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Episode 49 – Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with current Lion Fight Super Bantamweight Champion and Enfusion 54 kg Champion, Iman Barlow! Iman is currently regarded as one of the top female Muay Thai fighters in the world in her weight class. She has not lost a fight since 2014 and with over 100+ amateur fights and close to 100 professional fights, she has a wealth of experience in the sport yet she is still just 23 years young!

Iman discusses growing up around the sport from the age of 2, her unique childhood as a fighter that travelled the world (the benefits and struggles), women’s Muay Thai, haters, rediscovering her love for Muay Thai after taking time off to be a “wild child”, and so much more. A fun interview all around and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Episode 45 – Damien Trainor

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with UK Muay Thai Legend, World Champion, and 4-time European Champion, Damien Trainor. Damien gives a lot of insight into the mental game of being a fighter, when it’s best to hang up the gloves, life after fighting, haters, social media, and more! Damien is a legend and has continued to give back to the Muay Thai & Kickboxing community through his work at his own gym, doing seminars around the world, and writing for his blog at DamienTrainor.com.

The Tankō Main Event – Pinca vs. McAllister set for May 14th, 2016

Tanko Main EventThe Tankō Main Event is one of Europe’s biggest promotions and currently the longest running in the UK. Established in 2009, The Main Event brand has hosted some of the top fights in the UK, including Liam Harrison vs Andrei Kulebin, Liam Harrison vs Dylan Salvador, Andy thrasher vs Tim Thomas, and many more! In May of last year The Main Event promoted the show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where several thousand were in attendance and the IKF World Championship was decided.

On May 14th 2016 The Tankō Main Event will return to the USN Bolton Arena with a stellar lineup!

So far only first two bouts have been announced but they are two bouts that will no doubt interest every Muay Thai fan!

The most successful welterweight in Europe, 2x World champion Fabio Pinca, conqueror of some of the World’s biggest names including Saenchai, Mosab Amrani and Mehdi Zatout, will take on the UK’s rising star in Reece Mcallister, who has recently destroyed everyone in his path, including knockout wins over Tim Thomas and Crice Boussoukou.

 

On the heels of this bout will be a super-lightweight contest between 2x World champion and master technician, Panicos Yusuf, and one of this generations most decorated stars, 2-weight Lumpini stadium champion Kongsak Sitboonme. Panicos has beaten the best in Europe, defeating the likes of Irishman Stephen Meleady, Dutch star Sergio Wielzen, Italy’s Calogero Palmieri and Portugal’s Ruben Almeida, but faces his toughest challenge to date in Kongsak. Kongsak is one of the most successful Thais of recent times and has beaten multiple stars of the sport in his career, boasting wins over Nong-O and Petchboonchu, among others.
0567e682-b64a-450f-8601-bb96e5966370Further fights for The Tanko Main Event are due to be announced soon! So stay tuned here on The Striking Corner as they are announced.

For tickets and information go to www.tankoevents.co.uk, or find them on Facebook/MainEventMT and Twitter @MainEventMT!