Kickboxing is a sport that tends to just chug along. Events happen, fights happen, fighters win, they lose and occasionally something weird happens. Sometimes something REALLY weird happens, and what’s really odd is when it doesn’t involve Buakaw or Badr Hari. For the second time this year Enfusion is grabbing headlines for the strange actions of their fighters, and for the second time in Ibrahim el Boustati’s career in Enfusion he’s been involved in a mind-boggling result.
The first was his win over Filip Verlinden. Verlinden was originally announced as the winner of the fight, but el Boustati, a young fighter who prided himself on his undefeated record, ran a campaign to overturn the decision, finding himself victorious after months of appeals. Now, in his fight with Ulrik Bokeme, he was on the verge of being knocked out when he went down after the referee had separated the two men, and, inexplicably, looks to have taken a dive to score himself a disqualification victory.
Bokeme was on the road to a clear victory when the referee had called for the bell, but had yet to step in between the two men. Bokeme landed a shot “after the bell” and el Boustati went down and, in the eyes of some, was acting like he was knocked out after the bell and not really hurt. It’s difficult to determine definitively if he was playing possum and cheated his way to victory or if he was genuinely hurt, but the limited fan reaction out there, and those inside of the ring while announcing the result, seem to believe that it was all a big show.
Of course, Bokeme can’t publicly talk about the decision or have it overturned because it happened in the Enfusion League.
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RESULTS Enfusion #56,
Groningen, The Netherlands Saturday 18.11.2017
1. 3X3 FEMALE
Ilsury Hendrikse (Colombia) Vs Georgina Van Der Linden (The Netherlands)
WINNER: Georgina Van Der Linden (The Netherlands) POINTS
Robin Ciric (Serbia) Vs Santino Verbeek (The Netherlands)
WINNER: Robin Ciric (Serbia) Points after a 4th Rd
3. 5×3 ENFUSION WORLD TITLE
Soufiane Kaddouri (Morocco) Vs Ilyas Niya (Morocco)
WINNER: Soufiane Kaddouri (Morocco) Points
4. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE
Loren Javier Jorge (Spain) Vs Mehdi Bouanane (France)
WINNER: Loren Javier Jorge (Spain) Points
5. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE
Mauricio Costa Cardoso (Brazil) Vs Filip Verlinden (Belgium)
WINNER: Filip Verlinden (Belgium) Points
6. 3X3 ENFUSION LEAGUE
Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Vs Ulrik Bokeme (Congo)
WINNER: Ibrahim El Boustati (Morocco) Disqulification to Ulrik 1st Rd
Nordin Van Roosmalen (The Netherlands) Vs Brahim Kallah (The Netherlands)
WINNER: Nordin Van Roosmalen (The Netherlands)