Lion Fight XXIX at Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino on February 26, 2016

Lion Fight XXIX
Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino
Ledyard, Connecticut
Friday, May 27, 2016

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Lion Fight Super Welterweight Title
Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA) vs.
Armin Pumpanmuang (Kingdom of Thailand)
FRMT │ 154 lbs. │ 5×3.

Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA) vs.
Dechsakda Sitsongpeenong (Kingdom of Thailand)
FRMT │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

John Nofer (Philadelphia) vs. Jared Tipton (Maryland)
P.J. Sweda (Philadelphia) vs. Brian Del Rosario (California)
Julio Pena (Boston) vs. Travis Clay (Arizona)
Bryce Lawrence (Florida) vs. Asa Tenpow (Florida)

Tickets for Lion Fight 29, which will be held inside Foxwoods’ Fox Theater, are on sale now and can be purchased through or by calling the Foxwoods Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  Tickets are also available at the Foxwoods Box Office.

End Story MarkAXS TV will broadcast LION Fight XXIX live starting at 9 p.m.  ET/6 p.m. PT.  Visit for news, information and event updates.  Follow on Twitter @LIONFIGHT and @LionFightOfficial on Instagram.

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AMF Judge and Referee Certification

The American Muaythai Federation certification course covers the mechanics and protocols to adjudicate amateur Muay Thai competition.  Using standards of the Sports Authority of Thailand and the World Muaythai Federation (WMF).  These skills are easily adapted to various State regulatory rules and will teach you to be a proficient official, allowing for safe and fair events.

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If you are interested in becoming certified as a judge or referee, or as a coach wish to understand the criteria that should be used to judge your fighters, then this will be time well spent.

The day is broken down into theory, rules, and mechanics work in the morning, and then the afternoon is practical work with a practical and written exam to end the day.

Sitsuphan Muay Thai Boran
89 Pearl St #2, Braintree, MA 02184
Phone:  (800) 279-2650
Sunday, April the 24, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact:  Kru Jake Burke at [email protected]

End Story MarkCost is $150 for the day which includes the examination and certification.  Candidates must score 80% on the written exam and pass the practical part of the course to become certified.

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NJACB Sponsors Muay Thai Officiating Seminar

Before the ink is dry on New York’s combative sports legalization, New Jersey Athletic Control Board shows why it is the undisputed national regulatory leader.  Commissioner Larry Hazzard, Sr. of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board thus announces that an intensive seminar for Muay Thai officials will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi.


Stephen Strodtmeyer and Mark DeLuca will be the primary instructors at the seminar.

End Story MarkContact Nick Lembo to register at [email protected], as space will be limited.  There ought to be plenty of job opportunities across the river, now that FRMT has gotten a thumbs up from the New York State Legislature.

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New York State’s MMA Legalization: The Good, The Bad, and The Be Careful What You Wish For

Time now for a reality check about how the New York State Legislature does business.  Legalization does for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) what the carried interest tax loophole does for income inequality.  It institutionalizes economies of scale through mandates that push breakeven into budget busting territory for all but the biggest operators.  This bill was sold on the promise that it would make the state a lot of money.  The bill has now come due.

Economies of ScaleQuid pro quo is a suite of best practices from someone savvy enough to know that kick boxing is a different species altogether from single discipline martial arts.  Look no further than literary critic James Wood’s observation that “grounded journalistic comprehension of a foreign [culture] is rare”, because we tend “to proceed on the not obviously misguided premise that, since American reality is preoccupyingly interesting, [pronouncements on these subjects] should function as a kind of brilliant cultural selfie.” (“Floating Island” by James Wood in The New Yorker on March 21, 2016)  From S05949, Article 41, §1001:  “Authorized combative sports include, amateur and professional boxing, wrestling, sparring, kick boxing, single discipline martial arts and mixed martial arts, pursuant to the provisions of this article.”

Keyword character and competence for everyone has to get licensed.  From §1007:  “with respect to all authorized professional combative sports in this state, all corporations, entities, persons, referees, judges, match-makers, timekeepers, professionals, and their managers, trainers, and seconds shall be licensed by the commission.”  §1004 makes it clear that “The commission shall have and is hereby vested with the sole direction, management, control and jurisdiction over:  (4) all gyms, clubs, training camps and other organizations that maintain training facilities to prepare persons for participation in authorized professional combative sports.”  Checking the equal protection box of the Interstate Commerce Clause, temporary work permits under §1011 pro-rate best practices for non-residents.

