It's Showtime is holding their 53rd event today in a new location, Tenerife. The largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands is a hotbed for kickboxing and It's Showtime has put on a great card to please the local fans. Among the top match-ups on the card are the return of Giorgio Petrosyan, who takes on Zeben Diaz. There's also an It's Showtime 95MAX World Title fight featuring Danyo Ilunga defending his belt against hometown fighter Loren Javier Jorge. The rest of the card is filled with exciting match-ups that make this event worth checking out.
The event starts at 4PM EST/1 PM PST. You can order it on www.showtimefights.com or if you live in Canada, it's live on The Fight Network.
Sergio Wielzen vs. Carlos Reyes 61kg
Wielzen wins by TKO in Round 1 due to a cut he caused with a knee on Reyes. The fight was competitive until Wielzen wobbled Reyes with a counter hook and then hurt him even more with a knee, followed by dropping him with a left hand. Reyes got up but the fight was called off due to the cut.
Andy Ristie vs. Jonay Risco 70kg
Didn't see the first two rounds because the TV station was having technical difficulties but in the third, Ristie floored Risco with a left hook after having some trouble finding his opponent. Risco got up but the fight was called off. Ristie wins by TKO in Round 3.
Murthel Groenhart vs. Darryl Sichtmann 77kg
Murthel Groenhart wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Murthel.
Moises Ruibal vs. Amir Zeyada
Amir Zeyada wins by TKO (Injury) in Round 2. Ruibal was winning Round 1 before getting dropped with a right hand at the end. In the second, Ruibal seemed to injure his knee and was counted but fought on. He was counted twice more for the injury and the fight was called off.
Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Zeben Diaz
Petrosyan wins by majority decision (3-2). The two judges who scored the fight for Diaz must just be idiots or be local judges because it was pretty clear that Giorgio won all three rounds. The commentators were making it seem way closer than it was just because Diaz actually managed to land a punch or two.
Danyo Ilunga vs. Loren Javier Jorge (It's Showtime 95MAX World Title)
Danyo Ilunga wins by unanimous decision. One way traffic for Ilunga. Loren simply didn't throw enough and got outworked by the more dynamic Ilunga.