Astrid Johanna Grents won the belt.
But it wasn’t easy.
The talented Estonian had to fight seven hard rounds to become the inaugural KOK Women’s Bantamweight World Champion at KOK 94. KOK 94 took place at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.
“It feels amazing,” Grents told commentator Daniel Austin.
In the semifinals, Grents won a close but unanimous decision over fellow Estonian Sigrid Kapanen. It was a hard-fought, technical battle. Grents outpointed Kapanen, landing cleaner and more often to get the win. Kapanen’s left leg felt the effects of Grent’s low kicks.
In the final, Grents faced Italy’s Ludovica Ciarpaglini, who advanced by defeating Poland’s Ilona Wojda.
Grent and Ciarpaglini put on an entertaining and hard-fought match. The judges couldn’t decide a winner after three rounds, forcing an extra round.
The hometown crowd cheered on Grents in the extra round. She outscored the Italian southpaw, winning the decision.
After seven years of training and fighting, the Estonian has a world title belt to show for her efforts. The new champion, a student of world champion Kevin Renno, cherished the victory.
“I’ve worked so hard for this,” she said.
Ciarpaglini was gracious in defeat, complimenting the new champion.
“I had so much fun. I’m so happy to share the ring with you,” she said.
Kwasi Wins Interim Title
The KOK 94 main event was between Dutchman Chico Kwasi and Hendrik Themas of Estonia. The fight was for the KOK Interim World Title.
Kwasi, fighting out of Mike’s Gym, won a five-round unanimous decision.
It was an impressive performance by Kwasi, who dominated the contest.
“It feels nice to have the belt right now,” Kwasi said.
“I’ve been fighting here since I was was 16 years old.”
“I don’t know who’s next. But I heard something about the Lithuanian guy (former KOK Lightweight Champion Henrikas Viksraitis).”
A fight between Kwasi and Viksraitis promises to be a quality battle. Let’s hope KOK fans see this match soon.
Other KOK 94 Results
Belarusian standout Dmitry Varats defeated last year’s GP champion Ott Remmer. Varats downed Remmer with a high kick in round three, scoring another count late with a punch. Varats won by decision.
MMA standout Sergei Strinza was too strong for Edvin Bubelis. He knocked the Lithuanian down twice, ending the fight with strikes on the ground.
In a boxing match, Jevgeni Ravlussevits got off the deck to defeat Mohammed Shushan. Shushan knocked Ravlussevits down with a right hook over the top in round two.
Ravlussevits battled back, stunning and knocking down Shushan in the third to earn the decision.
The opening bout was between two Estonian youngsters. Stanislav Teniugin defeated Siim Viljus. Teniugin landed some good lefts and low kicks, winning a unanimous decision.
KOK 94: World Series in Tallinn Results
KOK Hero’s Series
-60 kg (Semi Pro): Stanislav Teniugin (Estonia) def. Siim Viljus (Estonia)-Unanimous Decision
-63 kg (Semi Pro): Aleh Moshnin (Belarus/Poland) def. Karl-Margus Haud (Estonia)-Unanimous Decision
-77 kg (MMA Bushido): Sergei Strinza (Estonia) def. Edvin Bubelis (Lithuania)-TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
-85 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Hynzhu Volodymyr (Ukraine) def. Aleksei Larin (Estonia)-Decision
KOK 94: World Series in Tallinn
-71 kg (Boxing): Jevgeni Ravlussevits (Estonia) def. Mohammed Shushan (Canada)-Unanimous Decision
-60 kg: KOK Women’s GP Bantamweight Semifinal 1
Astrid Johanna Grents (Estonia) def. Sigrid Kapanen (Estonia)-Unanimous Decision
-60 kg: KOK Women’s GP Bantamweight Semifinal 2
Ludovica Ciarpaglini (Italy) def. Ilona Wojda (Poland)-Split Decision
-70 kg (KOK Kickboxing): Dmitry Varats (Belarus) def. Ott Remmer (Estonia)-Unanimous Decision
-60 kg: KOK Womens GP Final: Astrid Johanna Grents (Estonia) def. Ludovica Ciarpaglini (Italy)-Extra Round Decision
Astrid Johanna Grents wins the KOK Women’s Bantamweight World Title.
-77 kg: Chico Kwasi (Netherlands) def. Hendrik Themas (Estonia)- Unanimous Decision
Chico Kwasi Wins KOK Interim Welterweight Title