The latest edition of the Tatneft Cup was held Thursday at the Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Russia. Six fights took place on the main card with the winners guaranteed spots in the quarterfinals. GLORY and Enfusion veteran Youssef Assouik, ACB KB veteran Sher Mamazulunov, and young Mike’s Gym fighter Fabio Kwasi all won their respective bouts. Here are the results and brief recaps. The event was broadcast on YouTube, Instagram, and FightBox HD. The next Tatneft Cup event takes place on June 27.
Igor Darmeshkin (RUS) WD4 Cristian Ristea (ROM)-80kg +
A heavyweight slugfest that had the fans in the arena cheering. Russia’s Darmeshkin hit Ristea with some solid shots but couldn’t drop the tough Romanian. Under Tatneft World Cup rules, an extra round is required when there are no knockdowns in the first 3 rounds. Darmeshkin had the edge in the last round, and the judges voted for him as the winner.
Sher Mamazulunov (UBE) WD3 Daniel Stefanovski (SWI)-80kg
Mamazulunov stunned Stefanovski early with a right hand, and battered the Superkombat champion in the first round. Mamzulunov landed some big right hands. Stefanovski covered up and fired back on occasion, but an eight count was called after he was knocked back to the ropes. Another combination dropped Stefanovski near the bell. Mamzulunov got the better of the action in the last two rounds but Stefanovski is a true warrior and came forward and tried to win. Mamazulunov improves to 12-0-5(3). Stefanovski is now 13-0-3(8).
Youssef Assouik (DEN) WD3 Muslimbek Omonov (UZE)-70kg
Omonov had some moments early but a knee to the body knocked the Uzbek down late in the first round. Youssef was the much taller guy, and walked down Omonov with a high guard, punishing him with knees and kicks to the body. Omonov was tiring late in the fight and ate some solid knees. Clear win for Assouik, who improves to 46-0-6(17). Omonov is now 6-0-1, but showed his toughness in battling a much more experienced foe.
Fabio Kwasi (HOL) TKO2 Maksim Sazontsev (RUS)-80kg +
The hard punching Kwasi, a 22-year-old fighting out of Mike’s Gym, was too much for the bigger Sazontsev, a Russian Muay Thai stylist. Kwasi had Sazontsev in trouble late in the first round with punches. Sazontsev was very hittable, and Kwasi finished him off in the second. Kwasi dropped Sazontsev and after a second eight count, Kwasi kept up the pressure and Sazontsev turned his back and the fight was waved off.
Matej Kozubovsky (CZE) WD4 Maldin Hamzai (ALB)-80kg
Kozubovsky showed good hands as he caught Hamzai with clean straight shots repeatedly as the Albanian came forward. Sometimes, Kozubovsky would end his combos with low kicks, and it didn’t seem like Hamzai could take damage for three rounds. Hamzai showed his durability. No knockdowns so once again an extra round. In the extra round, Kozubovsky let his hands go and came forward, as Hamzai was the more tired of the two. Kozubovsky improves to 16-1-3(8) with the win. Hamzai slips to 40 wins, 1 draw, 10 losses.
Tadeusz Ruzhechka (CZE) WD4 Alexander Skvortsov (RUS)-70kg
Ruzhechka had a good first round, connecting with some solid punches. Skortsov took control in the second round, scoring with teeps and also landing some good punches to the head and body. It was a kickboxing style of Ruzhechka against a Muay Thai stylist in Skvortsov. Skvortsov seemed to have a slight advantage in the third, but Ruzhechka was the fighter coming forward. Ruzhechka came forward in the fourth and was awarded the decision, as the Tatneft judging favors aggression.