The SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final Elimination event held in Ploiesti was incredible and thrilled the live audience as well as the TV viewers. It was the final event before the SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final scheduled on December 21st, which will be held in Galati, Romania.
This event showcased the talent of some amazing fighters and fans were treated to an action-packed even with 6 KO’s out of 9 fights. Two of SUPERKOMBAT®’s most exciting fighters made their return to the right in a spectacular fashion. Raul Catinas and Catalin Morosanu, exhibited their heavy punching power by finishing their fights brutally.
In the first fight, the undefeated local hero Amansio “The Sheikh” Paraschiv of Ploiesti (6–0–0) won by TKO over the undefeated Tunisian Mohamed Ben Ali (25–0–0). This win qualified Amansio Paraschiv to challenge the SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes middleweight champion Cedric “Baas” Manhoef next year.
Stoforidis, Munoz, Cairo and Marshall on their way to history
The winner of the Greek tryouts held in Athens and finalist of the SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix (Botosani) tournament, Giannis “Hercules” Stoforidis was the big surprise of the night. In his fight against Mathieu Kongolo, Giannis “Hercules” Stoforidis lost the first round and as the underdog everyone expected the same thing in round two, but a vicious left hook changed everything. In the last round, Stoforidis unleashed a series of combinations and with two seconds left in the fight, Kongolo was knocked down for the fourth time forcing referee Cezar Gheorghe to stop the fight.
Frank “The Black Panther” Munoz (53–9–0), who received a wildcard spot for SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix – Final Elimination, secured his spot in the Final Tournament from December 21st, after he won by Split Decision against Muamer Tufekcic (36–6–0). Both fighters were knocked down once, but Tufekcic lost a point because of too many clinches and this helped Munoz to get the decision.
The third heavyweight Final Elimination bout featured Redouan “The Spartan” Cairo who was impressive at his last SUPERKOMBAT® fight with a brutal KO against Sebastian “The Son of Dracula” Ciobanu. Cairo qualified for the Final Heavyweight Tournament scheduled on December 21st after a Unanimous Decision over Jegish Yegoian.
D’Angelo “Pretty Boy” Marshall of Suriname, winner of the SUPERKOMBAT® World Grand Prix (Botosani) tournament, added another win to his record by knocking out Pacome Assi. In the second round, “Pretty Boy” threw a series of devastating punches that landed and Assi was not able to continue in the fight. The fight was stopped at 0:20 and Marshall celebrated the most important victory of his career improving his record to 20 wins.
Hutnik and Buganeko, official challengers for the world titles
Ondrej Hutnik and Igor Bugaenko qualified for world titles fights after victories over Massinissa Hamaili and Jorge Loren. Hutnik was impressive against Hamaili with a TKO victory and moves on to face Andrei “Mr. KO” Stoica on December 21st in Galati, Romania. After his victory, Hutnik went face to face with Stoica in the ring and said “Andrei is very strong, but I’m stronger, you will see that in Galati. I will remain undefeated and I will be the next SUPERKOMBAT® world champion”.
Bogdan “The Bad Boy” Stoica will defend his world champion cruiser weight title against Igor Bugaenko. Bugaenko became the official challenger for the world title after he won by Unanimous Decision over Jorge Loren.
The event culminated with two dramatic KO’s
Absent from the SUPERKOMBAT® ring for more than 9 months, Raul “Iron” Catinas returned in spectacular fashion and finished the former muay-thai world champion Ricardo Van Den Bos into the first round (1:40). Catinas threw a vicious kick followed up by a brutal left hook that sent Van Den Bos head first into the canvas. Although he seemed to be in beast mode, Catinas who always demands the best from himself was not too happy with his conditioning, he said “I was not in my best shape, but I’m happy because for me it was a moral success”.
A legend in Romania and a fighter known for his aggressive style, Catalin “The Carpathian Death” Morosanu shocked his opponent, Daniel Lentie. Morosanu, one of the best brawlers in the world, knocked-down Lentie with a left hook with 40 seconds left in the first round. Although, Lentie was able to beat the count, Morosanu followed up with a flurry of punches and connected with a vicious right hand that knocked Lentie out.
1. SUPERKOMBAT® New Heroes Middleweight Title Eliminator – Middleweight Bout (-71.00kg)
Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) won by TKO in Round 2 (0:00) against Mohamed Ben Ali (Morocco)
2. Final Elimination / Spot 1 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Giannis Stoforidis (Greece) won by TKO in Round 3 (2:58) against Mathieu Kongolo (Belgium)
3. Final Elimination / Spot 2 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Frank Munoz (Spain) won by Split Decision against Muamer Tufekcic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
4. Final Elimination / Spot 3 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Redouan Cairo (Suriname) won by Unanimous Decision against Jegish Yegoian (Armenia)
5. Final Elimination / Spot 4 – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
D’Angelo Marshall (Suriname) won by KO in Round 2 (0:20) against Pacome Assi (Cote D’Ivoire)
6. SUPERKOMBAT® Super Cruiserweight Title Eliminator / Spot 2 – Super Cruiserweight Bout (-95.00kg)
Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) won by TKO in Round 2 (2:05) against Massinissa Hamaili (Algeria)
7. SUPERKOMBAT® Cruiserweight Title Eliminator – Cruiserweight Bout (-92.00kg)
Igor Bugaenko (Belarus) won by Unanimous Decision against Jorge Loren (Spain)
8. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Raul Catinas (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (1:40) against Ricardo Van Den Bos (Netherlands)
9. Super Fight – Heavyweight Bout (+96.00kg)
Catalin Morosanu (Romania) won by KO in Round 1 (2:20) against Daniel Lentie (Cameroon)