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It's Showtime Champ Danyo Ilunga Sparring With Boxing Champ Ola Afolabi

Danyo Ilunga has been training with Remy Bonjasky, three time K-1 World Grand Prix winner, for quite a while now. Recently, he's switched things up a bit and has been sparring with some pro boxers, most notably the current WBO interim cruiserweight champion, Ola Afolabi.

Afolabi, being a cruiserweight, isn't that much smaller than Ilunga and will really provide some quality sparring. Afolabi bounces around quite a bit in terms of location and he's been at Felix Sturm's gym where Ilunga sparred with him. Ilunga will be sparring with Afolabi throughout the coming weeks in preparation for Afolabi's title fight against the current WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck on May 5.

As for Ilunga, he's scheduled to defend his It's Showitme 95MAX World Title on June 30 against Filip Verlinden in Brussels, Belgium. Before that, he'll have an easier fight on April 28 against Dennis Sebastian in Germany.


Abraham Roqueni vs. Albert Kraus Promo Video

While there is a lot of buzz around the upcoming K-1 and Glory tournaments, there is still a ton of great fights going on elsewhere. On April 28th K-1 mainstay Albert Kraus takes on another big name in the world of 70kgs in Abraham Roqueni. Hopefully we have easy access to the fight as it will be a great test for seeing where Albert Kraus is right now and if we expect him in the K-1 tournament what to expect from him.


It's Showtime Champ Javier Hernandez Loses In Portugal

It's surprising that since winning the It's Showtime 61MAX World Title that Javier Hernandez has had some trouble finding fights. After winning the title in June of last year, he didn't fight again until November. Since then, he hadn't fought until yesterday.

Back in November he defeated Ruben Almeida of Portugal in Cordoba, Spain where he is based out of. Yesterday Hernandez went to Mafra, Portugal to fight for the WAKO Pro World Title in K-1 rules. He was originally scheduled to fight Pedro Kol of Portugal, but it ended up that he rematched Ruben Almeida. 

Hernandez surprisingly lost a decision to Almeida. Hernandez worked with a lot of punches but the taller Almeida countered with knees and kicks, controlling the distance. Almeida was cut on the left eye in the first round but still managed to pull out the win. There has been some dispute from the Spanish fans that Hernandez should have won but we won't know until a video comes out, which isn't that likely, unfortunately.

In the lower weight classes of kickboxing, there's barely any exposure at all so good fighters pop up and surprisingly upset fighters that are known sometimes, much like Hernandez did to Karim Bennoui and Karim Bennoui to Sergio Wielzen. Moving on, Hernandez will be fighting in another rematch on May 13 in Tenerife against Carlos "Chiquitin" Reyes, who he lost to in 2011.


The Le Banner Series, Starts April 28 In Geneva

Jerome Le Banner has been poking at a "world tour" of sorts lately, starting with his win over Andrei Kirsanov at the end of last year in Thailand. The event was called the Le Banner tour. Now there's a Le Banner series, and it's actually determining who will fight Jerome some time next year.

The website is up for it at According to the website, there will be four tournaments and four major fights at each tournament. Each fight is five rounds of two minutes (Which sucks.). 

The winners of the tournaments will fight and the winner of that will face Jerome Le Banner some time in 2013. The goal of the Le Banner Series is to determine Le Banner's successor and find the next new best European kickboxer. 

The first event is on April 28 in Geneva, Switzerland where Le Banner defeated Stefan Leko last year. As for Le Banner fighting on the card, it seems uncertain but he is front and center on the poster. Frank Munoz vs. Stephane Susperregui seems to be happening at the event. Jerome Le Banner is coming off a loss to Errol Zimmerman on March 23 and will fight Rustemi Kreshnik on June 30 under the It's Showtime banner.


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