Character and CompetenceGoing RogueThe penalties for going rogue now are Draconian.  At the very least, non-compliance will result in a rap sheet.  Civil penalties under §1019 range from “ten thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain derived therefrom whichever is greater, or for a subsequent violation twenty-five thousand dollars or twice the amount of gain derived therefrom whichever is greater.  The attorney general is hereby empowered to commence judicial proceedings to recover such penalties and to obtain injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of this section.”

“A Moon for the Misbegotten” also casts its shadow over authorized sanctioning entities.  We all know who that is.  (“What Shall It Profit a Man If He Gains the Whole World but Forfeits His Soul?” by Miguel Rivera in Muay Thaimes®, Volume IV, No. 3, Winter of 2010)  It is now in the crossfire of policing the fleecing in all of those conflict of interest purse parsing practices that work their way up the chain of command to an 8½% gross receipts tax.  Remember what happened to Al Capone, when he didn’t pay his taxes?

Moon for the Misbegotten

Well truth or dare means business with new commission subpoena powers riding shotgun where §1016 requires “the organization that promotes, sanctions or otherwise participates in the proposition, selection, or arrangement of one or more professionals for a contest must file with the commission a written statement executed under penalty of perjury” to basically give up the encryption on its iPhone.

Then there are these §1018 specific prohibitions:

“Any person, including any corporation and the officers thereof, any physician, referee, judge, timekeeper, professional, manager, trainer or second, who shall promote, conduct, give or participate in any sham or collusive authorized professional combative sports, shall be deprived of his or her license by the commission and any other appropriate legal remedies.”

“No licensed promoter or matchmaker shall knowingly engage in a course of conduct in which fights are arranged where one professional has skills or experience significantly in excess of the other professional so that a mismatch results with the potential of physical harm to the professional.”

Sketchy OfficiatingTo give you some idea how much costs matter in this business, I’ve been told that Glory 12 in NYC lost somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars, despite filling the house without comps.  While Glory World Series isn’t the UFC, neither is anyone else.  Economies of scale have a way of crushing irrational exuberance.  How much opportunity actually knocks, there’s no such thing as a free lunch nor any commercial amnesty from costing out such best practice benefits as:

§1010(2) “Any professional applying for a license or renewal of a license to participate in combative sports under this article shall undergo a comprehensive physical examination…If, at the time of such examination, there is any indication of brain injury,…the professional shall be required to undergo further neurological examinations by a neurologist including magnetic resonance imaging or other medically equivalent procedures…The costs of all such examinations for professional boxers shall be assumed by the state…the costs of all such examinations for professional mixed martial arts participants shall be assumed by the applicant or promoter with which the professional mixed martial arts participant is affiliated, regardless of provider.”  Gottcha!

Dr. Sherry Wulkan§1015(11) “All persons, parties or corporations having licenses as promoters…shall continuously provide accident insurance for:  medical, surgical and hospital care, with a minimum limit of fifty thousand dollars for injuries…and for a payment of fifty thousand dollars to the estate of any deceased athlete…and, medical, surgical and hospital care with a minimum limit of one million dollars for the treatment of a life-threatening brain injury sustained in a program operated under the control of such licensed promoter, where an identifiable, causal link exists between the professional licensee’s participation in such program and the life-threatening brain injury.”

Brain DamageNYS Seal§1015(9) “Before a license shall be granted to a person or corporation to conduct an authorized professional combative sport, the applicant shall execute and file with the secretary of state a bond…conditioned for the faithful performance by said corporation of the provisions of this article and the rules and regulations of the commission…In case of default in such performance, the commission may impose upon the delinquent a penalty in the sum of not more than one thousand dollars for each offense, which may be recovered by the attorney-general in the name of the people of the state of New York in the same manner as other penalties are recovered by law; any amount so recovered shall be paid into the treasury.

§1015(10) In addition to the bond required by subdivision nine of this section, each applicant for a license to conduct an authorized professional combative sport shall execute and file with the secretary of state a bond…conditioned for and guaranteeing the payment of professionals’ and professional wrestlers’ purses, salaries of club employees licensed by the commission, and the legitimate expenses of printing tickets and all advertising material.

