Hollywood Park Casino hosts latest WCK MuayThai Show

December 7, 2013 No Comments
In celebration of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand Thai dancers performed at the Hollywood Park Casino

In celebration of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, Thai dancers opened the proceedings at the latest WCK Muay Thai show at the Hollywood Pack Casino in Inglewood.

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the WCK Muay Thai show: King’s Birthday Celebration took place at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California. The event, celebrating his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand’s 86th birthday, turned the famed Hollywood Park Casino into a little slice of Thailand by serving Thai food, showcasing Thai Classic Dance plus they had one of Thailand’s legendary fighters Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya featured in their Main Event.

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When celebrating someone’s birthday it’s important to know a little something about that person. In this case, the man to ask would be President Barack Obama. In November of last year, Obama together with then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ambassador Kristie Kenney were guests of the King in Bangkok. Bottom photo provided by Pete Souza commissioned by the White House. 

The 86 year-old King was born on December 5, 1926 at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. His coronation took place on May 5, 1950. Having reigned since June 9, 1946, he is currently the world’s longest serving head of state and longest reigning monarch in Thai history.

Photo of the King and his wife Sirikit was taken on their wedding day, April 28, 1950 (collage, top right), plus a family photo of Sangwal Mahidol na Ayudhya, the King’s mother, with her children, (l to r) Prince Galyani VadhanaPrince Bhumibol Adulyadej and Princess Ananda Mahidol (appears top, left). Source: Bureau of the Royal Household, Kingdom of Thailand 

How time flies. (In the above collage, middle left) King Bhumibol is shown addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on June 29, 1960. Sitting directly behind the King is the late Richard Milhous Nixon who was Vice President at the time.

As mentioned the evening’s Main Event featured Thanit Watthanaya (46-13, 19 KOs). His opponent, Romie Adanza from Newport Beach, CA (17-5, 6 KOs) was quite familiar with Boom. The two great fighters had split their earlier meetings. Adanza, who first trained as a boxer, won their first meeting with a knockout. In their second match Watthanaya managed to stay clear of Adanza’s fists and came away victorious winning by a split decision.

Saturday’s five round WBC Muaythai Bantamweight Super Fight only lasted until midway into the second round. Adanza, in phenomenal shape, weathered Watthanaya’s earlier kicks and strikes, then dominated the match with his ferocious, better leveraged punching. The punch, that sent Watthanaya wincing in pain to the canvas, was a left to the midsection, a crushing shot to the liver. When you get hit in this tender spot, it’s almost impossible to continue and in Watthanaya’s case, he stayed down on that canvas for a very long time.

In the collage above we see Romie Adanza (black trunks) getting the worst of it from an attacking Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya (red trunks). All photos: Jim Wyatt

In the collage above we see Romie Adanza (black trunks) getting the worst of it from an attacking Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya (red trunks). All photos: Jim Wyatt

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It didn't take long for Adanza to turn the tide and start putting a hurt on his opponent who ended up being stopped for good midway through Round two. (Bottom photo) Adanza shows his concern for Watthanaya who is still down, still hurting from Adanza's blow to the midsection. All photos: Jim Wyatt

It didn’t take long for Adanza to turn the tide and start putting a hurt on his opponent who ended up being stopped midway through Round two. (Bottom photo) Adanza shows his concern for Watthanaya who is still down, still hurting after Adanza’s blow to the midsection.

(bottom photo) Romie Adanza along with his coach Colin Oyama and fellow members of Team Oyama gather in a circle for a group prayer in remembrance of their dear friend Shane Del Rosario who died Monday, December 2, 2013.

(bottom) Romie Adanza along with his coach Colin Oyama and members of Team Oyama gathered in a circle for a group prayer for their dear friend Shane Del Rosario who at that time was still in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. Postscript: We are saddened to report Shane Del Rosario passed away on Sunday evening, December 8, 2013.

At the conclusion of their bout, Dennis Warner, CEO of InSync Productions, helps Romie Adanza put this shirt on. Seconds later, he was wishing he hadn't.

At the conclusion of their bout, Dennis Warner, CEO of InSync Productions, helps Romie Adanza put this shirt on. Seconds later, he was wishing he hadn’t.

