Wednesday News and Notes: 4 man tournament announced for KOK, Kongolo,

KOK announced a four man tournament in the 71 kg weight class for the KOK 54 event scheduled for February 24 in Riga, Latvia. Kamil Pawlak of Poland, Shonzinyo Abena of the Netherlands, Vitalie Matei of Moldova, and Vecislav Tevinc of Latvia will compete in the semi finals, with the two winners facing off for the title later in the evening.

Pawlak has competed in KOK in the past , and won a three round decision over Marcin Kret in Poland in November. Abena is another KOK vet. He dropped a unanimous decision to Moldova’s Dorel Cristian at KOK 53 in December. Matei is from Moldova, where the promotion is based and a lot of events take place. Tevinc will be the hometown fighter on the card.

KOK 54 also features KOK tournament winner  Zaur Dzavados against Moucine Chafi of Spain in a “Middleweight Final” bout, and some other kickboxing and MMA bouts are scheduled for the card. No info yet on whether the fight card will be available to watch via stream. In the past, KOK have streamed their events on a pay per view basis through Fite.

Kongolo wins WBC Title

Former Glory title challenger Yoann Kongolo hasn’t fought on a Glory show for over six months. The Swiss fighter hasn’t been out of the fight game however. Kongolo has been competing in boxing, and gone 4-0 in the sweet science since his win over Yohan Lidon at Glory.

Last weekend, Kongolo won his first boxing title. The 30 year old outpointed Andrejs Pokumeiko to win a WBC International title in Riga, Latvia. Kongolo won a unanimous decision to improve his pro boxing record to 11-0(4). The victory will likely move Kongolo up in the ratings, as regional titles help fighters climb the rankings ladder. Congrats to Yoann Kongolo for his boxing success, and hopefully we will see him compete in kickboxing again someday.

Moraza-Pollard defends belt at Lion Fights 40 Saturday

A local publication did a nice write up on Lion Fights cruiserweight champion Chip Moraza-Pollard, who hails from the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. An interesting fact about Moraza-Pollard is he is an MMA fighter who transitioned to kickboxing instead of the other way around.   Moraza-Pollard defends his title Saturday night against New Zealand based Russian Slava Alexeichik in the main event of Lion Fights 40. The short and interesting read can be found here.

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