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S-Cup 2012: Andy Souwer Wins 4th S-Cup

The Shootboxing S-Cup takes place every two years and today in Tokyo, Japan, it was time for the 2012 edition. S-Cup tournament participants this year were Andy Souwer, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Henri van Opstal, Gesias Cavalcante, Hiroki Shishido, Hiroaki Suzuki, Joachim Hansen and Bovy Sor Udomson. The card also featured some notable single fights with the likes of Andy Ristie, Kosuke Komiyama and Kizaemon Saiga.

Andy Souwer ended up winning his fourth S-Cup, defeating friend, teammate and student Henri van Opstal in the finals via unanimous decision. Souwer advanced to the finals by getting a majority decision over Kem Sitsongpeenong in his first match-up and then stopping Hiroki Shishido in the first round in the semi-finals. van Opstal defeated Bovy in his first match-up by unanimous decision, and also got a first round stoppage in his semi-final fight, as he knocked out Satoru Suzuki in the first round.

Henri van Opstal was supposed to face Hiroaki Suzuki, who defeated Joachim Hansen by extra round unanimous decision, but Suzuki couldn't continue on to the semi-finals. Satoru Suzuki had won his reserve fight against Akihiro Gono by first round knockout, so he stepped in and fought van Opstal. Other quarter finals included Hiroki Shishido getting a majority decision over Gesias Cavalcante.

In the other reserve fight, Hinata Watanabe rematched Andy Ristie, and it went pretty much the same way as their first fight back in January at It's Showtime. Ristie stopped Hinata in the first round again, extending his winning streak going into his fight with Andy Souwer next month at the K-1 MAX Finals on December 15.

In super fight action, RISE 60kg champion and LiverKick #10 ranked lightweight Kosuke Komiyama defeated Masa Naguranchun M16 by unanimous decision in an extra round at 60kg. At 63kg, Kizaemon Saiga defeated Shootboxing's MASAYA by unanimous decision. At 70kg, Toby Imada notched another win in Shootboxing thanks to shoot points, as he got a majority decision over Mostafa Abdollahi.

S-Cup 2012:

Reserve: Satoru Suzuki def. Akihiro Gono by KO in Round 1.

Reserve: Andy Ristie def. Hinata Watanabe by TKO in Round 1.

Quarter Finals

Hiroaki Suzuki def. Joachim Hansen by unanimous decision in an extra round.

Henri van Opstal def. Bovy Sor Udomson by majority decision.

Hiroki Shishido def. Gesias Cavalcante by majority decision.

Andy Souwer def. Kem Sitsongpeenong by majority decision.

Semi Finals

Henri van Opstal def. Satoru Suzuki by KO in Round 1.

Andy Souwer def. Hiroki Shishido by KO in Round 1.

Final

Andy Souwer def. Henri van Opstal by unanimous decision.

Super Fights:

70kg: Koutaru Mori def. Yuki Sakamoto by unanimous decision in an extra round.

HW: Magnum Sakai def. Shunsuke Inoue by KO in Round 3.

60kg: Kosuke Komiyama def. Masa Magaranchun M16 by unanimous decision in an extra round.

63kg: Kizaemon Saiga def. MASAYA by unanimous decision.

70kg: Toby Imada def. Mostofa Abdollahi by majority decision.

 

 

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Allazov, Shakuta, Akhramenko Return Tomorrow in Belarus

Tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus, a number of the top Belarussian fighters will return to the ring.

Vitali Akhramenko seemingly disappeared after winning the Fight Code heavyweight tournament last year, but he'll be back in action tomorrow. He takes on Elvin Abbasov, a Russian journeyman fighter who he should get a win over.

Dmitry Shakuta, one of the top light heavyweights, also returns and will fight Sergei Papusha of Ukraine at 81kg. Shakuta is coming off a win over another Ukrainian, Igor Lapin, via a rare, in his case, knockout.

Chingiz Allazov is a fighter who I consider to be one of, if not the best up and coming fighter in the sport. Originally scheduled to fight at Thai Boxe Mania next week against Warren Stevelmans, Allazov instead fights here and faces the Ukrainian fighter Sergei Kulyaba at 69kg. The fight will be under full Muay Thai rules, but three rounds.

Other notables on the card include Slovakia's Vladimir Idranyi, who fights at 81kg against fellow Tatneft veteran Pavel Turuk of Belarus.

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Rumble of the Kings Tomorrow: Alex Harris, Dzhabar Askerov Fighting

Rumble of the Kings is back tomorrow with their annual November event. This time the event is looking a bit different, with much more of a mix of boxing, MMA and kickboxing than the usual kickboxing-centric type of card.

On the Muay Thai and kickboxing side of things, there are a few nice match-ups. Starting off with the main event, Alex Tobiasson Harris takes on Madsua at 75kg under full Muay Thai rules. Harris fought Nieky Holzken back in March in Stockholm at the GLORY First 16 and did well until getting stopped with liver shots. Madsua is a bigger Thai, but still managed to get wins over the likes of Jordan Watson and John Wayne Parr. Harris will need to avoid the clinch and fight from the outside, which is how he beat Yoshihiro Sato, to win the fight.

