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Muay Thai Grand Prix 6 – Roundup and results: Asa Ten Pow loses controversial decision

Asa Ten Pow was on the wrong end of a decision loss against Carlton Lieu in what was one of the (if not most) entertaining fights of the night at MTGP 6 – Muay Thai Grand Prix, in the O2 Indigo, London on October 15.

Lieu was outmuscled for the majority of the fight and on the back foot as Pow continually came forward with a variety of striking skill including, some very crafty spinning backs kicks to the body. However, the first three rounds were not scored in Pow’s favour by all of the judges; and these were the rounds in which Pow had much success with: effective teeps (front / push kicks) to the body, imbalancing Lieu, clinching and use of elbows.

In the fourth and fifth rounds, Lieu fared much better against Pow especially as he was noticeably countering more often (than the first three rounds) to most of Pow’s attacks. The American’s industrious output fight have marginally decreased in the latter two rounds but overall, the fight was very close but many fans would seem to strongly disagree with the decision.

The decision win for Lieu secures a future title shot for the Lion Fight light-welterweight championship in the new year (date to be confirmed). However, a rematch between the two in the near future would be just – especially if it were on US soil under the Lion Fight banner. Both Lion Fight and MTGP are in-partnership to promote international Muay Thai as Scott Kent and Kieran Keddle explained (separately) at MTGP 5 earlier this year which, was headlined by John Wayne Parr defeating Pavlos Kaponis by decision.

In the main event of the evening, Salah Khalifa defeated Giannis Tsigkos in another close affair. Tsigkos, fought valiantly and was very handy with his boxing (for Thai boxing) prowess but Salah’s kicking was the notable difference between the two fighters. However, Tsigkos made it a very tough night for Salah who, as the fight reached the latter rounds, significantly improved with his evasiveness from the Greek’s attacks.

The fight could be described as kicker vs puncher at times. Tsigkos fought valiantly and made it a very tough fight for the new 69kg MTGP world champion. In the latter two rounds though, Salah’s slick and evasive movement came into play as he was able to read more of Tsigkos’s attacks and avoid being hit too often.

However, Tsigkos and his corner were ‘disappointed for the decision and believed he won’ the fight and that it ‘wasn’t very close’. Tsigkos believed he not only attacked more but also landed more effective strikes that should have scored the fight in his favour. In his post-fight interview, he made it clear that he wants a swift rematch to ideally be arranged on the next MTGP event which, should be confirmed for later this year in Greece.

Who's next for Bernise Alldis?

Who’s next for Bernise Alldis?

Bernise Alldis successfully defended her 57kg MTGP world championship against Elna Nilsson with another dominant win by decision. A lot has happened for Alldis away from the sport since losing to Tiffany van Soest at Lion Fight 22. However, now she’s back fighting, it really is about time Alldis was given more opportunities to fight in the USA on Lion Fight; where she would undoubtedly face more challenging opponents across the Atlantic than outside of the US in the current climate.

Ash Uddin steamrolled Jamie Ahern to emphatically KO him (via body shots) within the first minute of round one. There was no feeling out process as you may expect in the opening round of full Thai rules. Uddin explained in his post-fight interview, how he had decided on a very aggressive approach after noticing Ahern had looked like he’d been through a gruelling weight cut, having weighed-in a kilo lighter than him the day before.

Kelly Haines had a superb performance to win the 52kg ISKA K1 rules English title against, Mina Lamoure. In what was only her fourth fight, Haines displayed the skill set and self-confidence that we would expect from a more seasoned veteran in the ring. It wasn’t just her spinning back-fists and hook kicks that were threatening (and landed), they were thrown at the right time too when for example, Lamoure would be on the back foot near the ropes.

