The Hungarian Kickboxing Association has recently adopted a fresh view on organizing events and set up a format slightly different from what we could call traditional. The focus has shifted towards actively building a fan base, involving civil supporters, investors and emphasizing and embracing media relations a bit more than before. According to the plans they’ll hold 10 events like Hurricane this year at smaller venues where they can produce high quality shows with top fighters. Also they managed to sign a deal with a sport channel so that the event will air on numerous occasions. A big thing for fans who couldn’t make it. The night have seen 11 fights with top fighters from Hungary, Austria and Germany.
Slavisa Miodrag - Zoltán Nardelotti (right)
In 75kg (~165lbs) 17 years old Zoltán Nardelotti made a short work of Slavisa Miodrag and knocked him out with a knee to the body which he followed up with a beautiful right hook to the chin. Despite his young age he’s not new to the big stages at all – he was WAKO K1 National Champ twice, IFMA National Champ, came in at 2nd place at the European Championship under K1 rules but found success under other rulesets too.
Kristóf Fábián (left) - Raimund Müller
Another impressive showing was the 71kg (~156lbs) K1 fight between two times Austrian Champ Raimund Müller and Hungary’s 21 years old Kristóf Fábián. Kristóf has started training in 2011 and under four years he has managed to accomplish an impressive record under the tutelage of coach Zoltán Láng. Currently he sits at the 3rd place of the WAKO K1 adult rankings, while he’s #1 at the low kick category.
Round one has started with low kicks, inside leg kicks and Kristóf has managed to force his opponent to the ropes. He was more aggressive, moving forward and landing more. At the end of the first he sent Müller to the canvas with a left hook but he managed to get up and survive the count. Starting from the 2nd round you could see Kristóf being more relaxed, throwing a bit more, coming in with flying knees, using straight punches combined with hooks to the body. It was a dominant showing of skills, determination that left no question on the scorecards and Kristóf won a UD.
Marc Rabl - Róbert Géczei (right)
Next up was Róbert Géczei and Marc Rabl’s meeting at 67kg (~147lbs). Róbert started training in 2009 and amongst many other things he has won a Muay Thai and a full-contact National Championship. Rabl arrived as an IFMA Muay Thai champ (2014), two times Austrian Muay Thai champ and came to win for sure. They started a really intense back and forth and Róbert was coming forward with explosive low kicks, straight punches and with scary left hooks that seemed to miss not by many inches. Rabl tried to answer the attacks and take over controlling the tempo but Róbert was utilizing his jab, right straights, tried to sweep the legs and managed to get Rabl to the ropes. And then the left hook mentioned earlier has landed and Rabl’s lights went out. Apart from being very explosive it has to be clear now to everyone that Róbert Géczei has scary power in his left. It was a beautiful knockout to end the night’s K1 fights.
Anita Horváth (left) - Lilla Kuti
The night has also seen women fighting as Anita Horváth and Lilla Kuti clashed in 56kg (~123lbs) under K1 rules. Anita has managed to knock her opponent down in both the 1st and the 2nd round and stayed dominant through the bout which she won via UD.
Christin Fiedler - Bianka Balajti (right)
Also Bianka Balajti from Hungary met Austria’s Christin Fiedler at the same weight (56kg). Based on the tale of the tape Fiedler came in with an advantage – 7x Austrian Champ, IFMA 2012/2013 World Champ, WAKO 2013 World Champ and we could go on. She has a total of 47 fights and experience in K1, Muay Thai, full-contact kickboxing and boxing. On the other hand while Bianka is only 17 the 3 years of extremely hard work she put in with coaches Tamás Birics and György Rehák has paid off very well. She’s progressing by leaps and bounds. In 2014 she became WAKO junior K1 National Champ, won the IFMA Muay Thai National Championship and a Low-kick World Cup.
It was obvious from the very beginning that Bianka was more aggressive and seemed to be more hungry for the W as well. She was dominant throughout the whole bout and Fiedler really seemed surprised and a bit lost too. Bianka was controlling the pace, tempo and only seemed to miss clinching which wasn’t allowed. She won all three rounds and got the win via UD.
It was an impressive night of fights and maybe the beginning of something that can give hope to the fans of kickboxing in Hungary.