Weigh-ins complete for Saturday’s WCK Muay Thai Show at Pechanga

In the Main Event of the evening it will be Jemyma Betrian (l) of Netherlands  vs. Christi Brereton (r) of the United Kingdom battling it out for the WBC Muay Thai Women’s Bantamweight World Title. Photo: Jim Wyatt

In the Main Event of the evening it will be Jemyma Betrian (r) of Netherlands  vs. Christi Brereton (l) of the United Kingdom battling it out for the WBC Muay Thai Women’s Bantamweight World Title. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Without further ado, here are the fighters competing on the June 7, 2014, WCK Full Rules Muay Thai Show, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.


 

In Bout #1, they have a three round IAMTF Light Heavyweight ranking bout between the 28 year-old, former hockey center, Jon Stark (3-0, 1 KO) from San Diego’s Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center and 25 year-old Mike Wenger (4-2, 1 KO) of the Bob Chaney Family Martial Arts Center in Murrieta. With Friday being Wenger’s birthday, Stark facetiously said he wanted to give him a present. 

In Bout #1 you have Jon Stark going up against Mike Wenger.All photos: Jim Wyatt

For Bout #1, they had Mike Wenger (top right) going to battle with Jon Stark (bottom, right).All photos: Jim Wyatt

In Bout #2, it’s Andrew Gabriel (6-3-1) of Extreme Power, Oceanside, CA going up against 26 year-old Michael Aviles (5-0, 1 KO) of Bryan Dobler’s Double Dose Muay Thai & Fitness Center of Fontana, CA in a four round IAMTF Welterweight California Title match. 

In this one, Aviles should have his hands full trying to stem the tide versus the ever pressing Gabriel who has been training longer and harder. Aviles mentioned that he had been training off and on for three years but only recently started getting serious – super serious over the last eight months.

Bout two had Andrew Gabrile going up against Michael Aviles.

Bout two has Andrew Gabriel (l) facing off against Michael Aviles.

Bout #3 and Bout #4, both three rounders in the WLF 4 Super Bantamweight Tournament, feature 23 year-old Wang Chaoqi (22-1,10 KOs) of Beijing, China taking on the likes of Linda Aguilar of Santa Ana, CA by way of Mexico in her debut, Ciara “The Tigress” Irvine from Oregon (8-4, 2 KOs as an Amateur), she’s also a debutante and finally Lindsay Ball.

Bt 3 and 4 Wang Chaoqi, Linda Aguilar, Ciara Irvine and Linsay Ball

The four young ladies involved in the WLF4 – Womens Super Bantamweight tournament are Wang Chaoqi, Linda Aguilar, Ciara Irvine and Linsay Ball

Bout #5 is a three round WLF Welterweight match in the Team Competition between Wei Chao Chen (18-7, 6 KOs) of Hai Pei Province, China facing 22 year-old sensation Melsik Baghdasaryan (4-0, 3 KOs) of Glendale, CA by way of Armenia. While Baghdasaryan has gone undefeated, Chen recently lost to the legendary Buakaw Banchamek, the Thai Muay Thai champion, two time World K-1 MAX champion in 2004 and 2006, plus 2010 Shoot Boxing S Club World Champion. Buakaw, who is now 31, knocked Chen out. 

Wei Chao Chen (18-7, 6 KOs) of Hai Pei Province, China facing 22 year-old sensation Melsik Baghdasaryan

Wei Chao Chen of Hai Pei Province, China (r) will have his hands full when facing 22 year-old, all action Melsik Baghdasaryan of Glendale, CA (l).

Bout #6, a WLF Women’s Extreme Wushu featherweight contest has 26 year-old Xiong Jingnan of Beijing, China facing Lindsey Marino of Austin, Texas.

Jingnan, a former boxer who then flirted with the Mixed Martial Arts, says she’s now very content to just stay in Muay Thai. 

