Kryklia, Kiria win tournaments at Kunlun Fight 80
Kunlun 80 took place at the Chongming Stadium and featured a one night super heavyweight tournament and the conclusion of the super welterweight tournament with Roman Kryklia winning the former and Davit Kiria the latter.
It turned out to be a good night for fighters from the old Soviet Union. The Georgian needed a little bit of help from the judges with four of them seeing the final against Marouan Toutouh in his favour and the fifth scoring it a draw.
It was a scrappy affair with lots of clinching as the much taller Toutouh looked to attack with low kicks and knees to the midsection. Kiria had his best moments when the fight became more of a brawl but the Moroccan was more than holding his own in these exchanges.
A right hand in the second round seemed to knock Kyria down but the referee declined to give him a count. The fight finished with the Georgian planting his feet and throwing bombs but Toutouh weathered the storm and came back with a flying knee right at the death.
Four of the judges felt that the punching of Kyria was more noteworthy than the kicks, knees, sweeps and punches that Toutouh scored repeatedly with. The fifth scored it a draw meaning the Georgian is the Kunlun Fight <70kgs tournament champion.
Kryklia faced Iraj Azizpour in the final of the >100kgs tournament and there was no controversy about this outcome. Barely a minute had elapsed in the opening round when Kryklia scored his first knockdown of the fight.
Azizpour was down again after a hard right hand connected towards the end of the round. Kryklia scored so many knockdowns during the fight that the decision was a foregone conclusion with the Ukrainian declared the Kunlun >100kgs tournament winner.