The icon of French kickboxing, Jerome LeBanner, was in action again today in France when he faced off against SUPERKOMBAT regular Roman Kleibl at Time Fight 3. Also on the card, Kharim Ghajji, most well known for his stunning upset KO of Aikpracha Meenayothin, faced Yuri Bessmertny, fresh off his loss to Artur Kyshenko at LEGEND in Russia.
In the main event of the evening, Jerome Lebanner overcame a rocky start to show that age was only a number. The 40 year old Frenchman rallied after a bad first round and delivered a crushing kick to Roman Kleibl’s arm in round 2. Kleibl went down for an 8 count, made it up, and was sent back down again moments later by another brutal kick from JLB. It appeared as though Kleibl’s arm was broken.
With his opponent unable to continue, Lebanner was awarded the TKO victory in Round 2.
Jerome LeBanner is an example of a diminishing career done right. In the past few fights he’s faced less than stiff competition, including his two previous fights against Japan’s Koichi Pettas under the GLORY banner. But with that being said, JLB hasn’t taken much punishment in the last two years, still fights regularly, earns a decent paycheck, and is technically sound enough to beat some of the top 15-30 heavyweights in the world.
On the other hand, fighters like Peter Aerts and Remy Bonjasky are taking high risk high reward match-ups and are emerging damaged more often than not. Even Aert’s recent come from behind super-win over Jamal Bin Saddick saw the Dutch Lumberjack nearly finished in the opening round. At his age, that type of abuse is much harder to recover from. Remy Bonjasky faced a crushing and brutal defeat against Tyrone Spong at GLORY 5 London, and was showing his age against Saddick at the heavyweight tournament.
JLB is preserving his legacy and his health. He’s winning enough to stay relevant against opponent’s that are nothing to sneeze at, while still fighting frequently and avoiding the knockout. Not bad for a 40 year old.
In the co-main event of the night, Kharim Ghajji took a decision victory over Yury “The Prince” Bessmertny. Ghajji outworked Bessmertny with his punching combinations and quick start. It’s a good win for Ghajji, but if Bessmertny wants to stay relevant at this weight he needs to be more aggressive from the opening bell.
You can check out the full results below, and be sure to stay up to date for even more Kickboxing goodness!
Jerome LeBanner def. Roman Kleibl by TKO in Rd. 2
Kharim Ghajji def. Yuri Bessmertny by Unanimous Decision
Roman Krkria def. Pacome Assi by TKO (Cut) in Rd. 1
Aziz Hlali vs Super X : Draw