KOK WGP 40 Championship Recap

King of Kings WGP 40 took place at the Riga Arena in Latvia on November 5, 2016.  Christian Dorel of Moldova fought his way through the four man tournament to win.  The main event featured Memo Gun of Turkey against Zaurs Dzavadovs of Latvia in a welterweight championship bout.

Christian Dorel (31-4,16KO) took on Jan Naus (18-2-2, 2KO) from Lithuania.  This was a stylistic matchup with Dorel being the knockout threat and Naus coming in with a smart technical approach.  The beginning of the fight was competitive with both fighters landing combinations and taking turns controlling the pace of the fight.  After just 2 rounds of high level exchanges between Dorel and Naus, Dorel advances to the 4 man tournament finals after a doctor stoppage.

A break in tournament action brought on a 71kg scrap between  Lukasz Plawecki from Poland versus Vjaceslavs Tevins from Latvia.  Experience was the deciding factor in this fight with Lukasz coming into the night with 27 professional fights over 120 amateur fights, Vjaceslavs only  having14 professional fights to his credit. After three competitive rounds it was Poland’s Lukasz Plawecki coming away with the decision victory.

Late replacement Hendrik Themas (6-2) of Estonia battled Raimond Aukstikalnis (12-3) of Latvia at 85kg. Themas survived a first round flask knockdown from a left hook by Raimond.  Both fighters seemed to fatigue towards the later part of the third round but they continued to throw punches and leg kicks with bad intentions. Raimond Aukstikalnis rallied late to win a unanimous decision against Hendrik Themas.

The four man tournament finalists were Christian Dorel fighting out of Moldova and Artur Isayantis of Belarus. Dorel the seemingly fresher fighter only going 2 rounds was able to best fellow finalist Artur Isayantis  who had to go four rounds to make it to the tournament final. Christian was the fresher more active fighter in the tournament final but massive credit has to be given to Artur Isayantis for going seven total rounds and remain standing at the end of three round decision loss.

The evening of action was brought to a close with the main event that featured Memo Gun of Turkey against Zaurs Dzavadovs of Latvia. Both fighters weighed in officially at 77kg.  The fight started off with fireworks when Zaurs landed a big left hand that dropped Memo Gun.  Gun managed to survive the 10 count and stood back up but not to the referee’s liking and the fight was stopped.  Zaurs Dzavadovs brought KOK WGP 40 to a brilliant close with that left hand TKO of Memo Gun.

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