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.
A fantastic night of fights at Yokkao 11 were a fitting tribute for former trainer and fighter Liam Robinson who sadly passed away this week. A minute silence, followed by ten-bell salute were given in a beautiful sign of respect for the late great.
In the main event, considered one of the best fighters Thailand has to offer, Parkon defeated Greg Wootton by decision to become the -65kg world champion. Pakorn, dubbed “Golden Boy” bested the KO Gym fighter, however it took nothing way from the young fighter who held his own with one of the world’s best.
The fight of the night was a brutal 68kg contest between Brad Stanton and France’s Crice Boussoukou, as the Team Nasser K fighter won by unanimous decision. Stanton put up a valiant effort, and started out the much brighter of the two. However Boussoukou quickly became the slicker fighter, and used his technical ability to take control of the fight. Boussoukou cut the Kiatphontip, Leeds fighter under his right eye with a severe elbow in the third round, which nearly caused Stanton’s corner to throw in the towel. Stanton managed to rally in the fourth and fifth rounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Frenchman got the win in a Muay Thai classic.
The UK’s number one fighter Daniel McGowan defeated Nestor Rodriguez by unanimous decision, in a fitting tribute for former coach Liam Robinson who passed way this week. Daniel McGowan once again proved he is one of the best fighters the UK has to offer after a dominate performance against Spain’s Nestor Rodriguez. McGowan had huge success with the clinch and landed a volatile amount of painful knees to the Spaniard in his emphatic win.
Elsewhere, in a 70kg bout, SuperGym’s Sam Jackson finished Luca Fonda at 1:03 of the fourth round. The referee was forced to stop the contest after the Italian was unable to continue due to some heavy leg shots by Jackson. Also, Josh Turbill bested Scotland’s Tommi McCormick by unanimous decision in a 68kg contest. The card started with Manchester’s Myk Estlick picking up a majority decision over Kieron Jesspon at 63.5kg.