Ferocious best describes the glut of exciting Muay Thai fights at Pechanga

August 24, 2013 No Comments
At the conclusion of their five round bout for the WBC Muay Thai Women's Lightweight World Title, Miriam Nakamoto, the winner and still champion, poses for photos with (r to l) Chris Gregory, the show's MC, her opponent, Aleide Lawant of The Netherlands, the show's promoter Dennis Warner, CEO of In Sync Promotions.Off to the left sits her support group.

At the conclusion of their five round bout for the WBC Muay Thai Women’s Lightweight World Title, Miriam Nakamoto, the winner and still champion, poses for photos with (r to l) Chris Gregory, the show’s MC, Aleide Lawnt, her gallant opponent who hails from The Netherlands, the show’s promoter Dennis Warner, CEO of In Sync Productions. Off to the left we see Nakamoto’s support group. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Temecula, California August 24, 2013

Saturday evening, August 24, 2013, WCK full rules Muay Thai presented by Dennis Warner’s In Sync Productions, Inc. in association with the Pechanga Resort & Casino showcased another exciting show featuring local fighters defending the home turf plus standouts from all over the globe.  The show dubbed, “Hot Summer Fights” certainly lived up to the hype. 

In order of ferocity, here are the candidates for “Fight of the night.”

Numero uno – the Main Event

As far as credentials go Aleide Lawant (19-8) from The Netherlands is one of the most respected female fighters in the world. However, it’s difficult to compare anyone with the reigning WBC Muay Thai Women’s Lightweight World Champion Miriam “The Queen of Mean” Nakamoto (15-0), Lawant’s opponent on Saturday night.

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Miriam soloNakamoto began her reign as champion on August 12, 2007, when she became the first ever, American woman to win the prestigious Queen’s Cup World Title in Thailand. The rest of her alphabet world titles soon followed.

It’s also understandable why these fighters were selected to be in the Main Event. Both have a reputation for being fearless, crowd pleasers who never take a step backwards.

From the opening bell, they came out firing with the hard leg kicks and straight punches to the face. Before long, Nakamoto, with her vast skill set, added a few new wrinkles. Poised throughout, she never showed any hesitancy when introducing her wide variety of punches and kicks which almost insured that Lawant would be the one taking the majority of the punishment.

Even though, Lawant was the first to draw blood, a cut on Nakamoto’s brow from an elbow, it didn’t take long before Nakamoto returned the favor with an even wider gash over Lawant’s left eye which soon had blood streaming down her face. It was enough of a gash that veteran referee Cecil Peoples immediately stopped the bout to have, Dr. Larry Vigilia, the fight physician have a look.

With Lawant being so competitive and trading blows with the taller, seemingly invincible Nakamoto, the crowd cheered when the fight doctor stated it was okay for the bout to continue.

As the fight progressed the cunning Nakamoto realized she’d have to pull out all the stops, use her feints, employ every deceptive trick in her arsenal to wear down the relentless Lawant. By the end of the fight, she proved to all three judges that she was stronger and by comparison her punches and kicks had done more damage.

The evidence that this was truly a great fight was plain to see by the cuts and bruises on both of the fighters’ faces and bodies.

“Fight of the night” candidate #2

Luis Bio’s defense of his WBC Mexican National Middleweight Title against Raul Rodriguez of Bakersfield, CA was also memorable.

Early on, it appeared Rodriguez was getting frustrated by the taller Bio who was definitely the slicker of the two with his hard leg kicks and especially his knees in the clinches.

As the bout progressed, Rodriguez started catching Bio with these wide, looping punches. How Bio was able to survive the hard shots to the head was simply amazing. With Bio relying more on his clinch and kick game to neutralize Rodriguez’s boxing, this match had startling momentum swings.

The Luis Bio versus Raul Rodriguez bout for the WBC Muay Thai Mexican National Middleweight Title   had people on the edge of their seats.

The Luis Bio (bottom left) versus Raul Rodriguez (bottom right) bout for the WBC Muay Thai Mexican National Middleweight Title had people on the edge of their seats.

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At the conclusion of his bout with Raul Rodriguez, the victorious Luis Bio was joined by his most loyal support group. All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of his bout with Raul Rodriguez, the victorious Luis Bio was joined by his most loyal support group. All photos: Jim Wyatt

In the end, two of the three judges decided the industrial engineer/business analyst by day had done enough to defend his title against the tough Raul Rodriguez of Bakersfield, California who’s record now falls to 11-2.

The third WOW!! bout saw Adam Rothweiler of Adrenaline Combat Sports & Fitness, San Bernardino, CA improving his record to 3-0 with a TKO stoppage of Levon Sarkysan from Little Armenia in Glendale, CA who was making his pro-debut.

Early on, neither Rothweiler nor Sarkysan took a step back. Instead they stood there toe to toe pounding each other as if they were hitting a heavy bag. Even though Sarkysan appeared to have the quicker hands, Rothweiler was able to hold his ground and take the many hard shots to the head.

