Archive | November, 2005

Mirko Vorkapic wins the WBC Muaythai International Champion

30 Nov

by (2005-11-30)

The WBC Muaythai International Title fight was held in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. The main event was between European’s fine Muay Thai fighters in the super welterweight, Mirko Vorkapic (Slovenia) vs. Murat Goerguelue (German Champion).The very talented Mirko won against Murat by 1st round KO aft 2:44 minutes with a knee to the head.

Mirko is 19 year old university student who has 27 professional fights (23 wins, 4 losses). Mirko took two months off to train for this title fight.

The venue had over 1,500 spectators.All 2,500 tickets were sold out, but about 1000 spectators could not attend due to a snow storm of 70 cm that afternoon.Murat and his team are from Germany which is about 17 hours drive to Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

The referee in the event was Branko Grimovsek (Slovenia), Supervisor of the main event contest was WBC Muaythai official Branko Grimsic (Germany) and special quest of the evening was K-1 legendary Branko Cikatic (Croatia).Other ring official was Saso Hainsek.

The event was Powered by Fairtex, WBC Muaythai official boxing gloves and sponsor.

CHRIS BRENNAN disputes Jr. Welterweight title in Mexico.

30 Nov

by Tony Perez (2005-11-30)

Mixed Martial Arts . Muay Thai . Kick Boxing . Boxing

Fight extravaganza coming Sunday December 11th. 2005 @ Tangaloo Club in Tijuana, Mexico.

Returning to one of the hottest discotheques in Baja as venue for fight fans from both sides of the border Reto Maximo VII presents its most ambitious card to date featuring MMA, Boxing, Kick Boxing, and Muay Thai bouts. The First ever combined professional fight cardto be presented south of the border!

The main course of the night will be the fight debut in Mexico of former KOTC Champion, UFC, and PRIDE Bushido extraordinaire Chris “The Westside Strangler�? Brennan. His scheduled opponent is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing whiz Joey Alvarado. Representing the Machado brand of BJJ as well as his own team Raza MMA, Alvarado gamely takes on what could be considered a dream match so early in his MMA career.Originally scheduled as main event MMA fight of the nightthis bout is nowset to dispute Reto Maximo’s Jr. Welterweight Championship title.

Sharing the spotlight in the card, Mexico’s Kick Boxing National Lightweight champion Jose Guardado out of Ensenada will dispute the vacant Jr. WelterweightIKBA Kick Boxing World title facing undefeated Rajesh Narine from Team Norwalk Muay Thai and Kick Boxing in a fight scheduled for seven rounds of non stop action.

A couple Muay Thai Mexican National titles are on the line:

Omar Jimenez, out of Lozano’s Vale Todo in Tijuana and undefeated in both MMA and Muay Thai, agreed to face Erik Osorio once again after putting him out via TKO last September in a non title match. Osorio, out of famed Pedro Fernandez Pit Bull Gym also in Tijuana, currently holds the Light Heavyweight championship belt and asked Jimenez to a rematch putting his title on the line this time around.

Also out ofthe Pit Bull Gym in Tijuana, Gabriel Medina faces Ensenada’s warrior Luis Bio,
out of Guardado’s Gym. This should prove to be one of the most exciting bouts of the night as by the time they step in the ring in RM-VII they will be facing each other for the third time. In a non title bout Bio took the close decision in their first outing last year and they are signed to a rematch coming early in November. This last episode in their trilogy of encounters should settle matters once and for all between thesetwo gladiators with the winner coming out of the ring holding the Muay Thai National Middleweight title belt
to his waist.

2 bouts are also booked showcasing Mexico’s world class talent in Boxing:

Out of reigning WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Alex Terra Garcia’s camp a couple young guns in Pavel Miranda, 8 – 1 (7KO) and Juan Carlos Burgos, 6 – 0 (5KO) are set to take action early in the card. Their opponents Juan Carlos Urias, 4 – 4 (3KO) and Paul Mendoza, 4 – 2 (1KO) respectively come from reputable stables Cheto’s Boxing Club and Kid Melo’s Gym to make things even.