Romie Adanza (l) looks back at Dennis Warner with this incredulous look on his face. "Advertiser or not, how in the world am I supposed to raise my arm."

Romie Adanza (l) looks back at Dennis Warner with this incredulous look on his face. “Advertiser or not, how in the world am I supposed to raise my arm.”

Bt 13 salute to Del RosarioCollagePre-fight, it was mentioned that Adanza had dedicated this fight to his dear friend and training partner Shane Del Rosario (photo, top left) who at the time was still in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. The photo shows Del Rosario receiving the WBC Muay Thai Heavyweight World Title belt from WBC President Dr. Jose Suliaman. (bottom photo) We see Adanza holding up a shirt with the message, “Aloha Shane Del Rosario, Ohana” which loosely translates to, “Greetings Shane Del Rosario from your family.” Adanza, Adanza’s support group along with his coach, Colin Oyama, announcer Chris Gregory and InSync CEO Dennis Warner were happy about the victory but at the same time in a dour, somber mood concerning the fate of their friend.

Del Rosario had been a professional mixed martial artist since 2006, also competing in kickboxing and Muay Thai competitions. He was the first American winner of the WBC World Heavyweight Muay Thai championship in 2007. After winning his first 11 pro MMA bouts while competing in Strikeforce, M-1 Global and other promotions he moved on to the UFC in 2012.

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In the evening’s Co-main event Bryce Krause’s power was on full display against Joe Davidson. It took him less than a round to defeat Davidson and win the WBC Muay Thai Super Welterweight National Title.

Basically, Krause did it with two big overhand rights, two monstrous punches that worked with radar to land squarely on Davidson’s chin.

To his credit, the game Davidson went down, then quickly got back to his feet. After getting hit multiple times, the legs started to wobble. After Krause dropped Davidson for the final time, referee Chris Adrian could see he was in trouble and stopped the bout. With the win, Krause improves his record to (11-4-1) while Davidson drops to (5-5).

In the Co-feature, Bout #12, Bryce Krause made quick work of Joe Davidson.

In the Co-feature, Bout #12, Bryce Krause made quick work of Joe Davidson.

With Joe Davidson still down on the canvas, Bryce Krause (top right) is seen high up on the ropes celebrating his KO victory.

With Joe Davidson still down on the canvas, Bryce Krause (top right) is seen high up on the ropes celebrating his KO victory.

While Bryce Krause (bottom, right) looks out into the crowd to spot his family and friends, the still recovering Joe Davidson spends time with the fight doctor, Dr. Paul Wallace who could be the twin of actor James Earl Jones.

While Bryce Krause (bottom, right) looks out into the crowd to spot his family and friends, the still recovering Joe Davidson spends time with the fight doctor, Dr. Paul Wallace who could be the twin of actor James Earl Jones.

After being presented the WBC championship belt everyone and their brother wanted a photo with Bryce "The Body Snatcher" Krause. All photos: Jim Wyatt

After being presented the WBC championship belt everyone and their brother wanted a photo with Bryce “The Body Snatcher” Krause. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Complete results, Bout #1 through Bout #13:

Bout #1, a three round IAMTF Welterweight contest featured Gustavo De Valle (1-1, weighing 144 lbs.) getting the TKO victory over Eduardo Molina (3-1, who weighed in at 144.5 pounds).

In round one, it was as if Molina, the first to land a solid punch, had awaken a sleeping giant. De Valle responded immediately with multiple shots to the head and soon Molina was taking a seat on the canvas. The crowd was then treated to this most comical posturing by Molina who had this wide grin on his face. A grin that could be interpreted in two ways. He was either telling De Valle that he had just gotten lucky or he was telling De Valle, “Is that all that you got?”

After getting floored a second time, the sham was repeated. It was like watching the movie Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray, once again, Molina had this same sh.. eating grin on his face.

When it happened a third time, the smile was gone and Molina looked like he was spaced out while looking blankly at the referee. The change in his expression was all referee Dr. Nelson Hamilton needed to see and he immediately stopped the fight.

Molina's smile was supposed to put the fear of God in Gustavo De Valle.

