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Photo of the Day: RENA Returns in August

RENA, the Girls S-Cup 2009 and 2010 Champion returns to the ring in August after a string of bad luck, including a poor performance to a high school student, Erika Kamimura in an exhibition bout and a loss to Ai Takahashi. It turns out that RENA was heavily considering retirement after he loss to Takahashi, where many who had supported her were suddenly declaring her career finished. Luckily her trainers and the officials at Shoot Boxing were able to convince her to continue her fighting career, as she did hold two consecutive S-Cup Championships and would be foolish not to try again.

RENA is set to fight on the August 19th Shootboxing event, the Girls S-Cup Qualifying Event, where the only match set currently is Ai Takahashi vs. Erika Kamimura, with RENA and V.V. Mei set to participate in the event as well. [source]

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Team Slamm Holding 70kg Tournament

SlammTeam Slamm will host an event in Suriname on August 26 that will feature an 8-man 70kg tournament featuring some up-and-coming talent. Slamm has always been known for putting on some solid kickboxing shows in the past, and by the looks of it this 70kg tournament will fall right in line. Brent Ducharme has the story;

The biggest name included in the eight man tournament is Team Slamm member Anthony Kane. Somewhat undersized for the 70 kg. weight class, Kane has never managed to break through to the top of the division since making it to the semifinal round of the prospect-packed K-1 World MAX 2010 West Europe Tournament. He has had some recent struggles, losing bouts to Faldir Chahbari and the relatively unknown Antoine Mandela.

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Other tournament competitors: Ajay Balgobind (former Hafi el Boustati opponent and new Team Slamm member), Miloud el Geubli (of Mejiro Gym), Cedric Bacuna (Vos Gym), Benedito Xavier, Antoine Mandela and Alessandro Campagna. [source]
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Breaking Down Potential Candidates to Replace Giorgio Petrosyan

With Giorgio Petrosyan now out of It's Showtime's Fast & Furious 70MAX Tournament on September 24, we're all wondering who will be the man to replace him. It's pretty tough to replace the number one fighter in the sport and anyone stepping in for Giorgio Petrosyan needs to be a worthy challenger to the other seven contestants. Here are in my opinion the top three candidates to replace Giorgio Petrosyan.

Note: Simon Rutz made it clear that Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Albert Kraus, Mohammed Khamal and Mike Zambidis were all unavailable. Quite unfortunate, as those would be some of the top candidates to replace Giorgio.

Abraham Roqueñi

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The Spanish fighter has been on a tear lately, securing wins over Andy Souwer and Gago Drago, two competitors in the tournament this year. Roqueñi was an unknown to most before this year, and I believe he deserves a chance to prove himself. Hell, he already has. He's showed he can hang with the top of the division, especially with his win over Andy Souwer. It's about time Roqueñi got a shot at the big time. He's paid his dues on the scene over the years and his resume speaks for itself. If I were to pick anyone to replace Giorgio, I'd choose Abraham Roqueñi.

Yoshihiro Sato

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A mainstay of K-1 MAX, Sato has had some ups and downs recently. Sato has only lost to top competition lately though and his recent win over Albert Kraus shows he can still hold his own. Although I think by now that we all know what Sato is. He's a solid fighter who can hang with the top fighters and win a few against them but will never truly make a breakthrough as an elite fighter. Still, Sato is no one to write off, and with nothing currently lined up he could find himself replacing Giorgio Petrosyan and taking on Chahid Oulad el Hadj in the quarter finals. With Chahid in the quarter finals and the winner of that match facing the winner of Chris Ngimbi vs. Murat Direkci, Sato would definitely have a good chance of making it to the final.

Armen Petrosyan

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Giorgio Petrosyan's out, why not throw in his brother? Really though, Armen Petrosyan is a very good fighter, despite not being anywhere near as known as his brother. Armen has faced and beaten good competition, including decisioning Yoshihiro Sato in March. Armen's career is pretty tough to follow so we don't know what or if he has anything lined up for March. This could be Armen's breakout moment and if he wins the tournament, I'm already imagining all the discussion about Petrosyan vs. Petrosyan and if they'd do it. Maybe Armen can even get a Wikipedia page if he replaces Giorgio and wins.

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Possible It's Showtime November Event in Spain: Giorgio Petrosyan Included

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Somewhat lost in the barrage of recent kickboxing news the past few days, Simon Rutz announced that Giorgio Petrosyan would return in November in Tenerife, Spain. If you connect the dots, it would seem like It's Showtime will be holding an event there in November since Mr. Rutz announced when Giorgio would fight next. I asked Simon Rutz if It's Showtime would be holding an event there in November and was responded to with an answer of maybe..or "Meaby!" to be exact. Note that as of now it's only clear that there is a possibility of the event being set up.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. I'm just speculating here but I think it's likely that the event would be held in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the islands. The kickboxing scene in the Canary Islands isn't talked about that much but it is quite good. Mainland Spain also has some good fighters, like Javier Hernandez and Abraham Roqueni. Three fighters from the Canaries fought on It's Showtime's last event in Madrid and gave good showings. Zeben Diaz defeated Yavuz Kayabasi, Moises Ruibal lost a close fight to Sahak Parparyan and Loren Javier Jorge lost to Tyrone Spong.

Kickboxing has some support in the Canaries and draws good crowds who come out to support their local fighters. Expect Ruibal, Diaz and Loren to be on the card again. I'd also expect some more Spanish fighters like Abraham Roqueni to be on the card, as well as Javier Hernandez, possibly defending his It's Showtime 61MAX World Title against Kan Itabashi, the number one contender for the title. Don't take my word for all this, I'm just speculating as to how the card would be set up if the event were to happen.

After the success of the show in Madrid, it makes a lot of sense to come back to Spain, especially in an area like the Canaries where kickboxing has support. It's Showtime continues to expand their territory and become more global, holding an event in Japan on July 18 and the Madrid show on June 18. Be on the lookout for clarification in the coming months, as November is quite far off.

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