Primm, NV (PRWEB) March 11, 2010
Craig “The Bullet” Buchanan and Kwame “Mr. Wicked” Stephens head the fighter lineup for the World Championship MuayThai event 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at The Star of the Desert Arena inside Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. The event is presented by Dennis Warner, In Sync Productions and Primm Valley Casino Resorts.
Current IKKC World middleweight and WBC US national middleweight champion, Craig Buchanan (Bullet Hole training center) will put his WBC US national MuayThai title on the line against the Salt Lake City star, Kwame Stephens (Wicked Ways Muay Thai), who is currently ranked third in the world by International Kickboxing Federation (IKF). As a sign of a perfect matchup, both fighters will bring their extensive MuayThai experience into the ring. Buchanan has a professional record of 16-3 and Stephens a record of 34-9 (25 KOs). Both fighters site adaptability as one of their strongest features in the game and both find their roots in Shotokan karate.
The international portion of the card is represented by the following Dutch fighters: Ismael Londt, Petra Janssen van Doorn and Menno Dijkstra. Heavyweight Londt, with a record of 11-0 (6 KOs), says that “the Dutch way of fighting” is his inherent advantage in the ring. He will take on Atlanta’s favorite, Kevin Brooks, who has a pro record of 7-3 (4 KOs) and has fought Forrest Griffin in his earlier amateur fighting career. “I am glad to take on a good caliber opponent. Everyone who has seen me fight knows that I can take a lot and I give a lot back in the ring,” said Brooks.
An inspiration for many female fighters around the world, Christine Toledo will battle Petra Janssen Van Doorn, a WMA International Champion and WPMF World Champion for a prestigious WBC International Women’s Championship belt. Menno “The Machinegun” Dijkstra, the latest protégé of European legend Thom Harnick (Chakuriki Pankration gym), will face Chaz Mulkey (Master Toddy’s MuayThai Academy), who rocked the house by knocking his opponent out in the first round during his last fight.
Shawn Yarborough (6-1-1), fighting out of Warriors’ Gym and Xtreme Couture Gym will defend his WBC MuayThai US national title against Atlanta’s Tom Munro (6-1). Another Las Vegas talent, a fighter with utmost dedication to the sport of Muay Thai, Scott Leffler (3-0), will have a chance at his first professional IKKC MuayThai title when he steps into the ring with James Martinez, the American pick for the Contender Asia series, a Mark Burnett-produced, selection-based reality TV show, which is sanctioned by the World MuayThai Council (WMC).
With the tremendous support of the Inland Empire, Calif. fan base, Joey Pagliuso, the owner of the very popular USKO Academy will fight Sean Dizay (2-1) of Las Vegas Elite Gym.
The show will also include the much anticipated bout between Jack Thames (One Kick Gym) and Mike Ryan, which was cancelled last December due to Ryan’s hand injury.
The order of the bouts is as follows:
Super Middleweight Pro Bout
Mike Ryan vs. Jack Thames
IKKC MuayThai Welterweight Pro Bout
Joey Pagliuso vs. Sean Dizay
IKKC MuayThai Middleweight Pro Superfight
Menno Dijkstra vs. Chaz Mulkey
IKKC MuayThai USA Welterweight Championship
Scott Leffler vs. James Martinez
IKKC MuayThai Heavyweight Pro Superfight
Ismael Londt vs. Kevin Brooks
WBC MuayThai International Women’s Super Flyweight Championship
Christine Toledo vs. Petra Janssen van Doorn
WBC MuayThai USA Light heavyweight Championship
Shawn Yarborough vs. Tom Munro
WBC MuayThai USA Middleweight Championship
Craig Buchanan vs. Kwame Stephens
Amateur card immediately following the pro division:
Bout featuring Justin Gunter
IAMTF Welterweight Bout
Artem Sharoshkin vs. Nick Chasteen
Bout featuring Anthony Castrejon
IAMTF Super Welterweight Bout
Vadim Goberman vs. Damien Early
IAMTF USA Women’s Super Flyweight Championship
Genesis Bravo vs. Melanie Edwards
All bouts are subject to change and/or cancellations.
The championships will be supervised by the WBC MuayThai representative in the United States, Chalermkiat Suvanamas. World Championship MuayThai is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, National Realty Group, Lucky’s Race and Sports Book and Sea Harbor Seafood Restaurant of Caesars Palace.
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About WCK MuayThai:
Founded in 1989, by Dennis Warner and In Sync Productions, WCK MuayThai is based in Southern California and is the largest Muay Thai sports entertainment event in North America. The championships are held in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Beijing and other cities and feature top fighters from the U.S., China, Japan, Thailand, Netherlands and Australia, including such world champions as, John Wayne Parr, Craig Buchanan, and Malaipet. For more information about WCK MuayThai, please visit http://www.wckmuaythai.com or check out our Facebook WCK MuayThai group.
About Primm Valley Casino Resorts:
Primm Valley Casino Resorts, located 25 minutes south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 at the Southern Nevada/California state line, includes Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino, Primm Valley Resort & Casino, Whiskey Pete’s Hotel & Casino, Primm Center and the Primm Valley Lotto Store. Combined, the three properties feature 2,644 guest rooms, 136,000 square feet of casino space, 2,900 slot machines and 98 gaming tables. For more information, visit http://www.primmvalleyresorts.com.