Muay Thai Grand Prix 6 – Results:

Salah Khalifa def. Giannis Tsigkos via UD for, 69kg MTGP world title (FTR)

Bernise Alldis def. Elna Nilsson via UD, retains 57kg MTGP world championship (FTR)

Mateusz Duczmal def. Adam Hart via UD, 94kg (K1 rules)

Carlton Lieu def. Asa Ten Pow via UD, 63.5kg (FTR), secures Lion Fight light-welterweight title shot

Ryan Li def. Pedro Luque by TKO (round 1), 80kg (FTR)

Evan Jays def. Lauge Petersen by UD, 51kg (FTR)

Pablo Ben def. Paul Benson by UD, 70kg (FTR)

Ash Uddin def. Jamie Ahern by TKO round 1, 48kg (FTR)

Michael Pham def. Brett Webster by split decision, 68kg (FTR)

Kelly Haynes def. Mina Lamoure by UD (K1 rules) for, 52kg ISKA English title

Marcos Diaz Perez def. Alex Beck by UD, 70kg (FTR)

Yokkao 19 & 20 – Post event review: ‘Pinca The Conqueror’ humbles Harrison and Watson ‘sherlocks’ Hodge

Fabio Pinca returned to the UK on, October 8 and secured a unanimous decision win over home favourite, Liam Harrison at Yokkao 19. These two legends of western Muay Thai were supposed to fight one another in France over the last 11 years, with Pinca suggesting in his post weigh-in interview that Harrison wasn’t too keen on taking the fight outside of the UK in the past.

The opening round was cagey with both fighters feeling each other out to begin with but from the second round onwards the tempo accelerated and both would increasingly engage one another. Pinca managed to cut Harrison on his left cheek (below the eye) in the third but the ring-craft, speed and tenacity displayed by both men was sensational. However, range control, switch hitting and that left kick of Pinca’s were decisive factors for the decision going against Harrison who, was always threatening with his explosiveness, fast hands and deadly low kicks.

Fabio Pinca vs Liam Harrison

Having previously defeated Reece McAllister at the Tanko Main Event in May (by decision), plus, Charlie Peters on Lion Fight 27 in the USA (at the start of the year) and now Harrison at Yokkao 19, ‘Pinca The Conqueror’ is clearly at the height of his powers. At 65 kg, it isn’t too easy to think of who else could even ask more challenging questions of him.

In his post-fight interview with K1ANOOP, Pinca confirmed he’d signed a multiple fight deal with GLORY Kickboxing and will next fight on the GLORY Collision event headlined by, Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven in Germany on, December 10.

Jordan Watson didn’t hesitate to show what his hands could do against Ben Hodge with some lovely body hooks landing throughout the fight. Hodge was under more pressure than Watson but the fight was by no means a one sided affair. Hodge was coming off a recent win over Saiyok Pumphanmuang at Thai Fight London in September, where he demonstrated his technical proficiency and good counterattacking skills on the back step. Something that would have given Watson more problems on the night (had Hodge found his range sooner) in-preparation for Giorgio Petrosyan who, he faces next at the Bellator Kickboxing event on December 10 in Italy.

Jordan Watson v Ben Hodge Yokkao 20

Jordan Watson v Ben Hodge

However, Hodge admitted in his post-fight interview that his emotions got the better of him in the ring – triggered off by the weigh-in drama the day before which, resulted in the fight no longer being a title defence for, Watson’s 70kg Yokkao world championship. Hodge summed up perfectly that both himself and Watson are intelligent fighters with intelligent coaches, so, the fight was always going to be determined by who, was more successful, in applying their tactical approach on the night at Yokkao 20.

Manachai surprisingly bulldozed his way through Panicos Yusuf for five rounds which, certainly came as a shock considering that Panicos is no pushover and can certainly stand his ground. Most of what Panicos tried to pull off on the night didn’t have any real impact on Manachai and it was as if the Thai was at times playfully throwing Panicos around – something I wouldn’t have fought would happen so easily. However, whenever the Thais come to fight in the UK, they always seem extra determined to give the Brits a damn good hiding.

Panicos Yusuf Yokkao 20

Panicos Yusuf vs Manachai

Maybe it wasn’t Panicos’s night and anything that could go wrong for him unfortunately did which, can happen. Or, is Manachai actually a hell of a lot better than the matchmakers had thought he was? Also, Panicos has become a lot more involved in the commercial world of combat sports as one of three directors of Tanko Management – has his commercial ambition taken away some of his hunger to fight like he use to?

Jack Kennedy continues to build even more momentum with his unanimous decision win over the powerfully talented Nathan Bendon. These two top quality fighters fought like a pair of tigers in the ring and the fight was full of entertaining yet technical violence. The bout was even dubbed as ‘fight of the night’ by colour commentator, Vinny Shoreman which, certainly sums ups how stacked the overall fight card was, especially when considering the likes of, Harrison and Pinca were one of two main events.

