THAIBOXE MANIA – 25 janvie 2014 à Turin/Italie : KONGOLO DANS LA COUR DES GRANDS
A peine remis de ses émotions sur l’Île d’Emeraude où il a battu de manière probante le champion national, Aidan Brooks, le Lausannois Yoann Kongolo s’est déjà fixé un nouveau défi. Et quel défi!
C’est par la voix de son manager Carl Emery, que nous avons appris que le kickboxeur Helvético-Congolais allait connaître son premier test au niveau mondial en affrontant, chez lui, le Turinois Roberto Cocco quintuple champion du monde des poids super-moyens (dernière couronne obtenue en 2005).
Roberto Cocco fait l’effet d’un épouvantail puisqu’il compte une carrière incroyable de 118 combats, 85 victoires dont 42 par KO, 30 défaites et 3 match nuls. Il est, en outre, série “A” de boxe professionnelle et reste sur 4 victoires en 2013. (voir palmarès complet et biographie Wikipédia ci-dessous)
Les hommes de coin de Kongolo du Yamabushi Competition Team Genève (Philippe Brélaz, Eric Mossière et Luca Staeger) auront fort à faire pour trouver la bonne stratégie pour venir à bout de ce monument des rings qu’est Cocco.
En étant choisi pour combattre dans le cadre de cette soirée exceptionnelle de la THAIBOXE MANIA de Turin, Yoann Kongolo confirme qu’il joue désormais dans la cour des grands. Au programme de ce gala figurent ni plus ni moins que les plus grands noms actuel du kickboxing et de la boxe thaïe, jugez plutôt :
Sittichai SITSONGPEENONG – Chingiz ALLAZOV – Warren STEVELMANS – Yuri BESSMERTNY et Lucian DANILENCU
Photos libres de droit et interviews, demandes à adresser à Carl Emery : firstname.lastname@example.org
May 16, 1977 (age 36)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) – Weight 78 kg (170 lb; 12.3 st)
Division Middleweight – Super Middleweight – Light Heavyweight
Style Boxing, Muay Thai
Team Dojo Miura
Professional boxing record: 18 fights – Wins 10 – By knockout 5 – Losses 7 – By knockout 2 – Draws 1
Kickboxing record: 118 fights – Wins 85 – By knockout 42 – Losses 30 – Draws 3
Roberto Cocco (born May 16, 1977) is an Italian super middleweight Muay Thai kickboxer and boxer, fighting out of Dojo Miura in his home town of Turin, Italy. He is a former three time I.S.K.A. kickboxing world champion and one time World Kickboxing Network (W.K.N.) Thai-boxing world Champion.
Roberto started learning martial arts aged six in his home town of Turin. He began with Judo but would soon progress to kickboxing despite initial attempts by his parents to discourage him. Through his teen years he attended several competitions in full contact kickboxing and boxing winning the Italian title at amateur level. In 1995 he started to learn Thai-boxing under coach Marco Franza and would turn pro not long after. In 2001, after picking up a number of victories on the domestic scene or across the border in France, Roberto had his first shot at a major title. He faced Carlos Heredia for the I.S.K.A. world title, winning a decision victory after twelve rounds – something Cocco was not used to, having usually faced opponents over three to five rounds.
As a new world champion, doors opened for Roberto and he found himself in position for more honours; defeating Stephan Mbida to claim the W.P.K.C. intercontinental belt, and then going across to São Paulo, Brazil to unify the I.S.K.A. and U.W.K.F. world titles. Throughout 2003, Cocco would defend his I.S.K.A. belt for the second time and win the W.K.N. world title by defeating Carlos Heredia once again, this time only taking one round as opposed to twelve, in a TKO victory.
