It looks like if you are a kickboxing fan, your patience over what has been a tumultuous and eerily quiet year for the kickboxing world is about to payoff. It's Showtime began the year strong, promoting event after event in March, April, May and June before the "summer silence" hit. If you are a longtime reader and have been wondering why LiverKick.com's rankings have not changed since then, the reason is just that -- nobody is putting on big fights between ranked opponents. September is gearing up to be another big month for the kickboxing world, and is starting off with a bang as Simon Rutz of It's Showtime promised a big announcement and has delivered on that announcement.
It's Showtime is indeed planning a mega-show on January 28th as previously announced. This show will not be a Heavyweight tournament as was rumored, but will feature top names inside of the It's Showtime ring, including but not limited to Badr Hari, Tyrone Spong, Hesdy Gerges, Daniel Ghita and Ben Edwards. That would be a great beginning of a line up for a Heavyweight tournament, but big matches are just as good if delivered as It's Showtime has promised. It's Showtime has promised 12 "absolute world class" fights.
It's Showtime also wants to know who you want to fight Badr Hari at this event. They plan on releasing the card by the end of September and tickets should be on presale on October 15th. In honor of this, LiverKick.com's latest poll will ask you just who you want to see as Badr Hari's next opponent. Everyone has been waiting a long time to see Badr Hari against a legitimate opponent and now might be the time.
The decision for this card to be in January rests on the fact that It's Showtime has received word that K-1 plans to hold the World Grand Prix Final 16 in October and the Final 8 in December of this year, and that this gives more time for the fighters to prepare for their fights (WGP is usually the second week of December, the It's Showtime card is the last week of January). So for kickboxing fans the next few months should be gearing up again.