Vitaly Gurkov wins second Kunlun Fight belt
Vitaly Gurkov wins second Kunlun Fight belt | Pic: Facebook

Vitaly Gurkov has become the first athlete to win Kunlun Fight title twice. Muay Thai and kickboxing champion from Belarus has recently competed in the eight-man knockout tournament (75 kg), winning three fights in one evening. The event took place in Beijing, China on July 27.

In the opening round Gurkov scored a unanimous decision against the representative of the country-host Yiliyasi. In the semi-final bout he stopped another local fighter Wu Sihan in the second round.

The championship bout saw the Belarusian athlete up against famed Saiyok Pumpanmuang of Thailand. The pair went toe to toe during three rounds. The verdict heard a unanimous decision in favor of Gurkov, who lifted his second title in the promotion, after winning the belt in November 2017 in Wuhan, China.

The athlete shared a highlight reel from a recent eliminator on Instagram.

Over the course of his career Vitaly Gurkov earned WBC World Super Welterweight title by unanimous decision against Kem Sitsongpeenong in Milan, Italy in 2014, as well as took all Brute Force “Judgement Day” one-night eight-man tournament in 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. As an amateur, he is a multiple IFMA Muay Thai World Champion, and Gold-medalist at The World Games 2017.

Gurkov has also fought Muay Thai star Buakaw Banchamek in the final of Thai Fight in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012, and kickboxing legend Giorgio Petrosyan at K-1 World MAX 2010 in Seoul, Korea, yet suffered the defeat by unanimous decision.

The video below shows Vitaly Gurkov sparring Buakaw Banchamek during their training camp in 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

When asked what would be the next step in his professional career, the 34-year-old competitor said he was interested in signing with ONE Championship.

“This is the leading promotion of today, and it would be an honor to participate,” said Vitaly Gurkov. “I have fought and defeated Dzhabar Askerov when we were kids [2006], and it might also be interesting to rematch [Giorgio] Petrosyan, yet would have to match the weight, since I haven’t fought at 70 kg since 2014”.

Video of Vitaly Gurkov taking on Jak “300” Chanawong at 63.5 kg in Perth, Australia in December 2006.