Fight 3 - JWP vs Rafik
Card: JWP vs Rafik Bakkouri
Typical opening exchanges with both fighters testing with early kicks. JWP gets thrown to the canvas from the clinch. Great technique by JWP! He coolly teeps Rafik to the ground just as he was about to step in with a kick.
The Australian does most of the chasing, closing in with punches that make only partial contact. Pretty even first round with JWP having a slight edge.
Early pressure from JWP as he closes the distance with his fists and chases Rafik to the corner. Rafik impresses with his tricky evasions although he does not attempt to counter much. Awful miss by Rafik! He nearly falls off the ropes as he attempts to swing a high kick. JWP fails to take advantage of the situation as Rafik quickly gets himself out of trouble.
Low kicks galore! Both fighters exchanging low kicks with JWP getting the better of the exchanges. Rafik makes partial contact with a reverse elbow.
The pace picks up in this round. Rafik impresses with an unorthodox but effective style of fighting- unpredictable elbow strikes sprinkled with occasional taunts.
JWP starts the round with a slight cut on his nose from one of Rafik’s elbow strikes. Awesome stuff! Rafik sweeps JWP to the canvas with a low kick as the Aussie tries to lunge in with a 1-2 midway through the round.
John continues to tag with the fists as he continues to pressure Rafik who frustrates the Australian with his awkward and somewhat effective strategy of avoiding John’s strikes by turning his back and threatening with the reverse elbow.
Explosive end to the round! Both fighters exchange a flurry of elbows that failed to make full contact.
Rafik’s beginning to find his tempo and is getting more confident in this round.
Both fighters continue to score with low kicks. More elbows on display but most fail to make contact. Awesome stuff! Rafik grabs John’s kick under his armpit and connects with a punch.
Pretty even round with Rafik having the slight edge, scoring with the low kicks and landing occasionally with his numerous elbows.
Rafik looks a little tired at the beginning of the round as John lands the first kick. Both fighters exchange knees from the clinch and Rafik again makes partial contact with an elbow.
A close affair. JWP won this fight barely. JWP might have underestimated his opponent as the underdog wins over the crowd with his tenacity and fighting spirit. Rafik shows us why he should be underrated no more! The French shows us that he can fight as well as he trash talks-well almost…