The world of Muay Thai in the United States is a bit of an odd one at times, as there is some fragmentation. For a while now there have been regions where Muay Thai is incredibly hot and there are local promoters doing great things. Los Angeles and the Bay Area have been there, as is Las Vegas and especially in the past few years, New York. New York has best been known for Friday Night Fights, the long-running Muay Thai promotion run by the Church Street Boxing gym.
We've seen a new promotion rise up recently and begin to do big, awesome things, and that is TaKe On Productions. TKO Productions has been running since 2009 and has been picking up steam ever since. TaKe On has a big Muay Thai show coming up on October 22nd at Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. TKO Productions has had eleven big sell out shows in a row before striking out to Atlantic City, working now with MSG Sports (Madison Square Garden). This event will also be streamed live on GFL.tv, and unlike a lot of other promotions who have gone that route, the card will be $9.95, as opposed to upwards of $25, which is a smart price point for an event like this. I'm looking forward to TaKe On Productions doing bigger and better things in the future.
Full press release with details on the event after the break.
Don't forget to check out their website for details on the card and more news.
“BATTLE AT BALLY’S” SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
AT bally’s grand ballroom
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, September 30, 2011
New York, NY (September 29, 2011) – TaKe On Productions, New York’s premiere Muay Thai promotion, and MSG Sports announced today “Battle at Bally’s”, a full rules professional and amateur Muay Thai event live from the Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City on Saturday, October 22. Sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, this event will feature an explosive fight card including the best professional and amateur Muay Thai fighters, competing under full Thai rules which allow for forceful knee and elbow strikes.
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 30, and start at just $50. Tickets will be available via: www.thegarden.com , all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, and at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Special event VIP packages will also be available via www.TakeOnProductions.com<http://www.takeonproductions.com/> , along with the full fight card, fighter information, and other exciting content. “Battle at Bally’s” will be produced by TaKe On Productions in association with MSG Sports.
“Following eleven sell-outs in Queens, and a truly history-making event at the iconic Beacon Theatre, we are thrilled to partner with MSG Sports to bring the internationally acclaimed martial art of Muay Thai kickboxing to the Bally’s Grand Ballroom. This is another huge milestone for TaKe On Productions and our athletes,” said company CEO Mike Gasparski.
“With Mixed Martial Arts not sanctioned yet in New York, combat sports fans in this area have flocked to Muay Thai kickboxing. To fans that prefer stand up battles, Thai boxing is even more exciting,” added company President Eddie Cuello.
"After an exhilarating and successful event at the Beacon Theatre in July, Bally's in Atlantic City seems like the perfect extension and location for our next Muay Thai kickboxing event in partnership with TaKe On Productions," said Scott O'Neil, president, MSG Sports.
“As Atlantic City’s destination for boxing and mixed martial arts, the partnership with TaKe On Productions and MSG to bring Muay Thai to Atlantic City is a natural fit,” said Daniel Brockdorf, Regional Vice President of Database Marketing at Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “Bringing another form of entertainment to Bally’s ensures that we remain the center of the action in Atlantic City.”
Featured bouts for this thrilling twelve bout card include:
* Sean Hinds (16-5, Mushin MMA) vs. James Martinez (21-8) – Hinds trains at Mushin gym alongside UFC Fighters Georges St-Pierre and John Cholish, and pro MMA fighter Erik Owings. Martinez is a K-1 veteran, and also competed on “The Contender: Muay Thai”. gym along side Pro MMa fighters Erik Owings & UFC fighters, George St. Pierre and John Cholish.
-Justin "The Purple People Eater" Greskiewicz(Cool Hearts Muay Thai): J is a seasoned veteran and well in his prime. The Purple People Eater has fought all the top fighters in the muay thai scene such as: Kevin Ross, Turan Hasanov, and Omar Ahmed. Justin is a very talented fighter and looks to make his long awaited TaKe On debut.
* Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz (14-9, Cool Hearts Muay Thai) vs. Eddie “The Knockout Artist” Martinez (28-4, 1-0-2, 19 KO’s, 5 Points Academy) - Greskiewicz has fought all of the top North American Muay Thai fighters including Kevin Ross and Omar Ahmed. Martinez fought to a draw with Turan “The Tornado” Hasanov on TaKe On’s recent “Battle at the Beacon” card.
* Nick Vaughan (12-1,The Wat) vs. Chase Walden (13-2, Hybrid Training Center) – Vaughn trains under legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Phil Nurse, and recently won the WKA 165 lbs North American Title. Walden hails from Virginia Beach, VA, and holds an impressive 13-2 record.
* Jay Matias (12-5, Sitan Gym NYC) vs. Jake Mainini (12-1,Boston Muay Thai) – Matias trains under World Champion Muay Thai coach Aziz Nabih, and is one of the country’s top 5 amateur fighters. He is the WKA North American light weight champion, and will be making his professional debut. Mainini, who holds an outstanding 12-1 record, went to Thailand to train for his extremely tough opponent.
This exciting event will also showcase top female Muay Thai talent, including Prairie Rugilio from Girl Fight MMA, Wat Sriboonbang from the revered Church Street Boxing Gym, and Molli Barg representing Cool Hearts Muay Thai.
The “Battle at Bally’s” event will also be streamed live via internet PPV provider GoFightLive (GFL.tv) at a cost of $9.95.