|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)|
Yesterday, It's Showtime kicked off their spree of four events in about a month's time with It's Showtime Lyon. The card was heavily anticipated by myself and many kickboxing fans alike. The main story of the card leading in was of course the return of Badr Hari. Hari had been away from the sport for a year and everyone awaited his return to the ring.
I'd say yes, but there's a few things that stood out that the card would've been better off without. There wasn't a boring fight, five out of the six main card fights were finishes. Aside from the no contest between Giorgio Petrosyan and Chahid Oulad El Hadj which was still a good fight, every fight had some good action. Now onto what I think It's Showtime would be better off doing for their cards in the future.
- No squash matches for big name fighters. Yes, I know Badr Hari was coming off a year lay off and Tyrone Spong a five month one. But atleast put some fighters in there who will stand a chance and not just be ran through. Daniel Ghita's opponent was different as it was a short notice injury replacement. Everyone watching seemed utterly disappointed that Gregory Tony just didn't want to fight with Badr and came to pick up his paycheck. I've heard Tony was on the card because he's a friend of Kader Marouf, the man who It's Showtime co-promoted this event with. I think they've learned a good lesson from this.
- Title matches have to be competitive or atleast look that way. Yeah, Willy Borrel wasn't exactly a squash match for Chris Ngimbi but the fight wasn't even competitive. Ngimbi was just on another level than Borrel the whole fight. Borrel hadn't fought in a year and it just happened to be his birthday. That's probably another case of him getting on the card because of a relationship with Kader Marouf. I think they could've just given him a regular bout on the card. There's better French fighters at -70kg like Mickael Piscitello who could've gotten a title shot although I think the title shot should be given based on wins, not because its in a fighter's home country. A knee to the face isn't the most pleasant birthday presant.
And here are a few things that I liked about the way It's Showtime ran their show.
- Everything was straight to business, no unnecessary lulls in between fights. One fight finished, on to the next one right away. It's a fresh breath of air as if you watch K-1, a show will take up to 5 hours for around 7 fights. It's Showtime yesterday had 6 fights and it lasted right to the 2 hour TV timeslot. No stuff like teenage Japanese girls singing in the ring for 20 minutes, just straight to business.
- It's Showtime is keeping their fighters active. Daniel Ghita is fighting again on It's Showtime's June 11 event in Poland. Tyrone Spong is fighting again at It's Showtime's June 18 event in Spain. And these are some of their top guys that are fighting regularly. Not to mention, It's Showtime fighters are free to fight wherever they wish and many of them fight all over the place during their layoffs from It's Showtime. In a time where the layoffs for MMA fighters and Boxers seem to be getting longer and longer and top fighters in these sports seem to be fighting less and less, it's refreshing to see guys staying active in kickboxing.
Putting aside my few criticisms, it was a pretty good event. This is a good lead in for the It's Showtime event in Amsterdam, just a week away on Saturday, May 21st. Hesdy Gerges, who just got out of prison again is fighting Englishman Chris Knowles in the main event. Also on the card, Mohammed Khamal vs. Robin van Roosmalen in what is probably going to be a fight of the year candidate. Also a title fight for the vacant It's Showtime 85MAX World Title that will be between Amir Zeyada and Sahak Parparyan. It may not have the star power of this past card yesterday, but don't sleep on it. I'm expecting some of these fights to be very exciting and the fights will probably turn out a lot better than yesterday.
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Thai Fight Extreme was broadcast last night in Thailand on Channel 3 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am.
Fights were three rounds under Muay Thai rules.
Results in brief:
Saiyok Pumpanmuang def. Ibrahim Njie Jarra, 1st round TKO, cut from left elbow
Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Abdallah Mabel, DEC
Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Jose Barradas, DEC
Buakaw Por Pramuk def. Djime Coulibaly, DEC
Yuya Yamato def. Fabio Pinca, 2nd round TKO, cut from right elbow
Petasaween Seatanferry def. Sofiane Derdega, DEC
The fights were a bit one-sided.
Saiyok needed all of 10 or so seconds to back Jarra up and cut him.
Sudsakorn's fight was one of the closer ones, but he didn't look to be in trouble anywhere during the fight and Abdallah Mabel was easily the most experienced of the French fighters, barring Pinca. Sudsakorn played in his usual way and hurt Mabel with lowkicks. Mabel came out with elbows to try and win by cut, but Sudsakorn ended up cutting him and they traded some uncommon techniques like spinning elbows. Mabel even threw a Saenchai cartwheel in the third.
Barradas came out gunning in the first round, but Yodsanklai ground him down with power shots and was hurting him against the ropes throughout the second. Yodsanklai cruised through the third and took the decision.
Buakaw dominated his fight with teeps, middle kicks, and dumps, as per usual. Coulibaly gave him a bit of trouble with right crosses in the third, but he got dumped from a low clinch three or four times for his troubles.
