World Kickboxing Network Championship belt
World Kickboxing Network Championship belt | Pic: Laurent Giorgetti

The World Kickboxing Network announced a series events in Mexico and Tajikistan, as well as the return to Nepal and Portugal.

Mexico joins WKN with two events presented by Enrique Contreras. The first show in August is expected to feature two national title bouts, preceding a pair of international championships scheduled for December. A couple of representatives of this North American country, Daniel Rico and Ricardo Perea, have previously competed for WKN belts, appearing at Simply the Best series in Argentina.

“We are very happy to launch WKN in Mexico, a very strong and famous country for boxing,” said WKN President Stephane Cabrera.

Tajikistan has been added to the list of Central Asian countries recently becoming a member of the leading kickboxing federation, following Kazakhstan. Two events presented by Shoev Fazliddin have been scheduled for this year.

“We were contacted and invited to Tajikistan, in order to help the promotion and development of kickboxing in the country. It is a good base to start.”

The organization also announced its visit to Tibet as well as return to Nepal, which will be the second trip to the country since 2014. Cabrera is expected to be accompanied by WKN Director Osman Yigin of Belgium.

“We strive to support Nepal, as it’s not an easy country for combat sports. From there we will visit Tibet, and also probably Bhutan.”

In addition, on Wednesday World Kickboxing Network announced its first visit for the year to Portugal, scheduled for July 6. The event billed as “ShowFight 37” is held in Lisbon, featuring local Paulo Gerson up against Italian Matteo Costa in the scheduled for five rounds contest for WKN European Super Welterweight title.

Showfight 37 is presented by Paulo Magalhaes, who is known for a number of world-class kickboxing events in Portugal, as well as four series of heavyweight boxing tournament “Bigger’s Better”.

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