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Thai Fight Tournaments Announced For 67kg and 70kg


Today Muay Thai Authority has informed us of the lineups for Thai Fight's two tournaments, taking place at 67kg and 70kg. Notable names for the tournament include Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Abraham Roqueñi, Mosab Amrani and Hafid el Boustati. Each fighters in both tournaments are from a different country, making this a truly international affair. Here's the tournament lineups below:

-67kg (147lbs):
Chi Bin Lim vs. Fabio Pinca
Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Yokoyama Shigeyuki
Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui
Ibrahim Chiahou vs. Alessio Angelo

-70kg (154lbs):
Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Hicham Chaibi
Mickael Piscitello vs. Hafid el Boustati
Jose Barradas vs. Vuyisile Colossa
Abraham Roqueñi vs. Nishikawa Tomoyuki



The tournament will take place over three events, with these matches listed above being the quarter finals, held in Bangkok, Thailand on September 25th. The semi finals will be held on October 24th and the final on November 27th.

There are some very good match-ups in the quarter finals and they're something that everyone should definitely look forward to. We can expect videos to come out quickly, as the events are being televised in Thailand. [source]

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Watch The Voice Versus Sugar Ray Tonight on HDnet

Tonight on HDnet the latest episode of The Voice Versus will debut at 10PM Eastern time, featuring one of the biggest living legends in the world of sports today, Sugar Ray Leonard.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the biggest names to ever come out of the boxing world, spilling over into film like his recent appearance in "The Fighter" with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Sugar Ray kicks off the interview with Schiavello by discussing his namesake and taking the name from the "Real Sugar Ray." As always, Schiavello is prepared with a lot of material to discuss with Sugar Ray, even catching him off guard a few times, such as asking him about the irony of the name Sugar Ray and having childhood diabetes.

Sugar Ray comes across extremely affable throughout the show, talking about some of the criticism he received over the years, such as his fame rolling over from the Olympics and not always facing "top competition" in the eyes of critics. Sugar Ray goes into depth about how he has his nice-guy image and how in the ring he always got work done, no matter what.

Schiavello knows the right questions to ask and a fighter on the level like Sugar Ray is a decidedly big step up from his past interviews. That isn't to say that they were lesser interviews, but Sugar Ray Leonard is a huge name in the world of sports who has been around for decades now. It is great to see Schiavello getting the attention he deserves and scoring what is a big interview. It only means bigger and better things for this series and for HDnet.

Do not miss this show, tune in tonight at 10PM Eastern time on HDnet.

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October 8th MPL Event in Rome features a who's who of fighters

The MuayThai Premier League has some more great things coming up as they're set to put on a star studded show in Los Angeles, California. After that though, they're headed to Rome on October 8th and the lineup is looking even better than their inaugural event, in my opinion.

No match-ups have been confirmed yet but a list of fighters have been confirmed to be fighting on the event. And let me tell you, the list is stacked:

Saenchai Sinbimuaythai
Kaoklai Kaennorsing
Saiyok Pumpanmuang
Kaopon Lek
Jordan Watson
Vladimir Moravcik
Mosab Amrani
Mohammed Khamal
Saro Presti
Roberto Cocco
Chantal Ughi
Liam Harrison
Ramazan Ramazanov

The MPL is doing big things and they haven't even held an event yet. It's really early but right now if everything goes as planned, the MPL could emerge as one of the premiere stand up fighting organizations, especially considering it uses full Thai rules unlike K-1 or It's Showtime. Many fighters prefer Thai rules and fight better under them so it could definitely attract some more great fighters to add to the already stacked list of participants. [source]

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British Kickboxer Mark Fowler Dies Due to Injuries in the Ring in Australia

There is always some tough news in the world of combat sports, and this story I've seen floated around for a few days now and have neglected on purpose, but I feel as if it does need to be posted. British kickboxing champion Mark Fowler was fighting in Sydney, Australia over the weekend in a Muay Thai bout and collapsed in the fifth round of the fight due to head injuries and was unable to regain consciousness, passing away two days later in the hospital. This begs the question of just how safe combat sports are and how serious head injuries and head trauma should be taken within the realm of combat sports.

Combat sports are high impact and dangerous, which is really the name of the game. In reaction to this death many critics are calling for a deeper look into regulations and rules within kickboxing and Muay Thai, but it isn't clear if this is just an isolated incident or if there was a pre-existing injury that helped cause this accident. There is already talk from UK officials on looking into this incident;

 

New South Wales Sports Minister Graham Annesley has ordered an inquiry into the death which will be investigated by the coroner.

He said: 'I have also instructed the Office of Communities to implement any additional precautions considered necessary to ensure all similar upcoming events fully comply with current legislation and safety requirements.'

 

Of course accidents like this are horrifying, if not rare and careful thought should go into further regulation/restrictions on the respective sports. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and for the opponent who has a tough burden to live with.

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