I admit I stopped watching Pinca vs Yamato after the first round. Fabio was handling Yuya easily. There was a very evident gap in technique that Yuya couldn't seem to bridge. The pressure game he applied in his upset vs Drago was nowhere to be seen since Pinca had him outmatched in boxing, power, and overall technique. Yuya did partially connect with a right headkick in the first, but it was all Pinca.
Yuya has massive balls, though, and he overcame the gap in experience and technique by rushing in with elbows and cutting Pinca. I didn't see this, and it probably wasn't pretty, but Yuya reminds us that fighters come to fight.
Petasaween was a 130 lb. stadium champion in Thailand, and he took the fight comfortable against Derdega, as he was favored to do. I didn't watch it, but from what I hear, it was about as one-sided as the other Thai vs French bouts.
The fights were a good showcase of Muay Thai for a different kind of audience but, excepting Pinca vs Yamamoto, the fights weren't very competitive, and even that fight featured a massive difference in skill that Yamamoto overcame by luck and balls. If the Isuzu Tournament, which concludes this May 21st with Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Nopparat Keatkhamtorn, is any sort of gauge, though, the Thai Fight Tournament itself should feature some very competitive bouts, as it did last year.Add a comment
It's Showtime Lyon is in the books now, with Badr Hari officially back in action against a less-than-game Gregory Tony, disappointing some, but doing as expected and taking out Tony within the first round. In a night that was largely filled by bigger names against up-and-comers there were a few big knockouts and TKO victories, but one of them really sticks out, and that is Chris Ngimbi and Will Borrel's scrap at 70kg.
Chris Ngimbi is hilariously underrated in the 70kg weight class, mainly because the bigger names have all competed for K-1 MAX and Ngimbi has not, but that does not mean that he is a slouch. He is It's Showtime's 70kg Champion and will actually be fighting Giorgio Petrosyan soon, as was announced on the broadcast tonight. Many fans enjoyed Remy Bonjasky's style of fighting for his flying kicks, and Chris Ngimbi showed in this fight against Willy Borrel that he is not afraid to take to the air and throw a flying knee when it's open. This was without a doubt the KO of the night. [source]
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We'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Lyon, France. on the card are big names such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong. There's also two five round title fights to look forward to. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy and watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch live on The Fight Network. The event airs live at 4PM EST/1PM PST.
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Aydin Tuncay vs. Cedric Muller
Cedric Muller wins by Decision over 5 rounds.
Mickael Piscitello vs. Johann Fauveau
Johann Fauveau wins by Decision over 5 rounds.
Wendell Roche vs. Yuksel Ayadin
Wendell Roche wins by Decision in an Extra Round.
Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui
Houcine Bennoui wins by TKO (Injury) in the 4th round.
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj
Fight ends in a no contest due to Chahid being unable to continue from a low blow.
Chris Ngimbi vs. Willy Borrel (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title Fight)
Chris Ngimbi wins by KO (Flying Knee) in Round 2.
Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Ghita
Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1.
Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian (It's Showtime 73MAX World Title Fight)
Yohan Lidon wins by Unanimous Decision over 5 rounds and becomes the new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion.
Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic
Tyrone Spong wins by KO (Knee/3 Knockdowns) in Round 1
Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony
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This is Badr's first fight in a year. He's taken time off to get his head together and now he looks to jump right back in the mix with a win over Gregory Tony. Badr wasn't the usual Badr at the press conference and weigh ins. He shook Tony's hand and smiled, showing an unusual display of respect to his opponent. However, the one thing that we know is that when Badr steps in that ring and stares across at Gregory Tony, all the smiles and handshakes will be thrown out the window.
Badr's opponent, Gregory Tony is someone who you might've gotten know a little more about over the past week. The Frenchman is also coming off a long layoff - in kickboxing. In kickboxing, he has a longer layoff than Badr. He has been keeping active in boxing but is that enough to make this competitive? Probably not. Although racking up a 15-2 record, most of his wins have been cans and he got absolutely smashed by Robert Helenius. You also wonder if he's still been training in kickboxing all this time.
I think it's right to assume that Badr Hari is just absolutely chomping at the bit to get back in the ring and hurt someone. Expect Badr to have a more cautious, technical start but once he gets settled in watch for him to blitz Tony with power punches. There's no way I can see Gregory Tony withstanding a Badr Hari onslaught. Tony doesn't seem to take to getting hit very well and there's no doubt that once Badr hits him he's gonna be in a world of hurt.
Tony's jab and right hand are decent but if he lands them I don't expect Badr to be phased. Badr will get settled in after the first minute and a half, find an opening and unleash a barrage of power shots on Tony until he goes down and doesn't get back up. Tony might get brutally knocked out in this one.Add a comment