Bendon started well in the first couple of rounds but as the fight eventually went the distance, Kennedy was more efficient with his overall Thai boxing and seemed to frustrate Bendon. The future is very bright for both fighters, especially for Kennedy who, had recently won a 4-man Super Muay Thai tournament in Thailand prior to Yokkao 19 & 20.

Steven Long tremendously turned around his fight against Daniel Jedrzejezski after being cut in the outer corner of his right eye, in a terrible opening round for Long. However from the second round onwards it was all bout Long’s effective clinch-knee entry to pressure and eventually dominate Jedrzejezski.

By the end of the third round, Long’s clinching was proving too difficult for Jedrzejezski to deal with who, found himself on the end of another knee to the body that dropped him to the canvas. After surviving the count, he would find himself on the end of yet another knee but was fortunately saved by the bell as he buckled in discomfort. However, when the fourth round started it didn’t take long for Long to land another knee to Jedrzejezski’s body and the fight was over.

Overall, Yokkao 19 & 20 was without a doubt the best Muay Thai event of the year so far to be hosted in the UK, with exceptionally talented fighters showcasing their skill on both fight cards. Also, Harrison is reportedly set to return to action next month with further details to follow in due course.

As for the UK, if it hasn’t already established itself as a very strong nation for both Muay Thai (and K1 rules) yet to the rest of the world then apart from mainstream media coverage for the casual fans to take note, Thai boxing purists and global promotions can no longer ignore the UK scene; fast emerging as a global leader in the sport.

Yokkao 19 – Results:

Fabio Pinca def. Liam Harrison via UD, -65kg

Chris Shaw def. Jersey Pinto via UD, fight set at 73kg

Charles Sikwa def, Darren Howieson by UD, -86kg

Adi Woods def. Owen Trykowski via UD, -72.5kg

Steven Long def. Daniel Jedrzejewski by KO, Rd4, -69kg

Yokkao 20 – Results:

Jordan Watson def. Ben Hodge via UD, -70kg

Manachai def. Panicos Yusuf via UD, -63kg

Jake Purdy def. Brad Stanton via MD, fight set at 69kg

Amy Pirnie def. Ludivine Lesnier via TKO, Rd2, -50kg

Jack Kennedy def Nathan Bendon via UD, -65kg

Myk Estlick def. Carlos Campos via UD, -61.5kg

Jordan Watson and Ben Hodge breakdown their explosive clash at Yokkao 20

Jordan Watson vs Ben Hodge headlined Yokkao 20 on October 8, at the Bolton Macron Stadium, UK. Watson would be victorious by unanimous decision but the build-up to this huge domestic clash was not without controversy.

This bout was supposed to be a title defence for Watson and his 70kg Yokkao world championship but on the day of the weigh-ins, Hodge was 0.3kg overweight when a two hour extension had passed prompting the Yokkao officials to decide that it would no longer be a title fight. This decision had left Hodge fuming in the stadium’s hotel sauna when he was informed by his coach, John Jarvis.

Although Hodge would remain diplomatic outside of the ring come fight day. Once in the ring with Watson in-front of him, the two would not only throw each other out of the ring but also exchange plenty of verbals with one another too. This fight already had a ‘North vs South’ sporting rivalry in the mix and the overnight weigh-in drama lit a very combustable fuse for the fight to explode.

In the joint post-fight interview (below) Hodge conceded that his emotions did get the better of him when fighting Watson. Considering the gruelling weight cut (Hodge had dropped to a lower weight class than usual) compounded with being denied a title shot the night before, its no real surprise that any fighter’s mindset wouldn’t be effected.

Both fighters made peace and shook hands afterwards in the changing rooms with, Anoop Hothi interviewing them both together about tensions boiling over in the ring and their tactical approaches in outwitting one another. Hodge also gave his opinion on how he feels Watson would do against the defensive Thai boxing genius, Giorgio Petrosyan, on the upcoming Bellator Kickboxing show on, December 10 in Italy.

