FIGHT FOR IT IX RECAP: George Kopa’s explosive pace claims the 170 lbs. belt from Josh Crouch

It was a battle of champions when the incumbent Fight For It champion Josh Crouch defended his title against Georges Kopa, the Lightning Strikes and IKF titleholder. And it certainly lived up to expectations.

Kopa largely kept Crouch at range, snapping out long straight kicks to the body and following with swift boxing combinations inside. But Crouch punished Kopa’s lead leg with heavy round kicks, and kept a tight defensive posture to work his way into the pocket. Crouch’s brawling instincts kept him marching forward, firing off combinations, even as Kopa’s explosive combos and long attacks frustrated his momentum.

In the end, it was Kopa’s sudden, rangy attacks that landed the most volume, and earned the judges’ decision. Kopa now holds a 10-2 kickboxing record and controls the strap across three promotions, while Crouch goes back to the drawing board with a 5-2 record.