Some interesting updates to the It's Showtime Amsterdam card on March 6:
In an undercard bout, the #22 ranked Leroy Kaestner (pictured) faces Ramzi Tamaditi. Kaestner is a young fighter training under Peter Aerts, and is looking to move up the ranks. He's had a number of big fights, including wins over Gago Drago last year, and Marco Pique in the K-1 MAX Europe GP 2009, but he's not yet been able to put together a string of wins that really pushes him up to the next level. Still, at just 22 years old and only 5 years as a pro, he has time to develop, and remains one of the young fighters to watch. His last fight was a loss to Armen Petrosyan in December.
Ramzi "The Professor" Tamaditi is a lesser known fighter, though he has received some accolades, and is well regarded as an unknown prospect. He defeated Imro Main on an It's Showtime card last year, and has done some training at Chakuriki. A win over Kaestner would definitely elevate his status. Watch a video package on Tamaditi below, put together by the always great AFAV.
Also on the undercard: Warren Stevelmans vs. Mo Medhar. Stevelmans is a K-1 MAX veteran who is always a tough opponent, although he has struggled a bit lately. His last fights were at the K-1 MAX Madrid show, where he made the tournament finals before losing to Rafi Zouheir. Medhar is looking to capitalize on his 2009 It's Showtime victory over Gago Drago. Like Tamaditi, he has another opportunity here to really establish his name in the 70kg division.
Finally, It's Showtime has not yet made it official, but Fighting Stars, the company co-promoting the event, announced a bout between IS 77kg champion Artem Levin and Younes el Mhassani. Their announcement indicates it will be a title fight, although it's also listed as 3 rounds, when IS does 5 rounds for title fights. This would be Levin's first fight since winning the belt against Aussi in December. The Russian fighter had a huge 2010, defeating two of the world's best in Yodsaenklai Fairtex and L'houcince "Aussi" Ouzgni, establishing himself as the clear #1 at 77kg. Levin is currently scheduled to face Kaoklai on February 23 - not sure if this would impact that fight, as IS typically doesn't like having their fighters compete so quickly after another bout.