Bellator Kickboxing 5 took place today in Torino, Italy and it did not disappoint.
The event was headlined by Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Amansio Paraschiv. Petrsoyan was in vintage form as he out struck Paraschiv for three rounds. He consistently found a home for his kicks and knees to the body of Paraschiv. Entering the third and final round it was clear that Paraschiv needed a knock out to win and he came out aggressive. Petrosyan halted any attempt at a rally with a left punch that dropped Paraschiv. He was able to beat the count, but was not as aggressive afterwards and he was able to make it the distance. Petrosyan was awarded a unanimous decision. He has now won nine straight fights.
In the co-main event women’s flyweight champion Denise Kielholtz put her title on the line against Martine Michieletto. Despite being the shorter fighter, Kielholtz was able to get on the inside and user her boxing to score points. She mixed in the occasional low kick, and was able to avoid much damage from her opponent. Michieletto was able to connect with some solid strikes throughout the fight, but in the end Kielholtz was able to take home a unanimous decision. With the win Kielholtz has now improved to 4-1 in the Bellator Kickboxing ring.
John Wayne Parr made a stellar promotional debut against Nando Calzetta. The Australian Muay Thai legend went toe-to-toe with Calzetta. As the second round was coming to an end Parr fired off a right head kick that flattened out Calzetta with one second left in the round. He continues to defy father time. While most fighters start to taper off at 40, Parr has looked just as good as he did in his prime.
In other action Mustapha Haida won a split decision over Enriko Kehl. It was clear from his reaction when the decision was announced that Kehl did not agree, he has since filed a formal appeal.
Peruvian stand out Gaston Bolanos made his promotional debut. He took home a unanimous decision over Luca D’Isanto.
Bellator Kickboxing 5 Results:
Giorgio Petrosyan def. Amansio Paraschiv via Unanimous Decision
Denise Kielholtz def. Martine Michieletto via Unanimous Decision – Retains Bellator Kickboxing Women’s Flyweight Title
John Wayne Parr def. Nando Calzetta via KO (Kick) at 2:59 of Rd. 2
Mustapha Haida def. Enriko Kehl via Split Decision
Gaston Bolanos def. Luca D’Isanto via Unanimous Decision