Kickboxing megapromotion It's Showtime has been a freight train in 2011, booking show after show and adding more and more big fights to these cards. So it comes almost as a shock to hear that one of their shows has been called off, and that the show was the one with an expected 8-man 70kg MAX tournament, featuring the biggest names in the world of kickboxing at that division.
According to It's Showtime management the show will go on, with the tournament pushed to a different location and possibly a different date. Knowing It's Showtime, they will find a suitable place for this mega-tournament.
The reason given for the show's cancellation is "political reasons." They also stated that they will book an event in Sochi, Russia in 2012, so it seems like there could be some unseen forces at play here. Political reasons could mean local licensing situations or television and sponsorship issues.
The card being pushed back and into a different location could mean there is a better location for the tournament as well. As this is complete conjecture at this point, there is a strong rumor that It's Showtime will push forward with their Amsterdam ArenA show in October or November. I, for one, couldn't think of a better place to put on a huge one-night tournament between some of the biggest stars in the sport than a giant arena.