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Giorgio Petrosyan Terminates Contract With It's Showtime

Not a good start to 2012 for It's Showtime. Giorgio Petrosyan has terminated his contract with It's Showtime after he still has not been paid for winning the 2010 K-1 MAX World Grand Prix. Kickradio.it, who are very close to Petrosyan reported the story here. Giorgio gave this quote (translated) about the situation:

"I think I have shown enough patience - declared Giorgio Petrosyan - I have been repeatedly guaranteed the compensation due. 12 months have passed without anything following a number of promises to pay. I remain willing to fight for anyone interested in giving me his gala tournaments, with no limits or proprietary."

There was speculation throughout 2011 about a bit of tension between Petrosyan and It's Showtime, whose management he was under for his international career. Carlo di Blasi, the promoter of Oktagon and Fight Code, is his true manager and as of right now it looks like he'll just be under him. According to Kickradio.it, di Blasi is now the one who will be responsible for getting Giorgio the money he is owed. Interestingly enough, Giorgio has already gotten two fights this year without It's Showtime, at Yokkao Extreme on January 21 and at an Oktagon event on March 24.

I think that Giorgio is just fine without It's Showtime. He can still continue getting high profile fights, as evidenced by the two he already has scheduled.

 

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Report: Aerts-Spong, Petrosyan-Souwer, Saki vs. Ghita/Gerges, Return of Ernesto Hoost for June 30 It's Showtime

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Dutch author Karel ten Haaf is reporting once again on kickboxing news, this time pertaining to It's Showtime and K-1. He has connections inside the kickboxing world, having written a book about K-1, most notably Anil Dubar, the trainer of Daniel Ghita. Karel broke the news of match-ups for the K-1 Final 16 this year before it was cancelled.

It's confirmed that It's Showtime will be holding an event on June 30, somewhere in the Netherlands. They've said that full details about the event will be announced during their January 28 show in Leeuwarden. The event is being described as "huge" and that can only lead us to speculate that it'll be at the Amsterdam ArenA. The card that Karel ten Haaf is reporting definitely makes me think that it'll be at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Among the reported match-ups are:

Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong

Andy Souwer vs. Giorgio Petrosyan 3

Winner of Daniel Ghita-Hesdy Gerges 2 vs. Gokhan Saki

Ernesto Hoost vs. TBA

Obviously, the match-ups are huge, especially with Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost returning. ten Haaf said that this would be Aerts' farewell fight, and what better place to do it than at home in Holland? I don't think anyone expected Ernesto Hoost to ever fight again so his return also would come as a huge surprise. It was uncertain if Gokhan Saki and Tyrone Spong would be doing kickboxing after their fights on January 28, but if these reported fights are true, then there is definitely hope of them sticking around. [source]

This is just a report, and nothing is confirmed or official.

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It's Showtime Announces Partial 2012 Schedule

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It's Showtime's 2012 year is starting to come together. The promotion announced today a partial schedule of 2012. Among events scheduled include four new destinations: Japan, Australia, Switzerland and Brazil. It is expected that there will be at least 10 shows in 2012. Here's the partial schedule:

January 28 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
June 2 in Brussels, Belgium
June 30 in The Netherlands
End of July in Tokyo, Japan
August 11 in Sidney, Australia
October 13 in Zurich, Switzerland
November 10 in São Paulo, Brazil

There is a noticable gap between January and June on this partial list but according to It's Showtime, they're negotiating to hold an event in March/April. Among other events is one that is rumored for Spain in May, although it wasn't listed by It's Showtime. It would not surprise me to see even another event in that gap, as It's Showtime is expanding rapidly.

With the June 30 event being described as "very spectacular and historical," I would speculate that it might be at the Amsterdam ArenA, a place It's Showtime hasn't been to since May of 2010. Location and fight card for this event will be announced during It's Showtime's January 28th event.

With It's Showtime moving to new markets, we can most likely expect to see new fighters on the cards from the localities. It should be particularly interesting to see what fighters It's Showtime can get from new areas.  I'd love to see Swiss-based fighter Yoann Kongolo get a shot when It's Showtime heads to Zurich, for instance. You can read the full press release from It's Showtime's website here.

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Chris Ngimbi: "I Will Retire After My Title Defense Against Andy Souwer in June."

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Chris Ngimbi was scheduled to defend his title on December 17 against Giorgio Petrosyan in Amsterdam. The fight was cancelled though, It's Showtime stating that there was not enough time to get a permit from the city of Amsterdam for the event. Now Ngimbi is left to find another fight, with the January 28th card being full.

Chris took to his Facebook to tell the world that he has a fight scheduled in Japan on January 23. There is no opponent set yet. No details were given, but I could see this possibly being an It's Showtime Japan event. The plan for It's Showtime Japan was to hold countdown shows this year, which they did, and then officially begin It's Showtime Japan in 2012. Again, I'm just taking a wild guess.

What Ngimbi also said was that he'll be defending his It's Showtime title against Andy Souwer in June. The fight would be Ngimbi's second title defense, and against a top opponent this time. What he also added after the Andy Souwer fight was that it would be his last fight and last title defense. Upon further investigation, I asked him if this meant retirement and he responded: "Indeed. Looking forward to the new challenges in my life." Ngimbi recently had his first child last year and with the uncertain, low-paying nature of kickboxing, appears ready to move on. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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