Sina Karimian of Iran and Boubaker El Bakouri met in the finals of the K-1 Cruiserweight tournament held Monday in Japan.
El Bakouri, representing the Siam Gym, advanced to the finals with stoppage wins over Makoto Uehara and Hitoshi Sugimoto. Karimian also defeated two Japanese opponents to make it to the finals. Karimian defeated “OD Ken” by first round stoppage in the opening round before going the distance against Kenji.
The first cruiserweight tournament title belt was up for grabs when the fighters met in the final.