Yohan Lidon set the WKN kickboxing world title defense in Dubai
Mickey Rourke presents the WKN kickboxing super middleweight world champion Yohan Lidon at Fight Night Saint Tropez 2016

WKN announces kickboxing world championship in Dubai on May 4.

The WKN revealed on March 14 that two kickboxing world championship bouts will headline the “Dubai Fight” show in Emirates. The event features on the program of the Private Party which is a five-day VIP tour by Eric Favre.

Kickboxing star out of France, Yohan Lidon puts his title on the line. The super middleweight champion earned a prestigious belt last May in Paris at “Dark Fights”. He KO’d Karapet Karapetyan in round 4 as well as claimed the knockout of the year by l’Equipe 21 network. In August Lidon defended the title at Fight Night Saint Tropez. He earned a decision against Danijel Solaja of Germany. The W5 professional kickboxing competitor Patrick Vidakovic of Hungary announced to form an opposition for the Frenchman in his next title defense.

In addition, a former It’s Showtime world champion Karim Bennoui of France will challenge for the super featherweight belt. The second challenger is the WKN European champion Antoine Habash of Hungary. Both bouts will go ahead at 5 x 3 minute rounds.

The WKN has also announced that a team of international judges and referees will officiate the event. The list comprises Georgi Vojvoda of Hungary, Alexis Andre of France, Klaus Hagemann of Germany and Stefanos Konstantinidis of Greece. Osman Yigin is an international championship supervisor.

The World Kickboxing Network has already promoted the events in Emirates. The series of “Grand Tournoi” tournaments were held in early 2000’s with some of the best muaythai fighters and kickboxers at the time.