If anyone says they’ve seen it all, they truly haven’t.
This past Friday, September 11, 39-fight MMA veteran Sergei Kharitonov made his pro boxing debut. He took on longtime boxing veteran Danny Williams, who is best known for his upset knockout win over Mike Tyson back in 2004. The action took place inside the Khimki Basketball Centre in Khimiki, Russia. This bout was part of an event promoted by World Total Kombat Federation.
Kharitonov is known for letting his actions inside the cage or ring do the talking but it was his entrance that stole the show this time. Kharitonov left no stone unturned with his entrance, which featured a live band, dancers, and even a bear.
See Kharitonov’s entrance for yourself (via Donald McCorie).
A bear, a band, a kick boxing champion fighting his first pro fight at 40 , dancing beefeaters and saucy russian soldiers oh ye….. And Danny Williams only in Russia!! 🥊🥊 pic.twitter.com/p7X9RInKMV
— Donald McCrorie (@grandetoro1949) September 11, 2020
Kharitonov ended up defeating Williams by scoring a second-round TKO win. He starts his pro boxing career at 1-0. While the 40-year-old probably doesn’t have ambitions of fighting the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, it still adds to Kharitonov’s already impressive combat sports resume.
Fight fans may have missed Kharitonov’s last MMA outing. That’s because it actually wasn’t under the Bellator banner. He competed at World Total Kombat Federation 5 against Fernando Rodriguez Jr. back on February 23. Kharitonov scored the second-round knockout win.