshenko was well on his way to winning the It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg MAX tournament before Robin van Roosmalen quickly finished him off before moving on to defeat Yodsanklai Fairtex at Sweden's Rumble of the Kings in what many voted as the fight of the year for 2011.
Another big feature bout is at 72.5kg between Gago Drago and the 2011 Fight Code Dragons tournament champion, Yuri Bessmertny. This is a good test for Yuri and a good measuring stick for where Drago is at in 2012 after having a tough 2011. For the full fight card, check it out here.