World championship kickboxing returns to Nice on April 22.
One of the pioneers of Full Contact in France, Edmond Ardissone organizes his annual gala under the banner of the WKN. Four prestigious world titles at stake in French Riviera.
Three contests in Full Contact will go ahead at 12 x 2 minute rounds. The fourth challenge in K-1 kickboxing is scheduled at 5 x 3. The organization revealed a complete fight card on Thursday.
On the top of the bill Jerome Ardissone is going up against Jin Ho Park of Korea. The pair will challenge for the bantamweight belt. Meanwhile, his country-fellow Kamel Jebir is taking on Samuel Hadzima of Slovakia. The super lightweight title is on the line. Also, Jonathan Pastorino is squaring off with Sultanishvili Tsotne of Georgia. The bout concludes the Full Contact program in the super featherweight clash.
Lastly, Gregory Grossi is battling out against Michele Mastromatteo of Italy. The super light heavyweight title strap in oriental kickboxing is for grabs.
The championship supervisor is Habib Bakir, representing the World Kickboxing Network. In addition, four amateur bouts feature on the program.
WKN President Stephane Cabrera told fightmag.com.au in January that Full Contact Night is “a very big show”. He outlined that the happening “is always a real world championship” with numerous famed fighters being a part of it. “[Ignacio] Capllonch of Argentina, [Tomasz] Makowski of Poland… World’s stars come to challenge French elite,” said Cabrera.
He also reminded the country’s national sport Savate which is “historic” and “similar to Karate”. In conclusion he said that promoter Ardissone follows the tradition and “organizes the great events”.