Lucas Martins Gets New Opponent at BRAVE CF 53, After Grabinski Forced to Pull Out

For the second time in less than 3 months the Lightweight bout between Lucas “Mineiro” Martins and Marcel Grabinski suffers a last-minute cancelation — although, this time, not so much like before, when Grabsinki fell ill during the interval between the co-main event and the main event of the evening. 

According to BRAVE CF officials, Grabinski was forced to withdraw from the rescheduled bout a little bit less than week prior to the event due to Covid-19 protocols. Marcel hasn’t traveled to Kazakhstan and will be replaced by local standout Olzhas Eskaraev. 

Martins, who saw his fight against Grabinski cancelled again, expressed his frustration, but thanked Eskaraev for taking the fight on short notice. The bout will be contested at a Catchweight of 74kg.

‘’It’s tough, I was in disbelief when I heard about it. I’ve been training specifically for Grabinski for four months, now I will have to bring a new strategy in four days for a new fighter. But I would like to thank Olzhas for taking the fight. I had a long journey and I need to fight’’. 

BRAVE CF 53 moves on without Grabinski, but with Martins secured. The event will take place on August 21st, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and will be held in association with Octagon Fight. In the main event of the evening, Tae Kyun Kim takes on Nurzhan Akishev in the Featherweight division.


BRAVE CF 53/Octagon League 22 Full Fight Card:


Featherweight: Nurzhan Akishev vs Tae Kyun Kim

Catchweight 73kg: Vasiliy Takhtay vs Roger Sampaio

Flyweight: Asu Almabaev vs Aleksander Doskalchuk

Catchweight 74kg: Olzhas Eskaraev vs Lucas Martins 

Bantamweight: Brad Katona vs Bair Shtepin

Flyweight: Azat Maksum vs Flavio Queiroz

Catchweight 68kg: Ilyar Askhanov vs Akhmed Magomedov


Octagon Prelims

Catchweight 59kg: Damir Tolenov vs Nurbek Bolotbekov

Flyweight: Aktore Batyrbek vs Ernis Abdilakim Uulu

Light Heavyweight: Karim Ruzbakiev vs Kodirkhon Ganiev

Welterweight: Bauyrzhan Kuanyshbayev vs Fakhriddin Mardiev

Catchweight 59kg: Alisher Gabdullin vs Bekzat Saparov

Heavyweight: Islambek Baktybekuulu vs Zhasur Mirzamukhamedov

Super Lightweight: Maksat Zholdosh vs Sanjarbek Erkinov

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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