|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)|
In the main event of the second It's Showtime Japan event, former AJKF Featherweight champion and 2009 Krush Lightweight tournament champion Masahiro Yamamoto defeated WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arito Tsukahara by majority decision on scores of 30-29(x2), 30-27, 30-28 and 29-29 to make him #1 contender for the It's Showtime 61kg title. Yamamoto is now second in line behind Kan Itabashi to face It's Showtime champion Javier Hernandez and with a matchup between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and former It's Showtime champion Sergio Wielzen at the next It's Showtime event, there should not be a shortage of quality opposition for the champion. The win is the first for Yamamoto in his last 5 fights and the first since being upset in the qualifying round of the first K-1 63kg GP by Tetsuya Yamato. This fight seemed to be a must win for the former Japanese Lightweight kingpin who had looked less than stellar since the Krush Lightweight GP. On the night of Hisanori Maeda's retirement, Yamamoto took one for AJKF.
In the co-main event WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota and MA Kick Bantamweight champion Takuma Ito fought to a split draw on scores of 49-48, 49-49 and 48-49. This is a bit of a mild upset as Sota was the WPMF champion and was probably next in line for the J-NETWORK Super Bantamweight title that's being unified on October 16th.
WPMF Japan Super Welterweight champion Takeshi Shimizu won a 3 round decision against Techakarin Chuwattana(?) on scores of 30-28(x2) and 29-28.
Former AJKF Featherweight champion Hisanori Maeda held his retirement ceremony at the event.
In a match that could determine Ichinohe Sota's next challenger, #1 ranked WPMF Japan Bantamweight Noro Yuki defeated #4 ranked Jun Miyoshi by unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring it 30-27. Yuki could be next in line to fight Sota, though Takuma Ito may want a rematch and #2 ranked Nobuchiko Terado could make a case for a title shot as well.
Finally, in a WPMF title match, defending WPMF Japan Women's Atom Weight champion Little Tiger lost a 5 round decision to NJKF Atom Weight champion Chiharu on scores of 50-48, 50-47 and 49-48 to make Chiharu the new WPMF Japan champion. Chiharu lost to Erika Kamimura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight by 2nd round TKO but has put together 4 straight wins since then.
The next It's Showtime Japan event is a co-promotion with M-1 Muay Thai and is headlined by a 61kg bout between Kanongsuk Weerasakreck and Sergio Wielzen. Also on the card are WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion Genji Umeno taking on Utideto Rukupurabato(?) and WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii taking on former WBO Boxing Champion Ratanchai Sor Vorapin.Add a comment
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Errol Zimmerman got back in the ring today in Spergau, Germany. His opponent, Nikolaj Falin was coming off a nine second knockout loss to Mark Miller. Falin was originally scheduled to face off against Stefan Leko, but Leko had to withdraw.
It seems as if Zimmerman was actually trying to outdo Mark Miller. Well, he didn't quite do that but he managed to knock Falin out in fifteen seconds. Six seconds longer than it took Miller. Zimmerman cracked Falin with a counter left hook that left the German-Russian unable to get up. The win makes it three in a row for Errol, who was coming off of a pretty lackluster 2010 year in which he only had one win and four losses.
There was also a 4-man tournament on the card featuring Bakar Barakat, Egon Racz from Mike's Gym, Alban Ahmeti and Omar Tekin. Barakat advanced through to the finals with a close win over Egon Racz. Alban Ahmeti advanced to the finals by stopping Omar Tekin with low kicks. In the final Barakat and Ahmeti fought to a decision that reportedly could've gone either way. Barakat walked away with the decision and the tournament.Add a comment
Extreme Promotions will host the fourth installment of their Muay Thai Mania series in Riswijk, Netherlands on October 23. They've gathered some staple fighters of the Dutch scene together for the show, and as it stands right now, the card is looking pretty good. Extreme Promotions is looking to make a name for themselves and this is a good way to do it. The Dutch scene has always been strong and lately it actually seems to be getting even stronger, with more and more good fighters popping up.
Headlining the card is a clash of heavyweights, as Mourad Bouzidi and Ismael Londt. Londt has been tearing it up lately, as you can probably tell by our recent posts. Just yesterday he won a decision over Raemon Welboeren in Suriname. This might just be Londt's biggest fight. Bouzidi is probably hovering around top 20 status in the division. One of the reasons why I say this might be Londt's biggest fight is that it's at home in the Netherlands. All of Londt's big wins, against Lascenko, Hron, Ciobanu and Brestovac have come outside of the Netherlands. Now he'll have a chance to showcase just why many are hailing him as the next big thing infront of a home crowd.
