Point Fighting

Shortly after celebrating their one year anniversary, Jessie Wray's Virtual Fight Tour was back in action Saturday night with a card full of up-and-coming talent and seasoned professionals. In addition to the exciting point fighting matchups, Maria Routel-Ferguson of Team AmeriKick demonstrated her bo routine and Gakuji Tozaki performed his traditional Japanese kata after recently winning gold at the Karate-1 Premier League event in Cairo, Egypt. There were several great storylines throughout the fighting divisions that included four head-to-head matchups and two team fights. Keep reading to find out how it all went down.

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The 2021 AmeriKick Internationals, promoted by Bob Leiker and Mark Russo, was the third NASKA world tour event since the league returned from its COVID-19 hiatus. The event celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend as the action went down in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Rashad "The Black Mamba" Eugene was the talk of the tournament, coming home with three overall grand championship titles in the men's forms and weapons divisions. Eugene has become a fan-favorite in recent years for his fun-loving demeanor around the ring and exceedingly creative performances in the weapons divisions, using everything from triple bo staff to a broomstick. His first title of the weekend came in the traditional weapons category. He carried that momentum into the Saturday night finals where he defeated Cody Leck and Donis Coronel to claim the creative/musical/extreme (CMX) forms title, and followed that up with a double bo performance to secure the trifecta with a win over Team Paul Mitchell's Alex Mancillas and Kung Fu bull whip specialist Aaron Keys. Eugene's weekend is of historical significance, as this marks the first time in recent memory that a competitor has won their first career NASKA overall grand championship while claiming three such titles at one event.

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Ross "Turbo" Levine dominated Andrei Grinevich in his Karate Combat debut to secure a unanimous decision win. Grinevich scored a couple of early takedowns, but was unable to deliver any substantial damage. Levine swung the momentum in his favor by the end of the first round with devastating calf kicks and a powerful head kick. The second and third rounds were all Levine as the Brooklyn native continued his onslaught of calf kicks and used his sport karate-style fakes to open up striking opportunities. As the fight reached the closing moments, Levine started hunting for the highlight and rocked Grinevich with another head kick that sent the Belarusian to the mat. When the dust settled, Grinevich hobbled out of the arena as Levine's hand was raised in victory.

If you were unable to watch the fight live on YouTube, you can watch the action unfold tonight on CBS Sports at 10:00 PM ET.

After signing an exclusive multi-year deal with Karate Combat back in May, sport karate legend Ross Levine will make his debut for the promotion in less than 24 hours. Levine, the all-time Warrior Cup wins leader, will use his point fighting-turned full-contact skills in a middleweight bout against Andrei Grinevich.

Following his dominant sport karate career, Levine took his talents to Glory Kickboxing where he maintained his undefeated full-contact record and won "Knockout of the Year" honors in 2019. This fight will take place as part of the ninth event in Karate Combat's third season. Tune in on August 26th at 4:00 PM ET on Karate.com or 10:00 PM ET on CBS Sports.

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