By Andreas Georgiou
Yokkao invaded the Macron Arena in Bolton for a fantastic night of Muay Thai action. The double event SuperShowdown included both Yokkao 10 and 11 cards.
Jordan Watson returned to the UK in style, after training down in Hog Kong in the summer he defeated Mickael Piscitello after the referee was forced to stop the fight at 1:18 of round three. Both men went at it straight away, and the two of them landed some thunderous strikes. After three rounds of intense back and forth action, Jordan Watson rallied from a reeling right hand to win the fight. The Bad Company fighter landed a venomous right shin kick which immediately sent the French-Italian crashing to the ground, grimacing with pain. A huge cut to the shin of Piscitello meant the Team Nasser K fighter was unable to answer the eight count, which meant Jordan Watson was crowned the new Yokkao -70kg world champion.
In the 65kg co-main event, Sabri Sadouki defeated UK veteran Tim ‘TNT’ Thomas with a TKO at 2:58 of the third round. The Team Nasser K fighter was the aggressor from the get go, as he landed a much higher volume compared to Thomas. The second round started much quicker, with both men immediately looking for a killer shot to finish the fight. Sadouki dropped the Nak Soo fighter with a wild hook at the start of round two, and then finished Thomas similarly minutes later.
It took 43 seconds for Salah Khalifa to finish Steve Long in a 68kg fight. The Minotaur Thai Boxing Gym, Watford fighter started brightly with a big sweep, and he then dropped Long with a vicious right hook shot. The Darlington based fighter answered the eight count, however the referee waived it off.
At 66kg, Thailand’s Prathet scored a dominating unanimous decision victory over Brian Totty. The 300 fight veteran dominated the Glasgow based fighter for five rounds. Prathet’s experience showed as he continued to land more combinations than his opponent. Prathet continually forced Totty onto the back foot, and once the Glaswegian had his back up against the corner, the Thai dominated him to take a well-deserved win.
Ste Foy defeated Cathal McDermott in a 61kg contest after some severe leg kicks forced the Shin Kick Gym fighter to retire from the fight at just under two minutes of the third round. Also, Liam McGrandles scored a uniramous decision victory over Jordan Williams in a 62kg bout. The evening opened with an intense fight, as Kai Laithwaite and Sammy Baruca fought to a draw at 51kg.