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Sahak Parparyan Replaces Danyo Ilunga To Face Mourad Bouzidi on Jan. 28 It's Showtime

With Danyo Ilunga injured, It's Showtime had to look around for an opponent to fight Mourad Bouzidi at -95kg  on January 28. In a rather unexpected replacement, It's Showtime 85kg champ Sahak Parparyan stepped up to the plate to fight Bouzidi a full 10kg above his normal weight class. Bouzidi is actually coming down in weight from just fighting at Heavyweight so Sahak will be at a big size disadvantage.

Sahak actually just fought on Saturday, taking a decision over Hakan Aksoy at a weight limit around 86kg. Sahak has fought at -95kg in It's Showtime as recently as March, where he took a decision over Marco Vlieger. In January of 2011, he also lost a decision to Frank Munoz at -95kg on the Enfusion second season. He's looked much better at 85kg though and has really come into his own.

Bouzidi is coming off a three fight losing streak, all losses taking place at Heavyweight though. He's not that much bigger than 95kg but he's still a legit Heavyweight size-wise.

This isn't Sahak's first time taking a fight on short notice though. He stepped up to fight Moises Ruibal for It's Showtime on June 18 in Madrid on short notice and took a decision. It doesn't sound like Sahak was injured during his fight with Aksoy on Saturday so he should be good to go. Full news release by It's Showtime below, or view it on their website here.

Last Thursday we announced that Chahid Oulad El Hadj and Danyo Ilunga had to cancel their fights due to injuries against respectively Harut Grigorian and Mourad Bouzidi on the IT'S SHOWTIME event in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, January 28.

We already mentioned that IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 70kg Chris Ngimbi will step in for Chahid, but now another world champion takes an empty spot.

IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 85kg max Sahak Parparyan will replace Danyo Ilunga. Parparyan is always up for a challenge and after defeating Hakan Aksoy just last weekend, he will enter the ring again within two weeks, not only stepping in (for Ilunga) but also stepping up (in weight), as he fights Bouzidi in the 95kg max division.

With Ngimbi and Parparyan on the fight card, there are now 4 IT’S SHOWTIME world champions on January 28’s card, with Ngimbi and Parparyan in non-title fights, and Hesdy Gerges (heavyweight) and Yohan Lidon (73kg max) defending their titles against respectively Daniel Ghita and Lhoucine Ouzgni.

Add Robin van Roosmalen (IT’S SHOWTIME ‘Fast & Furious 70 max’ tournament winner) and 4 former IT’S SHOWTIME world champions (Murat Direkçi, Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef and Badr Hari) to that and it shows once more that this is a stacked card!


Video: Badr Hari's Public Workout Compilation

Today at Mike's Gym in Oostzaan, Badr Hari took to the ring for a public workout amidst many avid fans who came out to show their support for Badr. His fight with Gokhan Saki is exactly two weeks away. Mike's Gym is a huge gym and it still couldn't fit all the fans that showed up. It's Showtime will be releasing photos of the event tomorrow. Watch as Badr hits pads in the ring with Mike Passenier with fans and press packed into Mike's Gym.


Peter Aerts Confirms His Final Fight vs. Tyrone Spong on June 30

Peter Aerts confirmed today to Dutch site Round1Network that as rumored, he will be fighting Tyrone Spong on June 30 for It's Showtime. He also mentioned that the event will be at the Brabant Hallen in Den Bosch, Holland. The fight will be the last of his legendary, illustrious career.

Spong is one of the toughest possible match-ups for "The Dutch Lumberjack," and it's fitting, as Aerts has fought the best of the best for his whole career, from beginning to end. Before the fight happens, Spong will face off with Melvin Manhoef on January 28. The fight card of the event on June 30 will be announced during It's Showtime's show on January 28.

Aerts hasn't fought in Holland since 2007 when he stopped Bob Sapp. It's great that he gets to go out for one last time in front of his home country before he calls it a career.


Chahid & Danyo Ilunga Out of Jan. 28 It's Showtime, Ngimbi Replaces Chahid

It's Showtime today announced that Chahid Oulad el Hadj and Danyo Ilunga have both been forced to withdraw from their respective fights on January 28 due to injury. Ilunga was set to face Mourad Bouzidi in a -95kg fight and Chahid was set to face Harut Grigorian in a 70kg fight. Chahid has a dislocated shoulder and Ilunga has an elbow injury.

The It's Showtime 70kg World Champion, Chris Ngimbi will be stepping in for Chahid against Grigorian, making the fight a rematch of their fight from October of 2009 where Grigorian won a decision in an extra round. Ngimbi said a while back that he was planning to fight in January, so this match-up works out perfectly.

It's not really surprising that Danyo Ilunga is out of the event. He's currently in Congo, his home country so it figures that something was up with him. Read the full news release from It's Showtime below, or go to their website and read it here.

January 12, 2012 -

Unfortunately two fighters were forced to withdraw themselves due to injuries from the IT’S SHOWTIME event in Leeuwarden on January 28.

Chahid Oulad el Hadj suffers from a dislocated shoulder, while Danyo Ilunga has a severe elbow injury.

IT’S SHOWTIME 70kg max world champion Chris Ngimbi will replace Chahid Oulad el Hadj. Ngimbi will face Harut Grigorian, who is responsible for a bad spot on Ngimbi’s record. Young prospect Grigorian, who left a longlasting impression against Andy Souwer in the IT’S SHOWTIME ‘Fast & Furious 70 max’ 8 man tournament of last September, defeated ‘The African Warrior’ by decision on September 24, 2009, in Lommel, Belgium. So for Ngimbi, this is his chance for revenge.

We are currently still in negotiation with several fighters to determine who will take the spot of Danyo Ilunga in the fight against Mourad Bouzidi.

We hope to have informed everyone in time. At this moment there are no other injuries or changes on the fight card. For the entire fight card, click here.
For ticket information, click here.



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