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HGH Promotions Presents: Future of Muay Thai 1 (withvideo)

By Daniel Fletcher

Liam Harrison, Clinton Gordon and Andy Howson at Future of Muay Thai

Harrison, Gordon & Howson @ Future of Muay Thai 1

Liam Harrison and Andy Howson are two of England’s shining lights of Muay Thai in the ring, with WMC, WAKO and ISKA world titles between them, but equally they’ve shown themselves to be enterprising outside the ropes, branching off into events management with HGH Promotions. It is this venture that led to their first fight event, held at the Hilton hotel in Leeds city centre, with a card boasting a mixture of ISKA professional title fights, B & C class and novices alike.

The main event had more sizzle than a boiling saucepan, and it duly spilled over in the third round. Kyle Fella of Bad Company (Leeds) was known as a talented youngster with a dash of impetuous recklessness, and this was clearly demonstrated in a Badr Hari/Hesdy Gerges style end to his tilt at the ISKA British title.

Fella looked the sharper of the two in the opening round. He caught a body kick early, and responded with a counter right over the top and a teep that forced opponent Loz Reilly back to a neutral corner. He almost dropped him with a sweeping low kick soon after, and dumped Reilly on his back several times throughout the opening round. A spinning elbow and flurry of punches in the corner only sealed a strong 10/9.

In the second, Reilly’s timing was much better, and he blocked more leg kicks and found the mark with straight punches down the pipe. He looked more composed, and for his part, Fella’s strikes did not carry the same snap and venom as in the first round.

The third was calamity. A clinch near the ropes caused Reilly to become unbalanced, and he fell back into the centre of the ring. As he pulled up and sat on his haunches, trying to rise quickly to his feet, Fella rushed forwards and threw a kick. Like the phantom punch of Ali in the Liston rematch; did it land? Did it graze? Or was there an element of “Bonjasky-ism” in the reaction to the kick? Either way, it was an illegal blow, and it handed the ISKA British Super-Featherweight title to the prone Loz Reilly.

Ah well. Hesdy Gerges defended his It’s Showtime World Heavyweight title against the top ranked Daniel Ghita after winning it in the same manner. There is no reason Reilly cant prove he is a worthy champion either with a solid defence.

Fella comes from Richard Smith’s highly respected camp, and with such team-mates as Howson, Harrison, Jordan Watson, Lisa Smith, Richard Cadden and James France, he will surely show some bouncebackability and recover from this slight career setback.

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Weekend Results: Saki, Guidon, More

Gokhan Saki at United GloryTwo big kickboxing shows this weekend to report on:

United Glory hosted the semi-final rounds of their World Series of Kickboxing and MMA tournaments this weekend.  On the kickboxing side of things, in the first semi-final, JLB teammate Brice Guidon defeated Mourad Bouzidi via KO in the 2nd round.  I have not yet found any footage from this fight, but it's an impressive win as Bouzidi is both a solid fighter and very tough to stop.  In semi-final #2, tournament favorite Gokhan Saki (pictured) took a unanimous decision win over Wendell Roche.  Another powerful, leg kick heavy performance from Saki in this one, although Roche put up a game fight, particularly in the 3rd round.  With those wins, the final is set: Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon.  That is scheduled from some time in May, though could very easily be delayed.  Saki will remain the favorite, but Guidon is a tough fighter, with a 2010 win over top 10 Hesdy Gerges.  He'll definitely make this a good final, and has it in him to pull off the upset.

Only partial results are available for the rest of the card, as United Glory is known to shuffle their line-ups considerably at the very last minute.  In more kickboxing action, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, and Robin van Roosmalen were all victorious against unknown opponents.  Not much is known here, except that Zimmerman apparently broke the arm of his opponent - we'll have more details on that incident plus all these fights as soon as we can.  Finally, in the MMA tournament, both UFC veterans lost, as Siyar Bahadurzada defeated John Alessio, and Tommy Depret defeated Roan Carneiro.  Siyar and Depret will meet in the MMA finals on that same May show.

