Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's Showtime is Brazil Bound

Simon Rutz's It's Showtime kickboxing promotion will take their show on the road. The organization recently announced that they would start promoting shows in Brazil, starting next year. The announcement comes at a time when the kickboxing world has been shaken by K-1's ongoing problems, and the movement of several key athletes to boxing.

Brazil could be a haven for kickboxing's other great promotion. It surely looks like Rutz & Co. are taking the place of K-1 as the world's big kickboxing promotion. So, a successful run in a combat-hungry country like Brazil could determine the future of kick sport.

Here's the official release from It's Showtime:
IT’S SHOWTIME BRAZIL IN 2012

November 4, 2011 -

For the first time in history, IT’S SHOWTIME has signed a contract to organize an event outside of Europe. In the next 4 years, there will be at least 1 IT’S SHOWTIME event a year in Brazil. The first event will take place on November 10, 2012, in São Paulo.

Although this is the first signed contract for an IT’S SHOWTIME event outside of Europe, it doesn’t mean it will be the first IT’S SHOWTIME to be held outside of Europe. We are currently in advanced negotiations to organize IT’S SHOWTIME shows in July and August of next year in respectively Japan and Australia. We’ll keep you updated on our website and our free app for smartphones.

Our event which was scheduled for December 17 in Amsterdam will be postponed, because as of this month, we are obliged to request a permit in Amsterdam. Because the handling of a request for such a permit can take several weeks, we can’t take the risk that the permit will be denied, as TV contracts would already be signed and the fighters would have trained for nothing. For next year we have enough time to request these permits.

The first IT’S SHOWTIME event is scheduled for November 12 on the Spanish island Tenerife and after that it’s showtime on January 28 in Leeuwarden when Badr Hari fights his last kickboxing match, against Gokhan Saki.

We are also very delighted to inform you that IT’S SHOWTIME events are now broadcast in 164 countries worldwide.

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