KOK returned to the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia Saturday for the first event of the 2019 season.
A large and enthusiastic crowd watched an entertaining night of action.
Latvian middleweight fighters Jurijs Orlovs and Raimonds Aukstikalnis both prevailed in exciting bouts against Holland’s Mike Sprangh and Reon Wong of the U.K.
In a ladies boxing bout, Veronika Shiryaeva made a successful pro debut with a decision victory against Laura Gubina.
There was also an MMA heavyweight fight. Daniels Riekstins defeated Stas Romanov of Holland by first round submission.
Full results are below from the KOK World Series and FightBox KOK Hero’s Series.
KOK World Series Results
-85 kg: Jurijs Orlovs (Latvia) def. Mike Sprangh (Netherlands)-Extra Round Decision
Orlovs outworked Sprangh in the extra round to get the victory, and put himself in position for a future shot at the middleweight title. It was a give and take battle, with both men landing some quality shots. It looked like Sprangh knocked down Orlovs in round one with a right hand, but the ref did not score a knockdown.
-85 kg: Raimonds Aukstikalnis (Latvia) def. Reon Wong (Great Britain)-Unanimous Decision
Number one contender Aukstikalnis and Britain’s Wong put on an outstanding battle, with the Latvian taking control late. The two fighters were on fairly even terms, with Aukstikalnis looking to score with boxing and Wong trying to connect with knees. Late in round two, Aukstikalnis seemed to find his groove with his boxing. In round three, the Latvian stunned Wong with a left hook, and followed up. Wong was given an eight count while groggy on the ropes. The action resumed, and the courageous Wong kept battling until the final bell.
Aukstikalnis got the well earned decision, and looks ahead to a world title fight.
-65 kg: Janis Freimanis (Latvia) def. Evgenii Gaun (Russian Federation)-TKO Round 2
-77 kg: Chico Kwasi (Netherlands) def. Denis Makowski (Poland)-Unanimous Decision
FightBox KOK Hero’s Series 2019 Results
+100 kg: (MMA Bushido Rules): Daniels Riekstins (Latvia) def. Stas Romanov (Holland)-Round 1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
-71 kg (MMA Bushido Rules): Osvalds Federovic (Lithuania) def. Arturs Leisans (Latvia)- Round 2 via Referee Stoppage (Strikes)
-71 kg: Deividas Michnevicius (Lithuania) def. Eduards Misins (Latvia)-Unanimous Decision
-85 kg: Naglis Kanisauskas (Lithuania) DRAW Ilja Ivanov (Latvia)
-54 kg (Boxing): Veronika Shiryaeva (Latvia) def. Laura Gubina (Latvia)-Decision
Aleksandr Cerkesov (Latvia) def. Marat Axmiedov (Russian Federation)-Unanimous Decision (U-18 Baltic WAK-1F Title Fight)