The other big event was over in Romania, where SuperKombat and WAKO-Pro presented an event billed as Romania vs. Italy.  In a rematch from the 2010 K-1 Europe GP finals, Freddy Kemayo once again defeated Sebastian Ciobanu, this time via extra round decision.  Romanian site Kombat.ro is saying there was some controversy surrounding that decision, though take that with a grain of salt as they tend to really favor their local fighters.  Dzevad Poturak also took a decision win over Ionut Ifitmoaie, while Catalin Morosanu defeated Yuksel Ayadin, again via decision.  On the undercard, the hyped Stoica brothers were both triumphant, as Andrei Stoica defeated Alex Rossi, and Bogdan Stoica took out Levio Ramoni, both via decision.  Full results here.

Next weekend, the show to watch is It's Showtime Brussels with their 61kg title on the line.  There was a NJKF show also scheduled that was to feature Tetsuya Yamato, but that show has been postponed to May 21 in light of the disaster in Japan.

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Mike Zambidis Victorious in Greece, Albert Kraus Not So Lucky in Russia

zamboSaturday was a pretty odd day for the world of fighting. The threat of nuclear meltdown hangs over the collective heads of those in Northeastern Japan, leaving the fight industry there just an afterthought. In between concern over their lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones, you could see fighters on Twitter expressing confusion over what was going on in America, but it passed, as actual pressing matters took over.

In the states, debate, concern, gloating and groaning took place as it was announced that Zuffa, parent company of the UFC purchased top competitor Strikeforce. We are still yet to see exactly how it unfolds, but watching the United States MMA scene over the next two years will be very, very interesting to say the least.

We also got to see Fight Code put on Oktagon, a show featuring Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Cosmo Alexandre, as well as a fantastic top-to-bottom card to support said fight. But there were some other fights of interest in the kickboxing world. In Greece, hometown hero "Iron" Mike Zambidis, better known to some fans simply as ZAMBO outclassed Ali Gunyar on the Iron Challenge event.

The other big fight of note was Albert Kraus fought in Russia against a hometown fighter, Batu Khasikov. This was set to be a tune-up fight for Kraus, but much like Andy Souwer's tune-up fight in Spain, Kraus found himself on the bottom half of a decision and a disappointing end to his Russian excursion.

Oh, and we have videos after the break. Thanks to our pal Brent Ducharme for scouting these.

 

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Oktagon Fight Code: Giorgio Petrosyan Performs Surgery on Cosmo Alexandre for the Win

Giorgio Petrosyan fighting is a big deal, fighting top competition like Cosmo Alexandre is a bigger deal. Petrosyan's defenses are as tight as ever within the opening seconds, as you'd imagine. Cosmo is using a lot of muay thai sweeps because, well, he can't hit Giorgio. Petrosyan connects with a hook and he goes down, but it isn't ruled a knockdown due to how quickly Cosmo gets up. Petrosyan using his hands to set up his kicks brilliantly throughout the round and is controlling where the fight takes place, all Cosmo is really doing is tripping him. Petrosyan had the cleanest shots in that round.

The ref looks like Olaf Alfonso and breaks them up early, as Cosmo's corner forgot to return his mouthpiece. Giorgio is checking just about every kick and moving his head out of the way of strikes while setting up his own combinations. Cosmo asks him to bring it, but that doesn't mask the fact he is getting worked. The only connections that Cosmo has seen so far are rushing knees to the midsection, but he pays for each and every one. Cosmo's hands did connect a few times, but not enough to give him the round.

Cosmo comes into the third round down two rounds, he doesn't look bad, but he is losing. Cosmo is able to back Giorgio up early on, but Petrosyan skillfully backs up and takes control of the ring and the round again. Watching him duck a hook while slipping one of his own is just incredible. Cosmo is frustrated and tries a desperation flying knee but connects with nothing. This was all Petrosyan.

