The King of Kings organization (KOK) returns on 27 April with its debut event in Celje, Slovenia. KOK 72 includes the first round of the 2019 KOK World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.
In the meantime, here’s some recent news involving the KOK promotion.
Maslobojev Returning to MMA
KOK World Light Heavyweight Champion Sergej Maslobojev is returning to MMA. The Lithuanian star, nicknamed “Kuvalda” (Sledgehammer), will compete against an opponent to be named at the MMA Bushido 77 event taking place on 03 May in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Maslobojev last competed in MMA competition in 2012, according to MMA record keeping website Tapology. His record in MMA is listed at 10-6, but the fighter won 6 of his last 8 MMA bouts before focusing on kickboxing.
Maslobojev is expected to compete for top Japanese MMA organization Rizin in 2019. KOK President Donatas Simanaitis did an interview with Daniel Austin of FightBox earlier this year, and announced the plans.
The champ is expected to return to kickboxing later in the year to defend his KOK World Title in the autumn.
World Champion Ward Scheduled for London Card
KOK and Kavkaz Combat Promotions are collaborating on another event at the legendary York Hall in London on 31 May. Last year’s event featured plenty of excitement, and some notable names in British kickboxing are scheduled for this year’s show.
Kevin Ward, the reigning ISKA Light Heavyweight K-1 Rules World Champion, faces Grzegorz Marko in an 85 kg weight category bout. The bout is scheduled for 3 rounds under KOK rules, so Ward’s title won’t be at stake.
Marko is a Polish fighter based in the U.K. He fights out of the Perun Muay Thai gym.
Other fighters announced include Reon “The Beast” Wong. Wong returns to KOK after a tough battle against top middleweight contender Raimonds Aukstikalnis in February. Wong lost the decision, but gained new fans with his courageous effort against the more experienced Aukstikalnis. For this bout, “The Beast” is moving back up to the 93 kg category. Wong faces Rhys Brudenell, fighting out of the Prizefighters Aldershot Gym with a listed record of 8-1.
Also announced for the card is GLORY veteran Christi “Blonde Boom” Brereton. Brereton defeated Nicola Kaye by decision at the GLORY 54 event in the UK last June.
Fabio Barros, the top ranked 72.5 kg K-1 rules fighter in the U.K, faces Kade Sherlock. Barros is a teammate of Wong-both men train under Master Sam Nankani at the KO South Gym in London.
New Opponent for Konsky
KOK lightweight contender Vladimir “The Terminator” Konsky has a new opponent for his bout at KOK 72 on 27 April. Konsky was scheduled to face FFC champ Samo Petje in an intriguing 71 kg match up. Unfortunately, the fight won’t happen at the KOK 72 event.
Konsky’s new opponent is Cedo Pantic, a fighter representing Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pantic recently picked up a victory against Chris Obiango at the Zam Zam 2019 event in Germany.