Lion Fight 27

Fabio Pinca in ongoing negotiations with Enfusion Live but focused on fighting Manowan Sitsongpeenong

Fabio Pinca was reportedly set to compete in the 67kg Enfusion League in February 2017, according to Enfusion’s two-weight champion, Ibrahim El Boustati, who made the revelation prior to defeating Andrew Tate for the, 90kg world championship at Enfusion Live 44.

However, Pinca has now confirmed that he hasn’t yet agreed final terms with Enfusion Live and that talks are still ongoing with the Dutch based promotion who, had recently announced, exclusive European fight deals with Buakaw and Yodsanklai.

“I don’t know for the moment you know. I’m ongoing negotiation so I can not tell you anything about that. Everything, I don’t know for the moment. I can not tell you anything but soon you’re gonna know.”

It’s sounding promising that we will have an update soon enough on a possible deal between Enfusion and Pinca being confirmed in the early part of the new year. The Striking Corner will be monitoring how the situation unfolds and reporting again in due course.

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Peters vs Pinca – Photo credit: Bennie E Palmer II, Lion Fight Promotions

Interestingly, Charlie Peters who, Pinca defeated by decision at Lion Fight 27, recently qualified for next year’s 67kg Enfusion League, by winning the 8-man qualifying tournament in Abu Dhabi at Enfusion Live 45. Since Peters qualified, strong rumours have emerged of a possible rematch between Peters and Pinca but separate from the league concept; and that this proposed matchup under Enfusion rules, could be one of the talking points between Pinca and Enfusion.

The current year has been a very active one for Pinca and 2017 is looking to be another busy year for the Muay Thai maestro who, has fought seven times this year. One of those being his recent decision victory at GLORY 36 against, Mosab Amrani which, was a also rematch between the two but under GLORY Kickboxing rules; whereas the first fight (and decision win for Pinca) was in a 2011 tournament final on Thai Fight.

Nevertheless, Pinca is focused on his next opponent, Manowan Sitsongpeenong, in what will be a 67kg title fight at the Sanam Muay Rajadamnern (Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium) on February 23, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

“First focus is Rajadamnern title on February  23. So I got to Thailand, Bangkok and take the, to the take the belt, Rajadamnern versus Manowan Sitsongpeenong. That’s the first focus for 2017. 67 kilos.“

“And the second focus is the GLORY belt at 65 kilo. At the moment that’s the two focus I have on my mind. It’s Robin [van Roosmalen] if he defend his belt. I know he’s putting his title on January so maybe its him, maybe its another, I don’t know.”

Click here to watch the full video podcast with Fabio Pinca giving the rundown on his recent victory over Mosab Amrani which, was on the undercard to GLORY Collision: Rico vs. Badr and some interesting things he had to say about: Saenchai, Liam Harrison and Giorgio Petrosyan.

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

Lion Fight 27 – RESULTS + PICTURES

This past Friday, January 29th, 2016, Lion Fight Promotions headed to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California to once again showcase the best in the sport of Muay Thai at Lion Fight 27. Their were a total of 10 fights at the event with 4 amateur bouts and 5 pro bouts, two of which were title fights. It was a night where every fight went the distance but that did not take away from the fact that pretty much every fight was exciting and action-packed. There were no duds at Lion Fight 27.

The night was not without controversy however, as rising star Gaston Bolaños (7-1) put his young undefeated record on the line against Kronphet Phetrachapet, a Thai veteran with over 100 fights. Bolaños was no doubt aware that Kronphet was a step up in competition but he sure did not fight that way. He put on a Muay Thai display that was well beyond his experience and for many in attendance and watching around the world it seemed he had done more than enough to win the fight. However, in a surprising decision, the judges awarded the bout to the Thai via split decision. The consensus across social media and for those in attendance was that the 23 year old Peruvian born sensation, Gaston Bolaños had been robbed. We also scored the fight for Bolaños.

In the other fights of the night Tiffany Van Soest became a two division Lion Fight champion with a win over Canadian fighter, Ashley Nichols. Nichols did not go down without a fight and took Van Soest the distance but Van Soest was simply too quick, too elusive, and too mobile for the Canadian out of MAS Muay THai in Cambridge, Ontario.

In the main event of the evening, Fabio Pinca defended his Lion Fight welterweight title, fighting a game but outgunned Charlie “Boy” Peters. Peters showed resilience and determination to not get finished but it was one way traffic from Round 2 as Pinca ran roughshod over Peters, tossing the Englishman around the ring and landing significant kicks, punches, elbows, and knees seemingly at will.

All in all it was yet another successful night of fights for Lion Fight Promotions who continues to showcase that they are without a doubt the top Muay Thai promotion in the U.S. and only growing. Lion Fight promotions heads to the East Coast for their next event on February 26th as they head to the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for what already looks like an absolutely stacked event.

Below are the full results of the evening as well as photographs of the event taken by The Striking Corner’s new official photographer, Victor Alvarez.

FULL RESULTS:

Fabio Pinca def. Charlie Peters by Unanimous Decision
Tiffany Van Soest def. Ashley Nichols by Unanimous Decision
Kronphet Phetrachapet def. Gaston Bolanos by Split Decision
Brian Del Rosario def. Chris Culley by Unanimous Decision
Anvar Boynazarov def. Coke Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision
Travis Clay def. Jared Papazian by Unanimous Decision
Spenser Mix def. James Gregory by Unanimous Decision
Bee Nguyen def. Gabi Maxwell by Unanimous Decision
Carlos Dagieu def. J.J. Madrid by Unanimous Decision
Susan Wallace def. Monica Teran by Unanimous Decision

Photos by Victor Alvarez

Charlie “Boy” Peters discusses his upcoming title fight with Fabio Pinca at LF 27

On Friday, January 29th, 2016 at Lion Fight 27, English fighter Charlie “Boy” Peters out of Double K Gym will face what is likely the most difficult test of his career. He will step in the ring and try and take the Lion Fight Welterweight World title from the hands of multiple time world champion and one of the top 147 lb. fighters in the world, Fabio Pinca. In this short video put together by MRQ Studios, Charlie Peters tells us a little bit about the himself and the lead up to this big challenge.

Episode 30 – Ashley Nichols

In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with Ashley “AK-47” Nichols. Professional Canadian Muay Thai Fighter and pride of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ashley will be facing off with Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight 27 on Friday, January 29th for the vacant Super Bantamweight Lion Fight title. We speak with Ashley about her journey in Muay Thai, her accomplishments in Muay Thai, K1, BJJ, and other disciplines, as well as what we can expect to see when she stands face to face with the always explosive Tiffany Van Soest.

In addition Ashley discusses her desire to represent not only Canadian and Women’s Muay Thai but to be an example for the First Nations people, the aboriginal people of Canada. Ashley is without a doubt a disciplined, skillful, and extremely driven women, and it was a pleasure talking to her and learning more about her story. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did.

Also as on a side note, during the portion of the podcast where Ashley was thanking her coaches, teammates, and sponsors, she forgot to mention one of her biggest sponsors, Ring Royalty Supply Co. so she wanted us to make sure we mentioned how grateful she is for all of their support. Check out their site for top quality Muay Thai gear and apparel.