Iliev vs Kiduku tops LNK Fight Night 12
Ismail Iliev (pictured right) faces Twaha Kiduku at LNK Fight Night 12 in Jurmala, Latvia | Pic: Instagram/_ismaililiev_

LNK Fight Night 12 takes place at SemaraH Hotel Lielupe in Jurmala, Latvia on July 20 (July 21 AEST). The event, presented by Vadim Milov and Eugene Sapronenko, is a mixed-card featuring six boxing bouts, three MMA contests and one kickboxing matchup.

Top of the fight-bill is a boxing encounter between Ismail Iliev of Russia and Twaha Kiduku of Tanzania. The contest is scheduled for ten rounds at super welterweight.

Ismail Iliev (11-1-1, 3 KO) lost his previous bout in February by unanimous decision against Patrick Day, which was the first defeat in his professional boxing career. Before that he defeated Siarhei Rabchanka, Ricardo Ruben Villalba, Nico Salzmann, among others.

Twaha Kiduku (14-4-1, 7 KO) took the win in his previous outing in March via disqualification of his opponent Mada Maugo. His resume also includes the victories against Sherif Kasongo, Chimwemwe Chiotcha and others.

Among other recently announced boxing matchups, Artjoms Ramlavs (9-0-0, 5 KO) of Latvia takes on Yesner Talavera (15-7-1, 4 KO) of Nicaragua. The bout is scheduled for six rounds at super featherweight.

As well, Oskars Grosmanis (3-0-0) of Latvia takes on Miroslav Juna (1-2-0, 1 KO) of Czech Republic in a four-round bout at super welterweight, and Francis Rozentals of Latvia makes his pro-boxing debut, going up against Sandro Jajanidze of Georgia in a four-round clash at middleweight.

Also on the night, the reigning WKN European Middleweight champion Zaur Dzhavadov of Latvia faces Giorgi Kankava of Georgia. The pair meets in a three-round non-title kickboxing bout at catchweight with the limit of 76 kg.

In addition, Aleksandrs Cizovs of Latvia and Sergio Hidalgo of Spain face off in a 71 kg MMA battle with WKN European title on the line.

“LNK Boxing, in my opinion, are the best fight shows in the Baltic region,” said Stephane Cabrera, President of World Kickboxing Network. “The promoters have succeeded to organise the top level international events, mixing boxing, MMA and kickboxing on the same card. The upcoming event continues our collaboration. I am happy to assist the 12th edition of LNK and support the sport in Latvia.”

LNK Fight Night 12 in Jurmala, Latvia is one of two championship events that World Kickboxing Network presents this weekend. It is held back to back with Rise of Champions in Fraserburgh, Scotland featuring a pair of WKN title bouts, also on July 20.

The complete lineup for LNK Fight Night 12 can be found below.

LNK Fight Night 12 card

Super Welterweight Ismail Iliev vs. Twaha Kiduku
Cruiserweight Ralfs Vilcans vs. Maurizio Lovaglio
Super Featherweight Artjoms Ramlavs vs. Yesner Talavera
Super Middleweight Nikita Smirnovs vs. Tomasz Gargula
Super Welterweight Oskars Grosmanis vs. Miroslav Juna
Middleweight Francis Rozentals vs. Sandro Jajanidze

71 kg Aleksandrs Cizovs vs. Sergio Hidalgo (WKN European title)
84 kg Arturs Ozolinsvs. Er Ramy
64.5 kg Daniil Vesnenoks vs. Wilbert Huaman

76 kg Zaur Dzhavadov vs. Giorgi Kankava