Lion Fight Promotions: Battle in the Desert 3
August 20, 2011
Star of the Desert Arena
Previous Press Release
PRIMM, NEV. (July 6, 2011) – Lion Fight Promotions announced today that it has added a world interim
middleweight (160 pounds) title bout and co-main event pitting champion Ky Hollenbeck (18-1)of San
Francisco, Calif. against challenger Simon Chu (29-6) of Leeds, England to its highly-anticipated World
Boxing Council (WBC)-sanctioned Muay Thai fight card at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.
on Sat., Aug. 20.
Chaz Mulkey vs. Remy Bonnel
Additionally, the previously announced middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout)
matchup between Chaz Mulkey (6-4) of Las Vegas and Remy Bonnel (55-7) of Miami, Fla. has been
upgraded to a WBC interim international title fight. The previously announced bout between Joe Schilling
(10-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Brandon Banda (5-1) of Concord, Calif. has likewise been promoted to a
title bout with the vacant WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) crown at stake.
Tickets for Lion Fight Promotions’ stacked WBC world championship Muay Thai event are on sale and can
be purchased at the Primm Valley Casino Resorts ticket office (702-386-7867), Ticketmaster by phone at
“(Chu)’s got a high KO percentage. I like fighting fighters who make me fight my hardest, and this seems
like it’s going to be one of those fights, so it’s going to be an exciting one,” said the 24-year-old Hollenbeck
who has made waves in both the professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts world with an explosive and,
at times, unorthodox style of fighting. Hollenbeck fights out of the San Francisco, Calif. based World Team
USA under head trainer Sam Phimsoutham. “I like to bring a couple of tricks with me every time I
fight to throw my opponent off and make things difficult for him to deal with.
“Fans can expect an explosive fight as I always come to win,” said the 33-year-old Chu, whose appearance
will mark his debut in The United States. A strong technical fighter with quick hands and powerful kicks, Chu
is a four-time British Muay Thai champion who has faced and defeated some of the best competitors
throughout Europe. “It means a lot to me to be fighting for a WBC title as it is the most recognized
organization. I’ve always wanted one of their green belts around my waist.
“We are excited about producing another card loaded with some of the finest Muay Thai talent on the
planet,” said Scott Kent, president of Lion Fight Promotions. “Muay Thai is an incredible martial art and
combat sport that requires its athletes to be skilled in every area of striking – from punches and kicks to
elbow and knee strikes – and Lion Fight Promotions is committed to bringing fans the best possible
matchups between the world’s greatest fighters in this fast-growing sport.”
Cosmo Alexandre vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke
In the main event, two-time world Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexandre (40-13) of Brazil will square off
with five-time Muay Thai champion and multi-title Lumpinee Stadium champion Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke
“Zingano“ (228-19) of Broomfield, Colo. via Thailand in a middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds
for this bout) “Superfight.” In addition to his two titles, Alexandre won the coveted, annual King’s Cup
tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 5, 2009.
Sitchuchoke is coming off a third round (TKO victory over James Martinez, a K-1 USA veteran and
contestant on the 2008 first season of The Contender Asia, the Mark Burnett-created reality television series
that documented 16 Muay Thai fighters from 12 different countries as they competed for a prize of
$150,000. Sitchuchoke consistently beat Martinez to the punch throughout the matchup and broke
Martinez’s arm with repeated round kicks aimed at the head and body.
Jeri Sitzes vs. Misty Sutherland
Women’s Muay Thai and MMA star Jeri Sitzes (3-0) of Springfield, Mo. defend her WBC international title
against Misty Sutherland (1-0) of Calgary, Canada. Sitzes captured her title on Aug. 28, 2010 by scoring
a second round (2:06) TKO on Australia’s Joanna MacEachern with a flurry of straight punches.
Complete Fight Card:
Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil) vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke (Thailand)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout)/ 5x3 rounds
Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs. Simon Chu (Leeds, England)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / WBC interim world title / 5x3 rounds
Chaz Mulkey (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Remy Bonnel (Miami, FL)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) / WBC interim international title / 5x3 rounds
Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Brandon Banda (Concord, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / WBC light heavyweight title / 5x3 rounds
Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Misty Sutherland (Calgary, Canada)
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) / WBC international title / 5x3 rounds
Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ryan Ratcliffe (Concord, CA)
Catchweight 124 lbs / 5x3 rounds
Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Oscar Sanchez (Irvine, CA)
Catchweight 125 lbs / 3x2 rounds
Justin Driggers (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Carlos Delcid (Van Nuys, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jill Guido (Concord, CA)
Flyweight (112 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Patti Teran (Las Vegas, NV) vs. TBA
Mini Flyweight (105 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Moses Lopez (Los, Angeles, CA)
Welterweight (147 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Michael Ellison (Los Angeles, CA)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based world championship Muay Thai kickboxing promotion
dedicated to producing matchups between the best Muay Thai fighters in the world in their respective weight
classes. Led by former Las Vegas casino executive, Scott Kent, the promotional company has been
developed in consultation with Christine Toledo, one of the sport's most popular champions and star of the
Oxygen Network reality television show Fight Girls. Both Kent and Toledo share a common passion for
Muay Thai and are working together to promote the sport.
- Press Release from Mike Afromowitz \ Witz End Communications, Inc.
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- Video courtesy of Mike Afromowitz \ Witz End Communications, Inc.
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