Petrosyan easily takes the decision win and really, Giorgio Petrosyan is nearly unstoppable at this point. Cosmo Alexandre is incredibly tough and a very real opponent.

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Oktagon Fight Code: Armen Petrosyan Clinches His Way to an Ugly Decision

ArmenYoshihiro Sato even fighting right now just shows the spirit that he has. This right here is Japanese spirit, this is budo. Japan is in a state of disaster and Yoshihiro Sato comes to fight against Armen Petrosyan. Armen has a lot to prove as he is in the shadow of little brother Giorgio. Sato comes in immediately with very tight combination work, but Armen picks and chooses his spots. Sato is fighting on guts and emotion, but as always, he is an intelligent fighter. The only problem is Armen can give it right back. Incredible round for both men.

The second round sees both men try to outsmart each other agai, but Armen uses a lot of thai sweeps early on to frustrate Sato. Reminds me of what Overeem did in his earlier K-1 fights. Both men are working their teep to keep the other at bay and clinching when they get in close. Sato does have a reach advantage ans is only really using it to avoid getting hit. Not the same fire as the first round.

We head into Round 3 most likely even on rounds and Sato looks ready to steal the show but Armen is looking to take him down, apparently. Aremen is all about working the clinch, but Sato is actually landing some solid knees. Very ugly round once again, should probably be a draw but I could see it going to Armen.

Armen takes the ugly decision.

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Oktagon Fight Code: Dzabar Askerov Left Hooks Chris Van Venrooij to the Mat in Round 1

DzabarDzabar starts off with his high guard and goes to town on CVV immediately. His technique looks incredibly tight.When Askerov gets in close Chris is able to land a few shots, but Askerov's guard is very good. Askerov counters a shot and lands a few amazing hooks that downs Chris and he can't get up. All over.

Amazing technique from Askerov and a series of left hands murders Chris Van Venrooij and proves that he is a fighter to look out for in the years to come.

Absolutely incredible knockout, we'll have a video of it when we can, it is something to behold.

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It's Showtime 46: Hesdy Gerges Goes to War With Daniel Ghita, Survives to Take a Decision

The fight that almost didn't happen is indeed happening. Hesdy Gerges has had his legal problems, but he is a free man for now and takes on the very, very tough Daniel Ghita. Both men start off throwing incredibly hard and fast kicks, to the extent where you forget how big they are. Ghita's hands have improved, but Gerges still has an edge in that department, he is also checking every few leg kicks, but Ghita's leg kicks are crisp and deadly.

Ghita comes out a bit slower than he did in the first round and is getting frustrated by Gerges' quick combos. He drops his hands and invites Gerges to unload on him, awesome moment where he is just shouting for more punishment. This won't win him the round or the fight, but moments like that are amazing. Gerges keeps his combos crisp and near the end of the second round is actually able to drop Ghita hitting him low! Ghita pulls himself up and keeps slugging it out. It isn't clear if that was counted as a down or not, but it doesn't matter as it was a round for Hesdy.

Going into the third, Ghita looks visibly tired while Gerges is still moving forward and connecting with combinations. Ghita makes an epic comeback and lands a few mighty kicks and follows up with a few big punches, going to the body of Gerges with kicks and punches. Hesdy is showing signs of being hurt but he keeps coming. Ghita lands flush on Gerges' jaw and Gerges pulls a Ghita and moves head first at him with his guard down. These guys are just trying to kill each other.

The round ends and I'd say Gerges won the first two and Ghita took the third, but I want an extension round.

It looks like Hesdy Gerges has taken the unanimous decision, winning those first two rounds in the fashion that he did. Amazing fight. Hesdy Gerges is going to go places in the Heavyweight division and Ghita is going to be around for a very long time.

