KOK and Kavkaz Combat Promotions brought KOK 58 to the historic York Hall in London, England. In an entertaining event, young Elkhan Aliyev made a statement with two first round knockout victories to claim the 71kg tournament title. Kazadi Mwamba prevailed over Fraser Weightman in an all-England battle. Spain’s Marcos San Paulina seemed fortunate to get a split decision victory over veteran Eduard Mammadov.
Elkhan Aliyev (AZE) def. Dominic Matusz (POL)-KO1 (Aliev wins KOK 58 71kg Tournament)
Aliyev, 23, needed less than a round to defeat the tough Pole. Matusz fought a tough three rounds in the semifinals while Alivev had a quick knockout win. Matusz also seemed to have an elbow injury from his semifinal bout with Barros.
Matusz tried to land a high kick around Aliyev’s high guard. Both fighters landed during an early exchange. Aliyev landed a solid left hook to the body that made Matusz gasp. Moments later, Aliyev landed a left hook upstairs that hurt Matusz and made him turn away for an eight count. Aliyev continued to pressure Matusz with a follow up flurry. A left hook to the body folded Matusz, and Aliyev followed up with a knee. Matusz went down and could not beat the count. Aliyev is now 9-0(6). Matusz is 10-6.
Kazadi Mwamba (ENG) def. Fraser Weightman (ENG)-KO3 93kg
The bout started at a quick pace, with the two fighters standing in front of one another. Mwamba landed a knee upstairs that rocked Weightman, but he recovered and threw some nice combinations at the end of the round. Weightman landed a nice push kick to the face in round two, and Mwamba continued to come forward. Weightman seemed to have the edge on points after two. In the third, Mwamba landed a right hand during an exchange that hurt Weightman again. A follow up right hand knocked Weightman flat on his back. Weightman went down hard and a medical staff came into the ring, but the ref continued the count and Weightman was counted out. Weightman fought at GLORY 54 in June, losing a decision to Danyo Ilunga.
Marcos San Paulina (SPA) def. Eduard Mammadov (AZE)-Split Decision 63kg
In a tough 63kg battle, Spain’s San Paulina was a close winner over Mammadov, nicknamed “The White Wolf. Mammadov is a crafty fighter, and he was able to land some good shots and block or move away from the bigger San Paulina. Mammadov seemed to edge both the first and second rounds with more shots landed, including some good punches and low kicks. San Paulina came forward in the third, and got the better of some of the exchanges and got the decision.
Elkhan Aliyev (AZE) def. Kade Sherlock (ENG)-TKO1 71kg Tournament Semifinal
The powerfully built Aliyev remained unbeaten with a first round stoppage over England’s Sherlock. Aliyev was getting the better of the early going, then dropped Sherlock with a left hook to the body. Sherlock was badly hurt but managed to beat the count. Sherlock tried to fight back, but Aliyev scored with a big left hook. Aliyev followed up with a flurry of punches, mixing shots upstairs and downstairs, and then threw a body kick. Sherlock went down and beat the count again. The referee decided to end the fight. Aliyev is now 8-0(5). Sherlock is 24-9.
Dominic Matusz (POL) def. Fabio Barros (ENG)-Unanimous Decision 71kg Tournament Semifinal
Matusz earned a unanimous decision over Barros by outscoring the British fighter. Matusz was the more active fighter early, as Barros seemed to be taking his time to study Matusz. Matusz landed a couple of good body kicks in round one, and outscored his opponent again in round two. Barros pressed the action in the third and landed a couple of good body kicks. Matusz was the clear winner however based on points scored. Matusz improves to 10-5. Barros is now 15-1-8.
The event was streamed live on the KOK Fights website. Sandy Holt of the UK called the action. Rytis Kuzmenca was the ring announcer. KOK returns in August with an event in Turkey.