Enfusion kicked off their 2018 season with their first visit to France for Enfusion 60. The main card featured six bouts, including a four man tournament at 72.5 KG and a world title fight. Youssef Challouki of Belgium was the star of the night, overcoming a broken rib to earn a place in the 8 man 100,000 Euro tournament to take place at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Here is a short recap.
Youssef Challouki (Belgium) KO2 Michael Palandre (FRA) 72.5kg Tournament Final
Challouki broke down the less experienced Palandre to win a place in the year end eight man 100,000 Euro tournament in Abu Dhabi. Palandre looked to fight at a distance and score with kicks, but began to wear down by the end of the first round. Challouki lined up Pallandre for a big right that snapped the French fighter’s head back in the second, and another left led to an eight count for Palandre. Challouki kept up the pressure, and scored a knockdown and another eight count to get the win. Belgium’s Challouki fought the final with a broken rib, according to the commentator. His record is now an impressive 27-1(13). Palandre suffered his first pro loss to dip to 9-1.
Hicham El Gaoui (MOR) WD3 Ulrik Bokeme (Congo) 85KG
El Gaoui put the first blemish on the previously unbeaten Bokeme’s record, winning a close three round decision. Bokeme was the aggressor, and landed some nice punches up the middle and around the Moroccan’s high guard. El Gaoui countered well, and scored with nice kicks and knees to the body to get the win.
57Kg Enfusion World Title: Franck Gross (FRA) WD5 Milan Iseli (SWI)
France’s Gross, an accomplished veteran with over 300 fights, won an unpopular decision over Switzerland’s Iseli to win the Enfusion 57KG World Title. The fight was foul-filled, with Gross docked a point for throwing spinning back elbows and Iseli losing points for illegally holding the leg. Grosse complained of fouls to the referee throughout, but seemed to be outlanded by the 21-year-old Iseli. Gross’s leg looked in bad shape in the fifth round from Iseli’s leg kicks. The crowd booed and whistled when the decision was announced. Gross’s record is now an impressive 263-38-2(41). Iseli, who looks like a young fighter to keep an eye on, is now 21-5(9).
Rachid Magmadi (FRA) KO1 Antonin Marconi (FRA) 67KG
Magmadi, a southpaw with over 40 more fights, was too much for Marconi. Magmadi landed with his rear leg to Marconi’s body and legs regularly before ending the bout with a left leg to the head. Marconi beat the count but the referee wisely waved off the fight. Magmadi impoves to 37-11-1(17). Marconi evens out at 4-4(0).
Youssef Challouki (Belgium) WD3 Frédéric Berichon (FRA) 72.5KG Tournament
Berichon started quickly with strong punches and kicks, but by the end of the round Challouki was walking him down. In the second, Challouki snapped Berichon’s head back with a strong left uppercut. Berichon battled back in the third, but Challouki landed more over the course of the three rounds. Berichon is now 56-11(31).
Michael Palandre (FRA) WD3 Marvin Monteiro (Cape Verde) 72.5KG Tournament
After three close rounds, the judges scored the bout for Palandre, who landed clean leg kicks on the busier Monteiro over the course of the bout. Monteiro’s record is now 61-11-2(15).