Yokkao 8 broke into England with an unprecedented success: a non-stop Action event that sent the fans who came from all over England crazy in the Reebok Stadium on Saturday night at an evening’s historic occasion defined by Stefania Picelli on facebook as, “one of the most beautiful events ever promoted before.”
At 15:30 the gates opened, by 17:00 the event was sold out.
The staff at the Reebok Stadium confirmed that they had never seen something like it for a Muay Thai show.
YOKKAO 8 in co-promotion with Supershowdown has been an experiment that paid off in a spectacular way that can only be described as breathtaking.
As a Yokkao regular, MC Douglas McAdam walked into the ring announcing in his own house the first event of YOKKAO: the excitement in the venue was as electric as Lumpinee stadium!!
After a superb undercard of new talent emerging in the Muay Thai scene of the UK, the audience was given the perfect starter for the main card of top class fighting action.
Pindi Singh lost by points vs Federico beaka Alfaro
After a change of opponent for Singh, a opportunity for Federico was taken with both hands as the Knowlesy Academy Fighter stalked Singh through every round of this opening fight. An almost sinister smile across the face of Alfaro answering every Singh’s technique with his own more spiteful shots and even causing a knockdown which Singh bravely got up and carried on fighting.
A good win for Federico who will give any 69kg fighter problems.
Sebastian Fraczyk won by points vs Nathan Epps
An impressive Sebastian won by points vs Nathan Epps: good angles, great eye and nice kicks.
Chris Whittle won py points vs Daniel Crompton
A lot had been talked about this fight as Whittle, only 17, was a new kid on the block though the more experienced and older Crompton wasn’t worried he had heard it before.
Whittle baring a striking resemblance to his coach Frankie Hudders although Chris being southpaw, displayed maturity beyond his years.
After stunning Crompton with a hard left cross and heavy sharp leg kicks, heart had to be shown by the Salford Gym fighter: Chris pushed forward into the clinch and won by points on his first A class contest.
Daniel McGowan won by points vs Jordan Coe
Much talked about battle of Scotland vs England as these two little warriors met.
McGowan has trained a lot at Petchindee gym in Bangkok and Coe at Sumalee boxing gym also, so two well schooled and educated youngsters who know this fighting art very well.
It’s was the spiteful elbows of McGowan that caused the audience to wince and as the brave little southpaw Coe took them in his stride.
Scoring beautifully well with straight knees and showing an edge in strength clinched it for the Superpetch star. A birth of a a couple of stars in the making although this night belonged to McGowan.
Bradley Stanton won by KO (round 1 head kick) vs Wayne Fisher
Bradley, trained by the very talented trainer Jompop Kiatphontip, entered the ring with a true air of menace surrounding him.
An almost Jekyll and hide character, as he changes completely into a ruthless machine when in the ring.
The always tough Fisher had come to fight as he always has done before, although in this fight he was in over his head as Stanton dismantled him in devastating fashion.
A hard left elbow and head kick had Fisher all at sea but as he bravely rose to his feet the referee Chris Podesta had seen enough and saved him from the oncoming storm.
Steven Long lost by points vs Josh “Scorpion” Turbill
Rematches always seem to carry an air of expectation with them as Long was out to show why won their first encounter and Turbill wanted revenge.
Both superbly conditioned athletes and highly skilled, these two swapped great scoring techniques.
The notable leg kicks and left knee attacks from Turbill catched the judges eye.
After coming crashing out of the ring onto a table of trophies, the tough Steven Long battled on scoring well with left kicks to the body.
After five superb rounds on Muay Thai and a majority decision it was Turbill who was deemed the winner in this brilliant showing by outstanding fighters.
Reece McAllister won by points vs Tim “TNT” Thomas
With fight on the night written all over it, the encounter between Reece and Tim didn’t disappoint any of the audience in Bolton arena.
The talented McAllister looked razor sharp and started round one: his very fast left hook made Tim realise this kid wasn’t playing.
Thomas known as a KO specialist pressured Reece all around the ring, though out of nowhere a flying right elbow landed perfectly to the jaw of Thomas.
In a display of what can only be described as superhuman Tim rose up from the canvas on really badly shaken legs.
Biting firmly of his mouthpiece, Thomas walked forward and using every trick known in the Muay Thai game to try land his right hand bomb.
Reece was too smart and clever: he moved smoothly around the ring using text book techniques and intelligence, out doing the dangerous Thomas in every department.
A fantastic showing by McAllister and superhuman showing of bravery by Thomas. Reece McAllister wins and had everyone in audience talking about his superb display of Muay Thai.
Panico Yusuf won by points vs Rittijak Kaewsamrit
Much talked about contest as the fan favourite Panicos was up against his hardest test.
The southpaw style of Rittijak known as “Joe” was giving Panicos real problems, who was working his returns really well. A real close contest had Panicos the winner.
Dean James won by TKO (round 3 injured left arm) vs Rungrawee Sasiprapa
Another intelligent well placed rematch by the matchmakers didn’t let anyone down.
The last encounter was a clear win for Rungrawee in Ireland last year and James promised he’d learnt from it.
From the outset, Dean looked sharp as he displayed a variety of weapons not notably his boxing.
It seemed like every department that Rungrawee tried, James had answer as he battle plan was studied and executed with precision and accuracy.
The end came abruptly when some distress was seen by Rungrawee at the start of round 3 confrimed by a withdrew with a badly injured left arm. A fantastic win for Dean James, a true gentleman of the sport.
Liam harrison vs Houcine Bennoui
Each fight on this card was a headliner in any show anywhere and to top it something special had to happen and it did big time.
A head on clash was predicted but not the level of what was witnessed on this sparkling show.
Hurtful shots were exchanged as the French man walked forwards the whole fight.
A right hand high of top of the head for Harrison down on all fours in round 2.
Sensing blood, Houcine stormed forwar but met a well placed right elbow by the Leeds star.
At round three, Harrison needed to use his full range of weapons to keep Houcine in his place.
Round 4 or “the money round” as it’s called, saw both fighters struggling into one of the best Yokkao battles ever seen with Houcine’s nose and a cut from the forehead oozing blood.
Round 5 started with a nervous partisan crowd screaming Harrison on, as Bennuoi was showing disregard for the power shots of Liam.
A points win for Liam harrison, in a contest that left even the most hungry of fans satisfied, firmly put Yokkao on the map in UK as the show everyone wants part of.
Yokkao stated on Facebook a perfect comment: “From now Muay Thai in UK has changed”.
** Supershowdown presents YOKKAO 8 results **
– Liam Harrison won by points vs Houcine Bennoui (65 kg)
– Dean James won by TKO (round 2) vs Rungravee Sasiprapa (57kg)
– Panicos Yusuf won by points vs Rittuak Kaewsamrit (60,5kg)
– Reece McAllister won by points vs Tim Thomas (67kg)-
– Steve Long lost by points vs Josh Turbill (72kg)
– Brad Stanton won by KO (round 1) Wayne Fisher (66kg)
– Daniel McGowan won by points vs Jordan Coe (54kg)
– Chris Whittle won by points vs Daniel Crompton (62kg)
– Sebastian Fraczyk lost by points vs Nathan Epps (72kg)
– Pindi Singh Madahar lots by points vs Federico Beaka Alfaro(69kg)