Warrior's Cup XII last weekend made history by bringing pro-rules Muay Thai to the state of New Jersey for the first time ever.  There were four professional Muay Thai fights on the card, along with eleven amateur bouts, and the fans left the Collins Arena in Lincroft extremely satisfied.

The main event, a WBC International Muay Thai title bout, featured England's Liam "The Hitman" Harrison vs.  Philidelphia's Justin Greskiewicz.  Harrison lived up to his nickname by battering Justin's leg with ferocious kicks that were heard all the way up in the bleachers.  Liam started adding punches in with the kicks enroute to a TKO stoppage.  But Justin never quit and showed just how tough Muay Thai fighters are with his gritty and gutsy performance against a much more experienced opponent.

Not only were the fighters top notch, but the officials were a veritable who's who of Muay Thai.  The referee for the pro bouts was Coban "The Crusher" Lookchaomaesaitong, a former MT champion with an astounding record of 270-20, with 90 KOs.  Coban is now the Muay Thai trainer at Daddis Fight Camp, a great team based in NJ and PA.  Judging the fights were two more MT VIPs, Vladimir Borodin and Kaensak Sor Pleojit.  Borodin is a former MT champion with over 200 fights in his career who know runs his own school, Borodin's Muay Thai Gym.  Kaensak is a Muay Thai legend, who now teaches MT at AMA Fight Club, home to the Miller brothers, Charlie Brenneman and other top UFC fighters.

Overseeing the event for the WBC was Dr. John Baker, who chairs the WBC international Muay Thai committee.  Dr. Baker is an advocate of the sport, and he did a great job in helping get Muay Thai sanctioned in NJ.  Also at ringside was the reigning and defending AAPRP ringside physician of the year, Dr. Sherry Wulkan, who not only treats MT fighters, but also trains in the sport and is a total badass.  And of course, presiding over the event was  Nick "Luscious" Lembo, Counsel to the NJSACB and the man responsible for getting pro-rules Muay Thai into the state.  Nick, of course, is a seminal figure in the history of mixed martial arts, and his legacy in combat sports continues to grow.

I had the distinct pleasure of being the ring announcer for this historic event, and it is one I won't soon forget.  The night was truly special, and had the feel of a historic occasion throughout.  Before each professional bout, as is custom in the sport of Muay Thai, the fighters performed a ritual called the Wai Kru Ram Muay.  This is a sort of dance that recognizes the spirits of all those who have competed in the ring, and it mesmerized the crowd.  Truly an epic night!

Making this event possible were promoters Chris Tran, Frankie "Dead Serious" Perez, John Narleski and Greg Ewing.  Collectively they did a fantastic job in putting on an event that will have fans buzzing for months.  The show ran smoothly and professionally and it was a pleasure working with this team.

If you missed the show you can still catch it on GoFightLive.  Do yourselves a favor and check this out.  The Liam Harrison fight alone is worth the price.

The next Warrior's Cup will be held on December 3rd.  Stay tuned to this space for more details on that show.

1
Pro WBC Featherweight
126 
Tony Manoharan of M-1 Muay Thai, Canada vs. Ognjen Topic, North Jersey Muay Thai, NJ 
Topic. 125. Manoharan. 126
Topic wins via TKO doctor stoppage due to laceration at 3:00 of round three.

2
Pro WBC Super Middleweight 165 
Marcus Fisher of Pittsburgh Muay Thai, PA vs. Brett Hlavacek of The Wat, NYC 
Both fighters weigh 165.5
Hlavacek wins majority decision in five rounds 48-48 Borodine, 49-48 Tabora and 49-47 Kaensak.

3
Pro WBC Lightweight Elimination 135 
Mark DeLuca of Pittsburgh Muay Thai, PA vs. Rami Ibrahim of Sitan Gym, PA 
Both fighters weigh 136
Ibrahim wins unanimous decision in five rounds 50-45, 50-45 and 50-46 Kaensak.

4
Pro WBC International Title 
147 
Liam Harrison of Bad Company, England vs. Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts, PA 
Greskiewicz. 144. Harrison. 148
Harrison wins via TKO referee stoppage at 3:00 of round two.

AMATEUR BOUTS-- 

1
Ref Carolei
Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tirelli 
Female 
122
Liz Welch of Modern Martial Arts, NJ vs. Christina Ta of Chok Sabai Gym
Welch 120-893 
Welch wins unanimous decision in three rounds 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 Sinclair.


2
Ref Mulhall
Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tirelli 
140 
Kyle Wehrhan of Impact Muay Thai vs. Justin Frazier of Performance Muay Thai 
Wehrhahn 139. Frazier. 136
Wehrhahn wins unanimous decision three rounds 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 Bilyk.


3
Ref Carolei
Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tirelli 
190
Eric Madsen of Dragon Muay Thai vs. Casey Van Brookhoven of Performance Muay Thai 
Madsen 183.5. Van Brookhaven 182.5
Van Brookhaven wins via TKO referee stoppage at 0:35 of round one.


4
Ref Mulhall
Judges Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tirelli 
182
Tyler Finnerty of Legacy Martial Arts, NJ vs. Chris Roeck of Impact Muay Thai 
Finnerty. 181. Roeck. 177.5
Roeck wins unanimous decision three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 Tirelli.


5
Female 
140 
Ref Carolei Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tirelli 
Giovanna Scano of Modern Martial Arts, NJ vs. Chantal Perry of LA Boxing
Scano. 137.5. Perry. 140
Scano wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28.


6
Ref Carolei
Judges Borodine, Sinclair and Tirelli 
154
Chad Looney of Legacy Martial Arts, NJ vs. Cassidy Huie of Seiha Army 
Looney 151.5. Huie. 154
Looney wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 29-28.


7
Ref Mulhall 
Judges Judges Kaensak, Sinclair and Tabora 
150
Vincent Hui of Academy Five Points, NY vs. Spencer Gregowski of Weapons 9
Gregowski. 150.5. Hui. 147
Hui wins split decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 Tabora.


8
Ref Carolei
Judges Bilyk, Sinclair and Tabora 
135
Ricardo Silverio Vaz of Gold Team Fighters NJ vs. YouYoung Cho of Academy Five Points, NY 
Silverio Vaz 123-335
Cho wins unanimous decision in three rounds, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-28 Tabora.


9
Ref Mulhall 
Judges Borodine, Kaensak and Tirelli 
168
Justin Corbalis of Legacy Martial Arts vs. Flavio Brito of Boston Muay Thai, MA
Corbalis. 166.5. Brito. 168.5
This bout is a split draw after three rounds, 29-28 for Corbolis-Tirelli, 28-27 for Brito-Kaensak and 28-28 Borodine.


10
Ref Mulhall
Judges Kaensak, Sinclair and Tabora
126 
Mike Giannone of Impact Muay Thai, NJ vs. Bill Chiu of Academy Five Points, NY
Giannone 112-180 
Giannone via TKO referee stoppage at 0:30 of round two.


11
Warriors Cup Amateur Title Bout
Ref Mulhall
Judges Kaensak, Sinclair and Tabora 
130
Rodolphe Felix of Sitan Gym, NY vs. Hamid Junaid of One Spirit Muay Thai, VA
Felix. 130. Hamid. 130.5
Felix wins unanimous decision in three rounds 30-27, 30-27 and 30-28 Tabora.

 

 

 

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