Fight 12 - Dzhabar vs Soren
Card: Dzhabar Aserkov vs Soren Mongkon Tong
Dzhabar kicks off the first with a jab-low kick combo. Both fighters continue to test with jabs and low kicks. Neither connects decisively until Soren scores with a high kick that made partial contact at the 30 seconds mark.
Soren seems intent on using his reach and height advantage to run Dzhabar down. He pumps in body blows and kicks before finishing with the push kick to keep Dzhabar at bay. Dzhabar looks like a compact bundle of strength ready to explode upon his adversary at any given notice. You can feel the anticipation as he eagerly waits for an opportunity to move past Soren’s straight punches and push kicks.
30 seconds left in the round- Dzhabar finds his mark! He closes the distance and unleashes a flurry of punches to the head. Dzhabar hits HARD! He reminds me of Tyson at his prime. Soren seems stunned and remains rooted to the ground with his guard up. He does not seem to know how to react to the Russian’s power and eventually counters with a halfhearted kick.
Dzhabar scores the first down as he catches Soren with a left hook. The Aussie looks fazed as he gets back to his feet. I am certain this fight is going to end with a KO!
10 seconds remain and Dzhabar rushes in aggressively with the fists again. You can hear the impact of the punches from the stands! Genghis Khan floors the Australian with a big overhand! Soren was almost horizontal in the air before he dropped to the canvas with a loud thump! Soren remains motionless.
The crowd goes quiet as the ring doctor tries to revive him. It took almost 10 minutes before he staggers to his feet with the help of John Wayne Parr. The crowd applauds and is relieved to see him back on his feet.
What an awesome display of power by the Russian! Soren did not even get a chance to show us his reputed elbow strikes from the clinch. He seemed to have lost his confidence as soon as he felt the power of Dzhabar punches.