Savate practitioner Gian Carlo Bilon blasted Japanese Norihisa Watanabe in a light contact match via unanimous decision to win in the Andy Kunz’s Fight Night organized by the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) Philippines on Saturday at the Makati Cinema Square in Pasong Tamo, Makati City.
Bilon, who also studies Jeet Kune Do, gave his Japanese rival something to remember when he hit him with a solid axe kick in the fourth of their exciting fifth round 63-kg bout. Watanabe fought gallantly in the fifth round but was not enough to beat the Filipino fighter.
The 29-year-old fighter from Quezon City improved his win-loss record to 3-1.
“I got nervous when I hit him with a strong axe kick. Since our fight is a light contact or continuous kicking and punching, I shouldn’t hit that hard otherwise I will be disqualified. I’m happy that I survived because my Japanese opponent is good,” Bilon told The Manila Times in an interview.
“It is an honor to fight Watanabe who is a senior fighter than me.”
Watanabe, who also practices French kickboxing or Savate, dropped to 0-2 record.
In other results, Warren Medina defeated Arnel Sabandal via unanimous decision in the 69 kg class and Yaw-Yan Fervilleon’s Joy Damacio scored a first round technical knockout win over Francis Mago in the 52 kg division.
Japanese Rumiko Umeda (36-10-2 win-loss-draw record) won by default over Filipino fighter Kate Abayan of Davao who did not show up in their 52 kg women main event bout.
“I’m happy with the fight. I observed different fighters over different events and there was a positive development. You have learned steadily,” said Andy Kunz.
“Our next destination is the 2018 World Cup in Argentina. A Philippine World Champion is the goal.”
Kunz, the current WKF Philippines president, also promoted his book “Kickboxing” with an introduction of Filipino kickboxing expert and multiple champion Master Jacky Magdangal, who is also a Muay Thai champion.
JOSEF T. RAMOS