Charlie Peters and Iman Barlow both showed that champions do what champions do and that’s win with solid performances to their defend their world titles at, Muay Thai Grand Prix 7 on April 1, 2017 at the O2 Indigo, London.
Peters who, is overdue a Lion Fight title-shot following his KO win against Nauzet Trujillo at MTGP 5, would defeat Theo Michailidis with a fourth round TKO. The Greek fighter was almost stopped by “Charlie Boy” towards the end of the third round but managed to recover from being knocked-down in the dying seconds, only for the fight to be waived off by Michailidis’s coach, Pavlos Kaponis, in the fourth round after another onslaught from Peters.
The victory sets-up an epic clash for Peters against the UK’s number one ranked 65kg Muay Thai fighter and Yokkao world champion, Liam Harrison at MTGP 9 on July 15. The fight has been several years in the making and will headline the much anticipated event.
Lion Fight and Enfusion Live world champion, Iman Barlow added the MTGP women’s bantemweight title to her trophy cabinet, with a fifth round KO win against, Therese Gunnarsson. The two had fought before in March 2015 with “Pretty Killer” having won their first encounter by decision, However, this time round, Iman ensured it wasn’t left for the judges with a powerful display against a resilient and competitive Gunnarsson.
Carlton Lieu who, had won by decision against Asa Ten Pow at MTGP 6, secured an unanimous decision victory against Julian Ariza last night too. As you may or may not recall, Lieu is also another British Muay Thai fighter that has secured himself a Lion Fight title-shot via the promotional partnerships between the two promotions and it will be interesting to see when he will making the trip across the Atlantic this year.
Muay Thai Grand Prix 7 – Results:
59kg MTGP world championship defence:
Jose Varela def. Rung Kharnphan via unanimous decision
53.5kg MTGP world championship, title fight:
Iman Barlow def. Therese Gunnarsson via TKO (rd 5)
66.7kg MTGP world championship defence:
Charlie Peters def. Theo Michailidis via TKO (rd 4)
63kg ISKA European title fight:
Carlton Lieu def. Julian Ariza via unanimous decision
52.5kg ISKA European title fight:
Luciano Mendola def. Evan Jays via split decision
67kg ISKA European title fight:
Michael Pham def. Shane O’Neill via unanimous decision
Paul Barber def. Alex Dass via KO (rd 1)
Bart Tweed def. Reiya via majority decision
Ryan Li def. Leon Jason via unanimous decision
Nicolas Mendes def. Jesus Arias via KO (rd 2)
James Toomey def. Daniel Terry via unanimous decision
Jenna Ross def. Kelly Haynes via unanimous decision
Phil Casper def. Fabio Agius via unanimous decision