Xiong Jingnan of Beijing, China facing Lindsey Marino of Austin, Texas

(bottom, left) In Bout 6, you’ll see a WLF Women’s Extreme Wushu contest between Xiong Jingnan (r) of Beijing, China and Lindsey Marino of Austin, Texas. (l)

Bout #7, a four round WLF Muaythai Lightweight Contest (135 pounds) in the Team Competition has 21 year-old Wei Ninghui (36-13, 11 KOs) of Henan Province, China, facing a local favorite, 25 year-old Marvin Madariaga (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego by way of Maui, Hawaii who trains with the Blue Ocean Muay Thai Team and Black House Team Nogueira here in San Diego.

Marvin Madariaga (r0 faces off with his opponent on Saturday, Wei Ninghui.

Marvin Madariaga (r) poses for photos with Saturday’s opponent Wei Ninghui.

Bout #8 is a three round finals match between the ladies who won their match in Bout #3 and Bout #4, the WLF 4- Women’s Super Bantamweight Tournament featuring Wang Chaoqi, Linda Aguilar, Ciara Irvine and Lindsay Ball.

In Bout #9, a WLF Muaythai Featherweight International Title fight of five rounds features Ji Guangjian (30-10), of Henan Province, China going up against the 28 year-old, undefeated Adam Rothweiler (5-0) from Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness in San Bernardino, CA.

(bottom, right) In Bout #9, it will be Adam Rothweiler (r) going up against Ji Guangjian. All photos: Jim Wyatt

(bottom, right) In Bout #9, it will be Adam Rothweiler (r) going up against Ji Guangjian. All photos: Jim Wyatt

In Bout #10, a four round WCK Muaythai Super Cruiserweight ranking bout, you’ll get to see 30 year-old  Jacob “King Cobra” Poss (3-0, 2 KOs) from Anderson Silva’s Muaythai College in Los Angeles, take on the always tough Sam Alvey of Team Quest, Murrieta, CA. With both men having tremendous punching power, don’t blink.

The fights between the big guys are always the most exciting. Especially this match up of Jacob Poss (r) and Alvey (l).

The fights between the big guys usually have everyone’s attention. Especially this match up of Jacob Poss (r) and Sam Alvey (l).

Look out for Brittany ‘McKey’ Sullivan, better known as the Cycle 11 winner from America’s Next Top Model. It seems she’s always present in Alvey’s corner. She’s also the person who wraps his hands before fights. And finally, she’s also his fiancée. To the fans watching, this couple appears inseparable, joined at the hip.

Bout #11, the Main Event, has the darling of Muay Thai, 23 year-old Jemyma Betrian (40-2-1. 20 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA by way of  The Netherlands, the reigning WCK and WBC Women’s Muaythai Bantamweight World Title holder putting her WBC belt on the line against one of the reigning European Champions 21 year-old Christi Brereton of the Chaos Muay Thai Fitness & Competition Training Centre, Okehampton, United Kingdom.

According to Brereton’s coach, Steve Pender, “They’ve worked out a plan to stop her.”

In Brereton’s last match, her toughest to date, she defeated the two-time European Champion and five time World Champion, Alexis Rufus.

In Saturday's Main Event they have the reigning champion Jemyma Betrian (r) defending her title against the European Champion Christi Brereton of the United Kingdom.

Like beautiful bookends we’ve matched up the great looking photo above with the great looking photo below showcasing the young ladies who are the star attractions on Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.

This exciting night of Muay Thai action will take place Saturday evening in the Grand Ballroom at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are still available at $40 for general admission, $100 for ringside seats. For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment.

 

The event will be broadcast on FOX Sports Prime Ticket and on FOX Sports San Diego. This is the fourth time WCK Full Rules Muay Thai has been hosted by Pechanga and without a doubt this fight card promises to have the fans on the edge of their seats.

 

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Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers, WCKMuayThai.com, SportofBoxing.com and Examiner.com as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.