A big well done to Dimitar Ivanov for putting on a very good performance at his first K-1 kickboxing competition.  Dimitar fought a very experienced opponent with more than 10 previous fights in MMA, K-1 and boxing.

The first round commenced with Dimitar controlling the centre of the cage, pushing his opponent backwards, where he managed to use some good boxing combinations, knocking his opponent down for an 8-second count in the first round.

After an explosive and strong first round, with a scoring advantage against his opponent, Dimitar took his foot of the gas a little in the second round, circling the cage, and using a few short and accurate attacks against his opponent which were very damaging.  Dimitar did not take the opportunity to use as many kicks as he could have to break his opponent down, but during the third round, he connected with a clear and precise middle kick to the ribs and a head kick which caught his opponent off balance, then followed with some good boxing combinations, dropping his opponent to the canvas for a second time.  His opponent put his right knee down on the canvas to prevent further attacks and a knockdown from Dimitar.   Due to lack of experience, Dimitar followed with one punch after his opponent had put his knee on the canvas, resulting in an illegal punch with points deducted.

Fair play to both fighters for an intense and fantastic performance.  The fight was awarded to his opponent, but his corner and his opponent were very surprised by the judges’ decision, as so were we, but sometimes, the best fighter does not always win!

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