In kickboxing rules, Dzhabar Askerov is back after fighting just under two weeks ago at the GLORY 3 Rome Final 8, where he lost a unanimous decision to Warren Stevelmans. He'll look to bounce back, as he fights Mohammed El Mir, who hasn't fared so well since losing to Albert Kraus back at the GLORY First 16, losing many fights from then until now.

Full fight card here.

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Koya Urabe vs Karim Bennoui Added to Krush.25; Yamamoto, Matsukura Join 67kg Tournament Field

In the absence of FEG's K-1, Krush has really taken the reigns as the top Japanese promotion, especially with the steady flow of European talent they have been bringing in over the past year. Today, they held a press conference to announce yet another big international fight, pitting one of their top stars against a top European fighter, as well as announcing two more big names for their 67kg tournament.

Starting with Krush.25 on December 14th, Krush has announced that former It's Showtime 61kg champion and LiverKick #4 ranked Lightweight Karim Bennoui will be facing recently crowned 2012 Youth GP champion Koya Urabe at 61kg. Urabe (24-4-0, 4 KO) is coming off of the first tournament win of his career, after losing in the finals of the 4 previous tournaments he entered and being snubbed in K-1 in 2010, winning this year's Krush Youth GP with wins over Hisaki Higashimoto, Hiroto Yamaguchi and Kengo Sonoda. He is 6-1 on the year, but will be looking for the biggest win of his career here. Bennoui (37-7-3, 13 KO) burst onto the scene in 2011, defeating Sergio Wielzen for the It's Showtime 61kg title, but promptly lost it 3 months later when he attempted to make his first defense against Javier Hernandez. Since, he has fought just twice, winning a disputed split decision over Krush 63kg champ Thomas Adamandopoulos and drawing Pajonsuk Por Pramuk in January this year. He is scheduled to fight Adamandopoulos again at La Nuit Des Champions on the 24th, so hopefully he comes out of that fight without any injuries, as this is a big fight for the division with Urabe sitting just outside of the top 10. 

Also announced for the card is a 63.5kg fight between former Krush champ Ryuji Kajiwara and former NJKF champ Ikki. This is Kajiwara's first fight since losing his Krush title to Thomas Adamandopoulos in August while Ikki has won two in a row, most recently over Taito at Krush.24. Krush 63kg WILDRUSH League winner and current #1 contender Hideaki Yamazaki will also be facing a foreign opponent, as he squares off against 2011 Savate champion Gagny Baradji. Yamazaki went 5-0 (1 KO) in the league to earn a shot at Adamandopoulos. The card will also have a pair of interesting 55kg matchups as Takumi faces Ikki Tanaka and Katsuki Sasaki fights Takeru. Takumi fought Shota Takiya for his Krush 55kg title, but lost via decision while Tanaka has won 2 straight. The two faced each other once before last April, with Takumi winning by 3rd round KO. In the other matchup, Takeru has won 2 in a row, most recently scoring a KO of Yuya Suzuki while Sasaki hasn't fought since losing his #1 contender bout against Takumi back in June.

The other big announcement by Krush was that they would be adding to their already impressive 67kg tournament field with Yuya Yamamoto and Shintaro Matsukura. Once a K-1 MAX Semifinalist, Yuya Yamamoto has fallen on hard times recently, losing 3 in a row with knockout losses to Yuji Nashiro and Xu Yan while being upset by Asami Zaurus at Krush.20 in July. While Yamamoto made his name at 70kg, he started his career at 67kg in AJKF and this move back down should be a good move for him as he will retain his power. Since his upset of Yamamoto in the Krush 70kg tournament, Matsukura has struggled to find success against other top 70kg fighters, losing to Yutaro Yamauchi, Yasuhiro Kido, TOMOYUKI and his rematch against Yamamoto, although they were all very close decisions with the exception of a knockout loss to Kido. He most recently won the Krush 70kg Youth GP with wins over Kazuya Akimoto and Taisei Kondo, stopping Kondo in the extension round of their finals matchup. These two join Yuta Kubo and Yuji Nashiro with 4 other fighters still to be chosen and with the 4 names already selected, Krush could have something big up their sleeve, possibly top foreign names. It is also interesting to note that although Yamamoto's success is tied to his time in K-1, he is the only one of these 4 without a K-1 tournament win.

One final note about the January 14th card that will host the opening round of the 67kg tournament is that Krush event producer Mitsuru Miyata stated that he wants to find a top Japanese fighter to face Masaaki Noiri at the event. With Koya Urabe fighting at Krush.25, I doubt he will rematch Noiri, but possible options include Masahiro Yamamoto who fights on December 2nd, Keijiro Miyakoshi who fights on November 25th and Kosuke Komiyama who fights on November 17th.

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