Levi Rigters, the young Dutch fighter and current Enfusion heavyweight champion, will make his first title defense against Nidal Bchiri of Belgium on 23 February in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Promoter FightSense made the announcement Monday.
Rigters won the vacant title with a decision victory against Slovakian veteran Martin “Paco” Pacas last month. The title was held previously by Luis Tavares, who moved down in weight to the 95 kg weight category and now competes for Glory Kickboxing.
Bchiri scored a big win in September when he defeated K-1 and Glory veteran Errol Zimmerman at Enfusion 70.
The Rigters-Bchiri bout is the second title fight announced for the Eindhoven event. Enfusion 63 kg champion Soufiane Kaddouri will also defend his belt against Germany’s Andrej Bruhl. Bruhl defeated Kaddouri by decision in a non-title bout at the “Enfusion Belt Night” event held 27 October in Oberhausen, Germany.
A number of top fighters have already been announced for the Eindhoven event, including former champion Nordin van Roosmalen and Hassan Toy.