Strike’s March 11th, USMTA Muay Thai Championship Challenger Series Held at Combined Martial Arts, Steinway Street, Long Island City NY, Brought back the long awaited promotions of Strike-Zone.
By Terri Cotta
Alex Yus Promoter of Strike-Zone events
I digress…So let me get back to the story….
OK, let’s begin the review of the night’s fights…..
Bout 1.) The night began with an exhibition bout between Nathaniel Fernando of Zarko’s Academy in the blue Corner, who competed against Alfanso Yanez of Art Studio in the red corner. The young fighters showed some surprisingly good technique and style bringing to bare on each other a flurry of kicks, punches and clinches. The night began to look promising. Nathaniel and Alfanso took a nice round of applause from the audience who began to warm up from the exhibition bout.
Bout 2. An excellent exhibition bout with Blue corner Alex Madison of Wolf’s Tae kwon do against Tri-State Champion Jeremy “Primo” Bellrose Maisonet’s Muay Thai. Jeremy pulled in at short notice, was a gentleman to the end. Young Alex Madison was superb… He bobbed and weaved, kicked and punched. Alex and Jeremy tango’ed together in good clinches and both fighters tasted the canvas more than once. A good fight and good applause from the audience.
Bout 3. This bout pitted 180 Lb. Damian Kolano Wolf’s Tae Kwon do against Jenya Koroshlov from Real Fighting Gym. Both fighter’s started off in good techniques and footwork, but it became clear in the 2nd and 3rd round that Damian was not comfortable as Jenya began to push the advantage. Both fighters had fought well. Damian, admitted that he just was not himself that night, but plans to be mentally ready and able next time. Jenya Koroshlov from Real Fighting Gym took the decision of the bout
Bout 4 between 155 Lb Josh Zepnicci 25 yrs old of Ultimate Gym, coached by Kru Nestor Marte competed against 155 Lb fighter Ruslan Bukharin, 20 yrs old from Art Studio New York. This bout was a nice clean bout no messing around type of fight and both fighters showing great Muay Thai skill and techniques. They boxed, teeped, kicked and clinched there way around the ring. The end result was a win for Josh Zepnicci of Ultimate Gym who pipped Ruslan for the bout.
Bout 5 This Exhibition bout between 200lb Zadie Morris from Ultimate Muay Thai Gym and Oleg Zerekeko of Art Studio was another great bout. It looked less like an exhibition and more like a full fledged battle as both fighters kept the pressure on each other, making referee Joe Bekker work for his money. Both fighters showed good Thai techniques (a credit to their Kru’s), and responded well to the ref’s commands. A good bout for both fighters and a nice response from the audience.
Bout 6 was between 115lb Constantine Koshalashvilly 15 years old of Professional Bars Boxing club and Strike-Zone’s very own 15 yrs old, 118 LbTuran Hasano v Strike Zone. Beginning with an excellent display of the Ram Muay by Turan Hasanov, who got the audience on its feet with applause for the display of the art. An excellent fight from the beginning well fought and good techniques were in use. Both fighters put up a good display of skill and techniques which aroused the audience to spontaneous bouts of applause. In the end it was Turan Hasanov who came out on top with a win for Strike.
Bout 7 was an exhibition bout between Vladislav Robinovsky of Professional Bars boxing Club and Champion Miguel Rivera of Maisonet’s Muay Thai. A great display of Muay Thai in this bout. Miguel is well known in the NY Muay Thai field. Vladislav Robinovsky gave his best in a great display of his skills complemented with much appreciation from the audience
|Bout 8 In the 8th and much anticipated bout of the night was between the two Heavyweight warriors Alan Murtal from Zarko Academy of NY who battled it out with (Mr. T look-alike) Al Kareem Ali from LVIRK Training Center PA. A great fight right from the get go. When Heavyweights who come out swinging really turn the audience on is a plus, and both fighters did not waste anytime but clashed like mighty minatours, with powerful leg kicks, and tremendous punches. It was a very close call until the final round when Kareem landed the punch of the night, a powerful punch which rocked Alan’s head and sent him crashing to the canvas with a knockout. One look by the referee and the fight was rightly stopped. An excellent fight. The outcome made the audience really ecstatic. The Ref, and medics were right there and his decisions were pretty good for his first attempt. A good win by Kareem with a KO.|
|Bout 9 (The Main Event) In the 9th and final bout, of the night 25 Yrs. Old Moe Coujak 155 Lb from Ultimate Gym New York’ competed against Nevada’s 160 Lb Mark “The Hyena” Beecher 30 Yrs. Mark a Maisonets Muay Thai student for 2 ½ years before moving to Las Vegas, Won the USMTA Inter-State Semi Pro Championship, Junior Middleweight Division belt. The bout was excellent, between New York and Nevada with Mark “The Hyena” Beecher winning by decision. But was very close it could have gone either way, but the Judges I believe made the right choice, Nevada won because he had more experience and skill but the NY fight put up a great show and was a credit to his camp. He accepted the defeat with happiness and was quite pleased with himself that he got as close to winning as he did. His coach Nestor Marte was reserved but not really upset and accepted the results with grace. A credit to him.|
All fighters and coaches were happy with the outcome win or loose, which is really good. All in All, it was an excellent night; the promoter will need a bigger place next time. The event got great reviews from the audience, even had promoters come up and asks the USMTA to sanction their events in New York and New Jersey. They said they were really impressed with the way the event was run and the AMTJRA officials..
The next event to the series is May 13th 2006, so if your interested then contact Strike-Zone and prepare for fights, because places are going fast.
This is Terri Cotta signing off…
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