The “A” in “Big Apple” took on a new definition with the “A” standing for “A” Game, as that is what the competitors from all over brought to the table at the “Muay Thai Championships” presented by American Muay Thai League (AMTL) in association with GMMA on November 18.
In what was originally for the WBC 168lb belt, but changed due to Anthony Ford (Sitpholek, Canada) failing to make weight. Being a true champion, JR Hines (Team Zombie, KY) agreed to still managed to agree with to fight Anthony Ford (Sitpholek, Canada) despite the weight difference. Hines found a way to get his jab off and find Ford early eventually drawing blood from the face of Ford. However, Ford quickly made adjustments using precise leg kick and punches combinations causing Hines to go down. Hines stood up and tried to shrug it off, but Ford came in with more leg kick and punch combos and then a nasty elbow which caused Hines to go down for good in the 1st round. Anthony Ford defeated JR Hines via KO in the 1st round with Ford and Hines embracing and also with Ford checking in on JR Hines for quite some time after the bout.
Pros, Ahmad Ibrahim (Rami Elite) and Nicholas Haines (Gleasons Gym) at 128lbs were up next in the co-main event of the “Muay Thai Championships” . Both Pros started had something to prove and it showed. Action was almost non-stop throughout the fight until the 4th round came about. In the 4th round, Ibrahim really began to land some big shots on Haines with Haines refusing to go down. In the end, the referee jumped in a stopped the bout via TKO in 4th round due to unanswered blows declaring Ahmad Ibrahim the winner.
In the 4 man WBC Muay Thai 135lb amateur tournament, things started off in an exciting fashion when Srijan Munier (Raktan Muay Thai, NY) got through the 1st tournament bracket by beating Erick Castro (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) via UD. Later, Mike Gallagher (Rami Elite, Phila. PA) went on to defeat a game opponent in #AMTL veteran Adam McCann (8 Limbs, Phila. PA) via UD, setting up the 135lb WBC Muay Thai Final between Gallagher and Munier. Mike Gallagher (Rami Elite, Phila. PA) and Srijan Munier (Raktan Muay Thai, NY) wasted no time in feeling out each other. By the time the final bell of the 5th round sounded off, it was Srijan Munier who was belted the WBC Muay Thai 135lb Amateur Champion via UD.
More action followed up with the 4 man WBC Muay Thai 140lb amateur Eliminator tournament as Dillan Joucco (5 Points Muay Thai, NY) went up against Ulbino Guzman (Kings Combat, NY). Joucco and Guzman went all 5 rounds, with Guzman getting the nod with a Unanimous decision win earning a matchup between the winner of the Ethan Geffen (RingSport Muay Thai) vs. George Pitsakis (Rami Elite). Both warriors in Pitsakis and Geffen were game from the get go. However, this bout also went all 5 rounds with Geffen being declared the winner via UD. Ethan Geffen (RingSport Muay Thai) will now face Ulbino Guzman (Kings Combat, NY) in a 140lb WBC Muay Thai title fight early next year.
On the rest of the Main Card:
Malcolm Hill (MT Institute, NJ) defeated Andre Miller (MK Muay Thai, NJ) by UD in 5 rounds at 135lbs.
Kaleb Hunter (8 Points Muay Thai, NC) won a 150lb “Promotional” title over NJ Mak by UD (Pinpoint Muay Thai, NY)
Guillia D’Ambrosio (Chok Sabai, NY) and Yasmeen Salhani (Rami Elite, Phila. PA) put on one of the best matches of the night going all 5 rounds with Yasmeen Salhani (Rami Elite, Phila. PA) walking away with a 108lb “Promotional” title.
Other winners of the undercard and swingbouts of “Muay Thai Championships” are highlighted in red below:
Nikki Shegay (Ardon’s Sweet Science) vs. Mark Anaya (Scrap Pack D.C.) 140lbs
De’Sean James (Rami Elite) vs. Marc Matia (MK Muay Thai) 115lbs
Omar Soltan (Pinpoint Muay Thai) vs. Edwin Villatoro (Scrap Pack DC) 165lbs
Clifford Francious (Chok Sabai) vs. Tony Stevens (8 Limbs) 147lbs
Arkeem Sanford (Team Coban) vs. Vagner Alonzo Silva (American Beach) 155lbs
Audley Glons (Pinpoint Muay Thai) vs. Anthony Owens (Black Feather Muay Thai) 180lbs
Adama Kainfry (8 Limbs) vs. Carlos Nunez (Muay Thai Nation) 145lbs
Heather Leon (Rami Elite) vs. Hanna Edmond (Team Coban) 135lbs
Niyaz Ahmed (Matador Muay Thai) vs. Jeremiah Vega (UFC Long Island) 127lbs
Jaime Mendoza (Spyda Muay Thai) vs. Will Cavali (Team Demolition MMA) 140lbs