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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.



Watch Gokhan Saki Train and Talk About Badr Hari

Gokhan Saki's big fight against Badr Hari is just a few weeks away now, and with Golden Glory starting up their own YouTube channel to feature content, what better time than put up stuff about Saki? We hear from both Gokhan Saki as well as his long time trainer, Cor Hemmers as well as get to see some behind-the-scenes footage of Saki doing some damage on the pads. Don't forget to check out the new site that goes with the channel.


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., 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, 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.



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


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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