Bum’s Rush


Irrational ExuberanceNew York differs from the rest of the country only in the institutional power of Wall Street and an epidemic of homelessness, both of which are flip sides of the same income inequality coin.  In a business with economies of scale, those with low end margins are the ones most likely to be squeezed by a near tripling of the gross receipts tax.  In the words of a U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, who wasn’t so out of touch with reality as some now on the bench, “the power to tax is the power to destroy”. (Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819)

End Story MarkSince boutique shows are the portals for entry level jobs, be careful what you wish for.  The bill takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.  Except for putting ammies on the regulatory radar, they’re not going to get any of the best practice benefits that are newly mandated in this bill.  Who’s exempt from brain damage, because they’re not getting paid?

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Redemption Makes a Comeback in Martial Arts Legacy

It is believed that authentic martial arts, unlike contemporary sports derivatives, trace their origins to Asian battlefields.  If we can believe the human genome project, by the same token, mankind as a species originated in Africa.  So it was that Africa’s own authentic martial art came West with the slave trade.

High Kick

Coming full circle, it is now returning to African battlefields.  Evidencing yet another DNA marker of authentic martial arts, which is their cultural connection, some of Africa’s child soldiers are trading their Kalashnikovs for Capoeira.  Just when laments for destiny’s children seem to keyword “Civilization and Its Discontents”, redemption makes a comeback through Africa’s martial arts legacy.

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End Story MarkIs it even possible to imagine an American culture without reference to its African origins?  Check out the full story by CLICKING HERE.

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Mourning the Death of Grand Master Bob Chaney

Grand Master Bob Chaney will almost certainly be remembered by those who knew him personally for his essential human warmth and dignity.  At a basic gut level, some losses are irreplaceable.  This is one of them.

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Bob Chaney trained in the Martial Arts for over 43 years.  He was promoted, with Chuck Norris and Bob Wall, to Eighth (8) Dan Grand Master Black Belt with the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) personally by Tae Kwon Do founder, General Choi in April 2002 at a ceremony in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, (just shortly before the General’s death).

Bob Chaney started his original training in Issinryu in 1962 then switched to Tae Kwon Do in 1964 under Korean Grand Master Ill Joo Kim.  Bob was the former player coach of the United States Karate team with the World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) in 1975/76.  A 1975 Gold Medalist, Bob Chaney also won 6 Grand Championships and garnered over 300 national and international trophies and awards in both Tae Kwon Do and Karate competitions over a span of 12 years.  Bob Chaney and former World Champion Al Gene Caraulia were the first Americans to earn Class-A international referee licenses.  Bob Chaney was the first chairmen of the appeals committee and first vice chairmen of the AAU National Certification program, the United States governing body for the World Union of Karate Organizations in the mid 1970’s.  Bob Chaney and Al Gene Caraulia were the pioneers that appointed most of the original referees and (WUKO) judges. Bob Chaney was currently licensed, at the time of his death, by the Nevada State Athletic commission as a professional Kickboxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) judge.

CLICK HERE for vintage film footage of Bob in action.

Boxing Background and Experience

Bob Chaney originally trained in boxing as an eight year old under his father, retired Pro Boxer Bob Chaney Senior.  He began kickboxing in 1973.  Then in 1989 he became the student and God Son of legendary boxing trainer Johnny Tocco of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bob Chaney started training in Muay Thai with former Thai fighter Comb Sasatan in 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Bangkok, Thailand in November of 1993 to train at “Osothapha camp” in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Gym was owned by Chanai Pongsupha.  It was renamed after Army General Sasipaprapa to Sasipaprapa Gym in the mid 1990’s.  He continued training under and working with formerly #1 rated Super Middle Weight boxing champion Chuck “Hurricane Kid” Siminnoni in 1997.

Promotional Back Ground

Bob Chaney began promoting Kickboxing with his first event at the Canton Memorial Auditorium in Canton, Ohio on December the 17th 1975.  Bob Chaney has personally promoted or been intricately involved in promoting over 25 Full Contact, Kickboxing or Muay Thai events.  Some of the major events were “Europe vs. Thailand”, a live event via satellite feed from the Irgiff Palace in Rome, Italy back to Channel Three (3) in Bangkok, Thailand; “Las Vegas vs. Japan”, taped from the Union Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada; “Thailand vs. USA”, a national pay-per-view event from the Thomas and Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada; live pay-per-view events from the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Santa Anna Star Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, California and the Fairgrounds in Victorville, California.  Most recently Bob Chaney partnered up with Dennis Warner, Mike Rush and Val Leedy with plans to promote quarterly Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Events at the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, California.

