Superkombat have announced that middleweight champion Greece’s “Iron” Mike Zambidis will make the first defence of his title against Harun Kina on January 17th.
This fight is the first in a new concept for the European contingency, who will allow recognised promotions to host world title and grand prix elimination fights internationally through licencing. With Iron Challenge 2015 from Athens, Greece, at the Indoor Stadium of Tae Kwon Do being the inaugural showcase.
Superkombat President Eduard Irimia said: “To cover the whole world with tryouts in a short amount of time by ourselves is impossible, that’s why we will accept different promotions that are ready to host eliminations rounds to give chances for fighters around the world.
“The condition is to invite fighters from Superkombat or fighters accepted for future event from our matchmaking team. We have a lot of requests and we want to give a chance to all promoter, of course, in our conditions, to be part of Superkombat family.”
The bout is a rematch from Superkombat’s VIP Edition event in Bucharest, Romania in August 2013, where Zambidis (153-22, 86 KOs) won the vacant Superkombat middleweight title via unanimous decision.
Zambidis, the former 2002 K-1 World Max Oceania Champion, brings Turkey’s Kuna to Athens, in a heated grudge match between the two countries.
He said: “I’m in a schedule of intense and constant preparation and in very good athletic condition. I am looking forward to fight again in my country, in front of the Greek public that supports me all these years.
I am waiting all of you at the Tae Kwon Do Indoor Stadium of Paleo Faliro, on January 17th to keep the Superkombat belt in Greece together.”
The Superkombat 2015 season will officially start on March 7 with the first World Grand Prix of the year. More details to follow soon.