Sahak Parparyan is the It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, last defending it against Andrew Tate on May 12 in Belgium, where he won a five round unanimous decision. Sahak hasn't fought since then but he returned to the ring yesterday.
Yesterday in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Iron Ring took place where the biggest fight on the card was Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis, an up and coming 21 year old Dutch fighter. Sahak ended up winning a decision and getting another win this year, advancing his record in 2012 to 5-0 after four wins in the first half of the year. It's still a good win for Sahak as he was able to get some ring time against a competent opponent after not fighting since May.
For Wilnis, he is just only 21 so he's still got a future ahead of him. He did lose to Cheick Sidibe on May 12 at It's Showtime but still has potential and it's way too early to write him off.
Also on the card was another up and coming Dutch prospect, Steve Poort, who is still fighting in the B Class. Poort actually lost a decision, surprisingly, to Regian Eersel but again, it's another case like Wilnis' where losses to young up and comers don't mean you can write them off. It's not unusual for a prospect to lose in the B Class and come back much better, just like the likes of Robin van Roosmalen have done.
Aside from K-1's event yesterday in Los Angeles, there was some other notable kickboxing action in Merseburg, Germany at Merseburger Fight Night. Danyo Ilunga was among names featured in a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and Gago Drago also returned to the ring to try and snap his eight fight losing streak.
Ilunga ended up winnin the heavyweight tournament but he only ended up having to fight twice. He defeated Wendell Roche in a rematch of their It's Showtime title fight back in December of 2010 by unanimous decision in the quarter finals. The other quarter final match-ups consisted of Slavo Polugic defeating Utley Meriana by unanimous decision, Senad Hadzic defeating Martin Jahn by corner stoppage in the second round and Uguz Ovgur took a decision over Vladimir Toktasynov.
In the first semi-final, Slavo Polugic pushed Senad Hadzic to the ground and soccer kicked him not once, but twice, resulting in a brawl in the ring between both camps. Both fighters were disqualified. Uguz Ovgur was injured so with Polugic and Hadzic disqualified, Ilunga ended up fighting Sergio Pique, who won his reserve bout over Jerry Otto via KO from a high kick, in the final. Ilunga ended up overwhelming Pique in the first round, winning by TKO.
Gago Drago faced Baker Barakat and after a competitive first three rounds, the fight went to an extra round. In the extra round, Drago pressured Barakat a bit more to secure the win and snap his eight fight losing streak.
Max Baumert of Golden Glory Berlin met the grizzled veteran, Marco Pique and took a unanimous decision in a close fight.
Sergio Pique def. Jerry Otto by KO (High Kick) in Round 2.
Steven Kitzing def. Romano Romasco by unanimous decision.
Tournament Quarter Finals
Danyo Ilunga def. Wendell Roche by unanimous decision.
Slavo Polugic def. Utley Meriana by unanimous decision.
Senad Hadzic def. Martin Jahn by TKO (Corner Stoppage) in Round 2.
Uguz Ovgur def. Vladimir Toktasynov by unanimous decision.
Slavo Polugic and Senad Hadzic are both disqualified.
Danyo Ilunga def. Sergio Pique by TKO in Round 1.
Gago Drago def. Baker Barakat by extra round decision.
Max Baumert def. Marco Pique by unanimous decision.
Alban Ahmeti def. Onur Karaoglan by unanimous decision.
Peter Chobanov def. Mikail Bajramov by TKO (Cut) in Round 1.
Muay Thai Mania V went down yesterday in The Hague, Netherlands and the card was headlined by a rematch that was a long time in the making between L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and Nieky Holzken.
In their first fight, Aussie quickly won in the first round with a flying knee back in 2010 at It's Showtime. Holzken had wanted this rematch for a long time, saying that he wasn't his best for the first fight. Well yesterday, Aussie won again, but this time by decision. It wasn't just a regular decision though, as the fight had to go to an extra round.
There were some other intriguing match-ups on the card, including the man who recently upset Robin van Roosmalen, Hafid el Boustati, who took on Shemsi Beqiri's brother, Hysni Beqiri. In another fight that had to go to an extra round, Hafid el Boustati won a decision.
