Rafael Fiziev made an incredible debut at ROAD FC 39 last weekend, earning himself a slot in the promotion’s $1 Million Lightweight Tournament. Injury has now put a halt to the race towards the prized purse.
ROAD FC 39: Full Results and analysis
Fiziev suffered a hand injury in the bout and was immediately sent to hospital. He was treated at Injae University Seoul Paik Hospital and diagnosed with a broken bone in his hand which will require surgery. The length of recovery will be several months, rendering him unable to compete in the opening round which is scheduled for 15 July at ROAD FC 40.
At the final International Trials bout, he faced Kim Seung-Yeon who looked to have a sizable reach and height advantage. Fiziev tactfully went in and pulverized Kim’s legs with kicks, battered him with body punches, and finished him off with head shots. The Kyrgyzstani did not let the fight leave the first round, where he earned a TKO at 4:25.