Four prestigious WKN world titles at stake at Full Contact Night on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Nice, France.
Edmond Ardissone, one of the pioneers of Full Contact kickboxing in France, promotes his annual event on the French Riviera. The show reportedly features on the schedule of world series Simply The Best on SFR Sport 5.
“Full Contact Night is a very big show,” says WKN president Stephane Cabrera. “The event is always a real world championship. [Ignacio] Capllonch of Argentina, [Tomasz] Makowski of Poland… World’s stars come to challenge French elite.”
History tells that Full Contact kickboxing started in the US in the early 70’s as Full Contact Karate. The first world champions were the legendary Jeff Smith, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Isuena Duenas.
“France as a country is a historical place itself. We also have our national sport Savate [French boxing], which is similar to Karate. Mr Ardissone keeps the tradition, the origins. He organizes the great events.”
The main card of the upcoming gala is a four-fight world championship kickboxing. Three bouts in Full Contact will go ahead at 12 x 2 minute rounds. The oriental rules (K-1) challenge is scheduled at the common formula of 5 x 3. The WKN supervisor on the night is Habib Bakir.
Jerome Ardissone is facing off Jin Ho Park of Korea for the bantamweight title. Jonathan Pastorino is taking on Xavier Lejour of Belgium in the super featherweight championship. Kamel Jebir is going up against Slovak Samuel Hadzima for the super lightweight belt. In addition Gregori Rossi is challenging for the super light heavyweight strap. The name of his opponent is not yet revealed. We will have more on this story as it develops.