Albert Kraus made his pro boxing debut and it was a success. His opponent from Romania, Valentin Cimpoero, could not continue after the third round so Kraus won by TKO. K-1 and SuperLeague veteran Aalviar Lima showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he stopped the Remy Bonjasky-trained Darryl Sichtman with a body shot. In other action, Fred Sikking defeated Hakan Aksoy by decision and Jason Wilnis defeated Louis Tavares, although the decision seems to have been hotly disputed. Thanks to FightStarTV for results.
Thai Fight held a show in Leicester, England today and featured a who's who of international Muay Thai fighters, from Thailand, France and England. Garnering the most attention was Buakaw of course, who returned to the ring for the first time since his legal debacle.
Buakaw faced Abdoul Toure, a French fighter who had a significant height advantage. Buakaw took the first round very slowly and allowed Toure to get some shots in, mostly knees to the body from the clinch but it was evident that all Buakaw had to do was turn it up a notch. He did just that in the second round where he dropped Toure with a vicious kick to the body, with Toure getting up but the fight being waved off by the referee. What was really impressive about the kick was that it wasn't even to the side that the liver was on, showcasing just how powerful it was.
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, who always tries to put on a show did just that against Issam Reghi as he dominated the fight while playing around at the same time. Sudsakorn dropped Reghi in the third with an elbow to really seal the deal.
Also on the card was another international Muay Thai star, Saiyok Pumphanmuang who faced Craig Jose of England. Jose was game but Saiyok, who came out very aggressive with vicious kick counters, clearly had the edge. Jose showcased how tough he is by hanging in there the whole fight, but ultimately Saiyok won a decision.
In one of the closer fights, Houcine Bennoui surprised many by fighting well against Singmanee Kaewsamrit. Bennoui didn't fight at all this year until June and it seems to have done him well. Singmanee was able to land the cleaner knees and body kicks, along with controlling parts of the fight with his teep and that's what got him the victory. Bennoui landed more with punches and low kicks, and even dumped Singmanee a few times. Another close fight was between Dylan Salvador of France and Soloman Wickstead of England, who replaced Liam Harrison on very short notice. It was close, but I thought Wickstead was the sharper of the two. Salvador ended up getting the decision.
Armin Pumphanmuang scored a highlight reel finish over Abdallah Mabel, rocking him with a high kick and then charging in with downward elbows while Mabel was against the ropes, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Two fights also went untelevised. Jordan Watson of England beat Hamed Hassan of France by decision and by all accounts dominated the fight, dropping Hassan once. Crice Boussoukou of France defeated England's Michael Dicks by decision after dropping Dicks in the third round. Full results below:
67kg: Crice Boussoukou def. Michael Dicks by decision
70kg: Jordan Watson def. Hamed Hassan by decision.
70kg: Armin Pumphanmuang def. Abdallah Mabel by KO (High Kick and Elbows) in Round 2
67kg: Dylan Salvador def. Soloman Wickstead by decision
67kg: Singmanee Kaewsamrit def. Houcine Bennoui by decision
70kg: Saiyok Pumphanmuang def. Craig Jose by decision
72kg: Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Issam Reghi by decision
70kg: Buakaw def. Abdoul Toure by KO (Body Kick) in Round 2
It's Showtime 59 is live from Tenerife, Spain in just a few moments here with a stacked card featuring fighters like Andy Souwer, Sergei Laschenko, Andy Ristie, Javier Hernandez and more. The event can be purchased from showtimefights.com for just 10 euros (about $12.50 USD). I will be live tweeting results at @liverkickdotcom as well.
Andy Ristie (R1 - KO) David Calvo - A brutal knee by Ristie that came up the middle put Calvo down very early in the first round and he was unable to answer the count. Props to Calvo for stepping in on late notice, but wow.
Amir Zeyada (Decision) Moises Ruibal - I have no clue what happened in this fight. Major technical difficulties.
Sergei Laschenko (R1 - KO) Danny Garcia
They now bring out Moises Ruibal and announce that the judges score cards were not rendered correctly, and that he is the rightful winner of the bout with Amir Zeyada.
Murthel Groenhert (R2 - Cut Stoppage) Maximo Suarez - Murthel looked a bit rough in R1, but was able to pull it together for the second round and open a nasty cut on Suarez for the finish.