Bob personally selected and was instrumental in hiring super models Sonia Couling and Louket Matinee (Former Miss Thailand) for color commentary at Omnoi Stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok.  Bob can be seen commentating some of those fights from Omnoi Stadium with Sonia and Louket.  Bob Chaney was a regular bi-monthly traveler to Thailand for over 9 years.  He was a business associate with many of the promoters and stadium owners in and around Bangkok, as well as friends and associates with the owners and promoters at “Chaweng Stadium” in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Bob Chaney arranged the Omnoi Stadium title fight held at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2002.  This was the first time that a stadium title fight was held outside of Thailand and the first time ever that the Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned full rules Muay Thai.  Bob Chaney brought over his friends Thong Tai the Lumpini Stadium champion to fight Tae Wa Rit Noi for the Omnoi Stadium title.  Additionally, Bob Chaney arranged and brought over the Thai officials and referees to instruct and gain the confidence of the Nevada State Athletic Commissioners, which opened up the door for full rules Muay Thai rules that’s now used in Nevada.

Bob Chaney used his Thailand connections to arrange and bring over 11 top Thai Fighters including, BM Sasiprapa, Malaipet, Lumpini Stadium champion, Thong Tai, Tae Wa Rit Noi, Nong Tom “The Lady Boy” Parinya, the legendary Samart, Gunnsak, Charoentong, Lumpini champion and Wusu gold medalist Pajonsuk, and Wonchana.  Bob was affiliated with the Pitnoi, Sangmorakot, Chaweng Stadium and Asawayotin Camps in Thailand.

Bob Chaney had eight affiliated studies in the United States besides his self-owned studio in Upland, California, with an active enrollment of over 400 students.  All of Bob’s affiliated studios credit much of their high enrollments and huge successes largely to the inclusion of Muay Thai programs that account for approximately 50% of total enrollments.

Bob Chaney trained over 200 national and world champions in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, seven world Kickboxing champions and five World Muay Thai Champions.

Bob secured the rights and arranged for the airing of some of the greatest Muay Thai fights and fight footage for Muay Thai fans in America.

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End Story MarkBob was on the cover of several martial arts magazines and highlighted in over 25 feature articles in many Martial Arts publications such as “Black Belt”, “Inside Kung Fu”, “Fighting Stars” “Tommy Mc Kay’s ‘Big Book of Karate’”, “Secrets of the Masters”, “Tae Kwon Do Times”, “Combat”, and “Grappling Magazine”.

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Moves with Grooves

Laizhou Martial Arts School of Shandong Province China

Mix traditional Chinese martial arts with an All American drum and bugle corps touring the U.S. together and you get moves with grooves.

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East Meets West

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Lion Fight 28 Convenes a Jury of Fury

Going dump a chump in his first title defense, hash tag Ognjen Topic for why the ground game doesn’t score high in Muay Thai.  Neither does tactical predictability win a whole lot of fights, as opposed to say a surprise attack.  So it wasn’t all that much of a surprise – or at least it shouldn’t have been – for a fighter of Sergio Wielzen’s caliber to eventually wrap his timing around the champ’s episodic but essentially diversionary battle tactics.

Ground Game

Lion Fight XXVIII
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Friday, February 26, 2016

Lion Fight Lightweight Championship

Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA) vs.
Sergio Wielzen (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)

Basic CombinationsSergio’s team mate, Cedric Manhoef, later told me that they’d drilled to pivot off basic jab │ hook combinations.  One caught Ognjen flush near the end of round two.  It looked to me from the press section, right after he took the hit, like Topic’s eyes were glassy.  Whether he was able to shake off the cobwebs between rounds, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”.

Posture AdjustmentRound three saw the champ continue leaning into what turned out to be harm’s way.  With so many more options off the clinch than dump a chump – especially when there is a predictability to its coming – a slight posture adjustment set up Sergio to bring his knee into play.  Off the challenger’s transition to slashing elbows, the rupture above Ognjen’s left eye then made it inevitable for Dr. Domenic Coletta, Board Chairman of the American Association of Ring Physicians, to stop the fight.

Andrei Kulebin once told us that “the worst part of losing is the beating you take to get there”.  Take this to mean that “pride goeth before a fall”.