Bouzidi is a rather inconsistent fighter, currently on a two fight losing streak with the losses being to Brice Guidon and Errol Zimmerman. Bouzidi does have some good wins over Errol Zimmerman, Anderson Silva twice, Henriques Zowa and Hesdy Gerges but he can't seem to get on a lengthy winning streak. Bouzidi's recent losses have showcased one of his glaring weaknesses, his chin. Now don't get me wrong, Errol Zimmerman and Brice Guidon are hard hitters but the fact is Bouzidi gets hurt often from glancing blows. This is why I definitely favor Londt in the fight. Londt has big power and it'll probably only take a glancing blow to put Bouzidi down.
Also on the card, there's some good action between many fighters on the Dutch scene. Leroy Kaestner fights three weeks after he takes on Maxim Smirnov in Russia against Mohammed Aouragh. Aouragh beat Ajay Balgobind a few months ago and is a strong Dutch scene fighter but Kaestner shouldn't have too much trouble. Kaestner has much more experience against better competition while he's probably the best fighter Aouragh has faced.
Among other match-ups on the card are heavyweights Fikri Ameziane vs. Ricardo van den Bos. Hicham Achalhi, fresh off two wins in the Tatneft Cup will take on Nathan van't Hoft. Recent It's Showitme fighter Errol Konning takes on Darryl Sichtmann and recent SLAMM!! fighter Antoine Mandela takes on Halim Haryouli.Add a comment
Coming just a week after Hisanori Maeda announced his retirement, AJKF legend Genki Yamamoto has announced that he is retiring from kickboxing. Genki Yamamoto made a name for himself in All Japan Kickboxing Federation where he became the promotion's 21st Featherweight champion, winning the title against Hisanori Maeda, defending it once against Masahiro Yamamoto by a draw until he lost it to Masahiro a year later. Throughout his career in AJKF, he fought 3+ times with Naoki Ishikawa, Masahiro Yamamoto and Hisanori Maeda, going 1-3-1 against Naokick, 0-2-1 against Yamamoto and 3-0 against Maeda. He also split a pair of fights with Kanongsuk Weerasakreck, went 0-1-1 against Wanlop Weerasakreck and beat Ryuji Kajiwara. He was a participant in the 2009 Krush Lightweight Tournament, beating Hisanori Maeda and Keiji Ozaki before being bested by rival Masahiro Yamamoto in the semifinals. After the loss to Masahiro in 2009, he lost his final 3 fights to NJKF Champion Rashata, Kanongsuk and finally in July at the first It's Showtime Japan in a #1 contender fight for the It's Showtime 61kg Title to Kan Itabashi.
Like I said when Maeda retired, this is seems to be the beginning of the end for the last AJKF legends. Maeda was 32 and Yamamoto is 34. Hiromasa Masuda and Haruaki Otsuki are 38 and 37, respectively, and both have struggled as of late. If Masuda loses his fight to Rashata, I'd say he'd be the next person to put on retirement watch.Add a comment
Yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname, the Dutch promotion SLAMM!! held an event featuring an 8-man, one night tournament that included some of the top young, upcoming fighters in the sport. Also featured on the card was rising heavyweight star, Ismael Londt. Many Dutch fighters are originally from or their backgrounds are from Suriname and SLAMM!! has held events their before. As per usual, Team SLAMM!! fighters were featured heavily on the event, with Ajay Balgobind, Anthony Kane and Ismael Londt among others.
The quarter finals of the tournament kicked off with four fights at -70kg, and all went to decision.
Miles Simson vs. Ajay Balgobind
Ajay Balgobind won by decision.
Antoine Mandela vs. Alessandro Campagna
Alessandro Campagna won by decision.
Xavier Benedito vs. Miloud el Geubli
Miloud el Geubli won by decision.
Anthony Kane vs. Cedric Bacuna
Anthony Kane won by decision.
With four men advancing after the quarter finals, it set up the semi finals with Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna and Miloud el Geubli vs. Anthony Kane. Once again, both fights went to decision.
Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna
Alessandro Campagna won by decision.
Anthony Kane vs. Miloud el Geubli
Miloud el Geubli won by decision.
This set up Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli in the finals. This was the only fight to not go to decision in the tournament.
Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli
Alessandro Campagna won by TKO in Round 1 and wins the tournament. Campagna, with this tournament win has shown himself to be an up and coming fighter to keep an eye on. Campagna raised some eyebrows in October of last year when he knocked Houcine Bennoui out in the first round.
Also on the card, Ismael Londt took on fellow Dutch fighter Raemon Welboeren. In an unusual scenario for Londt, he didn't walk away with a knock out win but still managed to get a decision. Londt has been on a tear this year, holding wins over Tomas Hron, Sebastien Ciobanu and Mladen Brestovac. I think it might be time for Londt to take a step up into big time competition soon. Another Dutch heavyweight, Jairzinho Rozenstruik also walked away with a win, this one by TKO over Jahya "Godzilla" Gulay.Add a comment