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France’s Yohan Lidon to defend WKN title at ‘La Nuit des Challenge 19’ in Saint-Fons

Yohan Lidon [center] (©World Kickboxing Network)

Yohan Lidon [center] (©World Kickboxing Network)

Fighting out of Lyon, France, Yohan Lidon, 36, will defend his World Kickboxing Network (WKN) World Super Middleweight Championship belt in the main event of “La Nuit des Challenge 19” in Saint-Fons, France on December 14, 2019. It will be the fifth time he is defending the title.

Lidon claimed the prestigious WKN strap on May 19, 2016 by knockout in the fourth round against Karapet Karapetyan, 36, of Nijmegen, Netherlands at “Capital Fights” in Paris, France. On August 4, 2016, the Frenchman made his first successful title defense scoring a unanimous decision against Danijel “Fresh Prince” Solaja, 26, at the VIP event “Fight Night Saint Tropez 4” in St. Tropez, France.

On May 4, 2017, Lidon retained the belt also by unanimous decision against Patrik Vidakovics, 27, of Baja, Hungary at “Dubai Fight” at The One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Hollywood actor and martial artist Michael Jai White attended the event and raised Lidon’s hand following the victory.

Yohan Lidon, Michael Jai White (©World Kickboxing Network)

Yohan Lidon, Michael Jai White (©World Kickboxing Network)

Lidon’s third and fourth successful title defenses also took place in St. Tropez. He knocked out Florian Kroger, 38, of Hamburg, Germany at “Fight Night Saint-Tropez 5” on August 4, 2017 and defeated Yoann Kongolo, 31, of Lausanne, Switzerland via unanimous decision in their rematch at “Fight Night Saint Tropez 6” on August 4, 2018.

It was a redemptive win for Lidon. He lost via unanimous decision to Kongolo at “Glory 42: Paris” on June 10, 2017 in Paris.

The fifth kickboxer to try to dethrone Lidon as the reigning WKN World Super Middleweight Champion has yet to be announced. The title bout is set for five three-minute rounds under oriental rules.

“La Nuit des Challenge 19” is presented by Lidon’s trainer Nasser Kacem. The rest of fight card will see the best French fighters and international competitors, including a newly crowned two-style WKN World Super Featherweight Champion Brandon Vieira, 26, of Lyon.

Born on May 7, 1983, Lidon has been competing professionally since 2002. He holds a professional kickboxing record of 98 wins, 39 losses and 1 draw.

Meanwhile, watch the bout between Lidon and Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, of Paris in Lyon on August 16, 2014 here:

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