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It's Showtime 46: Andy Souwer Puts on a Masterful Performance Against Aussie

This is a fight that has the kickboxing world buzzing as Aussie dropped 7kg to fight Andy Souwer and looks to take on the 70kg division by storm. Souwer looks composed and regal in his Shootboxing trunks and the first round proves to be incredibly close. Every time Aussie lets Souwer in, Souwer does some serious damage. This is going to be a close fight if round 1 is any indication.

The second round is given a punctuation mark as Souwer drops Aussie early on with an overhand. Aussie protests that it was a knockdown, but like hell it was. Andy Souwer is showing the world that while he has had some disappointing performances that isn't who he is. Souwer now really cutting off the ring for Aussie, getting him in the corner. Aussie is able to work his way off the ropes but there is no saving this round for him.

Andy Souwer comes into the third round with his amazing hand speed and the younger Aussie is starting to look frustrated. The fans are chanting for Aussie but Souwer's movement and handspeed is really giving him problems every time he comes inside to go for a combo. Andy scores an amazing high kick in the corner that makes the crowd roar and Aussie proves his mettle by not going down.

The final bell rings and it was a masterful performance for Andy Souwer, absolutely masterful. Never doubt Souwer Power. Ever.

Unanimous Decision for Andy Souwer. Amazing.

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It's Showtime 46: Artur Kyshenko Dissects Gago Drago

Both guys start off slow, but you can really see the reach of Kyshenko being used to his full potential early on. Drago is using inside leg kicks to get on the inside, but as soon as he does Kyshenko makes him pay for it. The second round starts off with more of the same, as Drago is attempting to apply more pressure but every time he comes inside Kyshenko's range he gets blasted. It should be noted that Kyshenko's lead leg is getting more and more red and beginning to swell up a bit. The right tactic for Drago is to keep working from the outside, but he keeps moving in for the left/right hook combo and gets tagged.

Going into the third round, Artur Kyshenko is up two rounds but Gago Drago is being Drago and moving forward and throwing with evil intentions looking to take him out. Kyshenko keeps a safe distance and tagging Drago when he comes inside. Now Kyshenko really starts lining Drago up and throwing high kicks and telegraphing Drago's kicks with teeps.

Drago throws a desperation back spin kick but it is too little too late as Kyshenko really picked Drago apart.

Kyshenko takes a Unanimous Decision as Drago takes the mic and apologizes and congratulates Kyshenko whose new camp has really, really made him shine.

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It's Showtime 46: Danyo Ilunga Frustrates Wendell Roche to Win the 95MAX World Title

Roche takes the slow approach to moving forward at Ilunga, but Ilunga more or less is scoring at will throughout the first round. The blows he is landing with aren't going to knock Roche out, but they are scoring and he is moving in and out of the pocket at will while Roche looks very tentative. You can tell Ilunga works with Remy Bonjasky. I mean that.

Roche comes out throwing his hands looking to score and get Ilunga off balance, but Ilunga's movement is causing massive problems for Roche. Roche looks sluggish already and frustrated that he can't throw his hands. Roche is pushing him back, bu Ilunga's counter punching style is really lighting him up. The look on Roche's face as he comes out for the third round is that of a homicidal maniac. Frustrated and ready to unload. Sadly for him, Ilunga's elusive style keeps him from landing and opens Roche up for shots. Roche lands a fantastic right hand that stumbles Ilunga, but he does not follow through for some reason, most likely due to fatigue.

Ilunga's frustration of Roche is still apparent, and Ilunga is not looking to get bullied himself. Wendell gave a slight push to Ilunga, who came back and shoved him hard onto his ass. Roche is not listening to his corner and working his low kick, which he needs to do to slow dow the younger, quicker and smarter Ilunga.

Going into the fifth round Wendell Roches needs a knockout and he scores a big shot early on that seems to drop Ilunga, but he also shoved him so the refereee ruled it a slip. Ilunga is smart, pushing Roche and really making him work. Roche actually falls over after throwing a punch from exhaustion.

Danyo Ilunga, the German fighter who came in a practical unknown, best known for training with Remy Bonjasky walks away with a Unanimous Decision.

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