Throwback: Sylvester Stallone at Fight Night in St Tropez

The debut of Fight Night Saint Tropez is now in history.

The first edition of “Fight Night Saint Tropez” was held in the city of Rich & Famous on August 4, 2013. The world championship event with four WKN titles on the line went in history as the first VIP gala in kickboxing that gathered the notable fighters with the celebrities under one roof.

In the main event of the evening, the French star of the glorious days of K-1, Jerome Le Banner battled out against the prominent kickboxer out of Belarus Vitali Akhramenko. “Geronimo” fought in the third defense of the WKN super heavyweight title, that he had earned at the Don King promotion Evander Holyfield vs. Vaughn Bean for the WBA & IBF heavyweight titles in 1998 in Atlanta. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout ended prior the final bell. Le Banner stopped his vis-a-vis in Round 2.

Also on the card Vladimir Mineev of Russia took the decision against Tiago Beowulf of Brazil. As a result he earned the WKN title in the heavyweight class. In the light heavyweight division, Emmanuel Payet of France became the champion, claiming the decision against Arnold Oborotov of Lithuania.

The fight card included a series of super fights. Nicolas Wamba of France stopped Stefan Leko of Germany in Round 4. Alena Hola of Czech defeated Irina Mazepa of Russia by points. Similarly Luca Panto of Italy scored a decision against Thomas Vanneste of Belgium.

The 4-man Karate tournament in Karate “Pro Fight” also featured on the program. In the first semi-final Yoann Kongolo of Switzerland defeated Fisher Striker of Belgium. Freddy Marius Bructer of France defeated Andronache Eduard of Romania in the second. In the final, Kongolo stopped Bructer in Round 2, consequently taking all tournament.

Rocky Himself

The climax of the evening was the appearance of Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone inside the boxing ring. Iconic boxer out of the big screen congratulated the reigning champion Le Banner as well as presented him with the prestigious WKN belt. During the event, the French celebrities and the international kickboxers have greeted and taken the photos with the Hollywood star, capturing the moments of the unforgettable evening, that went in history as the Fight Night Saint Tropez.

The promoter of the event was Olivier Muller. The championship supervisor was Habib Bakir, representing the World Kickboxing Network. The WKN World President Stephane Cabrera attended the event.