All four rising fighters are exited at the opportunity to exhibit their skills to cross fans of the fight game.

Full card features participating fighters representing Next Generation Academy, Fairtex Fight Team, Lister’s Training Center, Raza MMA & Machado BJJ, Submission Factory, Sin City Fight Club, Gladiator School of Boxing / Emerson MMA, KFSS MMA, Sidekicks Fight Academy, Team Norwalk Muay Thai (USA); Team Minetti (France); Sandoval’s Boxing Team, Kid Melo’s Gym, Cheto’s Boxing Club,Guardado’s Gym,Pit Bull Gym, and Lozano’s Vale Todo (Mexico).
Official Fight Card (Not in strict fight order):

Fight 1 (MMA Bout)
Matt Ruiz, 200 lbs. (0 – 1) Submission Factory, Los Angeles, CA
Josh Tamsen, 200 lbs. (4 – 7) Freestyle Fighting, Tijuana, MEX

Fight 2 (MMA Bout)
Marco Soto, 170 lbs. (0 – 0) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, MEX
Polynesis Jackson, 170 lbs. (0 – 1) Sin City Fight Club, Las Vegas, NV

Fight 3 (Boxing / Featherweight Bout)
Juan Carlos Burgos, 126 lbs. (6 – 0, 5KO) Sandoval’s Boxing Team, Tijuana, MEX
Paul Mendoza, 126 lbs. (4 – 2, 1KO) Kid Melo Gym, Tijuana, MEX

Fight 4 (Boxing / Welterweight Bout)
Pavel Miranda, 147 lbs. (8 – 1, 7KO) Sandoval’s Boxing Team, Tijuana, MEX
Juan Carlos Urias, 147 lbs. (4 – 4, 3KO) Cheto’s Boxing Club, Tijuana, MEX

Fight 5 (MMA Bout)
Luis Alvarez, 190 lbs. (1 – 0) Gladiator School of Boxing / Emerson MMA, San Diego, CA
David Webber, 190 lbs. (0 – 0) Dunn’s Sidekicks Fight Academy, Sta. Clarita, CA

Fight 6 (MMA Bout)
Chance Farrar, 145 lbs. (0 – 0) Lister’s Fight Center, San Diego, CA
Kyle Olsen, 150 lbs. (1 – 2) KFSS MMA, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Fight 7 (Muay Thai / Middleweight ITBO National Title fight)
Luis Bio, 160 lbs. (12 – 0 Amateur / 0 – 0) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, MEX
Gabriel Medina, 160 lbs. (2 – 0) Pit Bull Gym, Tijuana, MEX

Fight 8 (Muay Thai / Light Heavyweight ITBO National Title fight)
Omar Jiménez, 175 lbs. (3 – 0) Lozano’s Vale Todo, Tijuana, MEX
Erik Osorio, 175 lbs. (2 – 2) Pit Bull Gym, Tijuana, MEX

Fight 9 (MMA Bout)
Michel Garcia, 165 lbs. (4 – 1) Team Minetti, Montpellier, France
Neal Abrams, 165 lbs. (0 – 0) Dunn’s Sidekicks Fight Academy, Sta. Clarita, CA

Fight 10 (MMA Bout)
Grant Winstrom, 170 lbs, 1 – 0, Lister’s Fight Center, San Diego, CA
Gilbert Yee, 170 lbs, 1 – 0, Fairtex Fight Team, San Francisco, CA

Fight 11 (Kick Boxing / Jr. Welterweight IKBA World Title fight)
Jose Guardado, 140 lbs.(14 – 1, 12 KO) Guardado’s Gym, Ensenada, MEX
Rajesh Narine, 140 lbs. (12 – 0, 4 KO) Team Norwalk Muay Thai, Norwalk, CA

Fight 12 (MMA / Reto Maximo Jr. Welterweight Title bout)
Chris Brennan, 160 lbs. (17-9-1) Next Generation, Irving, CA
Joey Alvarado, 160 lbs. (3 – 2) Raza MMA & Machado BJJ, Los Angeles, CA

