ACB Kickboxing returned to Russia for ACB KB 17: Land of Great Victories. A lively crowd at the Ice Palace in Pskov, Russia witnessed a solid night of fights, including a couple of knockouts and some upsets.
Jhonata Diniz (BRA) def. Mikhail Tuterev (RUS)-TKO 1 Heavyweights
Diniz came out looking to impose his size advantage (height and and nearly 10 kg in weight) on the smaller Tuterev. Tuterev seemed to find his boxing range, and landed a couple of good punches. Late in the round, Diniz connected with a big right hand that dropped Tuterev. Tuterev beat the count but was unable to continue, and the fight was stopped. Diniz, the former ACB heavyweight champion, is now 16-7. Tuterev is 32-8.
Jonatan Oliveira (BRA) def. Vitaly Gurkov (BLR)-TKO 2 77 kg
Glory veteran Oliveira scored an upset over Gurkov, a Kunlun Fight tournament champion, stopping the Belarus fighter early in round two. Both men landed good right hands in round one, and Gurkov looked to work the inside low kick as Oliveira came forward. In round two with Gurkov against the ropes, the two exchanged blows and Oliveira landed a right hand over the top to the temple area. Gurkov went down and beat the count, but was still shaky and the bout was stopped. Oliveira is now 22-10. Gurkov’s record now stands at 96-14.
Alexander Stetsurenko (RUS) def. Pavel Provashinskiy (BLR)- Unanimous Decision 80 kg
Stetsurenko, a Kunlun Fight and W5 champion, dominated Provashinskiy en route to a clear unanimous points win. Stetsurenko landed effectively to the body and head with hooks and right hands, and the pressure wore Provashinskiy down. The less experienced Provashinkskiy tried to keep Stetsurenko off and move, but he was tiring. It looked like Stetsurenko would end the fight early but Provashinskiy lasted the distance. In the third round, Provashinkskiy lost his mouth guard from a Stetsurenko punch combination. Stetsurenko improves to 63-14. Provashinskiy is now 8-5.
Dmitry Varets (BLR) def. Damian Johansen (NLD)- Unanimous Decision 67 kg
Varets got the better of Johansen in a physical encounter. Johansen was warned for clinching, and Varets threw him to the ground several times in the third round. A headbutt opened a cut near the right eyebrow of Varets in the second round. Varets improves to 27-10. Johansen suffers his seventh loss, and his record now stands at 62-2-7.
Maxim Sulgin (RUS) def. Djibril Ehouo (FRA)- Unanimous Decision 77.5kg
Russia’s Sulgin defeated the vastly more experienced Ehouo with volume. Ehouo landed the more damaging shots, but Sulgin threw more strikes and scored more points, and kept working late in the bout as he tired. Sulgin improves to 8-2. Djibril Grizzly is now 66-5.
Alexander Grinchuk (RUS) def. Beybulat Isaev (RUS)- Decision Heavyweights
Isaev was the sharper fighter early, and appeared to stun Grinchuk with a right hand during an exchange in round two. Dagestan’s Isaev began to tire in round two, and Grinchuk was applying pressure. Round three was also close, with Isaev looking to land low kicks and Grinchuk coming forward. The judges gave Grinchuk the edge. Grinchuk improves to 8-5. Isaev is now 9-2.
Alexey Bliznev (BLR) def. Sergey Zaspa (RUS)-Decision 57 kg
Bliznev, a 32-year-old making his pro kickboxing debut, won a close decision over Zaspa in the opening bout. Zaspa was the aggressor, but he may have spent two much energy early, because by round two he seemed to be tiring and his punches lost steam. Bliznev began to score with the low kick, and looked to score with body shots. Zaspa continued to come forward in round three, but Bliznev outscored him for the win. Zaspa is now 1-2. Bliznev 1-0.
Honorary guests for the event included Russian Olympic wrestling legend Alexander Karelin, K-1 great Remy Bonjasky, and kickboxing and MMA star Sergey Kharitonov. Mike Diamondz was the ring announcer.
The event was in memory of Russian military hero A.V. Lebed, and streamed worldwide on ACB TV on YouTube. The fight card was also broadcast live in Russia on the Match Boets TV channel.