Final Fight 3 took place today in Split, Croatia with a main event of Igor Jurkovic taking on Raul Catinas.
A ton of damage was dished out over the course of the fight between both fighters. Jurkovic showed some improvements in his overall game with added movement that helped him avoid some of Catinas' punch-rushes, as well as effective knees that at some points during the fight were clearly putting Catinas in some discomfort. Catinas appeared to take the first round but Jurkovic hurt him with knees to the body in the second round. The third round seemed like it would decide the fight. Catinas had his moments of landing some big punches in the round but to me, Jurkovic seemed to do more over the course of the round. Jurkovic ended up getting the decision win. Either way, it was a pretty close fight and could have gone to an extra round, or even maybe have gone to Catinas.
Pavel Zhuravlev returned to the ring in Croatia again and had a quick outing against Luca Panto, knocking him out in the first round. Toni Milanovic also rebounded with a win on the prelininary card, taking a unanimous decision over the young rising Dutch fighter Ibrahim El Bouni at 88kg. Full kickboxing results below:
88kg: Toni Milanovic def. Ibrahim El Bouni by unanimous decision.
HW: Mladen Kujundzic def. Rok Strucl by unanimous decision.
81kg: Vlatko Bajic def. Petros Vardakas by unanimous decision.
HW: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Luca Panto by KO in Round 1.
HW: Igor Jurkovic def. Raul Catinas by unanimous decision.
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