It's Showtime's huge event on this Saturday, June 30 is right about at the halfway point of the year. Most of the top fighters so far haven't fought more than three times, which is still a lot compared to MMA and boxing, where we're lucky to see the world's best even fight three times in a year.
One fighter who hasn't taken that approach this year is Daniel Ghita, who's already fought four times this year. With two, good, solid wins overs Hesdy Gerges and Sergei Lascenko and then two lower level wins over Brian Douwes and Wendell Roche, Ghita isn't going to sit around and wait for the big fights to happen, which it seems they won't for him at least until the K-1 Final 16 in October, and probably not even until the Final 8 until he gets the "big" fight.
Last year saw Ghita only fight three times, as a proposed match with Badr Hari fell through, along with K-1's Final 16 return completely flopping. Ghita's 31 and in the prime of his career and unlike many other fighters, he's not wasting his prime away sitting on the sidelines. Although the competition hasn't been the best in his last two fights and won't be the best on Saturday, there's nothing wrong with him staying active. The big fights with the likes of Badr Hari, Semmy Schilt and Gokhan Saki just aren't really available at the moment, and probably won't be at all when it comes to the latter two, or any GLORY fighters for that matter.
So to make Ghita's fight on Saturday against Dzevad Poturak sound interesting, there are a few twists to it. This fight with Poturak is a rubbermatch. Ghita and Poturak have fought twice before, with Poturak beating Ghita back in 2008 by unanimous decision. They fought again at an It's Showtime event in 2010 and that time, Ghita walked away with the unanimous decision. Needless to say, Ghita is a completely different fighter than the one who fought Poturak twice previously, and Poturak might not even be as good as he was back then.
We all know what's going to happen on Saturday. Ghita will walk away as the winner, probably adding another highlight to his growing highlight reel. The big fights should come by the end of the year, and then hopefully we'll truly know where Daniel Ghita stands among the top of the heavyweight division. For now though, he's just staying active, and keeping sharp for when the opportunity presents itself.