ONE ban­tamweight (61.3 - 65.8kg)

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RE­SULT: Belin­gon wins by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion

One of the night’s most an­tic­i­pated match-ups turned out to be among the least ex­cit­ing for fans, as Filip­pino wushu ex­pert Kevin “The Si­lencer” Belin­gon de­feated Ta­jik­istan’s Muin Ga­furov in a numb­ing three­r­ound bout of eva­sions and point-count­ing. Belin­gon pre­pared for Ga­furov’s ver­sa­tile ground game, and the train­ing paid off in a mostly stand­ing fight that saw Belin­gon score via high and low kicks while Ga­furov, 20 years old and look­ing to re­verse course after his first ca­reer loss in April, saw re­peated ef­forts to take down his op­po­nent frus­trated.

With nei­ther fighter hav­ing landed a blow two min­utes into the first round, the crowd be­gan wildly call­ing for a “hit”. Ga­furov had a chance for a hold at the end of the first round be­fore he was in­ter­rupted the bell. The sec­ond round saw much of the same, with Belin­gon con­tin­u­ing to land low kicks and knees. The third round also fea­tured plenty of danc­ing, and in the end, judges ruled in favour of Belin­gon, whose light­ning wushu strikes notched him enough points for vic­tory.

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

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