WORLD champion Steve Moxon will fight Dzhabar Azkerov in a bid to determine Australia’s best kickboxer at the “Kings of Kombat 9” on Saturday.
The Ballarat-based International Kickboxing Federation world champion is keen to knock out his middleweight rival in the headline fight at the Keysborough Springers Leisure Centre.
Azkerov, who formerly represented Russia, became an Australian resident last year and heads into the fight with a win against two-time K-1 World MAX champion Andy Souwer earlier this year.
Training out of Ballarat’s Barbarian Muay Thai Gym, Moxon sees the fight as an ideal preparation for when he puts his title on the line in Greece later this year.
“It’s been hyped up as a bragging rights fight more than anything else,” 25-year-old Moxon said.
“But it will still be a good fight. He’s fast, he has power – and so do I. One way or another there will be a knockout.”
Another of Barbarian’s fighters, 20-year-old Cobie Brigham, is also turning heads after claiming his third state title.
Fighting against Jordan Maslan at Moonee Valley, Brigham won by technical knockout in the fourth round.