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Shooting at Dutch Kickboxing Event Leaves Local Promoter Dead

KBKickboxing has been a lightning rod for controversy in the Netherlands over the past few years. We've spoken extensively about the BIBOB laws that were instated in Amsterdam and neighboring cities that required promoters to undergo thorough background checks and for events to be policed heavily. In cases that were iffy, a promoter's license could be withheld if the government felt that the promotion had organized crime connections. We saw this come into full effect last year when an It's Showtime event was canceled in the Netherlands and there have been no bigger events in the area for quite some time now.

Well, the latest chapter in this saga has gone down today and it leaves a local promoter known for working with It's Showtime, Youssef Sabbahi, dead at the age of 35. Another person is in critical condition in the hospital and officials are already quick to blame the sport like they have in the past. There have even been reports of violence at the hospital and SWAT teams dispatched to keep the peace.

If there weren't enough problems for the Dutch and their Kickboxing scene, this might be the final straw. [source]

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SuperKombat Final Elimination Available For Betting

SuperKombat has done something that's very uncommon for kickboxing (in a good way) now by being available for betting. Kickboxing hasn't had betting lines on gambling outlets since the K-1 WGP in 2009. If anything, this shows that the books believe in the legitimacy of SuperKombat, a step forward for the organization.

Stanleybet will be offering odds on the SuperKombat Final Elimination today. People in Croatia, Germany, Cyprus, Denmark, Belgium, Romania and Italy will be able to use Stanleybet and wager on SuperKombat.

Especially for kickboxing fans, this is your opportunity to try and make some money off the sport.

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Sergei Lascenko Replaces Alexey Ignashov At SuperKombat Final Elimination Today

For the whole week there's been rumors of Sergei Lascenko replacing Alexey Ignashov, starting off with Thom Harinck stating that he was headed to Romania for Lascenko to fight Benjamin Adegbuyi. Ignashov was scheduled to fight Adegbuyi though, so a lot of confusion arose.

Today, albeit very close to the event, it's finally been confirmed that Lascenko will replace Ignashov. Ignashov was injured coming into this fight and was trying to hold out until the very last minute in order to recover and be ready for the fight but ultimately, he can't fight due to his injury. Sergei Lascenko will step in to fight Benjamin Adegbuyi in what is one of the four Final Elimination fights.

Interestingly enough, Lascenko was originally scheduled to fight Ismael Londt in one of the other Final Elimination fights, but pulled out of that fight because he hadn't recovered from his fight against Hesdy Gerges at the K-1 Final 16 last month.

SuperKombat Final Elimination is today and is live on Eurosport at 21:00 CET in Europe, which translates to 3PM ET/12PM PT in North America. We'll have live results as they happen. Here's the full fight card:

Super Fight (+96 kg)
1.Dimitry Bezus (Russia) vs Tomas Hron (Czech Republic)

Super Fight (+96 kg)
2. Ibrahim Aarab (Marocco) vs Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia Herzegovina)

Final Elimination (+96 kg)
3. Daniel Sam (England) vs Ismael Londt (Suriname)

Final Elimination (+96 kg)
4. Pavel Zhuravlev (Ukraine) vs Freddy Kemayo (France)

Final Elimination (+96 kg)
5. Roman Kleibl (Czech Republic) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

Final Elimination (+96 kg)
6. Sergei Lascenko (Ukraine) vs Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg)
7. Petr Vondracek (Czech Republic) vs Radu Spinghel (USA/Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg)
8. James Wilson (USA) vs IonuĊ£ Iftimoaie (Romania)

Super Fight (+96 kg)
9. Carter Williams (USA) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

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Photo of the Day: Krush.24 Fight Card

Krush.24, headlined by the big matchup between Masaaki Noiri and Yetkin Ozkul, takes place in Japan in just a few hours and we have the full fight card, featuring the 63kg and 70kg Youth GP Finals, a 70kg title eliminator and the promotion's first 58kg fight. 

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