Jerome Le Banner Retires Victorios at Fight Night Saint Tropez 2015
France's star Jerome Le Banner won his final fight against American Karl Roberson and retired as the WKN Kickboxing world champion at Fight Night Saint Tropez 2015 / Pic: Touche Finale

Unbelievable, indescribable and definitely unforgettable.

It was the third installment since twenty-thirteen. It was a magnificent night out gathered by those in the city of Rich and Famous. It was a televised professional sports fiesta, which buzzed French National TV ratings, bringing L’Équipe 21 to the podium of TF1.

The most of all, Fight Night Saint Tropez is a, made with big heart, event by the team of dedicated talents, sports veterans and simply people of goodwill.

Red Carpet

You don’t see many red carpet fight nights. You don’t see any kickboxing red carpet fight nights. The unique comparison, I believe, could only be our eminent Total Carnage muaythai events on the Gold Coast.

People promote people, and this is where the characters of those from the silver-screen bring attention to our Sport. The sport which promotes discipline and loyalty, as well as delivers a very important message to everyone in terms of peace and respect – “keep the fighting in the boxing ring”.

TV Coverage

Kickboxing has hardly ever been a mainstream. Muay Thai will probably never be either.

Fight Night Saint Tropez with its concept and sport heroes involved, have definitely contribute to effective exposure of both sports across the Planet.

Sport

As promised, Fight Night Saint Tropez was a Sports elite assembly. It was a mixture of Kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.

It has seen Yohan Lidon in the Art of Eight Limbs taking the win over Jonathan Oliveir. Lidon is renowned around the world including Australia, since he has battled with John Wayne Parr at Caged Muay Thai. Sharos Huyer defeated Bakari Tounkara in their kickboxing challenge. Sharos is a brother of Muay Thai Angel Sindy Huyer. We’ve seen both here in Down-Under, when Sindy clashed with Caley Reece.

Glory top ranked Danyo Ilunga and Filip Verlinden lost to Russians Alexei Papin and Alexander Vezhevatov. Personally I’ve barely heard about the last two, even we are practically from the same part of the Planet. However now, thankfully to Fight Night Saint Tropez, both received deserved international recognition.

The battle of the giants has seen Bigger’s Better Fabrice Aurieng taking the win over Yuksel Ayaydin in the sensational super-heavyweight class.

Jerome Le Banner’s Last Fight

He has definitely missed a couple from the brave heart Karl Roberson, and of course he has lost the second round due to a knockdown.

Rather than that, for French judges Le Banner has scored enough points throughout the fight, showed the dominance and conclusively claimed the win.

Jerome Le Banner Retires Victorious

In regards to that eight count, I would say the following.

When Le Banner got dropped, the referee opened the count with “one”. He then pointed to Roberson to go to the neutral corner. Until then the count is not continued, this is the rule. Le Banner raised his hands up on “seven”, showcasing he was fine to go. The referee made a visual check and resumed the fight. Indeed, he has also used that pause to communicate with people by the ring side, asking them to stop jumping in-between the ropes. Obviously it gave Le Banner extra seconds to recover and he was basically saved by the bell, the round was over.

I am not going to be a hypocrite, I personally think it was not the state of the art performance by the referee. They call it favoring the local, based on emotions first of all. He of course could talk to those by the ring side during the break and count faster like they do in Thailand. However, by the book, the referee has probably done nothing wrong. He cared for the safety of the athletes, which also requires the ring side to be people free.

Here in West Australia and basically everywhere, there are, unfortunately, much more bigger problems with the judges and referees, rather than the one who takes a little bit of his time.

If he was knocked out, he would remained on the canvas, not getting up and scoring three following rounds.

In the release few weeks prior this fight, I’ve outlined that Le Banner is “the biggest name of France’s international kickboxing ever. He is the only Frenchman who was able to gain recognition and popularity everywhere in the World.” There are quite a few astonishing facts in his career, including eminent WKN world title win at Don King promotion in Atlanta.

The WKN World Office have released a thank you message to Geronimo “for his talent, loyalty and eminence which he has been bringing to France and Kickboxing World over the last 23 years.

Nobody, But Us

This is a credo of Russian military elite, the airborne troops.

That’s right, elite.

This is what Fight Night Saint Tropez about in regards to kickboxing Sport.

Yes, us.