Posts Tagged ‘Muay’

Liam Harrison is one of the most recognisable names in UK Muay Thai and is coming of an awesome victory over Thai legend Anuwat in Manchester recently.

But for those of you who are new to the European circuit we thought we would provide a little info on the man Liam Harrison is set to face on Sat 15th May at Rumble At The Reebok 2, Andre “White Cat” Kotsur.

Andrei Kotsur

5 x World Champion Andrei Kotsur

Andrei “White Cat” Kotsur comes to the UK on Sat 15th May to take on Liam “The Hitman” Harrision at Rumble At The Reebok 2 at the DeVerre Whites, Reebok Stadium Bolton.

Andrei Kotsur is a 27 yr old, 64kg 5 x World Champion from Belarus with over 100 fights to his name. Training out of the  “Kick Fighter” Gym since 1999 under coach and manager Evgeni Kotelnikov  his list of achievements is pretty impressive;

Kings Of The Ring Champion 2003

3 x WKN World Champion in 2004, 2005 and 2006

WAKO European Champion 2004,

WPKA World Professional Champion 2009.

His fight record stands at  123 fights with 113 wins (43 by KO) and 10 losses.

His coach Evgeni Kotelnikov is the head coach and founder of the Kickfighter Gym. Kotelnikov is a graduate of the Belarus National Institute of Physical Culture & Sport Belarus and a Belarus national coach. Since setting up the Kickfighter Gym in 1989  he has been responsible for coaching 19 World Champions.

Andre Kotsur stats

Date of birth: 11/11/1982 (27 years old)

Weight: 139 lbs (63 Kg)

Height: 5 feet 9 inch (174 cm)

Class: A

Club/Gym: Kick Fighter

Coach: Evgeni Kotelnikov

Nationality: Belarus

Darren Morris Rumble At The Reebok promoter said earlier this week 

Liam Harrison has fought the best Thai’s in the world ……. but for long time people have talked about the best of the rest …… well this Liam’s chance to prove to every one he is number 1 “

So can Liam do it ? The only way to fnd out is buy your ticket and get over to one of the best Muay Thai shows in the UK this year. Rumble At The Reebok 2, Sat 15th May 2010

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Following on from the success of the Rumble At The Reebok shows, the promoters FightInc  will be staging a Muay Thai show at the Olympia in Liverpool on the 20th June. The Olympia is a fantastic venue. Its been the home to North West MMA for ages and its great to see a quality Muay Thai promotion establishing itself at the venue.

The show will be a mix of A,B and C class fights.

The main event will hopefully see the return of a big Liverpool Muay Thai favourite but we cant say much as this stage.  FightInc also promise to have some interesting matches in the pipe line.  Stay tuned for more on this show as we get news.

Liverpool Olympia - Classic venue for combat sports

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Rumble At The Reebok 2

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Not only is Rumble At The Reebok making waves in the Thai Boxing world, its now attracting the glamour of Hollywood !

Tonight’s show will be attended by Lancashire and Hong Kong based filmmaker producer and action actor Mark Strange. Mark will be presenting the trophies to one of tonight’s bouts.

Mark has worked with some of the best in the industry including Sir Ian McKellen, Jackie Chan, Cary Tagawa, Richard Ng, Danny John Joules , and many other established actors. He was in Batman Returns and numerous Jackie Chan films.

Mark in collaboration with director Chee Keong Cheung has just released his own UK produced independent action/martial arts move BODYGAURD A New Beginning, which has received critical acclaim at film festivals throughout the world. Bodyguard is currently available at HMV and Play.Com.

Bodyguard A New Beginning

Bodyguard A New Beginning

Mark is also about to launch a series of seminars aimed at fighters and martial artists who want to get into the film industry. Mark is currently looking for gym owners to team up with to run the seminars. So if you fancy getting into Hollywood action Mark is the guy to speak to tonight.

Bodyguard A New Beginning is proud to sponsor one of tonight’s bouts and Mark will be presenting the trophies.

More Details of Mark Strange, Bodyguard and his career and project to date visit his website

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The brand new new Sandee custom fight gloves. Made exclusively for Rumble At The Reebok 2 – The Ultimate Lads Night.

Red Corner Gloves

Rumble At The Reebok - Custom Sandee Gloves

Rumble At The Reebok - Custom Sandee Gloves

Blue Corner Gloves

Rumble At The Reebok - Custom Sandee Gloves

Rumble At The Reebok - Custom Sandee Gloves

These gloves have been made exclusively for Rumble At The Reebok 2 – The Ultimate Lads Night Out and are not available anywhere else.

For the full Sandee range check out FIGHTSHOP.com/Sandee

FIGHTSHOP.com are UK distributors of Sandee Muay Thai Equipment.

For details of opening a Sandee Trade Account CLICK HERE

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Following on from the spectacular success of the inaugural Rumble At The Reebok, Double Vision’s Rumble At The Reebok 2 – The Ultimate Lads’ Night has gone from strength to strength.

The Ultimate Lads’ Night was initially planned as a small scale low key affair in one of the venue’s secondary function rooms. However, the outstanding success of Double Vision’s first event meant that promoter Darren Morris has now moved his second Rumble At The Reebok outing to the main event suite at the Reebok Stadium’s four star DeVerre Whites Hotel, vastly increasing capacity in order to cope with the upsurge in demand.

