Fight Night St Tropez 2017 delivered another interesting blend of Hollywood meets kickboxing on French soil last night. However, on the subject of Hollywood and acting, there’s no bigger or more controversial name than Bobb Sapp. Especially for all the drama he delivered in both the short-lived fight and build-up with, fellow K-1 veteran Greg Tony.
Nevertheless, Sapp would be dealt with rather swiftly by Tony in the first round as it didn’t take long for the American’s willpower to vanish after being knocked-down by a left head kick and right hand combo. After resuming from the knock-down, Sapp was then dropped to the canvas again from a body shot and made no attempt to continue or even try to beat the count.
Unfortunately, Sapp’s performance made a mockery of the entire event resulting in even the spectators hurling paper-looking missiles into the ring at the end, at they utter disgust and contempt for what they had paid to witness.
However, restoring some pride for French kickboxing on the night was Yohan Lidon who, successfully defended his WKN title against, Florian Kroger, with an emphatic fourth round head kick KO. Lidon was returning to action after losing to Yoann Kongolo at GLORY 42 Paris and what happens next with Lidon (in or out of GLORY) will be interesting to see.
Surprisingly, two other GLORY Kickboxing veterans: Danyo Ilunga and former It’s Showtime champion, Filip Verlinden; would both lose their fights at Fight Night St Tropez. Both GLORY veterans dropped decisions to Stephane Susperregui and Mikhail Chalky respectively which, were shocking outcomes to say the least but impressive victories to have for the winners.
However, another familiar name from both GLORY and Enfusion Live who, didn’t fail to get the job done was British kickboxer, Daniel Sam, winning his rematch against, Tomas Mozny; and putting to bed, past demons from their first encounter at last year’s Fight Night St Tropez which, Mozny had won by decision.
Fight Night St Tropez 2017 – Results:
WKN Super-middleweight title defence: Yohan Lidon def. Florian Kroger via fourth-round KO
Super-heavyweight bout: Gregory Tony def. Bob Sapp by Rd1 TKO
Heavyweight bout: Stephane Susperregui def. Danyo Ilunga via unanimous decision
Featherweight bout: Mallory Kalachnikoff def. Marina Spasic via unanimous decision
Heavyweight bout: Mikhail Chalykh def. Filip Verliden via unanimous decision
Super heavyweight bout: Daniel Sam def. Tomas Mozny via unanimous decision
Welterweight bout: Umar Semata def. Evgeny Kuravskoi via unanimous decision