KOK World Lightweight Champion Henrikas Viksraitis will defend his title against Dutch challenger Ilyas Boukyoua at KOK 80 on 16 November. The news was first reported by the Sportas LT website.
Viksraitis will be defending his belt for the second time. He retained the title in September with a five-round decision win over fellow Lithuanian Mindaugas Narauskas. Viksraitis won the belt in March with a controversial points win against Vitalie Matei at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania, the same venue where KOK 80 is taking place.
The champion has never lost a bout in KOK competition, and he’ll look to maintain his perfect record against Boukyoua.
Boukyoua is a member of Dutch legend Peter Aerts’ team. Fighting in his opponent’s hometown shouldn’t worry the challenger-he’s already fought in Bulgaria and Russia twice this year. Boukyoua advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s Tatneft Cup, where he lost to Russia’s Ivan Kondratiev.
The Viksraitis-Boukyoua title bout is the third kickboxing bout announced for the KOK 80 event.
KOK 80 will celebrate the promotion’s 20th year in the fight business. Both KOK-rules kickboxing and MMA bouts will be held at the event.