61kg Championship: Masahiro Yamamoto (R5 - Decision) Sergio Hernandez - Masahiro Yamamoto was completely on point throughout the fight. His knees were doing a lot of damage and keeping Hernandez off balance while his hands did a bulk of the work.
Andy Souwer (R3 - Decision) Zeben Diaz - Diaz put up a really great fight, almost a dead even fight with Souwer, but the third round was truly a deciding factor for both men. Souwer rocked Diaz with a right hand which more or less sealed the fate of the bout. Diaz is really a legitimately good fighter.
SuperKombat's third World Grand Prix event of this year is taking place today and we've got you fully covered with live results.
The card features a four man tournameant with Benny Adegbuyi fighting Mladen Brestovac on one side and Tsotne Rogava fighting Kostadin Kostov on the other. Ismael Londt fights Freddy Kemayo for the new and vacant SuperKombat Heavyweight title. Also, the usual SuperKombat stars are back with Andrei Stoica, Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu all in action.
The event starts at 21:00 CET in Europe and in North America it's at 3PM ET/12PM PT. It's airing live on Eurosport. I'll be providing live results on Twitter, on @rianscalia. For the full fight card, click here.
HW Semi-Final: Benny Adegbuyi def. Mladen Brestovac by unanimous decision.
HW Semi-Final: Kostadin Kostov def. Tsotne Rogava by split decision.
-95kg: Andrei Stoica def. Hakan Aksoy by TKO (3 Knockdowns).
HW: Raul Catinas def. Domogoj Ostojic by TKO (Referee Stoppage).
HW: Alexey Ignashov def. Corneliu Rus by unanimous decision.
HW: Catalin Morosanu def. Rick Cheek by TKO in Round 2.
It's Showtime's huge event being headlined by Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong is finally here, and so are we with live results of the event which features the likes of Daniel Ghita, Robin van Roosmalen, Danyo Ilunga and Andy Souwer, as well as the aforementioned Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong fight.
This weekend there was an absence of any big events but there were some shows scattered around Europe that featured some notable names.
We'll start small. On June 2 in Geneva, La Nuit des Sports des Contact took place and Yoann Kongolo continued to rack up wins, dominating Slavomir Psrypis and forcing a corner stoppage.
Yoann Kongolo def. Slavomir Psrypis by TKO (Corner Stoppage).
The Tatneft Cup in action again, in the quarter finals of its tournament. At 70kg, late replacement Edvin Erik Kibus defeated Sergei Kulyaba by decision and Enriko Gogokhia continued his mean streak with another nasty body shot KO, of Artur Alimirzoev. At 80kg, two of LiverKick's top 10 light heavyweight fighters were in action, as Hicham El Gaoui defeated Vitaly Nikiforov and Alexander Stetsurenko beat Samir Al Mansouri, both by decision. At Heavyweight, Tomasz Sarara defeated Saulo Calavari by decision, while Tsotne Rogava scored a KO over Yassin Bouanan.
70kg: Edvin Erik Kibus def. Sergei Kulyaba by decision.
70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Artur Alimirzoev by KO (Liver Shot) in Round 1.
80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Vitaly Nikiforov by decision.
80kg: Alexander Stetsurenko def. Samir Al Mansouri by decision.
HW: Tomasz Sarara def. Saulo Calavari by decision.
HW: Tsotne Rogava def. Yassin Bouanan by decision.
In France on June 2, La Nuit Des Challenges took place with Yohan Lidon, Abdallah Mabel, Houcine Bennoui and Yury Bessmertny on the card, to name a few. Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime 73MAX Champion, defeated a Thai by the name of Suadao via KO in Round 1, although it looked like the Thai might've thrown the fight. Abdallah Mabel defeated another Thai, Palangnum, by KO in Round 3. Houcine Bennoui was originally scheduled to face Liam Harrison on this show but he instead faced Manuel Alberti from Italy, and won by TKO in the first round. Yury Bessmertny fought to a draw against Issam Reghi.
-75kg: Yohan Lidon def. Suadao by KO in Round 1.
-70kg: Abdallah Mabel def. Palangnum by KO in Round 3.
-63.5kg: Houcine Bennoui def. Manuel Alberti by TKO in Round 1.
-72.5kg: Yury Bessmertny vs. Issam Reghi ends in a draw.