Fabio Pinca on Liam Harrison victory, confirms GLORY deal, next fight at ‘Collision’

Fabio Pinca won by unanimous decision against Liam Harrison in the main event of Yokkao 19 on, October 9, at the Bolton Macron stadium, England. This clash between two of the modern day greats of Muay Thai had been 11 years in the making and delivered an enthralling fight for all to witness.

Harrison is renown for having most probably the fastest low kicks compared to most if not all other stand-up fighters (both Thai and K1 rules). His overall speed combined with his technical ability has always made ‘The Hitman’ extremely threatening to all who have faced him in the ring.

In his post-fight interview with Anoop Hothi, Pinca explained that he fought instinctively against Harrison and has always relied on his instincts to feel his opponent’s movement and striking. Doing so helps him to determine in an instant, how to best evade, counter and be offensive; and fight each opponent differently:

“I fight instinctively.”

“I just feel what I have to do.”

“He [Harrison] kick very hard in the low kick. You have to block if you fight with him.”

“I think he have good hands but little bit height difference so not very good distance sometimes.”

Pinca also confirmed that he has agreed to a multiple-fight deal with GLORY Kickboxing which, will take him into the new year and his next fight (at 65 kg) will be on, December 10 in Germany, on the GLORY 36 / Collision event – headlined by Badr Hari vs Rico Verhoeven, in what is set to be one of the most epic nights in kickboxing history. His opponent will be named in an announcement to follow next week by GLORY (and all I will say is that it will be an explosive fight for sure).

Click here for the post event review of Yokkao 19 & 20 including the results.

Yokkao 19 & 20: Quick round-up and results


Fabio Pinca defeated Liam Harrison via unanimous decision (UD) in the main event  of  Yokkao 19 at the Bolton Macron Stadium, England. In what was a fight in the making for 11 years, these two Muay Thai maestros delivered an exciting and intense fight that electrified the spectators but Pinca’s Jedi like instincts and more effective kicking, kept him that slight step ahead of Harrison’s threatening speed as the fight went the distance.

Jordan Watson got the better of Ben Hodge in the headlining fight Of Yokkao 20 via UD. Both fighters managed to even throw each other out of the ring at two different points of the fight; first Watson threw Hodge over the top rope but the disgruntled Hodge would return the favour (through the middle of the ropes) later on. However, Watson was more in control of the fight, applied more pressure throughout and demonstrated some lovely body hooks too. By no means was this a one sided affair but Watson was able to apply his game plan more than Hodge over the five rounds.

Overall, the night produced very competitive and entertaining fights on both fight cards in what will be one of the most memorable nights in the UK for Muay Thai this year.

This is just a quick round up with the final results (below) from both Yokkao 19 & 20 and a more in-depth, post event review, plus,  post fight interviews, will follow separately from tomorrow onwards.

Yokkao 20 – Final results:

Manachai def. Panicos Yusuf via UD, -63kg

Jake Purdy def. Brad Stanton via MD, fight set at 69kg

Amy Pirnie def. Ludivine Lesnier via TKO, Rd2, -50kg

Jack Kennedy def Nathan Bendon via UD, -65kg

Myk Estlick def. Carlos Campos via UD, -61.5kg

Yokkao 19 – Final results:

Fabio Pinca def. Liam Harrison via UD

Chris Shaw def. Jersey Pinto via UD, fight set at 73kg

Charles Sikwa def, Darren Howieson by UD, -86kg

Adi Woods def. Owen Trykowski via UD, -72.5kg

Steven Long def. Daniel Jedrzejewski by KO, Rd4, -69kg

 

Fabio Pinca thinks Liam Harrison never wanted to fight him in the past in France

Fabio Pinca predicts a decision win over Liam Harrison later today when they headline Yokkao 19 at the Bolton Macron Stadium in the UK. The two Muay Thai legends were supposed to fight one another over the last decade but proposed fights fell through for one reason or the other.

However, Pinca suggested that the delay for him and Harrison finally fighting was due to ‘The Hitman’ not wanting to fight him in France; and that various promoters had offered Harrison the financial incentives to do so.

When asked by Anoop Hothi for his prediction, Pinca believes his game plan for dealing with Harrison will deliver him a decision victory at Yokkao 19 which, will then set-up a future rematch in France between the two legends (agreed in-principle by both fighters at the post weigh-in press conference).

Watch the pre-fight interview interview (below), of, Fabio Pinca with K1ANOOP: