Kickboxing News and Notes: Yodsonklai, Rico, DSF Challenge, Holzken

Yodsonklai Fairtex Wins Comeback Bout Buakaw wasn't the only Thai legend seeing action this week in China. Yodsonklai Fairtex faced Enriko Kehl of Germany on a Wu Lin Feng promoted event in Shenzhen, China. It was Yodsonklai's first fight since he announced he was returning to the ring after a brief retirement. Kehl came to fight, and he took it to the Thai legend. Yodsonklai started to get his groove around the two minute mark of the first round, and he knocked Kehl back with a big punch.  Fairtex  landed some solid punches and round kicks to the body during the fight, and his better quality work earned him the decision over the game Kehl.
Rico Glory Fighter of the Year Glory Kickboxing announced Saturday that heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven won the 2017 Fighter of the Year award. Verhoeven retained his title with a last round stoppage of Jamal Ben Siddik in their December grudge rematch. Verhoeven beat out welterweight champion Murthel Groenhart, who won the title from Cedric Doumbe,  and super bantamweight champion Anissa Meksen for top honors. DSF Kickboxing Challenge 13 Results Wroclaw, Poland DSF Kickboxing Challenge 13 took place Saturday night in Wroclaw, Poland. Max  Bratkowicz of Poland became the first ever DSF  Kickboxing Challenge champion with a win over fellow Pole Matt Kubiszyn. Dawida Zoltaszka aka "Big Dave" is best known in kickboxing for his wars with Cristian Ristea last year in Superkombat. Zoltaszka won his bout Saturday. In a slow paced five rounder, Michal Turynski won a decision over Dzevad "BH Machine" Poturak to retain his WAKO Pro Super Heavyweight title. The legendary Ernesto Hoost was in Poturak's corner. In another title bout, Yuri Zhukovsky of Belarus outpointed Eliasz Jankowski to win the WAKO Pro Light Welterweight championship. Holzken Wins Boxing Bout Former Glory welterweight champion Nieky Holzken won his boxing bout Saturday in Helmond, Netherlands. Holzken stopped Viktor Polyakov in the second round to improve his professional boxing record to 13-0(10). Holzken hurt the Russian with a body shot in the second and became the first fighter to stop Polyakov, who had never been knocked out before. Hopefully, we'll see Holzken back in the Glory ring soon.
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