ACB Kickboxing caught up with the ACB KB 77 kg champion, Perviz “The Cobra” Abdullaev. The Azerbaijani fighter didn’t fight on the recent ACB KB 16 and 17 events, and said he is taking a break from competition.
“After the tournament (ACB KB 15 in April) I decided to rest, more to be with my family,” he said. “However, I did not stop training for one day, because sport is my way of life and always accompanies me, even on vacation.”
Abdullaev won the inaugural 77 kg title with a hard-fought stoppage win against Islam Baibatyrov. Baibatyrov hurt Abdullaev with a punch in the second round, but “The Cobra” survived and won the fight when Baibatyrov retired on his stool after the third.
Baibatyrov said afterward that he was weakened by food poisoning during the bout. Abdullaev agreed to a rematch, so it’s possible the two fighters will again collide at an ACB KB event in the near future.
In the meantime, Abullaev will continue to spend time with his family and train students at his gym. He’s watching ACB KB events “with great interest”. After his retirement, he plans to continue in the sport of kickboxing.
“Sport is my life,” he said. “I know that someday I’ll turn from an athlete into a coach. My goal in life is to prepare a pleiad of new young fighters who will bring Azerbaijan a large number of medals.”
(Translated from Russian)