On Sunday in Shanghai, Kunlun Fight held its fifth anniversary gala. The event included a ladies super fight, an eight-man 100+ kg tournament, and also the finals of the 2018 KLF World Max 70 kg Championships.
In the 70 kg tournament, Moroccan-Dutch fighter Marouan Toutouh advanced to the finals with a decision win over 2014 champion Dzianis Zuev. Former GLORY champion Davit Kiria won the other semifinal with an impressive third-round TKO win over China’s Feng Xinli. Kiria knocked down Feng three times with body shots to earn a convincing victory.
The Kiria-Toutouh final went as expected. The shorter Kiria pressured Toutouh and looked to land big punches. After a close round one, Toutouh seemed to have the edge in round two, and also did well in round three, even executing a couple of nice sweeps on the Georgian warrior. Kiria wasn’t discouraged, and landed some hard punches near the end of the round that seemed to shake the Morroccan fighter.
Before the decision was announced, the question was whether Kiria’s late flurries earned him the third round and the fight? The Georgia fighter was the aggressor for most of the match, and the first and third rounds seemed tight. Kunlun Fight judges often favor the fighter who is coming forward.
The judges’ decision was announced, and Kuria’s aggression and heavier blows were favored by scores of 29-29, 29-28, 30-29, 30-29, and 30-29.
Toutouh was visibly upset Sunday after the decision was announced.
Today, the fighter took to social media to give his thoughts on the judging in the Kuria bout. In Toutouh’s view, the decision was “ridiculous”.
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Yesterday I fought the final 4-men tournament of the big Kunlun Fight 70kg championship. First fight was against a good opponent Dzianis Zuev. It was a good fight and I won that fight convincingly. After that fight I got only one fight to rest and then I had to fight the finals?🤷🏽♂️ This was against Davit Kiria. This is our third time facing each other. After three rounds the judges gave the fight to him. This dissicion was ridiculous. The whole fight I was making the fight and scoring far more points then him. I can’t do nothing about it, this is what they wanted from the beginning. They are trying to protect there own contracted fighter. The people who watch the fight all over the world will see the ignorence! I know I am THE REAL KUNLUN 70kg 2018 WORLDCHAMPION! Special thanks to my sponsor #ITBuilding #VosGym #BoraGym #Alhamdoulilah #AllahoeAkbar