The King of Kings (KOK) promotion has a big night of action planned for its return to Finland on 29 February, 2020.
Two world title fights will take place at the historic Kulttuuritalo Hall in Helsinki, in addition to a four-man tournament.
Pok Bill, Osinin Clash for Vacant Featherweight Title
Previously announced was a five-round battle for the vacant KOK World Featherweight Title.
Finland’s Pok Bill faces Igor Osinin of Lithuania for the 65 kg crown previously held by Stanislav Renita.
Pok earned a title opportunity by winning a four-man tournament at last year’s Helsinki event in impressive fashion. He knocked Latvia’s Janis Freimanis down twice to score a TKO win in the semifinals.
In the final, Pok landed good punches and knees to the body to win unanimously on points over fellow Finn Lauri Suomela and claim the tournament title.
Osinin is the second-ranked KOK featherweight behind Pok. Fighting out of the Sparta Gym in Vilnius, Lithuania, Osinin earned the title opportunity with an impressive win streak.
He knocked out Poland’s Sebastian Samila in the first round with a high kick at last year’s KOK World Series in Vilnius, then beat previously-undefeated Saliou Mouhamadou by decision in March.
In his last outing, Osinin survived a second-round knockdown to win a split decision against strong Georgian Levan Revazishvili.
Osinin will have a difficult challenge in facing Pok for the belt in his home country but the Lithuanian is battle-tested and a determined warrior.
“Finnisher” to Defend Middleweight Title
KOK announced the second title fight for KOK 83 on 29 February today.
Finland’s own Daniel “The Finnisher” Forsberg defends his KOK World Middleweight Title for the second time against Polish contender Dawid Mirkowski.
Forsberg, representing the TMT Gym (Turku Muay Thai), won the title in Helsinki last May with a five-round unanimous decision against contender Raimonds Aukstikalnis. He defended the crown successfully at KOK 81 in November with a third-round TKO over hard-hitting Jurijs Orlovs.
“The Finnisher” is keeping active before his title defense against Mirkowski. In January, Forsberg will challenge for a world muay thai title in the American “fight capital” of Las Vegas.
Mirkowski fights out of the Garuda Muay Thai gym in the Polish capital of Warsaw. He competed in the middleweight tournament semifinals held at KOK 55 last year where he scored a unanimous points win over tough Tomas Steponkevicius.
Four-Man Tournament Scheduled
One night. One ring. One Champion.
That’s been the KOK motto since the organization began organizing events in Lithuania a decade ago.
The good news for Helsinki fans and international viewers watching on FightBox HD and KOK Fights TV is the organization is planning a four-man one night tournament for 29 February.
Some of the organization’s top fighters made a name for themselves by first winning multiple fights in one night to earn a tournament title.
It’s possible a new star emerges on 29 February in Helsinki.