Fight Night Saint Tropez 6: two WKN titles on the line
Annual VIP event Fight Night Saint Tropez takes place at the Citadel tomorrow night August 4. The event is a highly anticipated gathering of the world-class kickboxers and celebrities, which made its initial headlines in 2013 with the attendance of Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.
An upcoming event is headlined by two World Kickboxing Network championship bouts. In addition, the programme includes two knockout tournaments as well as a heavyweight feature fight.
Yohan Lidon vs. Yoann Kongolo 2
In the main event French Yohan Lidon defends his WKN World Super Middleweight title for the fourth time, facing off Swiss Yoann Kongolo. Furthermore, the bout is a rematch. Their first encounter was held last June in Paris, where the latter took a three-round decision.
For Lidon it appears as all or nothing. Not only he aspires to take a revenge, he puts his prestigious title on the line.
For Kongolo it is arguably the biggest contest to date. Earlier in his career he earned WKN European Super Middleweight title, as well as won GLORY Welterweight contender tournament.
Hands down, both fighters are still the top 10 middleweights of the current era of kickboxing. As for the outcome, I’d say Lidon scores the decision or takes a stoppage win in Round 4 or 5.
Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs. Laetitia Madjene
The co-main event at Fight Night Saint Tropez 6 is the women’s contest for WKN World Lightweight title. The matchup features Mallaury Kalachnikoff up against Laetitia Madjene.
Although the bout features an all-French encounter, both athletes are highly ranked in the division and came out victorious at numerous international events. Among everything, Kalachnikoff is the winner of Girl Power 2 as well as a finalist of the first season. Madjene is known for her successful run at the Kunlun Fight tournament.
A very competitive contest is likely to go the distance. As for prediction, a more experienced Kalachnikoff takes the belt.
The programme includes two single-elimination tournaments at the 80 kg and 105 kg classes. To take all the contender has to collect two victories during one evening. The winner of semi-final advances to the final, while the defeated fighter is out.
The most known name in the 80 kg tournament is French Abdallah Mabel. The list of other competitors includes his country-fellow Cyril Benzaquen, Italian Giuseppe De Domenico and Slovakian Erik Matejovsky.
The 105 kg lineup includes the former WKN World heavyweight champion French Stephane Susperregui, the former Super Heavyweight title challenger Lithuanian Arnold Oborotov, as well as Moldovan Pavel Voronin and German Wladimir Toktasynov.
Despite the level of experience and skills, numerous factors influence on the outcome of eliminator. Injuries received in the opening bout, stamina, mindset.
The draw is scheduled at the official weigh-in ceremony on Friday. As for the winner it is quite hard to tell who is a favorite. Nevertheless, the winner takes all.
As for prediction, Mabel wins the 80 kg contest, while Oborotov takes all 105 kg tournament.
Gregory Tony vs. Frederic Sinistra 2
Topping up the bill, Gregory Tony faces Frederic Sinistra in a rematch. The pair of heavyweight squares off for the first time in eleven years, after their first fight in Esneux, Belgium where the French fighter earned the decision.
In my opinion, the result of their second outing goes in favor of Tony who takes the third-round stoppage win.
Fight Night Saint Tropez is a fiesta which includes the dance, laser and water show, helicopters and much more. It is all happening in one of the most glamorous places of the world, known as a city of Rich and Famous.
The official weigh-in ceremony is scheduled for today at the port of Saint Tropez. The lineup can be found below.
Super Middleweight Yohan Lidon vs. Yoann Kongolo
Lightweight Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs. Laetitia Madjene
Super Heavyweight Gregory Tony vs. Frederic Sinistra
80 kg tournament
Giuseppe De Domenico
105 kg tournament