The second championship bout has been added to the upcoming Invictus Arena 26 fight card held on Saturday June 22 in Rome, Italy. The event features Italian Francesco Picca up against Russian Islam Ibragimov. The pair battles it out for WKN International Super Lightweight title, World Kickboxing Network announced on Wednesday (via Twitter).
In his previous appearance inside the square circle late last year Picca won WKN International Grand Prix contested in a format of four-man knockout tournament. Battling it out in front of the home crowd he earned two victories during one evening scoring a unanimous decision against Petru Morari of Moldova and Xavier Lejour of Belgium in the semi-final and final bouts, respectively.
The resume of Ibragimov includes the wins against Teimur Aminov, Aleksei Baturin, Bayysh Uulumirbolot, among others.
INVICTUS ARENA 26 – June 22, Rome
— World Kickboxing Network (@WKNkickboxing) June 19, 2019
The Picca vs. Ibragimov bout is scheduled for three rounds in oriental kickboxing (K-1 rules).
In the main event of Invictus Arena 26 the representative of the country-host Luca Carnevali takes on Erik Matejovsky of Slovakia. The pair of Super Middleweights squares off in a three-round WKN International championship bout.
The rest of the card features a series of bouts in MMA, boxing and Muay Thai with local and international athletes participating. The event is presented by Riccardo Lecca. The lineup can be found below.
Invictus Arena 26 fight card
WKN International Super Middleweight title / Oriental rules
Luca Carnevali (Italy) vs. Erik Matejovsky (Slovakia)
WKN International Super Lightweight title / Oriental rules
Francesco Picca (Italy) vs. Islam Ibragimov (Russia)
66 kg Simone D’Anna vs. Martino Di Donna (MMA)
77 kg Francesco Fringuelli vs. Alberto Ciardo (MMA)
57 kg Nicola Mancosu vs. Antonio Conforto (Boxing)
66 kg Daniel Baroni vs. Pietro Mochetti (MMA)
70 kg Roberto Merico vs. Claudio Pacella (MMA)
65 kg Giorgio Leonardi vs. Cristian Marzullo (Muay Thai)