Molina’s smile was supposed to put the fear of God in Gustavo De Valle.

Some people (for example Gustavo De Valle, bottom right) can not be intimidated.

Some people (for example Gustavo De Valle, bottom right) can not be intimidated.

Bout #2, an IAMTF Lightweight match featured Seferino “Sef” Ramos (4-1) weighing 140 lbs. going up against rookie Jorge Poveda who weighed 138.5 lbs. for his pro-debut.

In Round #1, with Proveda providing these head snapping punches and the harder kicks, it appeared the shorter Ramos was destined to lose. By the end of Round #2, Ramos had gotten himself in a groove to make that second stanza a toss-up.

By the third round, Ramos had become the aggressor by working his magic on the inside. He appeared stronger than his opponent who was suddenly tiring. The judges agreed and this reversal of fortunes ended up making the contest a Draw.

At the conclusion of their match Seferino “Sef” Ramos (r) and Jorge Poveda (l) await the judges' scores with veteran referee/judge Kris Adrian. All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of their match Seferino “Sef” Ramos (r) and Jorge Poveda (l) await the judges' scores with veteran referee/judge Kris Adrian. All photos: Jim Wyatt

At the conclusion of their match Seferino “Sef” Ramos (r) and Jorge Poveda (l) await the judges’ scores with veteran referee/judge Kris Adrian. All photos: Jim Wyatt

After their bout was ruled a draw, Serefino Ramos (l) and Jorge Proveda (r) posed for a few photos. All photos: Jim Wyatt

After their bout was ruled a draw, Serefino Ramos (l) and Jorge Proveda (r) posed for a few photos. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #3, a three round WCK Muaythai Welterweight match featured Bronson Casarez (weighing 146 pounds) in his pro-debut defeating Chris “Mohawk” Minor (3-1, weighing 141 lbs.) by an unanimous decision.

As is common for first timers, Casarez got off to a shaky start in Round #1, and this mean looking cut under his right eye made things look even worse.

After gaining his confidence, the more energetic Casarez started to own Minor and began chasing after him right up until the final seconds. Casarez did the majority of his scoring with left hooks to the head in combination with high kicks to the ribs. With the ends of his red mohawk hairdo hanging down in his eyes, Minor was simply outmuscled.

You could almost hear Chris Minor (red trunks) telling Bronson Casarez (black trunks), "Whatever you do, don't mess with my mohawk."

With a little imagination, you can conjure up these thoughts of Minor (red trunks) in the clinches telling Casarez (black trunks), “Whatever you do, don’t mess with my hair.”

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Down goes Chris Minor after an accumulation of kicks and punches.

Down goes Chris Minor after an accumulation of kicks and punches.

Bout #3, Bronson Casarez (black trunks) gets the win over Chris Minor (red trunks).

Bout #3, Bronson Casarez (black trunks) gets the win over Chris Minor (red trunks).

Bout #4 featured veteran WCK Muaythai super cruiserweights, Jason Rzepka from Fullerton, CA, weighing 198 lbs. and Miguel Cosio (5-3-1, weighing 218.5 lbs.). The fight, which began well for Cosio, ended in a for shame draw. 

Cosio, who appeared to be in full control early, simply ran out of gas and perhaps focus after being deducted two points for a head butt in Round #2. Early on he was masterful. At one point he took four unanswered blows to the head and came back to deliver six of his own to send Rzepka to the canvas.

Neither fighter was in the best of shape and at one point they spent an inordinate amount of time just leaning on each other which provoked a few boo-birds in the crowd.

Early on, it appeared Miguel Cosio (top, right) was going to have his way with the shorter Jason Rzepka. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Early on, it appeared Miguel Cosio (top, right) was going to have his way with the shorter Jason Rzepka. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Late in Round #2, you could see both fighters were running low on petrol. Here we see both men leaning on each other.

Late in Round #2, you could see both fighters were running low on petrol. Here we see both men leaning on each other.

At the conclusion of his bout with Miguel Cosio, Jason Rzepka appears to be deep in thought, perhaps considering how he could have done things better.

At the conclusion of his bout with Cosio, Jason Rzepka appears to be deep in thought, perhaps considering how he could have done things better, trained harder.

