Tyrone Spong is back in action this weekend at It's Showtime 57/58 in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, June 30. He'll be facing Peter Aerts, in Aerts' return fight, which we highlighted in a post a few days ago.
With the return of Peter Aerts to face Tyrone Spong, it also gives Spong the opportunity to finally get that big win in the heavyweight division that will help firmly establish him as a top heavyweight. There's no doubt that Tyrone Spong is a great fighter, and talent-wise, one of the best heavyweights out there. Some may wonder why he's currently ranked at #10 on our LiverKick rankings, and that's simply because he doesn't have a big win yet.
He's defeated the likes of Melvin Manhoef, Loren Javier Jorge, Ray Sefo and Kyotaro at heavyweight, and if you notice, none of them were real, top heavyweights at the time and at this present moment, still aren't. His losses are nothing to scoff at, as they've come to top heavyweights in Alistair Overeem, who went on to win the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix, Gokhan Saki, who today is considered one of the best heavyweights in the world and Jerome Le Banner at the time, who Spong was getting the better of towards the end of the fight.
It's taken a long time for Spong to really get adjusted to heavyweight and he fights in a much more measured way than he did before at lower weights. He's been at around a weight of 230lbs/105kg for some time now, so he's not even a small heavyweight anymore.
Spong has all the ability to be one of the best heavyweights. He's arguably the most naturally talented heavyweight in all of kickboxing. After cleaning out all the divisions in between "MAX" and Heavyweight there really was nowhere else to go, especially if he wanted the money to be good.
His run so far at heavyweight has had some ups and some downs and some growing pains, but this Saturday he'll get another chance at defeating a top heavyweight and further establishing himself as one. With his future in kickboxing somewhat cloudy due to his afilliation with the Blackzillians and Authentic Sports Management in Florida and a lingering MMA career, it's uncertain how much longer he'll stick around, but for the time being, he still has a chance to become one of the best heavyweights.
It's Showtime 57/58 takes place on June 30 in Brussels, Belgium. To see Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong live, you can buy It's Showtime's stream of the event, which features 12 fights with some of kickboxing's best. For full information on the event, including buying it and viewing the full fight card, click here.