Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:41
Warriors Cup XVI took place last night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. It was a sold out event, and the place was packed with Muay Thai and MMA fans who could not get enough of the action throughout the night. Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai promotion in the state of New Jersey and on the East Coast and it showed last night.
In the Class B amateur title fight, undefeated 125 pound Warriors Cup champion Robinson Marte (9-0) of Lions Roar Muay Thai Camp took on challenger Michael Giannone of Impact Muay Thai. The fight lasted only 30 seconds, as Giannone scored a spectacular head kick knockout which earned him the Warriors Cup belt. Definitely looking forward to his first title defense, possibly at Warriors Cup XVII on June 1st.
In the Class A 147 pound amateur title fight, champion Greg Rowe of Five Points NYC looked very impressive defeating talented challenger Arad Namin of North Jersey Muay Thai. Rowe displayed excellent offense and defense throughout the fight, making Namin miss and making him pay en route to a five round unanimous decision.
On the card was a pair of WBC sanction professional bouts as well. In the semi-main event, James "B-52" Smith took on Radu Spinghel of Borodin's Gym in a super heavyweight match up. The fighters mixed it up well in round one, with Smith landing the bigger, cleaner shots on Springhel. In round two, Smith suffered a shoulder injury and could not continue, which gave Springhel the victory by TKO. Hopefully Smith, who is also a NJSACB official, will continue his Muay Thai career once his injury heals.
In the main event, the crowd was treated to a fast paced WBC sanctioned 168 pound title elimination bout between Cyrus Washington of Sitan Gym NY and Strahinja Ivanovic of Capital MMA. Throughout the fight Washington punished Ivanovic with leg kicks. Ivonovic was game though and tried for fire back, but Washington was too much for him. Cyrus Washington won the fight by unanimous decision and earned the right to fight Warriors Cup champion Marcus Fisher at Warriors Cup XVII on June 1st.
All in all it was another outstanding Warriors Cup event. If you missed it live, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive. Stay tuned to this site and the Warriors Cup website for more info on the June 1 show.
Here are the official results from last night's action.