Enfusion Live #27 in Tenerife earlier today. The card had some great match ups and quite a few upsets. I'd say the biggest one being the Jonay Risco's extra round win over Andy Souwer. The fight was close with Souwer pushing the pace and landing the more powerful strikes but Risco was countering with fast combos that didn't seem to have much steam on them, suppose it all depended on what the judges liked. Also Amansio "The Viking" Paraschiv dropped a 3 round decision to Elam Ngor who was probably Paraschiv's biggest test.
1. Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2. Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Anissa Meksen (France)
3. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs Elam NGor (Senegal)
WINNER POINTS Elam NGor (Senegal)
4. Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Rafael Llodra (France)
5. Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
WINNER POINTS AFTER A 4th RD Jonay Risco (Spain)
6. Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)
WINNER AND STILL 95kg Enfusion World Title Mohamed Boubkari
We had the pleasure to interview none other than Mr. "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry today. Definitely one of the best interviews I've ever had the opportunity to do, his charisma and humor really makes our job easy. We spoke about everything from how he got his nickname to, wedgies, to what he likes to eat and I just had to add some of his voice notes because writing it out just doesn't do it justice. **sorry but audio won't play on mobile devices**
LK: What about the upcoming tournament? What do you think of your first opponent Everett Sims and also who you will face in the final?
Chopper: I'm stoked about the tournament! Really looking forward to showing what I have to offer & to get 2 more scalps to my name! Wooha! Everett looks the part but he ain't the part! There's only enough cash in the budget for 1 leading man in this epic motion picture and that's me! Whoever I face in the final is fine with me but I'd prefer to face Vigney so I can show him who's the boss man!
LK: What do you think of Maurice Jackson he says he's also 6 foot 9 but his record on the glory site is 31-0?
LK: I forgot to ask you about ethnicity, I've had probably 10 people ask me what your background was, so I figured this was a good time to ask.
Chopper: I'm like Perseus, the son of a beautiful mortal & a god, haha. My mother is Welsh/Israeli/English. My father is straight up Guyanese. So that makes me some kinda super shit!
LK: One last question and we are done but its 4 questions in one.
1. Hardest puncher you've fought?
2. Hardest kicker?
3. Hardest fight?
4. Favourite fighter (can be anyone real or fake)
Chopper:1. Alistair Overeem (technically it was sparring but it may aswell have been a fight lol he goes hard)
2. Alain Ngalani. The guy had rhino legs attached to a gorilla lol.
3. Probably my debut. I completely snapped my 1st & 2nd metacarpal in my hand in the first exchange so I had to fight with a completely fucked hand (haha still won tho)
4. Favourite fighter has gotta be "The Rock". It's fake and all but we all know it's fake yet we STILL watch it. The Rock just has that wow factor.
LK: HAHA perfect anything else you would like to add for fans, sponsors, other fighters etc?
Chopper: Shout out to you guys for having me! My very loyal supporters, nothing but love back at ya. My newly aquired haters, hahaha get used to me, I'm just getting started! My loving family & friends for unrivaled support. My sponsors Golds Gym, Hooligans United & I'm a beast apparel. If you hadn't heard.... "Chopper's Coming!"
While not exactly on Badr Hari's "hit list," the next fight announced for the Golden Boy is none other than Romania's favorite dancing politician with heavy hands, Catalin Morosanu. Morosanu is one of Romania's toughest exports and is pretty much physically incapable of having a boring fight, which is a good thing for fans. Chances are when they step into the ring together that there will be a lot of leather thrown and that Morosanu will be fearless against Hari, something that not many fighters can say.
The fight was announced at the GFC event today and the implication is that the fight would go down in May. There is a SuperKombat event in May, which makes a lot of sense for such a big fight like this and would draw some eyes to SuperKombat. It looks like this might be pushed back to the Fall, though. Who really knows? It's Badr Hari and he doesn't really adhere to strict schedules.
GFC Fight Series 3 went down this afternoon in Dubai and I think that we can officially put a fork in Dubai as a venue for kickboxing after GLORY 20 and GFC 3 and consider it done. There doesn't seem to be many -- if any -- kickboxing fans there. The show went on regardless and there were some interesting results, for sure, such as Zabit Samedov winning the Heavyweight tournament with a victory over Danyo Ilunga. I'd probably prefer to see these guys meet at Light Heavyweight, but Samedov's win proves that he really is one of the better kickboxers in the world and I'd love to see him compete against top level Light Heavyweights.
The big, headline fight of the evening was Gokhan Saki against Sebastian Ciobanu that saw Saki back after a year away from the ring and scraping off that ring rust against the tough Ciobanu. Ciobanu held on for the decision but it was all Saki in his return. Results are from our friends at Kiksie.
1. Muay Thai - Super WelterweightSaleed Nouri Long (Iran) def. Jamnian Srikam (Thailand) by TKO in round 12. Superfight - MiddleweightAdrian Gârlonța (Romania) def. Jashid Givechi (Iran) by KO in round 23. Superfight - WelterweightMasoud Minaei (Iran) def. Jason Woodham (United Kingdom) by KO in round 14. Superfight - WelterweightBrad Riddell (New Zealand) def. Maseh Nuristani (Australia) by TKO in round 15. Superfight - HeavyweightMurat Aygun (Turkey) def. Tofan Pirani (Sweden) by TKO in round 16. Superfight - HeavyweightSrdjan Seleš (Serbia) def. Gaétan Sautron (France) by TKO in round 37. Superfight - HeavyweightAndre Meunier (Australia) def. Naoufal Bennazous (Morocco) by TKO in round 18. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 1Zabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Steve Mckinnon (Australia) by decision (unanimous)9. Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal 2Danyo Ilunga (Germany) def. Jafar Ahmadi (Iran) by TKO in round 210. Superfight - HeavyweightIsmael Lazaar (Morocco) def. Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) by TKO in round 1 (leg injury)11. Superfight - HeavyweightGokhan Saki (Turkey) def. Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania) by decision in round 3 (unanimous)12. Heavyweight Tournament FinalZabit Samedov (Azerbaijan) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision after an extra round (4th)