Berthely retains WKN Intercontinental Super Welterweight title by decision against Zhunusov
The World Kickboxing Network visited Villejuif (southern suburb of Paris), France on March 15. The event featured two championship bouts with WKN European and Intercontinental titles on the line.
French Benjamin Gerbet and Greek Jorgo (George) Gropaj battled it out for a vacant WKN European Middleweight belt. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout ended prior the final bell. The Greek fighter earned the win by TKO in the first round dropping his opponent to the canvas three times, which forced the referee to stop the contest.
Also on the night French Christian Berthely faced Altynbek Zhunusov of Kazakhstan in defense of his WKN Intercontinental Super Welterweight title. The bout went the distance ending in favor of the representative of the country host, who retained the strap by decision.
However the contest saw a controversial ending. In Round 4 Zhunusov dropped his opponent with left hook. The bout resumed, yet the referee had given Berthely arguably one of the longest eight-counts. In the fifth round the Kazakh fighter was deducted a point for an alleged low blow.
In summary, the event marked the first time, when Kazakh kickboxer challenged for WKN title in France. The rematch between Berthely and Zhunusov is reportedly in the works for later this year in Almaty.
Jorgo Gropaj def. Benjamin Gerbet by TKO R1 (Three knockdown rule)
Christian Berthely def. Altynbek Zhunusov by unanimous decision