Lion Fight Promotions

Lion Fight partners with Australia’s Warriors Way

Lion Fight Promotions continues to grow its brand of electrifying Muay Thai action on an international level by announcing a new partnership with Warriors Way, the largest promotion in Australia and New Zealand.
To launch their new agreement in exciting fashion, Warriors Way will hold a four-man tournament with the winner earning a spot on a future Lion Fight card. That tournament will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at Warriors Way #15 taking place at the Doncaster Shopping Town Hotel.
“In over 25 years of working to develop Muay Thai in Australia, this has to be one of the most exciting developments for the sport and for me personally,” said Warriors Way CEO Mark Castagnini.

“I’m so pleased to partner with Lion Fight, a truly global brand and a true force in Muay Thai and combat sports. The opportunity to give fighters from the Oceania region the ability to showcase their skills and challenge other fighters in Lion Fight events will no doubt be a dream come true for them.”

The Lion Fight / Warriors Way partnership comes on the heels of Lion Fight’s first international talent-sharing agreement with England’s Muay Thai Grand Prix.

Victor Saravia is the first in line to carry the Lion Fight flag into battle inside the MTGP ring when he faces Daniel McGowan on March 26th at The O2 in London.

“It is our aim to take the Lion Fight brand worldwide and become the undisputed premier promotion in the sport of Muay Thai. Teaming up with prestigious international promotions like Warriors Way and Muay Thai Grand Prix is a superb start to the plan,” said Scott Kent, CEO & President of Lion Fight.

“The idea to share our talent pools is really a massive opportunity for the fighters to present themselves on the biggest stage in the sport – inside the Lion Fight ring.”

Lion Fight’s next event – Lion Fight 28 – takes place on Friday, February 26th at the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, with two title fights headlining the card. Super welterweight champion “Smokin” Jo Nattawut puts his belt on the line against Cedric Manhoef, and in the other title fight, reigning lightweight champ Ognjen Topic defends his crown for the first time in facing Sergio Wielzen.
Tickets for Lion Fight 28 are available at www.foxwoods.com/lion-fight-28, or by calling 800-200-2882, or by visiting the Foxwoods Box Offices. Lion Fight 28 will air live on AXS TV Fights with a special start time of 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Episode 32 – Asa Ten Pow

In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with upcoming Muay Thai star Asa Ten Pow. Asa has had over 50+ fights in Muay Thai, Sanshou/Sanda, Kickboxing, MMA, and Boxing. He has won titles for the IKF, TBA, and has represented for Team USA at the IFMA Muay Thai World Cup in Banhkok. On February 26th, 2016 he makes his long awaited pro debut at Lion Fight 28. We have seen this kid competing since he was 13 or 14. Vinny and I reminisce about our old days in Kung Fu, Sanshou, and how excited we are to see Asa having so much success in the ring. Keep an eye on this kid. He is another upcoming talent in the North American Muay Thai scene!

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

“The Nakmuay From Lyon” – A Fabio Pinca Highlight by The Striking Corner

In anticipation of Fabio Pinca’s fight versus Charlie “Boy” Peters at Lion Fight 27 on January 29th, 2016. We decided to put a small highlight together of some of Fabio Pinca’s recent fights and those that we could find that were in HD, as well as some training footage. One of the top foreign Muay Thai fighters in the world, Fabio Pinca as of this writing is the WBC Muay Thai World Champion and current Lion Fight Welterweight Champion. He is a skilled and crafty fighter with an elegant style who has faced some of the best fighters in the world. This is just a small quick highlight video we put together to showcase his talent. Enjoy!

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.