World Kickboxing Network returns to Indian Ocean this Saturday June 29
La Nuit du K1 – Les Défis du Sud, Saint Pierre – Réunion
The World Kickboxing Network returns to Indian Ocean this Saturday (June 29) with a trio of championship bouts held in Réunion. The event billed as “La Nuit du K1 – Les Défis du Sud” (Challenges of South) takes place at Gymnase Nelson Mandela in Saint Pierre.
In the main event Yasser Olivier Lagarrigue of Reunion takes on Julien Schelkens of Belgium. The pair battles it out for WKN InterContinental Super Lightweight title. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds in oriental kickboxing
In the co-main event another local athlete Vianney Seperoumal faces Lahcen Ait Oussakour, also representing Belgium. The five-round contest is for WKN Continental Middleweight belt.
In addition, Mathias Ruinguin of Reunion squares off against Cano Perez Anderson of Italy. The juniors meet in a three-round encounter with WKN International Welterweight title at stake.
Stephane Cabrera, President of World Kickboxing Network stated:
The event in Réunion is presented by Mr Jean-Bernard Sautron in collaboration with French federation. It is the second visit of WKN to Indian Ocean, following World Championship presented in Mayotte last July. The fighters from Réunion are known for their bravery and excellent techniques. We look forward to a successful event, and future promotions in the region of a great potential.
The triple WKN championship event in Réunion is presented back to back with Gladiators Fight Night 23 held in Paola, Malta on the same day (June 29). The event is headlined by newly-crowned World Kickboxing Network Featherweight champion in Full Contact Keith Azzopardi of Malta in his quest to become two-sport world champion when he challenges Qurban Hosseini of Germany for WKN World Featherweight title under oriental rules.
In addition, a day earlier (June 28) World Kickboxing Network is back to Spain with the next edition of MMA series MMARCA presented by Chinto Mordillo in Madrid. The event features the quarter-final bouts of two eliminator-tournaments in the 77 kg and 84 kg classes. The winners will advance to semi-finals, preceding the championship round with WKN titles on the line.
WKN World Cup 2019 is held from 28 to 30 November at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand
The WKN World Cup comes to New Zealand, which marks the first time in the country’s history when Kickboxing and MMA titles are contested on the world-level at the same tournament. Presented by Team Player Events, the three-day sporting fiesta is held from November 28 to November 30 at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, featuring over 30 amateur world title matches, followed by two professional contests.
The Athlete Registration for the event is now open at CombatWorldCup.com. As many as 60 countries are expected to participate in the historic event held on NZ soil.
The finale will see French star Greg Tony who puts his World Kickboxing Network Super Heavyweight title on the line when he faces famed Brazilian “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva.
Before that the WKN World Middleweight title in MMA will be at stake when undefeated Kelvin “Crazy Horse” Joseph (15-0) of New Zealand goes up against Roan Carneiro of Brazil, who is now aligned with the American Top Team.
Stephane Cabrera, President of World Kickboxing Network stated: “The WKN is a leading kickboxing federation, we sanction the best championships in all disciplines. The collaboration with the local promoters in New Zealand is very constructive. We work as a team, sharing ideas aiming the best for sport, making an unforgettable historic event.”
PROKICK Back at the Clayton 2019 – results
‘Swift’ Smith TKO’s Lee Ji Hoon in Round 4 to take WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title
he World Kickboxing Network made its second visit to Northern Ireland this year with the “PROKICK Back at the Clayton” event presented by Billy Murray on June 23. The night of international kickboxing took place at Clayton Hotel in Belfast featuring a series of bouts with WKN Intercontinental title contested in the headliner of the show.
Representing Europe, Johnny Smith of Northern Ireland faced the representative of Asia Lee Ji Hoon of South Korea. The welterweights squared off in the scheduled for five rounds championship bout under oriental rules.
The encounter ended prior to the final bell. The local athlete claimed the win by TKO in the fourth round after the referee Bob Hunter, had seen enough and stopped the fight under the direction of the ringside doctor.
‘Swift’ Smith, who celebrated his birthday on the night, earned a prestigious WKN belt, as well as updated his professional kickboxing record to 8-0, 5 KO. Lee Ji Hoon dropped to 26-9, 7 KO.
The rest of the card featured a series of amateur matchups with local and international competitors.
PROKICK Back at the Clayton in Belfast, Northern Ireland was the second event that World Kickboxing Network presented this past weekend (June 22-23). A day earlier, Luca Carnevali and Francesco Picca earned WKN International titles in their respective weight classes battling it out at Invictus Arena 26 in Rome, Italy.
The next on WKN calendar is a trio of events scheduled for this coming weekend in Spain, Reunion and Malta.
WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Championship
Johnny Smith def. Lee Ji Hoon by TKO (doctor’s stoppage, R4)