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Karaev drops out of JLB fight .... Spong steps in!

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Karaev Drops out of Le Banner Fight; Spong Steps in as Replacement




More changes to big fights at K-1: Ruslan Karaev has dropped out of his April 3 fight with Jerome Le Banner at the K-1 Yokohama show.  In his place will be Tyrone Spong, stepping in to face JLB.  No word yet on why Karaev dropped out.

While Spong v. Le Banner is not a bad match-up, this still does come as a disappointment.  Stylistically, Karaev v. Le Banner was a good pairing, with two heavy hitters, both in a low point in their careers, trying to get some redemption from recent performances.  It was intriguing to see where both men stood, particularly Karaev, who has been a very frustrating fighter to follow in recent years.

Once considered one of the next top fighter in K-1, Karaev's last few years have seen extensive lay-offs, and some less than stellar performances.  This was capped by his loss to Hesdy Gerges last October, a fighter who has since shown that he is not at that top level of competition just yet.  Karaev has a lot of fans, who still look back on his wins over Hari and Leko as proof of his skill, but with the exception of a 2009 victory of Kyotaro, Karaev simply has not demonstrated that he is a top-tier fighter recently.  This was a good opportunity to reassert his position, and it is a shame to see him on the shelf yet again.

Spong was rumored to face Singh Jaideep on this card, though that fight was not yet announced.

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Balint (199 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 03:01
ough.. might not be the best decision to send Spong against Le Banner..
shame Ruslan fell out
JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 03:21
You beat me to it.
Was just copying the post. ;)

Sad news......
burim (401 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 03:33
Bad news.
Bad Replacement.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 04:32
Bad news..
Cool replacement!
burim (401 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 04:59
@Rob Good fight for us
but it wont be cool for Spong to handle with Mr. LeBanner
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-20 at: 10:21
If the real JLB shows up it might be good but he will have to catch Spong
(539 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-21 at: 11:36
Spong is still too light weight to handle Le Banner. He will have to run like it`s a marathon. Or work his ass off to keep Le Banner off range. I wonder what happened to Karaev?
Balint (199 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-21 at: 05:33
women... ? :)
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