Thai Boxe Mania takes place in Turin, Italy tomorrow and atop the card are Artur Kyshenko and Yury Bessmertny. Both fighters will also be on the Fight Code/Oktagon card on March 24, with Kyshenko in the main event against Giorgio Petrosyan.
In the main event tomorrow, Artur Kyshenko will fight the long time veteran, Roberto Cocco at a weight of 75kg. Kyshenko can fight pretty much anywhere from 70-77kg and he's chosen to take a fight where he won't be affected by struggling to make weight. He last fought around this weight when he took on Nieky Holzken in May of last year at 74kg. Cocco has spent most of his career around 75kg but recently fought as high as 82.5kg in the MPL, where he lost his last two fights. This is a pretty much a warm up/stay busy fight for Kyshenko and I don't expect him to have much trouble here.
Fight Code's 2011 Dragons Tournament winner Yury Bessmertny returns to the ring in the co-main event against Gago Drago, the popular K-1 veteran. Drago has lost six in a row and it doesn't seem likely now that he will ever be the same fighter that he once was. It's still a good name to have on a resume though and a chance for Bessmertny to prove himself against a name that most kickboxing fans are familiar with. Drago will pressure Bessmertny, regardless if it's effective or not so Bessmertny will have to work for the win.
Rising prospect Chingiz Allazov will take on his toughest test to date in Erkan Varol at 67kg. Allazov tore through his competition last year and now he's taking a big step up. Varol is a very tough veteran fighter and a good kickboxer at this weight class so it should be interesting to see if Allazov can pass this test that's been put in front of him.
The full card features 16 fights, including six Oktagon Selektion Finals featuring fighters who have advanced through the Oktagon Selektion to the finals. The winners will of the Oktagon Selektion Finals will be on the March 24 Fight Code/Oktagon card in Milan. Full fight card here.