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Just six weeks after her decision loss against top ranked UK muay thai fighter Sheree Halliday, Bad Company’s Sarah McCarthy takes the fight to the USA where she takes on experienced American female fighter Roxy “Balboa”Richardson at the Anaheim Convention Centre, Los Angeles, California on the 18th July.

Last week Bad Company’s Richard Smith told Fightnub.com:

“Sarah is looking great in the gym and really looking forward to the fight. Roxy has a lot of amateur experience and has won the  IAMTF US Women’s Lightweight Champion 2008 & 2009. She also does MMA and has her own site – http://roxyfit.com. She’s experience and obviously a local favourite but I think she has bitten off more than she can chew taking on Sarah and against Bad Company!”

Bad Company's Sarah McCarthy

Bad Company's Sarah McCarthy

Leeds lady McCarthy who looked impressive at Rumble at the Reebok at the end of May, is hoping for a good showing against her American opponent who despite her amateur experience is fighting for the first time under full Thai rules, and has had to look to Europe to take her Muay Thai to the next level.  Speaking to fightnub.com Roxy said:

“I think Sarah is a tough competitor. From what I can tell, she is active, high in the British rankings, serious about training hard and I know she comes to throw down – those are the type of fighters i look forward to competing against. So… game on! I feel strong mentally and physically. My training is challenging and varied as usual. I love training hard, so that’s never been a problem. My fight trainer is Jimmie Romero and my strength coach is Kris Germain. Between the two of them I never question my preparation.

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

I was able to find many fights as an amateur in California. I have been fighting now for about 6 years and including “smokers” I have almost 20 fights, but there are few female pro Muay Thai fighters in the US, so when I felt it was time for me to fight full rules Muay Thai the promoters had to look to Europe. The system is different here than it is in Europe we don’t’ have A, B and C class fighters, it’s just sanctioned amateur (non-padded) or pro. “Smokers”, unsanctioned bouts with padding are now illegal.

Whatever the outcome we wish both girls good luck, and hope that Sarah can elevate UK Mauy Thai in the states.

Sheree Halliday vs Sarah MCarthy - Rumble at the Reebok

Sheree Halliday vs Sarah MCarthy - Rumble at the Reebok 31st May

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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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