|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
There is always an ominous shadow that lurks over the kickboxing world like a storm cloud ready to burst, and that is K-1 and when things will get announced, if ever. K-1 has the Japan MAX tournament coming up later on this month, but that still doesn't explain the heavyweights. There have been many rumors, mainly from fighters who have been contacted about the event, that K-1 will indeed put on a K-1 World Heavyweight GP. It's Showtime head Simon Rutz confirmed this by not planning a show for late November/early December featuring big heavyweights as he had planned and pushed the show back to January.
K-1 will have an announcement on their UStream page (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/k1-Channel) on the 15th at GMT+9/PDT+16.
There have been no hints from K-1 as to what the subject matter will be, but the background of their UStream profile is photos of Badr Hari and Semmy Schilt, which could indeed be a hint.
UPDATE: K-1 just posted that they are announcing details about the World Grand Prix Final 16 in Nanjing, China tomorrow. The press conference will stream live at 7:00 PM Japan time, 6AM EST for those in North America. Among the details are the participants and the venue being used. Huge news!Add a comment
After a very successful Spanish debut back in June, It's Showtime is set to once again hold an event in Spain on November 12th. This time, It's Showtime will stray away from the mainland and hold the event in Tenerife. Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the Canary Islands.
It's a good strategic move on behalf of It's Showtime, as kickboxing has quite strong support in the Canaries. Local fighters like Loren Javier Jorge and Moises Ruibal have strong followings that will most definitely draw interest towards the event. It's Showtime utilized Spanish fighters for their Madrid show back in June, and they had quite good showings. The atmosphere at the Madrid event was among the best that It's Showtime has had at their events and I'd expect this one to rival that.
Most notably on the card, the pound for pound best kickboxer in the world, Giorgio Petrosyan returns to action after once again injuring his hand against Hinata. Petrosyan will take on the hometown favorite Zeben Diaz. Diaz took a win over Yavuz Kayabasi at It's Showtime's Madrid event in June. A month after, Diaz fought Warren Stevelmans and lost on a questionable referee stoppage. Diaz isn't really the ideal opponent for Petrosyan, but it looks like the fight is more of a tune up for him, with all due respect to Zeben Diaz (Petrosyan is just that good.). There were rumors that Petrosyan would've faced the top 70kg fighter in Spain, Abraham Roqueni at this event but it turns out they were just that - rumors. A win for Giorgio opens up the possibility of a fight against the winner of the upcoming Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament on It's Showtime's January 28th card in Amsterdam.
Other names on the card include It's Showtime 95MAX World Champ, Danyo Ilunga who faces Loren Javier Jorge in a title fight. Loren fought Tyrone Spong at Super Heavyweight but -95kg is much more suited to him. Ilunga may be forced to pull out of a planned tournament in Germany in October because of this. Another It's Showtime titlist on the card is Javier Hernandez at 61kg, who fights former champ Sergio Wielzen in a non title bout. To round out the card, Moises Ruibal fights Amir Zeyada and Murthel Groenhart takes on Santi Gonzales.
Here's the full fight card so far:
-70kg: Zeben Diaz vs Giorgio Petrosyan
-85kg: Moises Ruibal vs Amir Zeyada
-70kg: Jonay Risco vs William Diender
-95kg: Loren Javier Jorge vs Danyo Ilunga (IT'S SHOWTIME 95MAX World Title)
-61kg: Sergio Wielzen vs Javier Hernandez
TBA: Santi Gonzales vs Murthel Groenhart
The full release from It's Showtime's website can be viewed here.Add a comment
Today at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took on Petboonchu F.A. Group for the fifth time. In the four prior meetings, Saenchai had three wins, while Petboonchu had one that came on June 4th of last year. The two were ranked in the top two at Lumpinee stadium, right below current champion Sagetdao Phetphayathai.
Saenchai took a unanimous decision over five rounds, with the scores being 49-47 across the board. Saenchai's effort was hailed as a "classic performance" by Rob Cox of muaythaifocus.com. The win moves Saenchai to 4-1 against Petboonchu. Saenchai's lone loss this year came to Sagetdao Phetphayathai and I'm sure he would like to get that back.
