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TK2 Results: Sudsakorn, Adamandapoulos Victorious In Marseilles

The other prominent event that took place in France yesterday was TK2 World MAX 2012, in Marseilles.

Atop the card was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, the popular Thai fighter who was coming off a surprising loss to Mickael Piscitello by cut at Thai Fight in France last month. Sudsakorn faced Cedric Castagna, an experienced French fighter in kickboxing and full contact. Sudsakorn was expected to win and of course, that's what he did as he won a decision over Castagna.

Also on the card was one of Marseilles' most popular fighters and LiverKick's own #6 on our lightweight rankings, Thomas Adamandopoulos. He faced Cyril Abbas, another fighter from the Marseilles area with a full contact background. Adamandopoulos did the same as Sudsakorn and won a decision. Next for him is a fight with LiverKick #4 lightweight Karim Bennoui.

In another interesting lightweight match-up, France's Modibo Diarra and Cedric Peynaud were match up with the winner in my eyes establishing himself as an upper echelon fighter. Both fighters had lost to Thomas Adamandopoulos in the past. Modibo Diarra got the win via decision, and with it, probably comes closer to another fight with Adamandopoulos. Their first fight was under full contact rules, with Diarra getting stopped in the third round.

A four man tournament took place at 72kg with France's Jeremy Ragazzacci taking on Belgium's Edgar N'Zunga on one side and France's Mohamed Diaby fighting Spain's Antonio Gomez Cortes. Ragazzacci advanced to the final with a decision win and Diaby knocked out Gomez Cortes in the first round. In the final, Diaby won a decision over Ragazzacci. This was Diaby's return to kickboxing after qualifying for the Olympics in boxing.

Nicolas Parlanti def. Yoan Scardato by TKO in Round 1.

Reserve: Samba Bocar def. Wilfried Martin by KO in Round 3.

Semi-Final: Jeremy Ragazzacci def. Edgar N'Zunga by decision.

Semi-Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Antonio Gomez Cortes by KO in Round 1.

Wallid Haddad def. Sekou Dembele by decision.

Final: Mohamed Diaby def. Jeremy Ragazzacci by decision.

Thomas Adamandopoulos def. Cyril Abbas by decision.

Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee def. Cedric Castagna by decision. 

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Fabio Pinca Back With A Win At Time Fight 2

Yesterday was a busy day in France with two prominent events happening. Time Fight 2 took place in Tours, after many major changes to the fight card.

The main event featured Fabio Pinca in action against Dutch kickboxer Tayfun Ozcan at 67kg, after the originally scheduled main attraction in Houcine Bennoui vs. Damien Alamos was pulled from the card. Pinca ended up being too much for the young Ozcan under Muay Thai rules, winning by TKO in Round 3. After a string of incredibly tough opponents, it was good to see Pinca get back in the win column with an easier fight. Pinca dominated in the clinch with knees and Ozcan couldn't continue after suffering a broken arm. 

In other action on the card, Team Nasser K's Issam Reghi rebounded from a loss to Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee and won a decision over the long time veteran Marco Pique. Aziz Hlali handed Bobo Sacko the first loss of his career via decision. Another Team Nasser K fighter, Amine Kacem, who's very young, got the biggest win of his career to date with a win over the established French veteran Albert Chey via decision. Definitely keep an eye out for Kacem.

Fabio Pinca def. Tayfun Ozcan by TKO (Broken Arm) in Round 3.

Issam Reghi def. Marco Pique by decision.

Aziz Hlali def. Bobo Sacko by decision.

Amine Kacem def. Albert Chey by decision.

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Superpro Fight Night IV Recap: Highlighting The Beqiri Brothers

Although Superpro Fight Night IV took place a week ago in Basel, Switzlerland, it was aired in Switzerland on TeleBasel today and after watching it, I thought it'd be appropriate to highlight it, considering all three Beqiri brothers were fighting. The event also had the Glory tournament with the new format, but that part wasn't televised on TeleBasel, unfortunately.

First up is Ilir Beqiri, the youngest of the Beqiri brothers and also the lightest as this fight was at 63.5kg. He's just 18 years old and is now 7-0 in his pro career after defeating Mohammed Jelassi of France. Ilir shows tons of skill and promise for a kickboxer of his age and one can only assume that he's going to keep getting better, much like his brothers have.  It was actually a close fight with Jelassi, who probably should've gotten more credit on the scorecards as the French fighter also showed a lot of skill and promise. Beqiri scored mostly with punches and occasional teeps to the face while Jelassi had more of a Muay Thai style, hammering in kicks to the body, along with step up knees there as well. Definitely look out for both fighters in the future, especially Ilir, seeing as how well his brothers have done.

Even though his fight was shown last, after Shemsi's, I'm going from youngest to oldest and talking about Hysni Beqiri, who dominated Mohammed El Mir, a participant in the GLORY Final 16, en route to a clear cut unanimous decision. Hysni definitely fights in much more of a different style than his two brothers, as he throws a lot more kicks than them. He likes to fire kicks to the body from range and attacks with a much more measured approach, maintaining his distance whilst punishing his opponents. Hysni is just 23 years old, again already showing tons of skill and promise. In my opinion, he's definitely ready to fight on a bigger stage like Glory, as he already showed in his fight against Hafid el Boustati where he arguably won after three rounds.

Last up, Shemsi Beqiri, the oldest and right now, the most successful and well known Beqiri. He may be the oldest but Shemsi is still only 26 years old and from the looks of his fight, still seems to be getting better. He got the biggest win of his career against Yoshihiro Sato back in May and while Steeve Valente is not as good as Sato, Shemsi dominated him and showcased some new skills. Particularly in the first two rounds, Shemsi started to throw hard kicks to the body, backing up Valente, just as he would back him up for the entire fight, including when he forced two counts on him in the second round. While Shemsi gets in and gets out, in this fight he was a pure presser fighter and it definitley worked. Look for Shemsi in the GLORY Final 8 in Rome, Italy on November 3.

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It's Showtime Champ Sahak Parparyan Beats Jason Wilnis Yesterday

Sahak Parparyan is the It's Showtime 85MAX World Champion, last defending it against Andrew Tate on May 12 in Belgium, where he won a five round unanimous decision. Sahak hasn't fought since then but he returned to the ring yesterday.

Yesterday in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Iron Ring took place where the biggest fight on the card was Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis, an up and coming 21 year old Dutch fighter. Sahak ended up winning a decision and getting another win this year, advancing his record in 2012 to 5-0 after four wins in the first half of the year. It's still a good win for Sahak as he was able to get some ring time against a competent opponent after not fighting since May.

For Wilnis, he is just only 21 so he's still got a future ahead of him. He did lose to Cheick Sidibe on May 12 at It's Showtime but still has potential and it's way too early to write him off.

Also on the card was another up and coming Dutch prospect, Steve Poort, who is still fighting in the B Class. Poort actually lost a decision, surprisingly, to Regian Eersel but again, it's another case like Wilnis' where losses to young up and comers don't mean you can write them off. It's not unusual for a prospect to lose in the B Class and come back much better, just like the likes of Robin van Roosmalen have done.

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