Bout #5 featured IAMTF Women’s Super Flyweights Natalie “Killface” Morgan (7-2-1, 114 lbs.) winning a close unanimous decision over Janet Todd (4-1, 114 lbs.). 

Both fighters were busy throughout but overall, the edge in accurate, more effective blows and kicks, has to go to Morgan. Early on, Todd appeared to be the better conditioned fighter, especially after she landed eight, straight, unanswered blows. But that aggressive style slowed somewhat after the first round ended.

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(bottom) At the conclusion of Bout #5, we see Natalie Morgan (c) with stablemate Joe Schelling and their trainers celebrating the big win over Janet Todd. All photos: Jim Wyatt

(bottom) At the conclusion of Bout #5, we see Natalie Morgan (c) with stablemate Joe Schelling and their trainers celebrating the big win over Janet Todd. All photos: Jim Wyatt

 

Bout #6, an IAMTF Super Lightweight match, featured Robert Lemus (5-1-1, weighing 143 lbs.) defeating late replacement Pong Jan Jira by an unanimous decision.

In Round #1, the much taller Jira was the aggressor and impressed the crowd with high kicks, sweeping knockdowns and his punching prowess. Lemus, more content to wait and counter, may have alienated the judges, the same way it did the crowd.

That all changed in rounds two and three after Lemus’ took full control. He went nonstop while Jira began to slow down considerably.

Bout #6 winner Robert Lemus has his arm raised in victory by referee Kris Adrian.

Bout #6 winner Robert Lemus has his arm raised in victory by referee Kris Adrian.

Bout #7, a WCK Muaythai Super Welterweight bout, saw Rene Orozco (5-3, weighing 153 lbs.) earn a split decision victory over Jacob  “The Problem” Powell (6-1, who weighed in at 159 pounds).

Orozco took the action packed first round by basically outmuscling his opponent. From that point on, the match had one momentum swing after another.

In round #2, Powell did better by using these wide, looping punches. The downside to these punches was the way they were wearing him down. In the end, the battle of attrition was won by the taller Orozco.

Rene Orozco (r) gets the win in a tight one against Jacobe Powell (l).

Bout #7 – Rene Orozco (r) gets the win in a tight one versus Jacobe Powell (l).

Bout #8 featured a WCK Muaythai Cruiserweight match in which Jacob Poss (3-1, 189.5 lbs.) defeated Adam  Corrigan (2-1-1, 185.5 pounds) via an Unanimous Decision.

If the people from the Guinness Book of World Records were in the audience, I’m certain they would have been keeping track of the number of times Mr. Corrigan went to the canvas. It was a lot. At one point, Poss, the Good Samaritan that he is, leaned down to help Corrigan up. The referee stepped in and told Poss, “that’s a no-no.”

Bout #8 was an old fashioned beat down of Adam Corrigan by Jacob Poss.

Bout #8 was an old fashioned beat down of Adam Corrigan by Jacob Poss.

(bottom, right) At the conclusion of their bout, Adam Corrigan (l) put his arm around Jacob Poss (r) and congratulates him.

(bottom, right) At the conclusion of their bout, Adam Corrigan (l) shows good sportsmanship by putting his arm around the victorious Jacob Poss (r) to congratulate him.

In Bout #9, an IAMTF Super Middleweight bout, it was Jules “The Nightmare” Wallace winning every round in his contest with Keith Beard (2-2, 163 pounds). After not being that competitive, the super confident Mr. Beard raised his left arm prior to the scores being announced. One of the gentlemen at ringside had a snicker on his face when he saw this reaction.

In Bout #9, there was never any doubt as Jules "The Nightmare" Wallace (bottom,right) dominated in his fight with Keith Beard.

In Bout #9, there was never any doubt as Jules “The Nightmare” Wallace (bottom,right) dominated the action in his bout with Keith Beard.

Bout #10, an IAMTF California Welterweight Title match featured Daniel Valdez (8-4, 148.5 lbs.) getting the quickie TKO win over Paul Silva (2-2, 155.5 pounds). With Valdez going for the jugular early, this lopsided TKO victory was over in a flash.