Fight Card subject to change*

Larry Landless – Official Referee
William Catzin, MD / CONADE – Supervising Medical Services
Benjamin Sandoval, MD – Ring Doctor
ALS Life Support – Paramedics First Aid

Tijuana Athletic Commission – Event Sanctioning Body
International Thai Boxing Organization ITBO
Sanctioning Muay Thai Championships
International Kick Boxing Association IKBA Sanctioning Kick Boxing Championship

Reto Maximo VII – Championship Night!
Sunday December 11th, 2005
Tangaloo Club in Tijuana, Mexico.
Doors open at 4:00 PM / Card starts at 6:00 PM
General Admission $30.00 dlls. / VIP seating $50.00 dlls. 18 and older with valid I.D.

Tickets available at the door and also now available at:

Sidekicks Fight Academy
18849 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA – 91351
Phn (661) 251-0761

The Boxing Club
4164 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA – 92111
Phn. (858) 576-9509

The Boxing Club – UTC
8650 Genesee Avenue.
San Diego, CA – 92122
Phn. (858) 320-0060

Team Norwalk Kick Boxing & Muay Thai
12052 Excelsior Drive
Norwalk, CA – 90650
Phn. (562) 307-2881

Next Generation Academy
23762 Mercury Road Ste. A
Lake Forrest, CA – 92630
Phn. (949) 300-0012

Hotel accommodations at CORONA PLAZA HOTEL, Tijuana.
(Located about 300 yards from the fight venue)

Tangaloo Club has its own public parking providing security for your vehicle.
Suggestion is to leave your vehicle on the US side of the border in San Ysidro
and walk across to Mexico.No worrying about traffic, driving tickets, or directions.
As you enter there are various transportation services available.
Best option is Taxi Libre. Cabs are painted White & Red.
Fare to Corona Plaza Hotel or Tangaloo Club is no more than
$5.00 dollars for 1 to 4 persons boarding the cab.

For more Info and Fighter booking:
Marco Antonio Perez(Tony)
Reto Maximo & CFC – producer
Phn (619) 341-4643 USA
Phn (01152664) 675-4166 MEX
Nextel 125*318150*7

Boxing Gloves Test

30 Nov

by Content from Fighter Magazine, Sweden (2005-11-30)

Earlier this year, Fighter Magazine independently tested 20 different types of boxing gloves available in the Scandinavian market with major brands such as Fairtex, Top Ten, Twins, MTG Pro, Casall, Fighter Pro, Super Pro, KVIB, Skip Sport, Abilca and Fighter Sport.

The 20 gloves were initially compared and ranked based on price, quality and construction.Fairtex gloves (style BGV1 Tight-Fit Design and BGL7 Mexican Style Design) were ranked 3rd.

To find out which brand of gloves are the best of all, Fighter Magazine had the gloves under gone a six months intensive testing and usage by real athletes in boxing, muaythai and kickboxing gyms to see which is the best of all.

The result is in.Finally the big boxing gloves test is done. Fighter Magazine got most disappointed that several of the expensive gloves didn’t live up to the expectations. It was always the velcro that failed the test. If that had worked to satisfaction after one term of being used, a lot of the gloves would have been very good and Fighter Magazine would have been recommending them for you to buy. But who wants to invest in an expensive pair of gloves that is just useful for one term? Here is the result from Fighter Magazines big Boxing gloves test!

In the end, Fairtex gloves were graded the “BEST IN TEST,�? is the only gloves that received a Grade 5 out of 5 and receives a recommendation of “BEST BUY!�?Fairtex BGL7 Pro-Training gloves, Mexican Style is a lace-up gloves that have a very nice fit and has the best quality that will be good for using many times.


Fairtex 12 oz Black/white leather (BGL7 Pro-Training Gloves, Mexican Style): Lace-up


Price:$94.95 USD

Lacing/Velcro: The only glove in the test with lacing

Stuffing/Form: Very nice fit

Quality/ Expose to Wear: Really great gloves that will be good for using several terms.

Recommendation: Best Buy!

Final Grade: 5 out of 5

Third Times a Charm

30 Nov

by Salvatore Russo (2005-11-30)

Fairtex student Mike Christie has been winning local California and regional California Grappling Tournaments for a few years now. After two prior attempts at Vegas gold in 2003 and 2004 Mike proved 3 times is indeed the charm at Grapplers Quest 05.

Taking 3rd in his weight and in incredible 1st in the overall absolute division, Mike brought home Grapplers Quest Executive/Absolute Gold, going an astounding 6 wins with only 1 loss for the weekend.

Students like Mike Christie who consistently come to practice show a willingness to learn as well as an overall mental fortitude are the core of the Fairtex Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program taught be Jake Shields. If you happen to see Mike around the Academy please take some time out to congratulate him on his big win in Vegas.

Australia to host Thai boxing world bout

27 Nov

by The Sydney Morning Herald (2005-11-27)

Australia will host an inaugural Thai kick-boxing, or muay thai, world title fight next month, taking the centuries-old sport on to the international stage, its promoters said on Tuesday.

The fight in Brisbane, which will be recognised by the World Boxing Council’s muay thai arm, pits Australian cruiserweight champion Nathan “Carnage” Corbett against Japanese number one Magnum Sakai on December 10.

In the super welterweight category, Australia’s John Wayne Parr will fight Thailand’s Yodsaenklai Fairtex.

The promoters said muay thai, in which knees and feet as well as fists are allowed, is the fastest growing ring sport in the world, with 300,000 participants in 90 countries, ranging from Thailand to Kuwait to the Netherlands.

Fairtex Muaythai Fitness (San Francisco) Receives 5-Star Reviews

27 Nov

by The Weekly Yelp, (2005-11-27)

“The atmosphere at Fairtex Muay Thai SF is intense and motivated, yet friendly. Great facility and knowledgeable staff. Arthur, Enn, Jongsanan, and Ganyao will kick your ass into shape – be prepared to push yourself. The workouts are physically strenuous, addictive, and rewarding.” By Ben N.

“I scheduled an introductory class to learn more about Muay Thai (thai boxing). I walk into this gym to be overwhelmed how spacious and ventilated it was. I was paired up with a trainer who took me 1 on 1 to learn the basics and even let me use a pair of boxing gloves.

I was intimidated at first but the energy in this gym is very inviting. It had a good mix up of girls and guys. Locker rooms had individual shower units. The gym has a full size boxing ring, over and dozen heavy bags, retail shop and training gear for members to use since they are a fight gear company as well. My trainer was a current world champion among the other trainers who were past world title holders as well.

Overall great experience and would recommend to all. If you are looking for a challenging yet different type of workout then check this gym out for something out of the norm! Oh, bring some water for during and after your workout , you are going to need it!!!”
By Iai I.

“Best place to learn Muay Thai kick boxing, but I must warn you that it is *intense*. Not for anyone who isn’t in the best of cardio shape. Hit the gym first.”
By Cian C.

Kaew Fairtex TKO’ed Kaona T. Pornchai

27 Nov

by Muaythai (2005-11-27)

This fight took place on Friday, November 25, 2005 in Suk Petchyindee at Lumpinee Stadium. They say the fight is sure to please the fan as Keaw Fairtex takes on Kaona T. Pornchai.Both are well known and well liked fighters with great performances.Keaw Fairtex was the Champion of Thailand at Feather Weight and is considered a well rounded fighter with all the right Muay Thai’s skills.

As for Kaona, he is a fresh fighter in top physical condition.He has been performing very well and proved that he is ready to fight with a tough fighter like Keaw Fairtex.Kaona recently won his last fight over Surasing Nongkisuvit.That victory left a good impression on the fan and has the fan looking forward to see more of him.

In this fight, Keaw fought at 127 lbs. and Kaona at 129 lbs. The two pounds difference was to make the fight fair and at most compatible for both sides. Going in, Kaew Fairtex was not too comfortable at this weight class as Kaona had a bit of weight advantage.However, Kaona was not able to handle Kaew Fairtex’s experience and speed.Kaew Fairtex TKO Kaonar T. Phonchai via Round 2.