The difference in this one proved to be Rothweiler’s resolve to stay the course with the game plan of delivering these crippling leg kicks to Sarkysan’s lead leg that went unchecked. By the fourth round Sarkysan could no longer take the punishment and you could see the pained expression on his face. After finally losing his balance, down he went.

Once Sarkysan got back on his feet, Rothweiler, like a hungry shark seeing blood, went in for the kill. After slumping to the canvas for a second time, it was clear Sarkysan could no longer continue. This forced veteran referee Vichai Supkitpol to step in and stop the bout.

Prior to their scheduled five round WBC Featherweight bout, Adam Rothweiler of San Bernardino, CA and Levon Sarkysan of Glendale, CA meet in the center of the ring with referee Vichai Supkitpol.

Prior to their WBC Featherweight bout, Adam Rothweiler of San Bernardino (l) and Levon Sarkysan of Glendale met in the center of the ring with referee Vichai Supkitpol.

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At the conclusion of their bout, Adam Rothweiler (l) had his arm raised in victory by referee Vichai Supkitpol (c) after he defeated Levon Sarkysan (r).

Candidate #4 is the opening bout between rookie Ed Abasolo, also from Dublin, CA and the veteran Angel Meza from Upland, CA.

Like in the other bouts, the action began early. It was as if the fighters had been promised an extra incentive for an early first round knockout. Meza, who had the experience going for him, thought he hit the jackpot after landing the big overhand right flush which surprised Abasolo and knocked him off his feet.

Ed Abasolo

At the outset, it appeared Angel Meza (top photo, right) had hit pay-dirt with his big overhand right that had Ed Abasolo taking a seat on the canvas. Whether dazed or not, Abasolo got up in an instant to show referee George Valdez he was ready to continue.

Bout 1 Ed Abasolo vs Angel Meza Bt 1 final Collage Instead of taking an 8-count, Abasolo jumped back up as if it was only a flash knockdown. After taking the mandatory few steps forward, he had convinced referee George Valdez that he could indeed continue. Considering the power behind that punch and the time left in the round, most of the people in the crowd if polled would say Abasolo was finished. 

Oh contraire, Abasolo went right back to work trying to recoup the lost points. For him, the early knockdown was just a wakeup call and from that point on both fighters exchanged kicks and blows as if their lives depended on it.

By the fourth and final round it appeared Meza was losing petrol. He began to grab and hold the more energetic Abasolo ever chance he got. In the end, the war of attrition was won by the rookie, Abasolo.

At the weigh-ins on Friday, rookie Ed Abasolo was accompanied by his staunchest supporters. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Friday, August 23, 2013, at the weigh-in to begin his pro Muay Thai career, fighter Ed Abasolo (r) of Dublin, CA is accompanied by his staunchest supporters – family. Photo: J. Wyatt

In the Co-main event it was the big boys, San Diego’s Mike Lemaire, the current WCK Muay Thai World Cruiserweight Champ, professional MMA fighter plus instructor at the Art of Eight Gym in Kearny Mesa going up against San Medina, Ohio’s Ryan Madigan (28-6) a former UFC fighter. They were fighting for the WBC Muay Thai Cruiserweight title.

Early in round one, after the two exchanged such pleasantries as a hard knee, several swiping kicks and blows to the stomach and head, Madigan suddenly fell to the canvas clutching his right knee. After being given an eight count, it appeared the short respite may have allowed him to recover and get back into the contest.

At that point, Lemaire was on the attack and Madigan drifted back against the ropes just as Lemarie appeared ready to deliver a flying knee. Madigan continued his fall until he was on his back and again clutching his knee. That’s when referee Cecil Peoples knew it was time to call a halt to the match.

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After defeating Ryan Madigan, the victorious Mike Lemaire was joined by his favorite trophy of all, his girlfriend Francesca.

After defeating Ryan Madigan, the victorious Mike Lemaire (l) was joined by his favorite trophy of all, his girlfriend Francesca Ferrer.

After the intermission, retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Charles Bellamy, accompanied by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians color guard, came center stage to give his rendition of the National Anthem. Of course taking a photo of the lovely ring card gals (l to r) Shelby Korpi, Gloria Friedley and Haylea Minks became obligatory.

After an intermission, retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Charles Bellamy, accompanied by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians color guard, came center stage to give his rendition of the National Anthem. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Of course taking a photo of the lovely ring card gals (l to r) Shelby Korpi, Gloria Friedley and Haylea Minks became obligatory.

Of course taking a photo of the lovely ring card gals (l to r) Shelby Korpi, Gloria Friedley and Haylea Minks became obligatory.

Big things planned for WCK Muay Thai in 2014

It was also announced that big things are planned for the WCK Muay Thai organization in 2014 with shows being staged for the first time in Dubai, Qatar (according to Forbes Magazine, Qatar is the richest country in the world), also Africa and Eastern Europe.

On the TV side, the Fox Sports announcing team of Phil Stone (l) and William “Blinky” Rodriguez (r), veterans of 25 plus years, claimed it was one of the best shows they’ve ever seen. And that my friends entails going all the way back to their very first broadcast in 1977, a fight card headlined by Bill “Super Foot” Wallace.