It's unknown what is next for Saenchai. He's still scheduled to fight for Yokkao Boxing in Italy in January. I'd expect to see him fight once or twice before then, whether it be abroad or in Thailand.Add a comment
The Challenger Muay Thai debuts on AXN in Asia on September 15th. The show pits 16 Muay Thai fighters from around the world against each other, for the ultimate goal of winning The Challenger Muay Thai belt. Among the fighters featured are Marco Pique and the recently featured Vuyisile Colossa. The video briefly profiles each fighter and gives a nice preview of the show. It's not known if this will ever air in North America but if videos fo find their way online, we'll be sure to post them up.Add a comment
At It's Showtime Japan 3/M-1 Fairtex Challenge Raorak Muay Vol.3 on September 11th, WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and M-1 Featherweight champion Genji Umeno knocked out Thai Wutidej Lookprabaht in the 4th round. Umeno used elbows to open up Wutidej which led to a 3 punch combo that set up the final uppercut-elbow combination that put Wutidej out. The win will likely get Umeno a fight with current WPMF Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii. It also puts Umeno in a good position with Lumpinee Stadium as Wutidej was ranked 5th at Feathweight which recently got a new champion, Penaik Sitnumnoi. At just 22, Umeno has solidified himself as one of the top featherweights in Japan and extends his current win streak to 8. I also expect Umeno to defend his WBC title against the winner of October's Ryuya Kusakabe-Rookie matchup in January. He holds a previous victory over Rookie and a matchup with Kusakabe would be a highly entertaining fight between two young, promising fighters.
In the co-main event, the aforementioned Yosuke Morii was able to defeat former WBO Featherweight boxing champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin by first round knockout. I believe that M-1 was more or less setting up a fight between Morii and Umeno were they to win their bouts as they set up a small Featherweight tournament with these two fights. The next It's Showtime Japan/M-1 event is on November 13th, so that fight could take place then.
#2 ranked WPMF Featherweight Daiki Nagashima picked up a majority decision win and could get a shot at the winner of Umeno vs Morii some time in the future. Up next for Nagashima will likely be a title fight against current J-NETWORK Featherweight champ Masato Sato.
Former It's Showtime 61kg champion Sergio Wielzen was set to face off against Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, but one of them missed weight and the bout was changed to an exhibition.
At Korakuen Hall on September 10th, former Rajadamnern Stadium champion and Shootboxing convert Bovy Sor Udomson put a halt to Toby Imada's Shootboxing run by taking a unanimous decision over the Bellator fighter on scores of 28-26(x3). Imada scored a first round knockdown on Bovy, but Bovy answered back with a down in each round. Imada's incredible run in Shootboxing began at last year's S-Cup where he was a late replacement for Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Imada upset Shootboxing standout Takaaki Umeno, knocking him out at the end of the 3rd round. Then, in the semifinals, Imada pulled a huge upset by defeating 2-time K-1 MAX champion and 3-time Shootboxing S-Cup champion Andy Souwer by split decision. Imada was TKO'd by Buakaw Por Pramuk in the finals of the tournament, but returned to Shootboxing in June, scoring yet another upset over Shootboxing mainstay Hiroki Shishido. For Bovy, the win stops a 5-fight losing streak and is his first win in Shootboxing in nearly a year and a half.
In the co-main event, Shootboxing superstar RENA was upset by former Bellator fighter Jessica Penne by majority decision in the second extension round. The fight was a majority draw after 3 rounds and couldn't be decided in the first extension round as the judges scored it a split draw. According to Dan Herbertson, RENA controlled rounds 1 and 3, but Penne scored a shoot point in round 2 to send it to the extension round. RENA apparently controlled the extension round as well over a tired Penne, but did not get help from the judges who sent it to a 5th round where Penne scored another shoot point to lock up the win. The loss is a huge disappointment for RENA who was coming off of a dominating win over Zaza Sor Aree and was getting ready for her fight with Erika Kamimura on November 23rd.
In a match for the vacant Super Welterweight championship, former boxer and #2 ranked Satoru Suzuki scored 3 knockdowns on #1 ranked Kenji Kanai, forcing a referee's stoppage and netting Suzuki the Shootboxing title.
Sengoku fighter Shigeki Osawa was also victorious at the event, taking his first win in Shootboxing, an upset over J-NETWORK Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara. Osawa used his grappling to score shoot points and secure the victory.
RENA's younger sister MIO picked up her second straight win under the Shootboxing banner, taking a unanimous decision win.
Also at the event, 55kg champion Ryuya Kusakabe vacated his title, likely to focus on fighting in Krush and with WBC Japan.Add a comment