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Andrei Stoica Gets Upset in Romania

Yesterday in Romania at the WAKO Pro World Grand Prix semi finals, Andrei Stoica met Jovan Kaludjerovic, a Serbian fighter at a weight of 94.1kg (207 lbs). Stoica is regarded as one of the top fighters in the weight range from 85-95kg. He beat another one of the top fighters in this weight range, Henriques Zowa in July and lost to Redouan Cairo in April. This alone just shows what a mess the 85-95kg range in kickboxing is.

No one expected Stoica to lose yesterday though. Kaludjerovic was an unknown for the most part and Stoica had a good showing in his win over Henriques Zowa. Stoica looked to be in control of the fight until he got caught with a crisp counter left hook, putting him on the canvas. Stoica looked very wobbly on his feet when he got up and Kaludjerovic swarmed the Romanian fighter. After a second count from the referee, this one a standing count, Stoica's corner threw in the towel.

This result just adds to the mess of 85-95kg. A new face in Kaludjerovic is thrown into the mix while an established name takes a step back. It'll be interesting to see what opportunities Kaludjerovic will get after this big win.

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Shemsi Beqiri Wins 4-Man Tournament in Switzerland

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Yesterday in Basel, Switzerland, Super Pro held a night of fights that featured a 4-man tournament. Among the participants were Rachid Belaini, Miodrag Olar, Philippe Salmon and Shemsi Beqiri. French fighter Farid Villaume was originally scheduled to face Shemsi Beqiri in the semi-finals but Salmon took his place.

Rachid Belaini and Miodrag Olar met in the semi-finals, with Belaini advancing. Shemsi Beqiri and Philippe Salmon faced off on the other side of the bracket, with Beqiri advancing to the final with a decision. Beqiri took a decision over Belaini in the final to win the tournament and a prize of 20 000 Euros. That's quite a big purse for kickboxing, equivalent to $27 341 in American dollars.

The tournament was Beqiri's first time fighting since January, where he lost a somewhat controversial decision to Yoshihiro Sato in Japan. I myself thought that it should've gone to an extra round. It's unusual for Beqiri to fight this little, as last year he fought twelve times. Beqiri is a solid fighter, and at only 25 years of age still has a lot ahead of him for his kickboxing career.

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Fight Code Rhinos - Debrecen, Hungary: Live Results

We'll be providing live results of today's Fight Code Rhinos event in Debrecen, Hungary. The show gets kicked off at 3PM EST/12PM PST. You can watch free on www.livefightcode.tv, all you have to do is sign up.

Kickboxing has been relatively slow lately in terms of events you can actually watch live so I recommend checking Fight Code out today. Chingiz Allazov and Philippe Salmon are some names to watch out for in the future. Vitaly Akhramenko is one of the most underrated heavyweights out there also and is working his way up the ladder of the division.

Results:

Prestige Fight: Chingiz Allazov vs Gabor Gorbics

Chingiz Allazov wins by TKO (Low Kicks). Allazov set the pace in the first round, slowly breaking down Gorbics. In the second, Allazov rocked Gorbics with a high kick and then put him down with a right hand. Gorbics got up but Allazov stormed him and low kicked him until the corner threw the towel.

Prestige Fight: Philippe Salmon vs Barna Szucs

Philippe Salmon wins by Decision over 3 rounds. Good, action packed fight.

Rhino Fight: Pacome Assi vs Luca Panto

Pacome Assi wins by Decision in an Extra Round. Close fight, Assi took over the extra round with his hands.

Rhino Fight: Vjekoslav Bajic vs Petr Vondracek

Petr Vondracek wins by Decision over 3 rounds. In Round 2, Bajic knocked Vondracek down but Vondracek came back at the end of the round and forced a standing 8 count on Bajic.

Rhino Fight: Mihail Tuterev vs Gyorgy Mihalik

Mihail Tuterev wins by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in an Extra Round. Tuterev knocked Mihalik down twice in the extra round and the fight was waved off.

Prestige Fight: Vitali Akhramenko vs Ivan Stanic

Vitali Akhramenko wins by Decision over 3 rounds. Akhramenko knocked Stanic down with a right cross in Round 2.

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Faldir Chahbari and Warren Stevelmans Pick Up Wins in Spain

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This past weekend, promotion Real Fighters held an event in Malaga, Spain and the show played host to some familiar kickboxing talent from Europe.

A -70kg tournament was the main showcase on the card, as 4 fighters battled it out for the 5000 Euro prize. In the first semi-final, Jonay Risco took on Mike's Gym fighter Rachid Belaini and took a decision in an extra round to advance to the finals. In the other semi-final, it was an all Spanish affair as Javier Maiz took on Fran Palenzuela. Palenzuela beat Maiz and advanced to the final, making it an two Spaniards in the final. Palenzuela took a decision over Risco to win the tournament. It was a quick turn-around for both men, as they both fought and lost to Naruepol and Yodsaenklai Fairtex respectively in China on June 18.

Two relatively high profile super fights also took place on the card. Faldir Chahbari took on late replacement Sergio Sanchez in a -72kg bout. It was a close fight but the experienced Chahbari was able to pull through and edge out a decision over 3 rounds. This win makes it four in a row for Chahbari, and maybe warrants a step up in competition for the Dutch-Moroccan.

Coming off his win over Yavuz Kayabasi for It's Showtime in Madrid on June 18, Zeben Diaz took on Warren Stevelmans. Diaz took the first round handily, dominating Stevelmans. Never one to quit, Stevelmans stormed back in the second round. The referee stopped the fight after the second round when Diaz appeared not able to continue after resting his arms on the ring ropes.  We don't know if it was questionable stoppage or not yet, hopefully a video comes out. Stevelmans now has two wins in a row, and this can make up for his loss to Rafi Zouheir in the finals of the K-1 MAX Madrid Tournament.

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