K-1 and S-Cup Legend Andy Souwer wins 70kg It’s Showtime title

Having chalked off world titles in K-1 and Shootboxing’s S-Cup, Andy Souwer just completed the Grand Slam by adding the It’s Showtime championship title to his collection.

The new 70kg king took on flying knee specialist Chris Ngimbi, who had promised as far back in December that this – his first It’s Showtime 70MAX title defence – would be his final fight, regardless of the outcome, yet made no mention of it leading up to the fight itself. Souwer fought smartly against the explosive legged Congo star, and despite some nice attacks in the second and third round from Ngimbi, was able to comfortably take the decision based on his superior boxing and sustained and varied attacks, especially his notably sharp combination of straight punches followed by leg kicks.

The judging was all over the place. It’s Showtime used a five judge system, and – refreshingly – five round format for title fights, so unlike in K-1 itself, we get to see championship belts contested over 5×3 instead of in nine-minute fights. But the five judge system, which in theory is better than three judges (right?) led to the ridiculous scenario in which five officials all watched the same fight live, and managed to turn in five completely different scorecards. Such is life…?

Souwer, in the kickboxing world, has now won the K-1 World MAX at 70kg, the Shootboxing S-Cup at 70kg, and the It’s Showtime 70MAX division world title. He has defeated elite names from the Muay Thai world, such as Yodsanklai Fairtex, Pajonsuk and Buakaw Banchamek. It is no exaggeration at this point to refer to Souwer as a living legend in the world of fightsport.

The full fight video can be viewed here – http://www.budo-zone.com/impact-martial-arts/kikboxing/its-showtime-andy-souwer-vs-chris-ngimbi-full-k-1-fight-video.html

Souwer versus Aikpracha or Saiyok under either K-1 or Muay Thai rules would be delicious. Just some food for thought.

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