Eduard Irimia, the Superkombat President, had this to say about the deal, “In today’s media landscape, it is more important than ever to partner with the right people. We are very happy with this new partnership. Five’s is one of the biggest production companies in Europe, which will help us grow our TV production around the world.”
Five’s International holds more than 500 events a year and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Irimia continued, “Together we will make big things. Dream big, set goals and take action.”
The strategic partnership with the European production company is the second major deal the promotion has announced in the past three months. Superkombat previously announced a partnership with U.S.-based cable television channel, CBS Sports Network. The television deal will feature six broadcasts on the channel with the first coming on Friday, April 7.
The promotion announced the first event of the year will broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on Fight Box HD from the Beraria H in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday, March 12. The 11-fight card features qualifying fights for the first Superkombat World Grand Prix event on April 7. Tickets for the event are available here.
In the evening’s main event, Romania’s Sebastian Cozmâncă takes on Sweden’s Simon Ogolla. Cozmâncă has won two straight since dropping an extra-round decision to Murat Aygün on short notice in Mamaia. Cozmâncă knocked out Damián García in 64 seconds in his most recent outing at the Superkombat WGP Final in November.
The rest of the fight card features up-and-coming Romanian talents looking to fight their way onto next month’s event. Former Romanian arm wrestling champion, Robert Constantin, returns to the promotion against fellow Romanian heavyweight Mihaiţă Golescu, following his second-round knockout of Andrei Sugar in Mamaia. Romanian light heavyweights Sebastian Ciobanu and Cosmin Ionescu cross paths after scoring impressive wins in their previous outings. Rounding out the main card, Romanians Robert Orbocea and Alex Filip welcome the Netherland’s Moriba Kosiah and Switzerland’s Daniel Stefanovski, respectively.
The full fight card for the March 12 event can be found below.
Robert Constantin vs. Mihaiţă Golescu
Sebastian Ciobanu vs. Cosmin Ionescu
Robert Orbocea vs. Moriba Kosiah
Alex Filip vs. Daniel Stefanovski
Andrejs Baranov vs. Eduard Chelariu
Dumitru Topai vs. Nicolai Buceac
Jian Amiri vs. Adelin Mihaila
Dragos Imbrea vs. Ionut Sandur
Cosmin Maxim vs. Alex Radnev