Nicolas Wamba vs Tofan Pirani headlines TEKB 14 on Friday May 12 in Cap d’Agde.
Promoter for almost 15 years, Christophe Dragole prepares his next international event. The TEKB – Trophy of Ephebe of Kickboxing, is a well-known show made-in France. The top athletes from all over the world have been a part of the happenings. The notable list includes national fighters such as Karim Benmansour, Eddy Nait Slimani and Bruce Codron. As well Rob Powdrill of Australia, Yoann Kongolo of Switzerland, Raoumaru of Japan, among others.
“My first show was in 2003. The name TEKB [Trophy de L’Ephebe de Kickboxing] is in pride of my city Agde. The “Ephebe” is its official emblem,” says Dragole.
“In cooperation with the World Kickboxing Network and its representative in France, Habib Bakir, we have organized several world and European championships. The latest was European. The next event is an intercontinental gala.”
When asked about his goal as a promoter, Dragole says there is “no ultimate purpose”. “It is a pleasure for me. A great sporting event is always an entertainment [for public]. We strive to promote our sport and we create more opportunities for athletes to compete internationally.”
In addition, since 1998, a former fighter and a devotee of kickboxing for 30 years, Dragole runs the fight gym. The “MasterKick” is a home of Nicolas Wamba (38-7). The latter is a former WKN heavyweight world champion as well a current European title holder. He has fought in Glory World Series and he is targeting a return to the elite in the division.
“At present Wamba is the star out of my team. He evolves for several years and has fought in the biggest organizations,” says Dragole.
“When last year he lost his [intercontinental title against Ondrej Hutnik] belt we have spoken to Mr Cabrera and decided to vacate the world [title] as well. It was logical, as his performance [latest at that time] was not the top.”
“In his latest fight he won the European title [against Czech Michal Reissinger]. We have been working hard and look forward to succeed like never before”.
TEKB 14 Agde
On May 12 Nicolas Wamba is going up against Tofan Pirani (76, 22 KOs – 18) of Iran. The pair battles out in the WKN super heavyweight contest.
“He [Pirani] is an agile boxer, he moves well. We have studied some of his videos, trained and prepared a strategy.”
Wamba vs Pirani is scheduled at 3 x 3 minute rounds. The WKN super heavyweight kickboxing intercontinental title at stake.
— christophe dragole (@chrisdragole) March 25, 2017