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It's Showtime Lyon Fightcard with Badr Hari vs Tony Gregory official

from Liverkick.com, February 23, 2011


Badr Hari's return opponent has been announced by It's Showtime, officially, as has the rest of the Lyon card and it is lining up to be absolutely incredible.


The main event features the return of the Bad Boy, Badr Hari! Badr will be coming back after a year layoff due to some nagging legal issues, and his return opponent has been hotly debated for the past few weeks or so. The long-standing rumor was that the fight between Gokhan Saki and Badr Hari that was originally airmarked for the Amsterdam ArenA show would materialize in Lyon, but instead local kickboxer Tony Gregory has been called back into action to fight Badr Hari. This is a great return bout for Badr Hari, as it gives him a chance to hone his skills and gives him a bit of a cushion before heading back into the deep waters. Tony Gregory retired from kickboxing a few years ago to pursue a boxing career, but after disappointing results he finds himself back in the kickboxing mix, this time against one of the most dangerous fighters in the kickboxing world.

Tyrone Spong steps back into the It's Showtime ring, this time at Heavyweight as he'll take on Igor Mihaljevic, a Croatian Heavyweight. Igor provides a stiff challenge at Heavyweight for Spong, who is right now training with King Mo Lawal in Holland. Spong looks to cement his spot as one of the elite Heavyweights in the world by taking the fight to Igor here. Paul Slowinski's jam-packed year doesn't stop just yet, as he will take on the man that is more of a beast, the Romanian Daniel Ghita. Ghita looks to be heading into his fight with Hesdy Gerges in a few weeks, and a fight against Slowinski will provide another challenge, but will Slowinski just be a stepping stone for Ghita?

Then we move down from Heavyweight to Middleweight, as It's Showtime's 70kg MAX division fills out the rest of the card, with two-time K-1 MAX World Grand Prix Champion Giorgio Petrosyan takes on a fighter that last year put on one of the best fights imaginable against Mike Zambidis, Chahid Oulad El Hadj. This is a huge fight for Chahid, and for Petrosyan it is just another day at the office. With It's Showtime planning a 70kg MAX tournament in July and both men rumored to be involved, a win here is huge for momentum.

It's Showtime's 70kg MAX champion defends his crown finally, as Chris Ngimbi looks to ward off Willy Borrell. Ngimbi's title win has been disputed by some fans, so a strong performance by Ngimbi can help solidify his spot in It's Showtime this year and help build momentum for the MAX tournament in Russia this July. Rounding out the card is Abder Penda facing off against Marat Grigorian at 70kg, with both men looking to leave a big impression on the international kickboxing scene.

I'll say this, It's Showtime hasn't disappointed yet and keeps marching forward for what looks to be a banner year. I know many fans are upset with the lack of K-1, but It's Showtime is really churning out the big cards. [source]


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Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 11:12
The card looks great! And I understand Badr needs some sort of a comeback slash warmup fight, but this guy Gregory doesn`t seem that special. So to be honest I was hoping for a slightly better opponent, you know, just to make it more of a fight instead of a slaughter. But we`ll see what Gregory has to offer :)
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 11:15

His head on the plate...LOL
Nice comeback warm-up for Hari though...
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 02:13
just like everybody is saying its just a warm-up match .
no disrespect to gregory.But this poor guy is gonna get
knocked oud in a real brutal way .
i understand hari needs a certain win to start off again
But atleast give him some one who is able to do sumthing back .

But you never know what can happen.maybe gregory suprises us.
But i dont think so hahah
stark (1143 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 04:11
Dont forget that another no name fighter, domagoj ostojic, almost knocked hari out in just a fiew seconds of their fight. Dont write this guy off. Who thought overeem can knock hari out? I agree that they could find a bigger name to fight him, but its not over untill its over
mehdiman (636 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 04:39
Cool. Gonna be there, approximately 800 km to go and come back.
I never heard about this fighter. I found another old fight of him vs McDonald. He lost by dec.
Seems a little fight for Hari (as was fight vs Bouzidi).
Only thing i can see for T. Gregory ; he is tall as Hari.
But i am not excited by this fight.
IF only it had been against GERGES ...
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 08:07
i m VERY excited and happy , cant wait really!!!! Happy to be back after long pause, hope, the season of this year will start GREATLY!!!
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-23 at: 08:08
how great Mehdi that you can be there.. please give us an article afterwards on the whole show ok?
mehdiman (636 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-24 at: 09:01
@szanpan Great to hear from you szanpan.
Hope everything all right.
I will try ( two conditions ; you must absolutely apologize my poor english and not compare to Rob s professional and excellent work).
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2011-02-24 at: 09:35
@mehdiman That would be awesome, mehdiman.
You are always apologizing for your english, but it is really OK.
BTW: If you like, I could edit your article a little bit after you made it ... just to take out a few errors.
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