We're just coming off a busy kickboxing weekend in the midst of a jam packed March, and already April is looking stacked. We've previously covered 8 April cards featuring top international names - here's a 9th to add to the list.
On April 9 in Moscow, KO Fight Club will host the W5 Grand Prix - a one night, 4 man, 71kg tournament. They've already announced the field, and it's pretty nice. In semi-final #1, the resurgent #7 ranked Mike Zambidis will face Enriko Gogokhia. The other semi-final sees #23 Dzhabar Askerov vs. William Diender.
Really good stuff here, with a very solid line-up. As I mentioned, Zambidis has seemingly come out of nowhere to reclaim his spot as one of the division's most dangerous strikers, while Askerov looked simply phenomenal in his 1 round destruction at the Oktagon event a few weeks ago. A Zambo vs. Askerov final would be something to see. As for the other two - Diender also puts up a good fight, but will be a big underdog to Askerov. Gogokhia was a semi-finalist in last year's K-1 MAX East Europe GP, losing to eventual champ Vitaly Hurkou, but he looked good at that show, and I'm interested to see him once again.
Also on the card are superfights featuring Alexander Stetsurenko, Basil Tereshonok, Ramil Novruzov, Roman Mailov, Vladimir Mineev, and Vitaly Shemetov, plus a reserve fight of Vladimir Shuliak vs. Peter Woznicki.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His first novel, the Godslayer, is available now.