LiverKick

Switch to desktop Register Login

Chris Ngimbi Wins W5 Grand Prix XXX Tournament

Historically the 70kg division in kickboxing has been one of the richest in the sport, one of the two divisions that K-1 sunk time and money into, which meant that it attracted big name talent and gave hope to future stars to train hard and that they had a future. That can't be said for every kickboxing division. When we think about the 70kg division the names that will come to mind will undoubtedly be Masato, Andy Souwer, Buakaw, Mike Zambidis, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and Robin van Roosmalen. Sadly, a few of the champions in that division have been a bit lost to time, one of which is Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi was the It's Showtime 70kg Champion during a one of the boom periods of kickboxing. He never quite made it to K-1 during its heyday, but he was still one of the top stars in the division. His loss to Robin van Roosmalen in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament was van Roosmalen's coming out party to the top of the division and since then Ngimbi has sort of been lost in the shuffle. 

This past weekend in Russia the promotion W5 ran two four-man 71kg tournaments and Chris Ngimbi won one of them. While it doesn't herald him as one of the top in the division again just yet, it's an exciting prospect and we are looking forward to his next fight, most likely against the winner of the other tournament, Evgeny Kurovsky. 

Also on the card we saw Cosmo Alexandre once again prove that he belongs in the conversation in the 71kg area with a win over division mainstay Marco Pique. The main event saw a championship bout for the W5 Intercontinental 71kg Championship that saw Enriko Gogokhia defeat Foad Sadeghi via decision for the title. You can check out the full results over at our friend Kiksie.

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

His second novel, Terminus Cycle, is available now via Kindle and Paperback.

Dave (a) LiverKick dot com | @dvewlsh

Website: www.dvewlsh.com
back to top

Copyright 2010 - 2017 LiverKick.com. All Rights Reserved.

Top Desktop version