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It's Showtime Japan, Shootboxing, Krush Announce August Matchups

With July coming to a close, three of the bigger kickboxing promotions in Japan have announced significant fights for August.

After announcing a Girls S-Cup preliminary event for August 19th, the first bout has been announced for the event, a super fight between recently crowned Shootboxing Women's Flyweight Champion Ai Takahashi and teenage sensation, as well as WPMF and WMC World Women's Mini Flyweight Champion Erika Kamimura. Takahashi took place in both Girls S-Cup events, losing in the quarterfinals to MMA fighter Saori Ishioka in 2009 and losing in the extension round of the finals to Shootboxing superstar Rena. In a rematch of the finals back in June for the Shootboxing Women's Flyweight Title, Takahashi pushed Rena for five rounds, eventually exhausting her opponent and claiming her revenge, along with the title. Erika Kamimura has made her name as an 18 year old sensation, taking wins over RISE champion Chiharu and Silvia La Notte and dominating Rena in an exhibition bout all in the past 7 months. Kamimura has an upcoming bout at RISE.80 on the 23rd against Team Souwer's Tiana van Lana, so hopefully Kamimura does not suffer an injury in that bout. Much like the title fight between Takahashi and Rena, this fight is scheduled for 5 three minute rounds.

After what seems to be a successful and entertaining initial event, It's Showtime Japan returns on August 21st in conjunction with the Fujiwara Festival and is headlined by a 61kg #1 contender's bout between former AJKF Featherweight Champion, Krush 2009 Lightweight GP Champion and #3 WPMF Japan ranked Lightweight Masahiro Yamamoto and #2 ranked Arito Tsukahara. Yamamoto challenged for the IS 61kg Championship last December, losing by a 3rd round doctor stoppage to former champion Sergio Wielzen. Wielzen lost a decision to Karim Bennoui in March who was subsequently defeated by current champion Javier Hernandez in a fight of the year contender in June. The winner of this bout will face the winner between Javier Hernandez and Kan Itabashi, who defeated Genki Yamamoto at the first It's Showtime Japan card on the 18th for the right to challenge for the title.

Also announced for the card were two 54.5 kg matches, the first between WPMF Japan Bantamweight Champion and J-NETWORK #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Ichinohe Sota and MA Kick Bantamweight Champion Takuma Ito. The other bout is a matchup between WPMF Japan #1 ranked bantamweight Noro Yuki and #3 ranked NJKF bantamweight Jun Miyoshi.

It's Showtime also announced a women's matchup between NJKF Atom(46.26kg) Champion Chiharu and WPMF Japan Atom Champion Little Tiger. As previously mentioned, Chiharu lost to Erika Kamimura at Sengoku: Soul of Fight.

Krush seems to have brokered some sort of exchange program with ISKA, as the two biggest announcements for their August 14th card pit Krush fighters against ISKA fighters. Krush 55kg participant and RISE Bantamweight Champion Nobuchika Terado will face off against Scotland's Kieran McAskill while the flashy and entertaining Keiji Ozaki will take on France's Thomas Adamandopoulos. Terado lost his quarterfinal bout in the Krush Bantamweight tournament in an extremely exciting affair with future star Ryuya Kusakabe, while Ozaki picked up a win over Toshiki Taniyama on the same card.

via Sports Navi and GBRing: Shootboxing, IS Japan, Krush

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Lion Fights: Battle in the Desert 3 Promo

Lion Fights is one of the few promotions in the U.S. fighting the good fight and promoting higher level kickfighting. Scott Kent begun Lion Fights as a bit of a lover letter to the sport of muay thai, and going into their third big show there is no doubt that there has been a certain level of success involved. Battle in the Desert 3 will be headlined by none other than former It's Showtime champion Cosmo Alexandre.

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Alistair Overeem Mulls the Move to Boxing to Fight Vitali Klitschko

Alistair Overeem is a guy that is always full of surprises. First, he moved up to Heavyweight from Light Heavyweight and went from a very beatable fighter to an unstoppable freight train that is Ubereem. Just when it seemed like he would take the MMA world by storm, Overeem took to the K-1 ring where he saw some luck in his first year, and in his second year he went on to become the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. So of course he made his return to MMA in the United States by defending his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against Brett Rogers then entered into the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix where he was able to defeat Fabricio Werdum in the first round of the tournament.

Fans have been fantasy booking Overeem's potential UFC run for a while now, with him either steamrolling the competition or being steamrolled himself, and in a recent interview he was asked what he would like to do after winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and the answer almost came out of nowhere; he wants to fight Vitali Klitschko, the Heavyweight boxer. Every shred of data that MMA fans and personalities have been pumping out into the public has declared Boxing as a dead sport, but Boxing still has a glamorous sheen that neither kickboxing or MMA present, with it questionable that they will ever catch up.

The logical move for Overeem would be to focus on the Heavyweight Grand Prix and not even imagine boxing, but the thought of one man winning a world championship in the three major combat sports is one that would make Alistair Overeem an instant legend unlike anything we've ever seen before. Vitali Klitschko began his fighting career as a kickboxer, with an apparent record of 34-1 to go with his impressive boxing record of 42-2. [source]

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Stefan Leko is Ready for Catalin Morosanu

Catalin Morosanu and Stefan Leko square off in the SuperKombat WGP event tomorrow in the main event in a bout that has seen Morosanu's opponent change multiple times. Finally the opponent landed on Stefan Leko, and Gladiatorium.ro caught up with him for some thoughts on the fight, and Leko sounds ready to take Morosanu's head off. [source]

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