Davit Kiria Survives Early Pressure To Finish Enriko Kehl

Davit Kiria turns up the heat on Enriko Kehl at ONE: FIRST STRIKE.

Davit Kiria and Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl got the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinals off to a blistering start at ONE: FIRST STRIKE in the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Both men met in the middle of the Circle and traded toe-to-toe, but it was the Georgian slugger who came out on top with a first-round finish in their kickboxing battle on Friday, 15 October.

Enriko Kehl hits Davit Kiria with a cross

Kehl was the aggressor at the start of the opening frame. The German star walked Kiria down, unloaded with flurries of punches, and slammed in hard low kicks to punctuate his combinations. 

Kiria didn’t shy away from the onslaught, however. The 33-year-old Tiblisi resident stayed in the pocket with his rival and threw hard punches and knees back at him. 

“The Hurricane” had the edge in the exchanges, connecting with painful punches to the head and body while battering his rival’s legs. But soon, Kiria’s power changed the game entirely.

The Georgian rocked Kehl with a hard overhand right and then poured on the pressure with more looping rights until his opponent fell to the mat. 

When “The Hurricane” got back to his feet, the Tiblisi resident sent him down again with a left hook. Kehl found his feet once more, but one last flurry made him stumble to the canvas for the third and final time at 2:50 of round one. 

Kiria pushed his record to 40-18 with the first-round TKO win, and he advances to the semifinals as one of the tournament’s dark horses. 

In his post-bout interview with Mitch Chilson, Kiria was happy that he got the result, and that the battle was entertaining. 

“I’m very emotional because I won today, and my day is made. I promised to bring one of the best fights, and I think I brought it,” he said.

Read more: ONE: FIRST STRIKE – Live Results And Highlights For Every Fight

More in News

Rambolek Chor Ajalaboon Soner Sen ONE Friday Fights 51 12
Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Jacob Smith kneel at ONE 157
Petsukumvit Boi Bangna Kongsuk Fairtex ONE Friday Fights 53 14
Scottish Muay Thai fighter Amy Pirnie
Songchainoi Kiatsongrit Rak Erawan ONE Friday Fights 71 8
Hiroba Minowa Gustavo Balart ONE 165 53
Maurice Abevi Zhang Lipeng ONE Fight Night 22 5
Mayssa Bastos Kanae Yamada ONE Fight Night 20 8
Sean Climaco Josue Cruz ONE Fight Night 22 44
American MMA fighter Jarred Brooks
Danielle Kelly Jessa Khan ONE Fight Night 14 62