-63.5kg: Dylan Salvador def. Angelo Campoli by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 1.
-70kg: Raphael Llodra def. Max Dansan by TKO in Round 4.
In the Netherlands, Jamal Ben Saddik returned to action and knocked out Nikolaj Falin. Ben Saddik is being groomed as one of the upcoming stars of heavyweight kickboxing and was featured on the Glory show in March, where he knocked out Vitaly Oparin. He holds a stoppage win over Rico Verhoeven from last year.
HW: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Nikolaj Falin by KO.
On June 3, there was a nice card in Grodno, Belarus with Andrei Kulebin making his return after being stopped by Liam Harrison. Kulebin faced Petasawin Seatransferry and finished him with an elbow in the third round. In the main event was a WKN title fight at 62kg featuring Tomasz Makowski of Poland and Dmitry Varats of Belarus, but the fight ended in a no contest when both fighters fell from the ring and couldn't continue. Dmitry Valent, one of the best unheralded fighters, fought in a 76kg bout against Kiril Marchenko of Ukraine and won by TKO in the third round.
62kg: Tomasz Makowski vs. Dmitry Varats ends in no contest.
66kg: Andrei Kulebin def. Petasawin Seatransferry by KO (Elbow) in Round 3.
76kg: Dmitry Valent def. Kiril Marchenko by TKO in Round 3.
56kg: Ivan Ganin def. Andrei Zayats by unanimous decision.
K-1 returns today in Madrid, Spain with a stacked card featuring the World MAX Final 16 and a number of super fights that include Badr Hari and Daniel Ghita. This should be full of action and great fights so don't miss it.
The event is streaming live for free on Ustream, and it's underway with pre-program fights at the time that this is being posted. The full fight card can be seen here. Note that Daniel Ghita is fighting Wendell Roche and Zeben Diaz is fighting Emad Kadyear, as those fights aren't shown on K-1's page. The main card gets started at 2PM ET/11AM PT in North America and 20:00 local time in Spain.
GLORY is back today with a huge card featuring the Final 16 of their 70kg tournament with the likes of Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen, Albert Kraus, Yoshihiro Sato and more. Along with the 70kg tournament, there's also the main event which has Semmy Schilt fighting Errol Zimmerman for the GLORY Heavyweight World Title. Gokhan Saki also makes his return, against Carter Williams. That's just a few things I've mentioned and there's a lot more great fights on the card.
The event starts at 12:30 PM EST/9:30 AM PST in North America and 18:30 GMT +2 in Europe. You can watch the event live, here on LiverKick for $15. By buying the stream from LiverKick, you're also supporting our site, as well as watching some awesome kickboxing action. You can also view the full, stacked fight card here. If you need help or want play by play of the event follow us on twitter at @rianscalia and @LiverKickdotcom.
MMA: Jason Jones def. Dritan Bartamaj by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.
MMA: Ilir Latifi def. Tony Lopez by unanimous decision.
70kg Final 16:
Shemsi Beqiri def. Yoshihiro Sato by split decision. Awesome, action packed fight.
Tim Thomas def. Dennis Schneidmiller by unanimous decision.
Robin van Roosmalen def. Dzhabar Askerov by unanimous decision. Another insane fight.
David Kyria def. Kem Sitsongpeenong by unanimous decision. Should've gone to an extra round.
Ky Hollenbeck def. Michael Corley by TKO (Ref Stoppage) in Round 1.
Sanny Dahlbeck def. Warren Stevelmans by unanimous decision. Another action packed, crazy fight.
Albert Kraus def. Mohammed El Mir by unanimous decision.
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Fabio Pinca by unanimous decision. Very good, tactital fight. Pinca was competitive.
-76kg Super Fight:
Nieky Holzken def. Alex Harris by TKO (3 Knockdowns/Liver shots). Harris was winning but Holzken found the mark with a liver shot, dropping Harris and then did it twice more to get the TKO.
HW Super Fight:
Gokhan Saki def. Carter Williams by KO (Left Hook). Williams was hurt from a previous accidental low blow but was definitely hurt from the punch.
GLORY Heavyweight Title Fight:
Semmy Schilt def. Errol Zimmerman by TKO (Corner Threw In Towel) in Round 3. Semmy dominated Errol for the whole fight.