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Stevelmans vs Hinata Added to Shootboxing Act.4; Girls S-Cup Quarterfinals Set

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Shootboxing has recently made announcements regarding their next two cards; the Girls S-Cup this Saturday and September 17th's Shootboxing Act.4.

Starting off with this week's Girls S-Cup, Shootboxing has announced the final competitor in the tournament as well as the brackets. Filling in the final spot is Australian Kim Townsend, a WKN World champion. She will have a very tough quarterfinal matchup as she takes on 2-time defending S-Cup champion RENA. In the other quarter of the upper half, South Korea's Seo Hee Ham takes on Ukraine's Olena Ovchynnikova. In the lower half of the bracket, V.V Mei battles Thai representative Namtam Por. Muangpet while Erika Kamimura takes on Holland's Lorena Klijn. RENA, Ham, Mei and Kamimura would have to be the favorites to reach the semis as they have fought under Shootboxing rules before with success. 

Meanwhile, an S-Cup qualifier has been announced for Shootboxing Act.4 between Warren Stevelmans and Hinata. This will be both men's second fight in Shootboxing, with Stevelmans holding a win over Hiroki Shishido from earlier this year and Hinata losing to Andy Souwer back in 2010. Stevelmans (55-16-4, 16 KO) is 1-1 this year with the win over Shishido and most recently losing to Batu Khasikov by split decision. Hinata most recently picked up a win at It's Showtime Japan Countdown-2. Since upset wins over Mike Zambidis and Artur Kyshenko, Hinata is 0-4 against European competition (though Stevelmans is from South Africa, he trains in the Netherlands and has fought almost exclusively in Europe) being stopped by each of them except for Giorgio Petrosyan, who shut him out, so this does not bode too well for him. 

Akihiro Gono is still expected to participate on the card in an S-Cup qualifier and considering the level of Hinata's opponent, it would be nice to see Gono challenged as well. 

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