In 2003 he signed with the recently created SuperLeague, defeating Foad Sadeghi by knockout in his organizational debut in Vienna. By joining the promotion Roberto would face a much stiffer rate of competition, with many of his rivals European and world champions with plenty of fight experience. He found this out to his cost when he faced Joerie Mes in his next SuperLeague match, losing by KO in the fourth round. Between 2003 and 2006 (when the promoted ceased to exist), Roberto had a losing record with SuperLeague, good wins against Foad Sadeghi and Moises Baptista De Sousa tempered by a number of defeats, finishing with a 2 and 7 record with the promotion. He had some success on other circuits, however, defeating Roberto Castro in 2005 to claim the W.A.K.O. Pro world title.
As SuperLeague folded, Cocco started focusing more on professional boxing defeating former kickboxing rival Alexander Dredhaj on his debut in 2006. He would have a number of boxing bouts in his native Italy, culminating in a fight for the vacant W.B.C. Mediterranean title, losing a decision to Nikola Sjekloca. So far, unable to replicate his success on the kickboxing circuit he would be unsuccessful in his two other boxing title fights to date, losing three fights for the Italian title in 2008 and 2010 (two times). Returning to kickboxing action in Europe, in between boxing, Cocco managed to pick up some good wins, defeating Thomas Hladky and multiple Muaythai world champion Rayen Simson to claim the Kings of Kickboxing Munich title in 2007, but dropping decisions to Yohan Lidon, Jiri Zak and Dmitry Shakuta.
He lost to Yury Bessmertny by TKO due to a cut at Thai Boxe Mania in Turin, Italy on November 24, 2012. Even though the cut was caused by an accidental headbutt, Bessmertny was given the win rather than the bout being made a no contest.
He lost a unanimous decision to Karapet Karapetyan at Glory 7: Milan in Milan, Italy on April 20, 2013.
2007 “Kings of Kickboxing” Munich preliminary tournament title -75 kg
2005 Kombat League Venezia K-1 rules tournament champion -76 kg
2005 W.A.K.O. Pro Full-Contact middleweight world champion -75 kg
2003 W.K.N. Thai-boxing super welterweight world champion -72.6 kg
2003 I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world champion -75 kg (2nd title defence)
2002 U.W.K.F. Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg
2002 I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world champion -75 kg (1st title defence)
2002 W.P.K.C. Thai-boxing intercontinental champion -76 kg
2001 I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world champion -75 kg
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2013-04-20 Loss Karapet Karapetyan Glory 7: Milan
Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2012-02-05 Loss Yury Bessmertny Thai Boxe Mania Turin, Italy TKO (cut)
2012-02-05 Loss Artur Kyshenko Thai Boxe Mania Turin, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2011-11-06 Loss Artem Levin Muay Thai Premier League: Round 3 Hague, Netherlands TKO
2011-10-08 Loss Kaoklai Kaennorsing Muaythai Premier League: Round 2 Padua, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
2011-03-18 Win Marius Ti?? WAKO Pro GP ’11: Romania vs Italy Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2011-02-26 Win Aurel Pirtea X1 Boxing Promotion Turin, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2010-11-13 Win Mario Agatic X1 Boxing Promotion Ivrea, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2010-10-30 Win Barish Tunal X1 Boxing Promotion Turin, Italy KO 1
2008-04-12 Loss Dmitry Shakuta K-1 Italy Oktagon 2008 Milan, Italy Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2007-06-23 Loss Jiri Zak 5 Knockout Fight Night, Final Lucerne, Switzerland Decision 3 3:00
Fight was for “Kings of Kickboxing 2007” Lucerne tournament title -75kg. 2007-06-23 Win Bakar Barakat 5 Knockout Fight Night, Semi Final Lucerne, Switzerland Decision 3 3:00
2007-05-26 Loss Yohan Lidon Abano Grand Prix 2007 Abano Terme, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2007-03-10 Win Rayen Simson Steko’s Fight Night 23, Final Munich, Germany Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Wins “Kings of Kickboxing 2007” Munich preliminary tournament title -75kg.
