Yokkao 13

Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym successfully defended his -65kg Yokkao world championship over Liam Harrison in a unanimous decision win.

A huge fight for both men, in one of the UK’s biggest ever thai clashes, The Macron fell eerily silent for the Yokkao 13 main event encounter. Harrison did well catching the leg kicks of Pakorn and landing some flush cross leg shots. However it was the push kick of Pakorn which kept Harrison at bay, and the thai’s ability to avoid most of his Bad Company opponent’s sweeps which solidified the win for Thailand’s “Golden Boy.”

In the Yokkao 13 -57kg women’s co-main event, Bernise Alldis secured a well fought unanimous decision over Tanya Merrit. Double K’s Alldis showed her superior strength and ability against Merrit, keeping her Eagle’s gym opponent on the outside through the excellent use of her front push kick. Alldis looked the better matched throughout the fight, utilising her elbows; which caused a deep cut on Merrit’s forehead, on the way to the win.

Elsewhere, the referee was forced to stop a 59kg bout between Keith McLachlan and Paul Karpowicz, whose nose was broken in extremely gruesome fashion. With blood gushing from the Too Technical Thai man’s nose, the doctor called time in round three. Before the stoppage it was Karpowicz who looked the more flamboyant of the two, throwing unorthodox strikes which McLachlan struggled to avoid. However The Griphouse fighter used his experience to push Karpowicz against the ropes, which ended in a devastating way with the nose break.

Steven Long put on a leg kicking clinic against John Kaufman at 67.5kg on his way to a unanimous decision win. Long targeted the thigh for most of the fight, constantly pushing the Fortitudo fighter backwards. The Hanuman gym boy Long cut open Kaufman in the third with a piercing elbow, and dominated the fight until the final bell.

In a 70kg Yokkao rankings match up, Josh Turbill defeated Jack Cooper by unanimous decision, in a gruelling fight for both men. Spitfire gym’s Turbill was the more aggressive of the pair, using the sweeps to his advantage in the win.

At 61.5kg, Chris Whittle defeated Ross George in a dominating five round decision, where Frank’s Gym fighter Whittle targeted the right leg of George, putting him on the back front for the majority of the fight. Also Wojtek Oleksyk defeated Charlie Peters in the -65kg opener.