WinnerSergio Wielzen by TKO (Physician Stoppage) @0:50 of Round 3

Pride goeth before a fall

Coming ‘Round the MountainJo Nattawut was also set to make his first title defense at Lion Fight XXVIII.  With only two weeks to go, though, Sitsongpeenong’s late cancellation left the champ without a challenger.  It was like déjà vu for Lion Fight’s CEO Scott Kent to salvage the main event.

Nattawut had been a substitute himself, you might remember, in his Lion Fight debut on August 1, 2014.  “Smoking” Jo and Cosmo Alexandre both took that fight on one week’s notice off the cancellation of Thepnimit Sitmonchai vs. Dean James.  Recall how Cosmo tried to toggle between fuel economy and horsepower – conserving just enough energy to finish strong in each round – which worked about as well for him on the score cards as it has for VW®.

Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship

“Smoking” Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA)
vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)

It was déjà vu all over again as Sitsongpeenong’s substitute Cedric Manhoef saved his best for last, apparently planning to catch the victory train before it left the station.  “Smoking” Jo’s toggle, as always, was set to full throttle.  He piled up an insurmountable lead on points in the early going.

Early Lead

If Jo Nattawut had a theme song it’d be ♪ he’ll be coming ‘round the mountain ♪.  Round about round four, though, Jo’s choo choo train got crushed by a flying knee.  There was then a shift in the fight’s momentum.  It went from “all for one” to free-for-all.

Choo Choo Train

The champ kept coming ‘round the mountain, effectively staying in the chase.  Only the challenger now was putting pedal to the metal in the home stretch.  His jab │ hook combinations – which I’ve already told you about – took their toll.  “Smoking” Jo took a licking but kept on ticking.  Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Jo Nattawut.  It tolls for thee.

WinnerJo Nattawut by Unanimous Decision

Took a licking but kept on ticking

No stranger either is Justin Greskiewicz to snap chat match making, which happens to be how his own pro debut came about (Shin Do Kumaté XII on May 12, 2007) and which he’d probably rather forget about.  Rush jobs figure even less than dump a chump into Muay Thai’s scoring criteria.  Since it takes two to tango – copping a cliché – fighters can or should be judged overall by the company they keep.

The company Ky Hollenbeck has kept includes Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and Nieky Holzken.  Jo Nattawut simply hasn’t come close to walking in these size shoes.  Compare the stride of these pack leaders with “Smoking” Jo’s actual footprint:

  • Charlie Peters earned his title shot with Jo by going 0-2 on North American soil.
  • Salah Khalifa qualified with a loss to Yodsænklai Fairtex.
  • Sean Kearney was twice beaten by Malaipet.
  • Richard Abraham made a single pro fight his unique selling proposition.

It was almost certainly no coincidence, then, that Ky Hollenbeck got dibs on Richard Benjamin after Jo Nattawut.  One’s stepping stone was the other’s rehabilitation from Glory Sports International’s “Bonfire of the Vanities”.  By the same token, Richard’s unintentional head butt or elbow – which brought a physician stoppage – exposed the vulnerability of Ky’s tendency to sail into a storm without trimming his sails.  Enter Kirian Fitzgibbons to do for Hollenbeck what Master Toddy did for Kevin Ross.

Dinner Menu

Ky Hollenbeck (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, CA) vs.
Justin Greskiewicz (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia, PA)
Super Welterweight Men │ 154 lbs. │ 5×3

With something like a 13 lbs. spread between their respective comfort zones, bet the stronger pit bull to maul the scrawnier one.  If Justin was going to pull off an upset – the way he did against Jeremy Carper to win the WMC National Welterweight title at the AMTL King’s Birthday Show on December 5, 2014 – it wasn’t going to happen on Kirian’s watch.  He’d clearly brought Ky into this fight with a battle plan, adroitly cornering him to execute it.

Justin went down near the end of round one, but Referee Coban Lookchaomæsaitong didn’t administer a count.  He did twice in the second round, though, before stopping it after a punch │ elbow combination put another hurt on Greskiewicz.  Although Justin seemed to have enough fight left in him to be frustrated with Coban’s call, the three knockdown rule is only a fiction in Brian Crenshaw’s imagination.  When the lion lays down with the lamb, better check what’s on the menu for dinner.

