Weekend Results: Romanian Legend Wins Farewell, Dzhavadov, Tenshin

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There were some notable fights this weekend, as Colosseum Tournament promoted a farewell fight for Romanian legend Ionut Atodiresei.

Former KOK champion Zaur Dzhavadov was in action in Latvia, and the RISE World Series continued in Osaka, Japan.

Here are some brief results.

Romanian Legend Wins Farewell Fight
In Faltaceni, Romania, Romanian legend Ionut “Pitbull” Atodiresei prevailed in his farewell bout. Atodiresei defeated Italy’s Fabrizio Conti by decision in the headline bout at the Colosseum Tournament 14 gala.

The 37-year-old Atodiresei is a veteran of professional kickboxing and also competed in mixed martial arts. He once held the WAKO Pro K-1 Rules World Light Welterweight Title, and competed for the popular Superkombat promotion a few years ago. Atodiresei has fought over 60 professional kickboxing bouts, according to a Romanian press report.

“I was excited to tears before the game, here I came back, I saw Fabrizio Conti with a craving desire to win, he sent me once to the floor though it was my turn, anyway. I felt victorious I will put this belt in place of honor next to the other belts, you will see me as coach, referee and involved in other projects,” Atodiresei told the Digisports website.

Top Romanian heavyweight Sebastian Cozmanca also won his bout. Cozmanca defeated Tarik Charkaoui of the Netherlands by stoppage.

Dzhavadov Wins in Latvia
Former KOK World Welterweight Champion Zaur Dzhavadov was in action over the weekend at the LNK Fight Night 12 event held in Lielupe, Latvia. The hard-hitting Dzhavadov faced Georgia’s Giorgi Kankava in the only K-1 rules bout on the multi-discipline fight card.

Kankava gave a good effort against Dzhavadov, but began to feel the Latvian’s power in the final round. All three judges scored the bout for Dzhavadov. There were no knockdowns or eight-counts scored on either fighter.

Nasukawa Advances in RISE World Series
Japan’s RISE organization held the semifinals of its RISE World Series 2019 tournament Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Japanese superstar Tenshin Nasukawa defeated Serkim PK Saenchai of Thailand by third round TKO to advance to the -58 kg tournament final. Naskuwa will face fellow Japanese Shiro, who defeated Rungkit Wor.Sanprapai.

In the -61 kg semifinals, Japanese veteran Genji Umeno won a unanimous decision against Korea’s Chanhyeong Lee, while Taiju Shiratori defeated Seksan Or Kwanmuang also on points.

The finals for the competition are now set, with four Japanese fighters fighting for the tournament championships.

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