Today, It's Showtime ventures into Madrid for their sixth event of the year. Among the names on the card are Tyrone Spong, Gago Drago, Murthel Groenhart and It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion Karim Bennoui just to name a few. We'll be providing live results here at Liverkick.com. For live play by play of the event, check us out on Twitter, @LiverKickdotcom and @rianscalia.
The event goes live at 3PM EST/12PM PST. You can order the event for 10 Euros at www.showtimefights.com or if you're in Canada, you can watch it live on The Fight Network at the same time.
The full line up:
Zeben Diaz vs. Yavuz Kayabasi
Zeben Diaz wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. The fight was all Diaz as Kayabasi pretty much didn't do anything. Diaz showcased very crisp hands and combos to get the win.
Moises Ruibal vs. Sahak Parparyan
Sahak Parparyan wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Good fight, Sahak had a very hard time finding Ruibal in the first round but by the third round, Sahak came on strong and hurt Ruibal a few times.
Murthel Groenhart vs. Rafi Zouheir
Murthel Groenhart wins by TKO (Corner Stoppage). Zouheir got dropped quickly and was accidentally hit while on the way down, resulting in a yellow card for Groenhart. Groenhart then rushed out and dropped Zouheir twice, forcing the corner to throw in the towel. The Spanish crowd is going crazy over the controversial kick while Zouheir was on the way down.
Javier Hernandez vs. Karim Bennoui (It's Showtime 61MAX World Title Fight)
Javier Hernandez wins by Decision over 5 rounds to become the new It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion. Great fight, both fighters traded knockdowns. I had Bennoui winning but it was close.
Abraham Roqueni vs. Gago Drago
Abraham Roqueni wins by Majority Decision (4-1) over 3 rounds. Drago didn't have much for Roqueni, who moved around the ring picking his shots while Drago chased after him. Drago made it a but closer in the third round, with the pressure wearing on Roqueni but it was a clear win for Roqueni.
Tyrone Spong vs. Loren Javier Jorge
Tyrone Spong wins by Unanimous Decision over 3 rounds. Spong battered Loren with knees to the body but couldn't finish. Vinny Shoreman was sure that Spong had hurt his hand, and thus why he didn't throw more left hooks to the body to finish off Loren.
Tyrone Spong and his opponent Loren Javier Jorge both made weight for their showdown tomorrow in Madrid for It's Showtime. Both fighters vowed to finish their opponent inside the distance. Both fighters are coming into the fight with bad intentions. You don't wanna miss this one.
The event airs live at 3PM EST/12PM PST on www.showtimefights.com for 10 Euros or if you're in Canada, The Fight Network will be airing the event live. The event will most likely be airing at a later date on HDNet.
I'm in awe. Open workouts are a rather humdrum event for everyone involved; the media who have to film it, the fighters who have to pretend to work out and the promoters who have to schedule these events and rent out space for them. Josh Barnett has not fought in the United States in well over two years. In light of that, Barnett has fought in Japan and Australia, while participating in Antonio Inoki-sponsored professional wrestling events in Japan. Barnett has a long history of professional wrestling, from when he was fighting in Pancrase in Japan he signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as participated in Kiyoshi Tamura's U-Style AXIS event that featured "Shoot-Style" Pro Wrestling.
Well, to say that Barnett has a lot of pent up frustration and has a point to prove in his first fight back in the United States is an understatement. Barnett has been the butt of the joke with the media for years now, his name dragged through the mud, so when he has to go through what is a rather pointless exercise, he chose to do something for himself as well as cut an incredible promo. Watch. [source]