It was an amazing American-style production: scantily dressed dancers, sweaty bodies, bright lights and, of course, food. This is what we can expect from tonight’s Monte-Carlo Fighting Trophy, says Claude Pouget, Technical Director of the Kickboxing, Muaythaï
and Krav Maga International Academy of Monaco.
At a press conference Thursday at ÉTÉ restaurant, a partner of the event, Mr Pouget announced that seven fights will take place at Stade Louis II on Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. “Monaco was nominated as Kickboxing World Capital in 2016 and we want this event to be a launching pad for competitors,” the martial arts expert commented. “We are super excited, and nothing would have been possible without our sponsors.”
Among them, Peace and Sport, the Monaco-based association that uses sport as a way of promoting peace across the globe. Founder Joël Bouzou underlined the “sports ethics” that he shares with Claude Pouget: “We both have one rule of play… equality. This is why I’ve taken this journey with him. We share the same values.”
This year, two Super Heavyweight kickboxers – Ukrainian Roman Kryklia (2016 Fighter of the year, 2016 K-1 World Grand Prix winner) and French Fabrice Aurieng (2009 World Savate Box Champion, 2015 Europe Champion K1) – will battle it out for the new Prince Albert II Cup.
Other matches include the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters Belt, four Wako Pro World Champion fights and two Monte-Carlo Fighting Trophy Belts.
During the press conference, the panel – made up of Joël Bouzou, Cecile Gelabale (Honorary Member), Claude Pouget and Felicia Pouget, Philippe Brunner (Medical Support), Srdjan Bugarcic (Wako Pro Technical Director) and Armand Deus (Media Supervisor) – all agreed on one thing: when it comes to predicting the winners, all bets are made.