Interest in Rumble At The Reebok 2 – The Ultimate Lads Night hasn’t stopped there however. Double Vision’s partnership with the UK’s leading combat sports importer, wholesaler and retailer FIGHTSHOP.com and their specialist e-marketing division FIGHTPICS and combat sports blog FIGHTNUB has seen Rumble At The Reebok promotional material reach over 20,000 combat sports consumers in the UK alone.

The effect of this intense and co-ordinated marketing campaign and partnership between FIGHTSHOP.com and Double Vision has now seen the Rumble At The Reebok brand being picked up on European fight forums. Once such forum, the Dutch site FIGHTTALK.NL, saw a Rumble At The Reebok post made by a Dutch resident receive over 150 views in little over 20 minutes and it isn’t stopping there either.

One thing is for certain, the Rumble At The Reebok brand is going places that no other UK promotion has been and fighters who appear on any of their future shows are going be appearing on a platform that will do wonders for their profile and fight careers not to mention the sport of Muay Thai in general.
Rumble At The Reebok 2 – The Ultimate Lads Night takes place this Friday 14th August at the 4 star DeVerre Whites Hotel at the Reebok Stadium Bolton.

Rumble At The Reebok 2 - The Ultimate Lads Night

Rumble At The Reebok 2 - The Ultimate Lads Night

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Rumble At The Reebok – The Ultimate Lads Night Out

This Friday (14th August) at The DeVerre Whites Hotel, Rebook Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester

Rumble At The Reebok - The Ultimate Lads Night Out

Rumble At The Reebok - The Ultimate Lads Night Out

Fight Card

daitan jackson (salford thai) v dale morris (gladiators notts) 5×3 ftr 74kg

chris hargreaves (elite) v josh turbull (spitfire mt)5×2 b class 68kg
(knee’s to the head)

martin davies (salford thai) v dean robinson (kirby thai) 5×2 b class 78kg (knee’s to the head)

richard jones (franks gym) v shaun lomas (kombat gym) 5×3 a class 78kg

mark skeer (salford thai) v john davis (failsworth f f) 5×1.5 c class 69kg

josh quigley (bolton thai) v andy logan (failsworth f f) 5×1.5 c class 80kg

mike hill (salford thai) v craig buckley (elite) 5×1.5 c class 80kg

andy bakewell (waterloo st) v gavin r (wigan) 5×1.5 c class 80kg

cassie robison (salford thai) v tbc () 5×1.5 c class 56kg

danny lomas (waterloo st) v danny whitelock (sit nak muay) 54kg c class

danny crompton (waterloo st) v liam goddard (pheonix gym) 60kg 5×1.5 c class

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Just  over a week has gone since the Rumble at The Reebok, and the dust has settled on what was definately a step in Production for a UK Muay Thai show.  For promoter Darren Morris to pull of an event of this quality for his first show is a testament to his vision and where the sport has the potential to go.

Ashley Gishard - Rumble At The Reebok

Ashley Gishard - Rumble At The Reebok

Could this be the start to UK catching up with the likes of Holland, where Muay Thai regularly attracts thousands, international names are common place and production quality is right up there with top tier sports?

The Devere White Hotel in the Reebok Stadium was perfect setting  for the 1st Rumble at the Reebok. A premiership football stadium was an apt location for a show setting out to be a premiership muay thai showcase event.  Fans were treated to dancing girls, champagne and 3 course meals, pyrotechnics and fire jugglers, and then the fireworks really started in the form of the fights.

What was originally billed as the best of the UK best with 13 Full A Class Thai Rule bouts with all British Fighters, ended up with the Fight of the Night being England vs. Thailand with Juk vs Trainor that had everything you could want in an exciting muay thai fight. Acrobatics, Speed, Skill, awesome technique and a  big  helping of controversy with Juk initially edging the decision after 5 rounds only it to be reversed after re checking the score cards and the win going to Damien Trainor. Rematch anyone?

Juk vs Trainor - Rumble At The Reebok

Juk vs Trainor - Rumble At The Reebok

With Muay Thai scoring being sometimes exceedingly complex to the initiated and best left to those who understand this often misunderstood part of the sport, only one thing was certain,  the fight was very close whatever way you looked at it.

With a world title bout and two British titles also on the card, the local lads dominated. Bury resident Andy Thrasher took a short trip along the M61 to dominate and impress and took the WKA Title in style. Manchester and Salford fighters Paul Kapowicz and Daiton Jackson took their UKMF British and WKA British Titles respectively in tough exciting 5 rounder’s that had the crowd on their feet and left Master Sken fighter Paul Kapowicz with a dobber marble sized bump on his left cheek thanks to a huge elbow in the face he took on the way to victory.

Sheree Halliday Ram Muay - Rumble At The Reebok

Sheree Halliday Ram Muay - Rumble At The Reebok

Promoter Darren Morris is now looking to move onwards and upwards. The next Double Vision Promotions event is billed as “The Ultimate Lads Night Out” and if it’s half as good as the Rumble at the Reebok, it should deliver on its promise.  For more details click here

Rumble at the Reebok was sponsored by www.fightshop.com and Sandee (Thailand) equipment. Sandee (Thailand) premium muay thai and MMA gear is officially imported and distributed by www.fightshop.com for more information on stocking and distribution, click here

For a full Photo Diary of the Rumble at the Reebok click here

Photography by Adam Crowther copyright fightshop.com

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