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SuperShowDown 2 set for November 5th

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.

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Photo of the Day: It's Showtime's Fast and Furious Tournament is a Big Deal @ItsShowtimeNL

The countdown to It's Showtime's huge Fast and Furious tournament is on and there is a lot to be excited over. If you want to know how the media is picking it up internationally, this newspaper clipping of Chris Ngimbi training and breaking down the tournament from a Belgian newspaper.

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Andy Thrasher Triumphs at 154 lbs Toyota Marathon in Thailand

In a major upset English Muay Thai fighter Andy Thrasher won the 154 lbs Toyota Marathon which took place in Kanchanaburi yesterday. This Muay Thai tournament contained two top Thai fighters,  Prakayseng Kaeyanghadao and Panom Topkingboxing, and anyone who watches these eight man knock out competitions regularly will tell you that it is virtually unheard of for a Thai fighter not to win.

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Prakayseng is ranked the number one contender at Lumpini Stadium in the highest weight category there, 147 lbs, and Panom is also ranked in the top ten. Both Thais comfortably won their quarter finals with Prakayseng defeating Dom from Sweden in the opening round and Panom winning a decision against Yan Goldenglorygym from Holland.

In the other two quarter finals Rodrigo Alonso from Mexico won a decision over Jonas Risco from Spain and Thrasher defeated Umaro from Uganda also by way of decision at the end of three rounds, with fights being reduced from the normal five due to the quick fire tournament format. 

The two Thai fighters met in the semi finals in a contest which most assumed would decided the winner of the actual tournament. Thrasher was extremely unortunate not to have beaten Panom when the two fought for the WPMF title in Bali earlier this year and he found himself on the receiving end of a decision loss at the end of a fight that even his opponent felt he had done enough to win.

Any hopes he had of avenging that loss were extinguished when Prakayseng emerged victorious in the semi final after getting the nod from the judges. Thrasher still had a semi final of his own to worry about but he won a decision over Alonso to set up a Toyota Marathon final with Prakayseng with THB 300,000 in prize money on offer for the winner.

Winning a decision against a Thai fighter in Thailand is no easy task for a foreign fighter. After over 200 fights you learn how to fight in a style which the judges, who are of course also from Thailand, will appreciate and Prakayseng is as experienced as they come. Without wishing to be overly cynical I think it is fair to day that in a highly publicized tournament which is being broadcast live on national television in Thailand and has a significant amount of prize money at stake a 'farang' is going to have to do something pretty emphatic if they want to win.

Thrasher did just that, knocking out the number one ranked Lumpini contender in the second round to claim a surprise victory. This performance must instantly make the Nak Muay from Manchester one of the top fighters in Thailand at 154 lbs. He seems to get constantly overlooked by the prestigious shows such as Thai Fights, Thailand vs Challenger and the Muay Thai Premier League but promoters will surely be taking a much closer interest in his career after such an impressive performance at the Toyota Marathon yesterday.

His success is in no small part due to the trainers at Jitti Gym in Bangkok who have an excellent record of producing top class foreign fighters such as Liam Harrison, who was unfortunate to be knocked out from the Thai Fights tournament last year despite winning both his fights after being unable to make weight beore the semi final. 

For more information about Andy Thrasher and Jitti Gym visit: http://www.jittigym.com/

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