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Thailand vs. Europe Recap: Danyo Ilunga Victorious

Muay Thai promotion Elite Boxing continued their expansion yesterday, holding another event in their Thailand vs. Challengers series, Thailand vs. Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. The event was live on Eurosport in Germany and parts of Europe, most notably England. It did considerably well for gate expectations, nearly selling out the Carl Benz Arena, which seats around 2000 people. Serdar Karaca of Elite Boxing subsidiary, Elite Boxing Germany has done a good job in promoting the event domestically and should produce even better results when Elite Boxing returns to Germany in November.

Headlining the card was It's Showtime 95MAX World Champion, Danyo Ilunga. Ilunga was originally scheduled to face Ramazan Ramazanov, but Ramazanov pulled out sometime in the past few weeks. Netherlands based Palestinean fighter Mohamed Boubkari took Ramazanov's place and certainly wasn't an easy match-up for Ilunga. Ilunga picked up a three round unanimous decision, but it seems that he had some trouble with Boubkari. German site Groundandpound.de described Boubkari as "a tough nut to crack" for Ilunga. This was Ilunga's second time fighting for Elite Boxing, as he fought for them in November of last year.

The rest of the card featured Thailand vs. Europe themed matches. Europe didn't fair too well, with Thailand winning three out of the four. Jaochalam Monggudton defeated Andi Roegner, Tanongdet Sengsimeu defeated Crice Boussoukou and Nongsai Sor Sanyakorn defeated Ait Said, all three by decision. Anatoly Hunanyan defeated Madsua by decision in Europe's lone win.

The event is a step in the right direction for Elite Boxing, who seem to know what they're doing. They've made some smart moves in creating subsidiaries in countries that they're expanding to, such as Elite Boxing Germany and Elite Boxing Russia. This allows the subsidiaries who know the platform of the country and have connections domestically to do the promoting. Many foreign entities make the mistake of trying to venture into unfamiliar territory with just themselves. Elite Boxing is handling this the right way.

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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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