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WAKO PRO European Title, Full contact Kg -69,100, Maribor (SLO) 28/10/2017

GREGOR STRACANEK (SLO) VS NICKOLAJ VINOGRADOV CHRISTENSEN (DEN)

Maribor was again the host city of WAKO PRO European title defence in full contact, 69.100 kg.
That was the second title defence of Champion, Gregor Stracanek from Slovenia.
The Promoter of the event was Mr Tomaz Barada, vice-president of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia and WAKO Europe Board member.

The event took place in a beautiful hotel and sport centre Dras, close to Pohorje mountain. 
Challenger for the title was a very good fighter from Denmark, Nickolaj Vinogradov Christensen.
This fighter was scheduled for last year but due to injury he had to cancel participation and was replaced by Jakub Pokusa from Poland. For this time he was ready and highly motivated to take the belt over from Gregor.

Fight started slow in first round with not so many hard punches or kicks to be seen.
Both fighters were a bit reserved keeping in this opening round. But from the second round fight became more interesting for almost 1.000 spectators who were active in supporting local hero.
The second round was better for Nickolaj as he was more precise and more dangerous fighter winning points with punches. The next four rounds brought us the real fight from both sides. In all rounds Challenger was a bit better but not enough to win any of those rounds. He was better, stronger and faster than his opponent. He was very dangerous with his punches and Champion had a serious problems to keep the rounds equal.  The second half of this exciting fight was in favour of the Champion. It was like he finally found his game and was able to control Challenger and to be faster and stronger than him. That was the face of real Champion. He has managed to win last four rounds and to keep the belt safe at home.

Nickolaj was a great opponent and has showed why he is ranked among top ten fighters in WAKO PRO ranking in this weight class. He needed just a bit to win the title but Champion was better and he deserved to keep the belt.

Special guest of honor on this event was President of Olympic committee of Slovenia, Mr. Bogdan Gabrovec who has awarded Champion Gregor Stracanek with the WAKO PRO European title belt.



Officials:

WAKO PRO Supervisor: Srdjan Bugarcic (SRB)
WAKO PRO Neutral Judge: Gabor Szabo (HUN) 99:95
WAKO PRO Neutral Judge: Henrik Matic (CRO) 99:94
WAKO PRO Judge: Matej Erzen (SLO) 99:94
WAKO PRO Referee: Ivo Vodopivec (SLO)

Report made by Srdjan Bugarcic

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