After picking up two wins in March, Leroy Kaestner has been missing in action in kickboxing. We've got news about his return. Kaestner will be returning on October 1st in Moscow, Russia at a W5 Grand Prix K.O. event. This is the same organization that put together the 4-man tournament in April that featured Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov, William Diender and Enriko Gogokhia.
Kaestner's opponent will be Russian fighter Maxim Smirnov. Smirnov has racked up a good streak of wins lately, advancing through the rounds of the Tatneft Cup, qualifying for the final. Smirnov is set to face Dzhabar Askerov in the final of the Tatneft Cup, tentatively at a date to be announced. Smirnov's style is awkward to fight and could pose some problems for Kaestner, who isn't known for power. Smirnov is 8-4 as a pro boxer, fighting in that realm as well as kickboxing. Smirnov's losses have only come to respectable opponents though, so his record is nothing to scoff at.
Kaestner is a solid fighter who has yet to take the next step into the big time. He's lost to Andy Souwer, Nieky Holzken and Armen Petrosyan. Kaestner will look to string some wins together and see if he can take the next step to the top level of the sport. Smirnov is a good test and shouldn't be underestimated. As we saw earlier this year when Albert Kraus lost to Batu Khasikov, many of these little known Russian fighters are quite good despite being unknown to a lot of fans.