Scotland has a somewhat underrated Muay Thai scene at present but there are a number of promoters working hard to change this, including Brian Calder with his SuperShowDown events. The first event was held in February this year and was by far the strongest line-up in Scottish Muay Thai history with bouts for Scottish and British titles opening the show. The whole card was the who's who of Scottish Muay Thai, with names such as Robin Downer, Tommy Young, Ally Smith and Keith McLachlan taking on tough English opponents. At the top of the bill, four of the best UK fighters took on Thais. Michael Dicks faced off with Samingprai, Damien Trainor fought Phetnamchai and cousins Andy Howson and Liam Harrison fought Wisanlek and Petchasawin respectively. Needless to say, the show was a huge success and completely sold out well in advance of the event.
The second SuperShowDown event is set for November 5th and it looks like it will be just as big, if not bigger than the first show. Recent Toyota Marathon 8-man tournament winner Andy Thrasher is now 300,000 Baht richer but isn't taking a break for a minute as he will be fighting Samingprai Kiatphontip. On top of this, Bad Company's Davey McIntosh will square up with Gery Bavetta who fought at the King's Cup in December of 2010 but more recently in June on an Italian Kombat League show. These two fights would often be enough to headline any UK or European show however these are only two of the eight fantastic scheduled main card fights. We haven't even started talking about the main attraction: a full Thai rules 59kg 8-man tournament.
This 8 man tournament will include:
- Loz Riley (UKMF #4 @ 57kg)
- Jonno Chipchase (UKMF #11 @ 58.9kg)
- Darren O'Connor (UKMF #4 @ 61kg)
- Stephen Meleady (IMC #2 @59kg & 61kg)
- Jose Varela (UKMF #5 @58.9kg)
- Keith McLachlan (UKMF #5 @ 61kg)
- Carl Copestake (UKMF #3 @ 58.9kg)
- Ilias El Hajoui (Reported record of 26-3-1)
As you can see, all fighters in this tournament are well ranked and very experienced, so there are no easy draws for the only Scottish fighter in the tournament, Keith McLachlan. Over the coming weeks Liverkick and Muay Thai Scotland will be providing a preview of each of the fighters in the tournament as well as round up of what to expect from the rest of the fights on the main card but for now, read on for the event poster and the full card.
Andy Thrasher (England) vs. Samingprai Kiatphontip (Thailand) 67kg A Class
Davy Macintosh (Scotland) vs. Gery Bavetta (Italy) 57kg A Class
Jordan Calder (Scotland) vs. Abdel Yalmani (Belgium) 57kg A Class
Gordon Smith (Scotland) vs. Jamie MacRae (Scotland) 69.8kg A Class
Adrian Wedolowski (Scotland) vs. Jono Bracken (Ireland) 71.5kg A Class
Alan Weaver (Scotland) vs. Aaron O’Callaghan (Ireland) 57kg A Class
Kyle Stewart (Scotland) vs. Mark Bryson (Scotland) 67kg B Class
Timucin Yildirum (Turkey) vs. Barry Mountfort (England)
Note: 'A class' fights are full Thai rules, 5x3 minute rounds with elbows and knees to the head allowed. 'B class' fights are 5x2 minute rounds with knees, but not elbows to the head allowed.