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Kazakh fighter asserts win over Geje Eustaquio was no fluke

Former flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov maintained that he won fair and square over his Filipino rival, Team Lakay stalwart Geje Eustaquio, in their controversial bout last September.

Which is why he was quite surprised about having to go through a rematch against Eustaquio.

Geje Eustaquio looks at Kairat Akhmetov after losing a controversial decision. ABS-CBN News File Photo
“Without question, I won the bout against Geje Eustaquio last September. At first, I thought that I would get a third bout with Adriano Moraes for the belt," the Kazakh fighter said.

"I guess everything happens for a reason. I respect ONE Championship’s decision. I am just honoring the process.”

In their first encounter, Eustaquio was able to daze Akhmetov with a couple of upkicks in the first round.

The referee, however, temporarily halted the fight and inadvertently allowed the dazed Kazakh to recover.

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