Welterweight Title match featured Daniel Valdez (8-4, 148.5 lbs.) getting the TKO win over Paul Silva

The Welterweight Title fight featuring Daniel Valdez (l) getting the quickie TKO win over Paul Silva (r) happened so fast, it was like a blimp on the radar. It kind of reminds you of that turtle. The one, who after being mugged by the two snails, was asked what happened. He answered, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Bout #11, an IAMTF United States Light Heavyweight Title bout, featured Adam Fugitt (7-0, 174 pounds) challenging the current champion, Ronald Cruz (11-2-1, 174 pounds).

At first, the more experienced Cruz had his hands full defending his belt against this hot prospect from the Great Northwest. In their early exchanges, the youthful Fugitt exhibited slower hands but he made up for it with noticeably better kicks, a furious kicking style that went nonstop.

Every time Cruz felt the need to assert himself, he’d either use his solid striking skills or pull out the round with some flash kick. During the third round, he picked Fugit up off his feet and threw him back down. To have a shot at beating Cruz in the future, Fugitt will need to improve his boxing skills.

Surprisingly, the judges were split on who won the match. Those who favored Cruz scored the bout 48-45 and 48-47, while the third judge who obviously gave Fugitt more credit for his kicking, scored the bout, 48-47 for Fugitt.

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(bottom photo) After defeating Adam Fugitt (top photo) to retain his title, Ronald Cruz (center) was joined by his support staff. All photos; Jim Wyatt

(bottom photo) After defeating Adam Fugitt (top photo) to retain his title, Ronald Cruz (center) was joined by his support staff. All photos; Jim Wyatt

Bout #12, the co-feature, was the WBC Muay Thai Super Welterweight United States Title fight between Bryce Krause (153 lbs.) and Joe Davidson with Krause winning the match early via a (T)KO in round one.

The final bout, Bout #13, the Main Event, a WBC Muaythai Bantamweight Super Fight, saw the native of Newport Beach, CA, Romie Adanza (117 pounds) stop the representative from Khorat, Thailand, Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya (118 pounds) in the second round.

Referees on the night were Dr. Nelson Hamilton and Kris Adrian. Judges were Jackie Denkin, Ruben Rowell, Dr. Nelson Hamilton and Kris Adrian. Timekeeper: Willie Arriola, Physicians: Tony Hicks and Paul Wallace.

Additional info about the Casino and its connection with the Hollywood Park Race Track

The Hollywood Park Casino, located on the same property as the world famous Hollywood Park Racetrack on Century Blvd in Inglewood, CA, opened it’s doors back on July 1, 1994. It was the first casino in the U.S. located at a racetrack combining the action and excitement of live casino card games with the thrill of live and simulcast thoroughbred wagering.

Hollywood ParkJust this year, a gentleman by the name of Eric Swallow (top photo left) took over the Hollywood Park Casino and has been trying to return it to its glory years. You also have the local town council working on a $2 billion dollar revitalization plan to switch the Hollywood Park race track into Hollywood Park Tomorrow, a retail and residential complex with a spacious 25 acre park, a lake and waterfall.

What’s happened to the once great race track? (top photo, right) Plain and simple, horse betters are now betting more off-track than at the track. Hollywood Park, which began racing in 1938, when Jack L. Warner of Warner Bros. was the chairman of the Turf Club, had major backers. Many Hollywood actors and directors were original shareholders in the track, including Walt Disney and Bing Crosby. In it’s first year, the legendary Seabiscuit won the inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, the track’s signature race.

Throughout its history, Hollywood Park has been a pioneer of the horse racing industry, inventing exacta betting in 1971 (picking both the first and second place horses), being the first track to average a $4 million daily handle in 1997 and hosting the inaugural 1984 Breeders Cup which was watched by an estimated 50 million viewers. In 1965, the track drew a record average of 34,516 people a day. In 2009, they only drew an average of 6,111.

WCK Full Rules Muay Thai

Don’t forget you can always watch WCK Full Rules Muaythai on Fox Sports San Diego (Thursdays at 10 p.m. PCT) and Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Fridays at 11 p.m. PCT).  Their latest show features Adam Rothweiler taking on Adrian Morilla.

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