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Manhoef will face Saki in Amsterdam (It's Showtime)

By Fraser Coffeen on Apr 9, 2010 ; HEADKICKLEGEND.com

Saki v. Manhoef Confirmed; Sato v. Pajonsuk Added to Amsterdam Arena


            Will Manhoef be celebrating May 29, or will Saki have his number?

Will Manhoef be celebrating May 29, or will Saki have his number?


A couple big changes to the It's Showtime Amsterdam Arena show on May 29.

As we've reported all week, Tyrone Spong broke his hand against Jerome Le Banner and was seeing a doctor to determine his status for the showdown with Melvin Manhoef.  It's now been made official: Spong is OUT of the event.  Stepping in to take his place will be Gokhan Saki.  Spong v. Manhoef is a fight that many European fans have been waiting for, so I am sure there is some disappointment, but in my opinion, Saki v. Manhoef is an even better fight. 

Also announced - an unexpected replacement.  Andy Souwer has dropped out of his fight with Pajonsuk.  Taking his place will be Yoshihiro Sato.  It's very rare to see the Japanese K-1 fighters outside of K-1, so for Sato to not only be involved with It's Showtime, but also against a tough opponent like Pajonsuk is quite exciting.  Should make for a good clash between Muay Thai stylists.  No word yet on why Souwer dropped off the card.

Finally, Daniel Ghita's opponent has been announced - he'll go against the HKL #22 ranked Ashwin Balrak.  Ghita was originally set to face Hesdy Gerges, but was left without an opponent when Gerges stepped up to face Badr Hari in the main event.


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conan81 (291 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-10 at: 12:30
as i wrote before;saki is too smart and fast for melvin.
burim (401 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-10 at: 09:24
Spong vs Manhoef was GREAT but this Saki vs Manhoef is even better
good to see K-1 Japanese fighters (now, The Best Japanese K-1 max fighter) outside of Japan
Balint (199 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-10 at: 08:44
Tyrone is surrounded by some kind of bad luck since he changed weight divisions.. such a shame

And yes, Manhoef - Saki is going to be a good match too
(539 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-11 at: 09:31
Good call on all the replacements. It`s Showtime knows what they are doing!
JonnieSunshine (664 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-11 at: 10:19
Too bad because I like seeing Spong getting his behind kicked.
Same for Manhoef. Loved his match vs Robbie Lawler.

But indeed, Manhoef - Spong should me nice.
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