WinnerKy Hollenbeck by TKO @2:09 of Round 2

Pit Bull

Justin Greskiewicz and Chris Mauceri both came out of the NYC circuit.  Both also learned the ropes – copping two more clichés – in the school of hard knocks.  Chris took a whole fellowship in hard knocks, specializing in elbows, first from Kevin Ross and then from Sittisuk Por Sirichai.  In between, he beat a UD out of Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat.  Since graduating to Lion Fight and taking into account the demolition job he did on Nicholas Parlanti, Chris Mauceri has done better than most Republican presidential contenders to win a contested convention.

Chris Mauceri (Stockade Martial Arts in Kingston, N.Y.)
vs. Nick Chasteen (Best Muay Thai in Phoenix, AZ)
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3

The “Golden Boy” Nick Chasteen came to break a 1-1 deadlock in his third Connecticut caucus.  Nick had been over matched with Pedro Gonzales, who knocked him out, but then under matched against Turan Hasanov, who hadn’t put two wins together since April the 29th, 2011.  Boasting only a win over Jose Palacios back in his Western comfort zone to compare with the kind of company that Chris Mauceri has kept, “all that glitters is not gold”.

All that glitters is not gold

It took Chris about a minute and a half to measure the distance and lock down his timing.  Nick was coming to him.  Having covered this scene since Rami Ibrahim was a rookie and Cyrus Washington was fighting ammie in Chicago, I must’ve imagined hearing Chris tell Nick “let me show what I learned about elbows from Kevin Ross and Sittisuk Por Sirichai.  Then he collared Nick in a bear hug and destruction rained from above.

WinnerChris Mauceri by TKO @1:55 of Round 1

Destruction rained from above

At the exact same time that Chris Mauceri made his case for national recognition at Lion Fight XVIII, Richard Abraham was getting it done at Glory 27 in Chicago, even as another promising local prospect in Kevin Van Nostrand wasn’t.  Neither was Artem Levin, who basically quit in frustration over the contrived artificiality that substitutes app for zap.  Now you know why there’s no warning label on the Chalice of Malice.

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OneSongchai and S1’s “Dragon Punch Promotion” Showcases Thai Fighting Prowess in China

Tanonchai on the Runway

Madame Promoter Pariyakorn RatanasubanShowcasing Thai fighting prowess at its most ferocious, Thailand’s national prestige scored a win with quadruple victories on Chinese soil in front of a Chinese tv audience.  “Dragon Punch Promotion” was televised live this past March the 5th on Thailand’s True4u Channel 24 in a simulcast with Henan TV from Zhengzhou in China.  A collaboration under the auspices of OneSongchai and S1 Promotion between Mr. Thanakorn Jirapasuksakul and Madame Promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban, whose grand parents came from China, produced this “friendship match” on behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand with the People’s Republic of China.

Headlining the show, Thailand’s Thanonchai TanakornGym took on Chinese super star Shou Rong.  With an S1 world title in contention, the Thai went on patrol to control this fight on his own terms.  Leading with left punches, Thanonchai was like an archer on the hunt.  Fearless as always, though, the Chinese contender yielded no ground.  With the brilliance of a diamond heart capable of piercing all resistance, at the end of 5 rounds, Thanonchai was declared the winner on points.

Tanonchai TanakornGym

“The Unstoppable” Pakorn PKSaenchaiMuaythai was just that in beating Chinese boxer Jing Ying.  Pakorn has earned himself a reputable name in China.  He’s fought there many times, never lost, never given his fans a fizzle for their sizzle.  This time was no exception, as he rocked to the rhythm of a winning performance.

Pakorn PKSaenchaiMuaythai

Yodvicha KemmuaythaiThailand’s best boxer in 2011 Yodvicha Kemmuaythai showed why in his triumph over Shou Yan.  It wasn’t even close.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee might be the most familiar of these faces to Western audiences, owing to his consecutive victories over Andre Kulebin in Minsk, where visitors know going in that only knockouts can beat the locals, which is exactly how he did it.  He showed the same winning form to beat Chinese boxer Li Yankun for a Thai UD over their gracious Chinese hosts, who deserve recognition for uncompromising standards in the pursuit of excellence.  When the Thais bring their best, they’re bringing the best in the world.

End Story MarkCongratulations to Two Best Boxers from One Songchai and S1:
Thanonchai Tanakorngym – the best boxer of the year.
Kingsanglek tor.Laksong – the best youth boxer of the year.

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