WGP 57 Set for September

Brazilian promotion WGP Kickboxing officially announced its next event Monday.

The organization returns to the famed fight city of Curitiba, Brazil on 13 September, with an event featuring a four-man light middleweight (71.8 kg) tournament and a women’s title unification bout between Brazilians Nina Loch and Julie Werner.

Recent title challenger Petros Cabelinho, who lost a controversial decision to reigning WGP Light Middleweight Champion Bruno Gazani in April, is participating in the tournament.

Also in action is Robson Minotinho, the organization’s second-ranked contender in the weight category. Minotinho faced Russian prospect Vasily Semenov at Fair Fight IX last month in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He had trouble with the taller Semenov, and got stopped in the second round.

Top five contenders Eliezer Silva (#4) and Marcos Carvalho (#5) round out the tournament field.

Loch is the reigning WGP Women’s Lightweight Champion (60 kg). Werner is the interim champion, a title she won in December at WGP #52 with a high-kick KO of Andrea Salazar.

The winner of the Loch-Werner bout may have to face Salazar next. The Argentine won a four-woman Challenger GP tournament at WGP 56 in Buenos Aires earlier this month.

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