2007-03-10 Win Thomas Hladky Steko’s Fight Night 23, Semi Final Munich, Germany Decision 3 3:00
2006-12-09 Loss Najim Ettouhali Judgement Day Roosendaal, Netherlands Decision 5 3:00
2006-07-02 Loss Ibrahim Tamazaev King of the Kings 2 Milan, Italy Decision 5 3:00
2006-03-11 Loss Dany Bill SuperLeague Apocalypse 2006 Paris, France Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2006-01-28 Loss Dmitry Shakuta SuperLeague Hungary 2006 Budapest, Hungary Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2005-10-22 Loss Clifton Brown SuperLeague Heavy Knockout 2005 Vienna, Austria Decision 3 3:00
2005-05-27 Win Rosario Presti Kombat League Venezia, Final Mestre, Italy Decision 3 3:00
Wins Kombat League Venezia K-1 rules tournament -76kg.
2005-05-27 Win Salvatore Abate Kombat League Venezia, Semi Final Mestre, Italy KO 1
2005-05-27 Win Guaye Dauda Kombat League Venezia, Quarter Finals Mestre, Italy Decision 3 3:00
2005-05-21 Win Moises Baptista De Sousa SuperLeague Germany 2005 Oberhausen, Germany KO (High Kick)4
2005-04-05 Win Ryan Roy Lumpinee Stadium Bangkok, Thailand KO 2
2005-03-19 Win Ricardo Verschuren Turin, Italy KO 1
2005-02-19 Win Roberto Castro The King of Kings Milan, Italy TKO (Ref Stop/2 Knockdowns) 2
Wins W.A.K.O. Pro Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg.
2004-12-11 Loss Cesar Cordoba Superliga 2004 Federacion Catalana Barcelona, Spain Decision 5 3:00
2004-04-24 Win Shingo Eguchi K-1 Italy 2004 Milan, Italy Decision 5 3:00
2004-03-30 Loss Jiri Zak SuperLeague Italy 2004 Padova, Italy Decision 5 3:00
2003-12-06 Win Yassine Perricot Collegno, Italy Decision
2003-09-27 Loss Joerie Mes SuperLeague Germany 2003 Wuppertal, Germany KO 4
2003-05-10 Win Foad Sadeghi SuperLeague Austria 2003 Vienna, Austria KO (Knee) 4
2003-04-12 Win Carlos Heredia Turin, Italy TKO 1
Wins W.K.N. Thai-boxing super welterweight world title -72.6 kg.
2003-03-29 Win Viorel Bondoc Rome, Italy TKO 3
Retains I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg (2nd defence).
2002-11-30 Win Takaaki Nakamura Kickboxing Mondiale 3 Padova, Italy Decision 5 3:00
2002-06-19 Win Isaul Torrão Soares São Paulo, Brazil KO 5
Wins Soares U.W.K.F. Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg & retains I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg (1st defence).
2002-06-19 Win Stephan Mbida Peschiera Borromeo, Italy Decision 5 3:00
Wins W.P.K.C. Thai-boxing intercontinental title -76 kg.
2002-05-15 Win Michele Verginelli Oktagon Milano Milan, Italy KO 5
2002-04-15 Win Chucovich Collegno, Italy Decision
2002-04-01 Win Kugler Oktagon Roma Rome, Italy KO 1
2001-10-13 Win Paolo Reverberi Bologna, Italy KO 2
2001-10-13 Win Cico Zerbini Borgaro Torinese, Italy Decision
2001-07-14 Win Cloudran Casale Monferrato, Italy Decision
2001-06-12 Win Carlos Heredia Turin, Italy Decision 12 2:00
Wins I.S.K.A. Full-Contact middleweight world title -75 kg.
2001-04-14 Win John Yale Turin, Italy KO 1
2001-02-24 Win Clarence Montauban, France Decision
2001-03-10 Loss Bernard Mersch Saint-Étienne, France Decision
2001-02-24 Win Giovanni Perlunger Trieste, Italy Decision
2001-02-10 Draw Alexander Dredhaj Collegno, Italy Decision Draw
Roberto Cocco Official Site
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