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Nieky Holzken vs. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni Rematch At Muay Thai Mania This Weekend

While we're all waiting around for the big events and the big name fights to happen, there still is some good kickfighting action going on around the world every weekend. This weekend is no different.

Muay Thai Mania is taking place on this Sunday, September 2 in The Hague, Netherlands and is headlined by the rematch between Nieky Holzken and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni. Their first fight took place back in 2010 at It's Showtime in Amsterdam where Aussie finished Holzken in the first minute with a flying knee. A lot has changed since then, with Holzken looking great lately, settling in to a higher weight around 76kg and Aussie not fighting that often, going from between 70kg all the way up to 79kg. This is a really great fight, and it takes place at 76kg.

Hafid el Boustati is also back fighting for the first time since his major upset win over Robin van Roosmalen. He takes on Hysni Beqiri, he brother of Shemsi Beqiri in what is Hysni's biggest test to date.

There are more It's Showtime veterans on the card, with Jason Wilnis fighting Louis Tavares. Wilnis is coming off a loss to Cheick Sidibe at It's Showtime's May 12 event but at only 21 years of age, he's still considered a bright prospect. Darryl Sichtman fights Aalviar Lima at 76kg and William Diender faces Mandela Antoine at 72.5kg. Add in a SuperKombat veteran, as Hakan Aksoy fights Nathan van't Hoft at 96kg.

Albert Kraus also makes his pro boxing debut against a to be announced opponent. All the A Class fights are listed below.

26 A-Class 72.5 kg Abdullaev (Team Super Pro) vs Vahap Ozdemir (Dragon Gym)
27 A-Class 95 kg Remon Bonte (Team Pasztjerik) vs Ismael Lazaar (Budokai Tilburg)
28 A-Class 68 kg Juan Baragan (Sportcentrum 010) vs Jacky Dings (Golden Glory Helmond)
29 A-Class +95 kg Hicham Achalhi (TB Den Haag) vs Eddy Almeida (Team Pasztjerik)
30 A-Class 70 kg Albert Kraus vs TBA 
31 A-Class 93 kg Luis Tavares (Team Pasztjerik) vs Jason Wilnis (The Colosseum)
32 A-Class 96 kg Nathan van ’t Hoft (Pattaya Gym) vs Hakan Aksoy (Siam Gym)
33 A-Class 70 kg Hafid el Boustati (Mousid Gym) vs Hysni Beqiri (Team Super Pro)
34 A-Class 76 kg Darryl Sichtman (Bonjasky Academy) vs Alviar Lima (Team Super Pro)
35 A-Class 72.5 kg William Diender (Team Diender) vs Mandela Antone (Team Furious)
36 A-Class 76 kg Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond) vs L’houcine Aussie (Topteam Beverwijk)
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Girls S-Cup: Erika Kamimura Interview

It is rare that we get good interview footage from Japan, never mind for Shoot Boxing, and never mind for the Girl's S-Cup. Yet, here we are with an english-subtitled interview with "the strongest female high school student" Erika Kamimura in preparation for the Girl's S-Cup.

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Lisa Ellis Replaces Olena Ovchynnikova in Girls S-Cup

Just one day out from the 2012 Shootboxing Girls S-Cup, it has been announced that MMA fighter Lisa Ellis (formerly Lisa Ward) will be replacing Ukranian Olena Ovchynnikova in the quarterfinals against Seo Hee Ham. An 8 year MMA veteran, Ellis has fought in Japan on numerous occasions in the past under the Smackgirl and DEEP banner, holding wins over Miku Matsumoto and Jessica Aguilar while also facing Megumi Fujii and Jessica Penne, who won a Shootboxing bout against Rena last year. While she has a very tough quarterfinal matchup with Ham and a background primarily in grappling, Ellis is in the same position as Toby Imada in the 2010 S-Cup, a grappler filling in as a late replacement, and Imada went on to knock out Takaaki Umeno and upset 3-time S-Cup champion Andy Souwer. Her key to advancing in the tournament will be her grappling, though Ham has 14 MMA fights and 3 Shootboxing fights under her belt, making this even harder for Ellis. 
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Gono vs Bovy Added to Shootboxing Act.4

With three good fights already slated for September 17th’s Shootboxing ~Road to S-Cup~ act.4 event, an S-Cup qualifier that is sure to bring fireworks has been announced, pitting former PRIDE and UFC fighter Akihiro Gono against former thaiboxer Bovy Sor. Udomson. Gono (5-3-0, 1 KO KB/SB), although famous for his MMA career, had a brief stint in kickboxing under the AJKF banner in 2005, going 2-1 and winning the promotion’s heavyweight title. He made his return to kickboxing in 2011, first losing to Yuya Yamamoto, then winning a 4-man tournament to represent Japan in Thai Fight, where he lost to Yohan Lidon. Gono recently ended his MMA career after dropping to Lightweight in 2010 and losing to Jadamba Narantungalag, then in 2012 suffering back to back losses to Daisuke Nakamura and Bellator champ Michael Chandler. Since, he took a fight under Shootboxing rules in DEEP, winning by unanimous decision and earning him this shot at the S-Cup. Bovy (4-3-0, 2 KO SB) made his Shootboxing debut in 2009, beating Hiroki Shishido and following it up with a win in an instant classic against Takaaki Umeno. Bovy has become one of the more popular fighters in Shootboxing thanks to his all-action style, though he most recently lost to former boxer Satoru Suzuki back in February and has lost two fights under kickboxing rules since then. Bovy should be the favorite here as he has way more experience both in Shootboxing and stand-up in general, but Gono’s no stranger to kickboxing and could use his MMA experience to score a couple of throws and the upset.

As for the 2012 S-Cup field, the winners of Hinata-Stevelmans and Gono-Bovy will get in, and I have to assume that the 2010 semifinalists, Souwer, Imada, van Opstal and Buakaw, will be invited back. This leaves two open spots and with Shishido vs Suzuki not being billed as an S-Cup qualifier, I would have to imagine both men will get in. While Shishido has had his struggles of late, he is still one of Shootboxing’s biggest stars and Suzuki has become pretty popular in Shootboxing, holds a win over Bovy and is the 70kg champion in Shootboxing.

This fight joins Hinata vs Warren Stevelmans as an S-Cup qualifier, as well as superfights that pit Satoru Suzuki against Hiroki Shishido and Kosuke Komiyama against Akifumi Utagawa.

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