Strikes were raining down upon his opponent Moulay Oudoud 🇫🇷 from all angles, but the Frenchman refused to succumb to the pressure or pain.
There was an early 'error' by Chelmiah, who found that his foe would oblige accurately and powerfully if invited to strike him with his guard held open in a taunt. Chelmiah, however, described the move as no mistake, but rather as a tactic for proving to his opponent that he can hit his hardest and still not stop the Irishman from advancing.
Also fascinating, Chelmiah began utilizing a rarely seen high-elbow guard. He told me it was a way of baiting his opponent to attack his body (which the elbow protects when kept low), so that he could counter with his own straight right hand.
Moulay Oudoud responds with grit through the adversity of Chelmiah's constant attacks.
Moulay Oudoud, who took the fight on 10-days-notice, should be remembered for his toughness, and the accuracy of his attacks whenever Chelmiah left him any window to get through. He landed several head-kicks, but ultimately ended up on the receiving end of more strikes than he delivered.
Chelmiah won by Unanimous Decision, in one of the most entertaining fights of the year, with absolute credit to the grit of his opponent for not merely surviving, but remaining dangerous throughout.
Shortly after this Glove-touch, It was All Over.
Vasilii Anthokii 🇷🇺 vs. Reda Messaoudi 🇲🇦 took only 17 seconds to end up as Robin Black’s “Bink of the Night.” A left hook from the Russian KO’d Messaoudi outright, who nearly ate an additional head-kick while crashing down onto The Pit.
There’s not much more to recap, but you should definitely see the replay!
Shahin Atamov prepares to deliver a crushing right hand to the body.
The explosiveness of Shahin Atamov 🇦🇿 is something Karate Combat viewers are well familiar with, and he remained explosive despite becoming visibly tired after the first round of our Main Event versus Bryan Van Waesberghe 🇧🇪.
Atamov's tiredness should be interpreted as a credit to Van Waesberghe, who delivered solid counterpunches throughout the fight, as Atamov sought to remove his height advantage from the equation by closing the distance and engaging in a dogfight.
Van Waesberghe even landed a significant punch to the head, that thrust Atamov off-balance, right before Atamov launched his ultimate flurry.
Dangerous at any level of exhaustion, the Azerbaijani delivered a powerful punch and followed it up with a plethora of ground-punches, leading to Marc Goddard stopping the fight and declaring a TKO victory for Atamov.