News & Notes: KOK Makes History, Askerov Opponent Named, WFL Confirms Fight for Sunday

KOK 56 Fight Poster

KOK 56 First Female Title Fight
KOK 56 takes place on Saturday in Chisinau, Moldova. It’s a historic night for the organization, as KOK will crown their first female champion. Esma Hasshass, trained by Nick Hemmers and representing the Hemmer’s Gym in the Netherlands, will face Moldovan Nadejda Cantir for the KOK Women’s title.

The 20-year-old Hasshass is best known for competing in the Glory Super Bantamweight Tournament, where she lost to eventual winner Tiffany Van Soest by decision in the tournament’s opening round. She’s competed under the KOK banner a couple of times since, and defeated Cantir by split decision the first time the fighters met. Cantir won a decison over Daria Puntus of Russia in December at KOK 53. It’s the first fight of 2018 for Hasshass-she was scheduled to fight Cantir in December but was injured in a car accident. The fight is scheduled for 5 rounds, and available for pay-per-view purchase from Fite TV.

Askerov Opponent Announced
K-1 and GLORY veteran Dzhabar Askerov now has an opponent for his fight at ACB KB 15 on April 20 in Moscow. The promotion announced Monday that Askerov will face Austria’s Sasa Jovanovic. Jovanovic has competed for the W5 organization, and also fought for the Dubai Fight promotion.

Fernando Groenhart Returns Sunday
The WFL announced that Fernando Groenhart, a Mike’s Gym fighter and brother of former GLORY welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart, will fight on their event this Sunday March 25 in Almere, Netherlands. Groenhart faces Jay Overmeer. Groenhart fought in Melbourne, Australia, in early March where he lost a decision to Brad Riddell. WFL 25 is scheduled to be streamed free of charge (outside the Netherlands only I think), and there are some four man tournaments scheduled, as well as a number of superfights.

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