The Battle 18: Christina Stelliou takes WKN International Flyweight title
The Battle 18 marked three years of collaboration between the famed Greek Fight Show and World Kickboxing Network. Promoted by Stefanos Konstantinidis the event took place at the Olympic Taekwondo Centre in Athens on Sunday April 29, featuring a stacked card with two WKN titles contested on the night.
The event was headlined by kickboxing knockout contest featuring four leading Greek Light Heavyweights battling it out for WKN National strap. The eventual winner had to collect two victories during one evening in the format of a single-elimination tournament.
In the first semi-final bout Giannis Manolas scored a unanimous decision against Marios Blanas. In the second semi-final Nikos Tzotzos similarly defeated Emmanuel Diakam.
The championship fight between Manolas and Tzotzos ended in favor of the latter, who claimed the win by knockout in the third round. As a result he remains undefeated, updating his professional record to 12-0, 9 KOs.
In conclusion, Nikos Tzotzos became a new WKN Greek Light Heavyweight champion. He is expected to defend his belt against Dimitris Chiotis at the future event.
The highlight of the show featured the Ladies First MMA special featuring Greek Christina Stelliou up against Croatian Nikolina Katic. The pair contested for WKN International flyweight title. The bout ended the first round, with the representative of the country-host taking the win by knockout.
WKN Greek Light Heavyweight Grand Prix
Semi-final Giannis Manolas def. Marios Blanas via unanimous decision
Semi-final Nikos Tzotzos def. Emmanuel Diakam via unanimous decision
Final Nikos Tzotzos def. Giannis Manolas via third-round KO
Featherweight Dimitris Peloumpi def. Sargis Petrosyan via decision
Catchweight (52.5 kg) Xanthi Raftopoulou def. Reggina Tsampodimou
Welterweight Giannis Michalopoulos def. Edin Sinanovic
Middleweight John Pale def. Zoran Dod via first-round TKO
Flyweight Christina Stelliou def. Nikolina Katic via first-round KO
Welterweight Stelios Papadopoulos def. Devis Perez via tenth-round TKO (Throw in the towel)