BKFC 54 featured an absurd incident as a shoe mishap ended a fight in the first round. Kaloyan Kolev secured his first TKO win in the boxing ring, improving his MMA record to 11-1. Read more about the bizarre incident and Kolev’s background.
In a bizarre turn of events, the BKFC 54 undercard fight between Kaloyan Kolev and Amer Abdulnabi ended in the first round due to a shoe mishap. Abdulnabi’s shoes were so slick that he couldn’t maintain his balance, leading to multiple falls. The referee attempted to find a solution but ultimately had to stop the fight. With this victory, Kolev’s MMA record stands at 11-1, and he now holds a 1-0 record in bare-knuckle fighting. UFC fans may recognize Kolev from his appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, where he suffered a knockout loss against Armen Petrosyan.
BKFC has become the leading bare-knuckle boxing promotion worldwide, organizing events across the globe and attracting top talents from boxing and mixed martial arts. This week, BKFC 54 took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, followed by BKFC 55 in Leeds, England. However, it was during the BKFC 54 undercard that a truly absurd incident occurred. Kaloyan Kolev and Amer Abdulnabi, both light heavyweight MMA fighters, made their boxing debut in a scheduled five-round bout. Unfortunately, the fight didn’t last beyond the first round due to an unexpected shoe mishap. Abdulnabi’s shoes were so slick that he couldn’t maintain his balance and kept falling to the mat whenever he attempted to strike. The referee attempted to find a solution, but when tape didn’t help, he had no choice but to stop the fight. As a result, Kolev secured his first TKO win in the boxing ring, improving his record to 11-1 in MMA and 1-0 in bare-knuckle fighting. Kolev is known to UFC fans for his appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, where he suffered a knockout loss in the first round against Armen Petrosyan.