EAST vs WEST, by Engin Terzi Istanbul, Turkey, February 12, 2022. Watched and recorded by: Paweł Gawenda. Enjoy! ()
Ramzi Tayba vs Vladyslav Dzisiak 0:3
The competitors were rather unknown to the public. A quick and easy victory for the much older Vladyslav. Once again the saying „Old man strength” turned out to be true.
Anna Grönlund vs Angie Rose 1:3
Very strong ladies had a good fight, they fought till the very end. Anna seemed to have a stronger arm but Angie had a hand advantage. The duels usually ended up in straps where after a good fight, the American pressed the Dane against the pillow.
Jonathan Breda vs Zurab Tavberidze 0:3
Here we have a rather unpopular American competitor. When I was looking for some of his duels, I found his loss after a tough fight with Ron Bath in a hook. This time, Zurab was much stronger this time. The duel with not much story to it was won by Tavberidze in seconds after each round.
Ron Bath vs Efe Kömek 0:3
Another match without much to talk about, Efe beat Ron after a quick top roll, sometimes the American resisted a little. A solid victory for the Turkish athlete.
Sandris Sedis vs Chance Shaw 3:0
The result might be a little misleading because the fight was rather even. Moreover, Chance almost won in the first round because Sandris went for the tricep but the American caught him rather easily and almost brought him to the pillow. There was a fault in the last seconds, though. Next thing you knew, the Latvian changed his strategy and fought through the top where you could see he had control over the American’s hand; though Chance had a strong side pressure and Sandris had to struggle a lot to win. The final result was 3:0 but it was much more event than one could expect.
Artyom Morozov vs Tobias Sporrong 3:1
A big unknown, two young athletes with big strength and posture. The Swede was very quick and almost won over Artyom in the first fight but he eventually lost to the competitor from Kazachstan. In straps we could see clear domination from Morozov and a finish in a hook. Tobias managed to win one round with a quick hit but the other ones were dominated by Morozov in the hook and he won easily.
Fia Risek vs Rebecca Martinkovicova 3:0
Not much going on in this one. Each round was a slip with Rebecca in the lead. But in straps it was a completely different story and a quick win for the Swede.
Yusuf Yildizoglu vs Oleg Cherkasov 1:3
Many saw the Russian as the favorite of the match. But in the first round, quite unexpectedly, the Turkish competitor won. In the second round we had one of the best comebacks of the night. Oleg kept Yusuf inches from the pillow, you could see from his face he was giving his absolute best to this fight and after 20-30 seconds he managed to win over Yusuf. After this round you could tell the Turkish athlete was much more tired than the Russian and so Oleg managed to win the next fights in seconds but not without problems. The result was 3:1 and the second round was one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen.
Ron Bath vs Zurab Tavberidze 2:3
An absolute showstopper, one of the best matches in history!
How much of their hearts the competitors left on stage is hard to describe with words. There were many resumptions, fauls and slips. Zurab managed to turn the tables and while losing 2:0, he came back to win 2:3. It’s hard to put into words what happened there, there was a lot of drama, fighting till the very end. The fight was about 40 minutes long. I can’t wait to see replays from this duel.