On the TV side, the Fox Sports announcing team of Phil Stone (l) and William “Blinky” Rodriguez (r), veterans of 25 plus years, claimed Saturday’s show was one of the best shows they’ve ever seen. That my friends entails going all the way back to their roots. Their first broadcast was in 1977 with a fight card that included Bill “Super Foot” Wallace.

Next, we witnessed the quick destruction of Miguel Cosio of Whittier, CA by Jacob Poss of Torrance, CA. He first used his elbow then the knee to manufacture the first round knockout. Lying there on his back with a nasty looking cut over his left brow, Cosio appeared so relaxed that he may have fallen asleep. His hesitation to get up ran it’s course, right up until the 2:59 mark of the first round. His corner people argued that the bell to end the round had already sounded before the ref, Vichai Supkitpol, had given Cosio the full 10 count. Their complaint fell on deaf ears.

miguel Cosio (top, left) and Jacob Poss (top, right) make their ring entrance

Miguel Cosio (top, left) and Jacob Poss (top, right) make their ring entrance.

After being counted out by  referee Vichai Supkitpol, Miguel Cosio (bottom right) wants no part of the celebration of victory for his opponent Jacob Poss. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After being counted out by referee Vichai Supkitpol, Miguel Cosio (bottom right) wants no part of the celebration of victory for his opponent Jacob Poss. Photo: Jim Wyatt

In the final nail-biter, James Steelsmith, Mike Lemaire’s sparring partner at the Art of Eight Gym, managed to pull out a squeaker over the always tough Dave Pacheco via split decision. Their’s was another match with many twists and turns. A few punches here or there and Pacheco would have been declared the winner. Might I say Steelsmith got the nod because his punches and kicks appeared to have more power with his use of leverage and full extension.

In another tightly contested match, it was James Steelsmith of San Diego, CA securing the win over Dave Pacheco of Riverside, CA. All photos: Jim Wyatt

In another tightly contested match, it was James Steelsmith of San Diego, (l) securing the win over Dave Pacheco of Riverside (r). All photos: Jim Wyatt

Also on the fight card, John Vargas and Alfred Kashakyan scored dramatic first round knockouts.

Vargas caught Rajesh Narine of Fullerton, CA with a nose jarring, full extension uppercut and Kashakyan, another Armenian champion from Glendale, CA, bull rushed Chris “Mohawk” Minor of Los Angeles with a barrage of punches. Both Minor and Narine were more embarrassed than hurt by the quickness of their losses.

Like road kill, Rajesh Narine sits and ponders about the pile driver that hit him. After clobbering Rajesh Narine of Fullerton, CA, with a devastating uppercut, John Vargas awaits the end of the 10-count to celebrate his victory.

Like road kill, Rajesh Narine sat there and pondered what hit him. After getting clobbered by a devastating uppercut, the perpetrator, John Vargas was busy celebrating his victory.

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Both Alfred Khashakyan of Glendale, CA (top left) and Chris "Mohawk" Minor of Los Angeles, CA (top right) make their way to the ring. Photos: Jim Wyatt

Both Alfred Khashakyan of Glendale, CA (top left) and Chris “Mohawk” Minor of Los Angeles, CA (top right) make their way to the ring. Photos: Jim Wyatt

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Alfred Khashakyan of Glendale, CA has his arm raised in victory after defeating Chris "Mohawk" Minor.

Alfred Khashakyan (bottom center) of Glendale, CA has his arm raised in victory by referee Jose Cobian (l) after he defeated Chris “Mohawk” Minor. Photos: Jim Wyatt

The Lena Ovchynnikova of Lvov, Ukraine defeat of Emily Bearden from the Five Points Fitness Gym in New York City to win the IKKC Women’s Super Bantamweight World Title by an unanimous decision was another of the one-sided fights. 

After getting tagged repeatedly by Ovchynnikova’s left, she started circling to the right, which was right into Ovchynnikova’s wheelhouse. The miscue helped Ovchynnikova land her left hook and straight left at will.

Every time she switched to the southpaw stance it was open season on landing a blow to Emily Bearden's head.

Every time she switched to the southpaw stance it was open season on landing a blow to Emily Bearden’s head. All photos: Jim Wyatt

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After her victory over Emily Bearden, Lena Ovchynnikova was joined by her coaches (l to r) Viktor Lazurko and George Jay Bastmajyan. After her victory over Emily Bearden, Lena Ovchynnikova was joined by her coaches (l to r) Viktor Lazurko and George Jay Bastmajyan.

After breaking her hand last year in the Tiffany Van Soest bout, Ovchynnikova forced herself to use only her left hand during her rehabilitation which later made her ambidextrous, able to hit opponents equally hard with either hand. When in her southpaw stance, Bearden  became easy prey. By moving to the right, Ovchynnikova’s power alley, rather than her left, Bearden got hit over and over again by Ovchynnikova’s straight left. Before Bearden’s next fight, it’s recommended she see a boxing coach.

Look for rebroadcasts of this exciting show on Fox Sports Net PrimeTicket or Fox Sports West.

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