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Iftimoaie wins big and new European audience record set

07 Aug 2016

Iftimoaie wins big and new European audience record set

The Romanian kickboxing legend Ionut Iftimoaie came back after 4 years break for a last fight in his hometown for a legendary bout against the Superkombat and WKN super cruiser champion Jorge Loren. In front of more than 34.000 people, a new European audience record for kickboxing events, Iftimoaie scored a big win against the winner of Superkombat WGP 2014 and the holder of the belts and he became the new champion of the world.

With an impressive past in Local Kombat and Superkombat (wins against Freddy Kemayo, Petr Majstorovic, Sergey Gur and a draw with Alexander Ustinov), Iftimoaie risked everything in his career swan song. After losing the first round, Iftimoaie has substituted his opponent's technical superiority with a continuous involvement in direct contacts, by approaching a more aggressive attitude than Loren's. After three hard rounds, all judges scored a win for Iftimoaie, who announced imediatly after the fight that the decision of retirement will not be changed.

"I'm extremely happy. I live a momentum that could be sad, since I'm retiring from the professional events, but this win against Jorge Loren, a great opponent, makes me euphoric as if I got my first great victory. I'm proud I could offer my fellow citizens this victory, in the very front of their eyes. It is wonderful to win in front of one's beloved. (...) A magic night: in my good-bye gala I was able, for the first time, to win a world champion's belt", said Ionut Iftimoaie.

In his turn, Jorge Loren, after hugging his adversary told to Romanian Press Agency AGERPRES he wanted badly to do his best in front of an "amazing audience", but "Ionut Iftimoaie was unstoppable in this fight."

"He was everywhere. So, I lived an intense, manly match with the victory given to Ionut, I believe, exactly for his tenacity and dedication I've never met in other opponents", added Jorge Loren.

In another super-fights, new hot prospects of the european kickboxing market, Antonio Plazibat, Badri Traore and Bogdan Nastase impressed and added new wins for their record.

The next Superkombat WGP of the year is scheduled for October 1, live on Eurosport.

World Grand Prix results:

World title - Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)
Ionuț Iftimoaie (Romania) defeated Jorge Loren (Spain) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Light weight division (-65 kg)
Cristi Spetcu (Romania) defeated Mo Abdurahman (United Kingdom) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)
Bogdan Năstase (Romania) defeated Dani Traore (Germany) by Tehnical Decision in Round 2

Super Fight - Cruiser weight division (-95 kg)
Lucian Danilencu (Romania) defeated Vlad Grigore (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight – Super Cruiser weight division (-95 kg)
Antonio Plazibat (Croatia) defeated Dănuţ Hurduc (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight Plus division (-86 kg)
Badri Traore (Germany) defeated Daniel Alexandru (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

New Heroes results:

Super Fight – Super middleweight division (-77 kg)
Anghel Cardoș (Romania) defeated Imanol Rodriguez (Spain) by Split Decision

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)
Cristian Milea (Romania) defeated Daniel Corbeanu (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)
Valentin Bordianu (Romania) defeated Ionut Ciure (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight Plus division (-86 kg)
Jane Ungureanu (Romania) defeated Nicu Buceac (Romania) by Tehnical Knockout in Round 1

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)
Cosmin Ionescu (Romania) defeated George Davies (Great Britain) by Tehnical Knockout in Round 1

Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus bout (-86 kg)
Mircea Dumitrescu (Romania) defeated Dennis Anghel (Romania) by Unanimous Decision

Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)
Mircea Cernat (Romania) defeated Cosmin Lupu (United Kingdom) by Unanimous Decision