International kickboxing returned to Slovakia with Simply the Best 16 Kosice promoted by Lukas Body and Petr Lamac at Steel Arena on October 14. The event was the second show in the city following “Rebuy Stars Fight Night” presented in June. It was also the fourth “STB” series in the country with three previous episodes produced in Poprad.
The program featured a series of kickboxing, boxing and MMA bouts, with three WKN titles contested on the night. The roster included the A-list Slovakian athletes up against international opponents, representing Belarus, Egypt, Poland, Lithuania, France, Romania and Czech Republic.
In the main event Slovakian Vladimir Morarcik faced off Belarusian Yuri Bessmertny. The pair battled out for WKN International super middleweight belt. The bout went the distance, with the result proclaimed by the judges as a unanimous draw.
In the co-main event “Slovakian Giant” Tomas Mozny stopped Egyptian-Polish Ayman Hassanin in the first round. Also on the card Pavol Garaj defeated Czech Matous Kohout, claiming WKN International middleweight title. Lithuanian Mixed Martial Artists Sergej Grecicho caused an upset when he took the third-round stoppage against local Miroslav Strbak, as well as WKN International welterweight belt. In addition French middleweight Bakari Tounkara KO’d Slovakian Vladimir Idranyi.
A charity campaign supporting Smile at Me association took place at the event. Complete results and photo report can be found below.
Kickboxing super middleweight Vladimir Moravcik vs. Yuri Bessmertny end in a draw
Kickboxing super heavyweight Tomas Mozny def. Ayman Hassanin via first-round knockout
MMA Super cruiserweight Pavol Langer def. Rokas Stambrauskas via unanimous decision
Kickboxing super heavyweight Georgij Fibich def. Valentin Bordianu via unanimous decision
Boxing super cruiserweight Radoslav Estoczin def. Mateusz Rybarski via unanimous decision
Kickboxing middleweight Pavol Garaj def. Matous Kohout via unanimous decision
Kickboxing super middleweight Bakari Tounkara def. Vladimir Idranyi via third-round KO
MMA welterweight Sergej Grecicho def. Miroslav Strbak via TKO R3
Kickboxing Super light heavyweight Adrian Valentin def. Vladislav Fostenko via unanimous decision
Kickboxing super welterweight Milan Pales def. Ruslan Kushnirenko via TKO R3
Boxing super bantamweight Martin Parlagi def. Krzysztof Rogowski via TKO R3
Kickboxing super welterweight Stefan Meszaros def. Martin Gano via decision
MMA super heavyweight Alexandr Cverna def. Kristof Nataska via TKO R2