Chuy’s return short, sweet

27 Nov

by DENNIS TAYLOR, Herald Staff Writer (2005-11-27)

Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez fought Saturday night as if he’d been waiting for three years to impress somebody. His opponent could endure that pent-up aggression for only four minutes.

Rodriguez used a vicious body attack to crush Anthony Ivy of Topeka, Kan., who folded to the canvas twice in the second round before referee Marty Sammon called an end to the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:10 of Round 2.

The bout was one of five at The Riot, a show that also included a second-round technical knockout victory by Watsonville’s Carina Moreno, who broke her opponent’s nose.

Rodriguez, now 6-1, walked away from boxing after a victory at The Riot at the Hyatt in July 2002, packed on 85 pounds of flab and got in trouble with the law. After spending 10 months of the past year in Monterey County Jail on felony drug charges, he made a decision to straighten out his life and resurrect his boxing career.

He’s doing that under the tutelage of Salinas-based Garcia Boxing, and the results in his comeback fight were startling.

Rodriguez, a brawler in his previous incarnation, used his jab effectively to set up the body blows that buckled Ivy twice in the second round.

“I was hoping for a little bit more, considering the guy had had 12 fights, and he’d fought a lot of guys with good records,” Rodriguez said of Ivy, who brought a 4-8 record to Monterey. “But I guess I can’t be too upset with the way things turned out tonight. I was trying not to rush things, but I hurt him with some good shots.”

Rodriguez, backed by an explosive sell-out crowd, started carefully, but turned up the heat after rocking Ivy with a right hand 90 seconds into the fight. He pinned his opponent in a neutral corner with 30 seconds left in the round and landed a crisp, three-punch combination that set the tone for the next round.

Nicknamed “the pit bull” by his new handlers, the 142-pound Rodriguez showed why in Round Two, bombing Ivy almost from the opening bell, then doubling him opponent over with a right to the ribcage 30 seconds in.

Several more monster rights to the body caused Ivy to slump into the ropes, then take a knee, a half-minute later. When he struggled to beat the 10 count, referee Sammon stopped the fight.

“We weren’t expecting a whole lot out of Chuy tonight, considering he’s been off for three years,” said Max Garcia, who trains Rodriguez with Don Familton. “I wanted to see a little bit more of the Don Familton/Joe Ferry boxing style we’ve been teaching him, but we got a knockout instead, so we can’t be sorry about that.”

Moreno, shaking off a full year of ring rust herself, put on a dominating performance against another Topeka, Kan., opponent, outclassing former University of Kansas cheerleader Sandra Ortiz from the opening bell.

The bout ended, for all intends and purposes, when Moreno — 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the world at 105 pounds — smashed the nose of Ortiz late in the opening round with a double right hand.

The ring doctor examined Ortiz, 4-3-1, between rounds, but more heavy shots from Moreno brought on an early stoppage. The time was 1:12 of Round Two.

“I think I worked out a little bit of aggression tonight, this being my first fight in a year,” said the Watsonville boxer. “I wish it could have gone a couple more rounds, because I really was just getting warmed up, but it felt good to get back in the ring in a real fight, instead of just sparring and training.”

In the main event, Glendale, Ariz. heavyweight George “El Torito” Garcia improved to 11-0, winning a six-round decision over David Johnson, 3-13, over Los Angeles.

Johnson, a late replacement, fought gamely and knocked Garcia into the ropes in the opening round, but Garcia consistently landed the heavier shots. All three judges gave the fight to Garcia, the son of former Soledad featherweight Georgie “The Hammer” Garcia, who is his trainer.

Las Vegas featherweight Joel Santiago (6-0), a stablemate of Marco Antonio Barrera, won a majority decision over Freddy “The Rabbit” Castro (8-13) of San Pedro in a six-round bout.

The first fight of the night was a raucous, four-round slugfest in which Santa Rosa’s Sosadea “The Poma Indian” Raso (3-6-1) battled Las Vegas featherweight Crystal Hoy (3-0-2) to a draw on all three scorecards.

The event was sponsored by Fairtex.

