The King of Kings organization (KOK) and Kavkaz Combat Promotions returned to the legendary York Hall in London for another explosive event. Top U.K fighter Kevin Ward survived a stiff challenge from Grzegorz Marko of Poland, while Azerbaijan’s Elkhan Aliyev put on another sensational performance.
Ward, a reigning world champion in the ISKA organization, had to go an extra round in his 85 kg bout with Grzegorz. The Polish warrior put the pressure on the Elite Gym fighter, and connected with some clean punches. Ward began to get the better of the action, and seemed to have the edge after three rounds. One judge scored the bout for each fighter, while the third scored the bout a draw.
Ward started the extra round aggressively, and ate some clean right hands. The UK fighter threw short punches to set up knees to the body in close, and also landed a couple of good kicks to the body. Two of the three judges voted for Ward after the extension round.
Ward acknowledged he got a good challenge from Grzegorz.
“It was a good fight,” he told FightBox HD commentator Daniel Austin.
“A good show to be on,” he said.
“No I didn’t, but it was a good fight,” Ward said, when asked if he thought the fight should have gone an extra round. Ward told Austin he’d like to challenge for the KOK World Middleweight Title in a future KOK appearance.
Azerbaijani Assassin Strikes Again
Returning to the KOK ring and British soil after a one-year absence, Aliyev once again showed the devastating power that made his 2018 debut so memorable. Facing an opponent with 60 professional bouts and international experience, the 24-year-old needed roughly two minutes to score his third consecutive first-round knockout in KOK.
Alivev started out with left hook-right low kick combinations, and used looping right hands to close distance on his taller opponent. Epps absorbed some clean low kicks. After throwing an overhand right, Aliyev sunk a wicked left hook to Epp’s body, and the Bristol resident sunk to the canvas for the ten count.
Matusz, Kamil Sojkowski Prevail
Dominik Matusz, the runner-up in last year’s Lightweight GP to Aliyev, won an extra-round unanimous decision against Liam McGrandle. McGrandle landed some good body and low kicks on Matusz, but the Polish fighter also scored with some good shots, and did the better work in the extension round.
Sojkowski knocked down Bart Horvath three times to win by second-round TKO. The Polish fighter dropped Horvath with a right hand early in round two, then followed up with more punches for a second knockdown. The third down looked like a delayed reaction from a body kick. Horvath shook his head while he was on the canvas and the bout was halted.
Barros Edges Sherlock
In the other main card bout, top-ranked U.K. 72.5 kg fighter Fabio Barros nicked an extra-round decision against the game Kade Sherlock. Not much separated the fighters after three rounds, and the judges couldn’t decide the winner. In the bonus round, Barros connected with some good punches and a kick in the final 30 seconds that probably decided the bout’s outcome.
Full results below.
31 May 2019
KOK Fight Series: London
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Promoters: King of Kings (KOK), Kavkaz Combat Promotions
Broadcast: FightBox HD, KOK Fights TV, Play 7 TV
-85 kg: Kevin Ward (United Kingdom) def. Grzegorz Marko (Poland)-Split Decision (Extra Round)
-71 kg: Elkhan Aliyev (Azerbaijan) def. Nathan Epps (United Kingdom)-KO Round 1 (Left Hook to the Body)
-77 kg: Kamil Sojkowski (Poland) def. Bart Horvath (United Kingdom)-TKO Round 2
-68 kg: Dominik Matusz (Poland) def. Liam McGrandle (United Kingdom)-Extra Round Decision (Unanimous)
-72 kg: Fabio Barros (United Kingdom) def. Kade Sherlock (United Kingdom)-Extra Round Decision (Unanimous)
-77 kg: Jeronimo Sacasas (Spain) def. Alex Leoni (Italy)-KO Round 1 (Body Kick)
-71 kg: Callum Mullen (United Kingdom) def. Robertas Kotas (Lithuania)-TKO (End of Round 1)
-62 kg: Tomas Zdanowski (Poland) def. Erdi Canada (Turkey)-Unanimous Decision
-55 kg (Muay Thai): Elia Dewu (United Kingdom) def. Sassi Kilani (United Kingdom)