Romanian promotion Colosseum Tournament held its 15th event Sunday in the city of Oradea. The hard-hitting fight card featured two title clashes, and Romanian legend Alexandre Lungu sent the fans home happy with a big KO in the evening’s main event.
-77 kg: Alexandru Iantoc (Romania) def. Sorin Horvath (Romania)-TKO Round 3
Iantoc (1-0) made a successful pro debut in the opener with a one-sided win over southpaw Horvath (8-5, 5 KOs). Iantoc backed Horvath to the ropes, and let his hands go, with right uppercuts and hooks his weapons of choice.
Horvath fired back sporadically, and seemed tired by round three. Iantoc threw three right hands followed by a high kick that hit arm, before he unleashed a knee that connected with Horvath’s chin. Horvath got up from the knockdown but his corner had seen enough.
-90 kg: Sebastian Lutaniuc (Romania) def. Alexandru Stan (Romania)-Unanimous Decision
The 18-year-old Lutaniuc (5-2, 1 KO) used an effective low kick attack to win by a wide margin against the courageous Stan (2-4).
Lutaniuc hammered his opponent’s lead left leg with low kicks, both to the inside and outside. The low kicks helped set up two knockdowns with left hands upstairs. Alexandru’s leg sported a couple of bruises, but he continued to move and look for openings but was overmatched.
-72.5 kg: Anghel Cardos (Romania) def. Alexandru Voicu (Romania)-Extra Round Split Decision
Veteran Cardos (44-19-1, 10 KOs) edged the younger Voicu (10-3-1, 2 KOs) by a 2-1 margin after the extra round. After a close first round, Voicu seemed to have the edge in round two but tired in the third. Cardos continued to pressure Voicu in the extension round, and got the vote from two judges.
-Heavyweight: Marius Munteanu (Romania) def. Tarik Cherkaoui (Morocco/Netherlands)-KO Round 1 (Left Hook)
Munteanu, the reigning Colosseum Tournament Heavyweight Champion, prevailed late in round one against Dutch-Moroccan Cherkaoui (13-6-2, 8 KOs) in a non-title bout.
Cherkaoui tasted a hard left hook from the champion early. He used a hit and move strategy, and connected with a couple of good shots as Munteanu pressured. Munteanu (38-8-2, 19 KOs) connected with a hard left hook late in the round that dropped Cherkaoui for the count.
Munteanu told ring announcer and commentator Daniel Austin he had “very good” preparation for the bout, and is ready to defend the title he recently won from former champion Costin Mincu.
“I want to know who’s next?,” he said.
-81 kg Title Fight: Adrian Mitu (Romania) def. Oleksandr Gaychudok (Ukraine)-Unanimous Decision
Mitu (39-8, 8 KOs) claimed the inaugural Colosseum Tournament -81 kg Title with a dominant performance against Gaychudok (20-8-3). Mitu patiently pressured the Ukrainian, who sought to fend him off with kicks.
Mitu had Gaychudok on the ropes repeatedly, and hammered him with punches to the body and head. He landed a nice spinning back kick to the body in round three, followed by punches but couldn’t down his durable opponent.
-65 kg: Adrian Maxim (Romania) def. Artyom Grigoryan (Armenia)-Decision
Fighting in front of a hometown crowd, Maxim (21-4) had too much firepower for Grigoryan (8-4, 5 KOs). The Romanian hurt Grigoryan with a body kick in round one, and landed good punches and low kicks during the three-rounder. There were no knockdowns.
-71 kg: Andrei Ostrovanu (Romania) def. Marian Dinu (Romania)-TKO Round 1 (Ostrovanu Wins Colosseum Tournament Lightweight Title)
Ostrovanu (34-6-1, 19 KOs) claimed the Colosseum Tournament Lightweight Title with an emphatic first-round stoppage victory over Dinu (13-5-1, 7 KOs).
Ostrovanu landed a hard low kick that buckled Dinu’s leg. Moments later, a knee to the body hurt Dinu. Ostrovanu followed up, with a right hand knocking out Dinu’s mouthpiece. Dinu was stunned and received an eight-count. His cornerman had seen enough, and the bout was halted.
-Super Heavyweight: Alexandru Lungu (Romania) def. Satish Jhamai (Netherlands)-KO Round 2
The promotion saved the biggest for last as the main event pitted Romanian hero Lungu versus Dutch-Indian challenger Jhamai.
Both men entered the ring with considerable girth (Lungu 160 kg, Jhamai 148 kg). Jhamai, nicknamed “The Crazy Indian”, pawed with the jab and threw slow low kicks.
Lungu, known as the “Bihor Mountain”, landed the first punch of consequence, a right hand set up by the jab. Another right dropped Jhamai, who huffed and puffed back to his corner at the bell after eating more shots.
Lungu closed the show in round two. He knocked down Jhamai a couple of times, and with the crowd cheering, felled him again with a flurry of punches. The fight was halted and Jhamai received some oxygen while he lay on the canvas.
Munteanu was recognized as the night’s Best Fighter and also for Knockout of the Night.
Daniel “Double Duty” Austin called the action at ringside for FightBox HD, and was the English-language ring announcer. The lovely Jessie Banes made the introductions in Romanian, and also sang the Romanian national anthem before the Dinu-Ostrovanu title match.
The event was broadcast on television in Romania, FightBox HD internationally, and also streamed worldwide on Fite TV pay-per-view.