WBC Muaythai’s First World Championship Title Fight Features Yodsenglai Fairtex vs John Wayne Parr

17 Nov

by PRESS CONFERENCE (2005-11-17)



The World Boxing Council through the WBC MUAYTHAI haveofficially sanctioned the first WBC MUAYTHAI World Titles. The first World Titles will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, in the Queensland State of Australia on 10 December. This event is being staged by Rising Promotions in an event being billed as ‘Xplosion. Rising Promotions Director and Promoter, Mr Ray Matsumura said today that this will be the biggest muaythai event ever staged in the Australia and the Pacific region.

Australian muaythai champion Nathan Corbett has been matched against the Japanese champion Magnum Sakai to contest the world cruiserweight championship (175 pounds 79.240 kg) and – on the same card – Australia’s outstanding muaythai champion John Wayne Parr will be challenged by Thailand’s Yodsaenklai Fairtex for the world super welterweight championship (154 pounds 69.853 kg).

In early March the Middleweight World Title will take place in London featuring the UK champion Steve Wakeling. The London and Australian world title events will be the prelude to the WBC MUAYTHAI WORLD SERIES which will bring theworld’s best muaythai contenders together for a monthly World Series to be staged in the USA, Europe, the Russian CIS, Greater Asia and Australia and broadcast on television worldwide.

The two world titles being held in Australia next month bring together four of the world‘s most outstanding fighters.Yodsaenklai Fairtex (21 years) is the Thailand super welterweight champion with a fight record of 89 wins, 30 losses and 6 draws. His opponent John Wayne Parr (29 years) trained and lived in Thailand for five years and fought at the main stadiums. He has traveled around the world and is widely regarded as one of the greater international muaythai fighters. He has fought 77 times for 57 wins.

Natham “Carnage�? Corbett (26 years) has lost only one of his 31 professional muaythai contests. His opponent the Japanese champion has lost only six of his 24 contest – winning nine by KO.

The four fighters contesting the first WBC MUAYTHAI worldtitles in Australia are among the world’s best, and the caliber of these top contenders is indicative of the high standards that the WBC is setting for muaythai championships worldwide.

Gilbert Melendez Competes in Grappler’s QuestGilbert Melendez Competes in Grappler’s Quest

10 Nov

by Michael Bruno (2005-11-10)

Fairtex fighter, and MMA/Jiu Jitsu instructor Gilbert Melendez, will be competing this weekend at Grappler’s Quest in Las Vegas, NV.Gilbert heads to Las Vegas as an ambassador for the Fairtex Jiu Jitsu, and MMA programs, which have quietly been developing under the direction of Jake Shields.

“Everyone knows that Fairtex offers the best Muay Thai training on the planet, but a lot of people don’t realize the caliber of the Jiu Jitsu, and MMA programs that we’ve been building.Jake Shields, and Gilbert Melendez, have both done a fantastic job developing a program here that is truly world class.We’re all looking for Gil to head out to Grappler’s quest, and show the rest of the country how competitive the Fairtex Jiu Jitsu program has become,�? says Fairtex Gear Director of Sales, Michael Bruno.

2005 has been a huge year for Melendez, as the last 12 months have seen him real off the two biggest wins of his MMA career back to back, to run his overall record to a perfect 8-0.Both wins came in Japan’s Shooto organization, and included a victory over MMA legend Rumina Sato.Gilbert’s undefeated streak has cemented him as the Shooto #1 contender, and set the stage for a showdown with “Pequeno�? Nogueira sometime next year.

Gilbert also had a very impressive win this year, over Barret Yoshida, at the Abu Dhabi World Submission Wrestling Championships.Barret “The Finisher�? Yoshida had come into the tournament as a favorite to win the division.However those plans were quickly derailed as Melendez, with his aggressive and tenacious style, was able to out maneuver Yoshida, and take the match.

Gilbert heads to Las Vegas on Friday, for what should become another step, in his meteoric rise this year.All of us here at Fairtex wish Gilbert the best of luck at Grappler’s Quest, and continued success on his journey towards the top.

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