Stoica vs Mehmet looked like a fake kickboxing fight, but then

What looked to be a fake kickboxing fight at Colosseum Tournament turned out to be something much different

There seems to be a lot of talk recently on The FightBox Podcast about fake fights. On episode 142 James McSweeney accused Mariusz Pudzianowski of being in a fake fight at KSW 39 and now this. Having a background in pro wrestling, my mind sometimes leads me to believe that something is a work, more often than other people’s. However, this was not the case at Colosseum Tournament kickboxing in Bucharest, Romania on October 16th.

Colosseum Tournament is a new kickboxing promotion out of Romania. Everyone knows that Romania is a hotbed for K1. Some of the sport’s biggest names have come from this country including Daniel Ghita, Benjamin Adegbuyi, Catalin Morosanu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica, Raul Catinas, Cristian Milea and many others. “Vikings” was only the fourth event from this promotion and featured Bogdan Stoica versus Fatih Mehmet Karakus in the main event. There were also two title fights on the card.

As the event went on, it seemed that every fight on the card was crazy. Sometimes you get those cards where all the fights end by decision and the fighters really aren’t trying all that hard to go for the knockout. Not this event! This card, from start to finish, didn’t have one boring fight the whole night. I’m not sure if this was because of some financial incentive from the promoter or if it was just the right mix of fighters, but every bout had something memorable about it. Sometimes it was an early stoppage due to a cut. Other times it was a spectacular knockout or a controversial stoppage.

The main event was the most controversial of all. From the onset of the fight, it was clear that neither man came to really fight. It looked like they were sparring at 10% power, at best. My first reaction was “this is a fake fight”, but I didn’t say that live on commentary. Another thought that passed through my head, which I did say out loud, was that maybe one of these guys has an injury and they just came out for a minute, out of respect, to at least offer the paying fans something, rather than a fight cancellation announcement.

What really happened, as it turns out, was something far different than I could have imagined. To find out what that was, click on the video on the top of the page. Also, remember that all past episodes of The FightBox Podcast can be downloaded for free.

Daniel Austin
Daniel Austin is a TV commentator, journalist and podcaster for the FightBox TV channel. He is the host of The FightBox Podcast, an interview show where he talks to top fighters from around the world in all fighting disciplines. He did professional wrestling for 15 years, competing in nine different countries. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, he later moved to Poland, where he now resides and where he started the country's first ever pro wrestling promotion in 2009, Do or Die Wrestling.