Lion Fight 38 at Foxwoods Casino Connecticut September 29 2017, was a great event, with a stacked fight card. My first time at a professional Muay Thai fight card, and it did not disappoint. If you want to see some high level Muay Thai then Lion Fight is the promotion you want to check out. The main event was every bit intense as was expected out of a rematch between Matous Kohout and Regian Eersel for the Super Middleweight title. In their first fight Kohout won, not only did he win he was the last man to defeat Eersel. This fight was so face paced, the athleticism shown by both Kohout and Eersel was that of a champion fight. Back and forth each round, Eersel just had the edge over Kohout. Eersel was unloading punches and kicks backing Kohout into the ropes, and knocking him down multiple times. Kohout was tough as they come and with a chin of steel he finally succumbed to a fifth round TKO, with Eersel dominating and pushing the pace of the last few rounds. Had the fight come down to a decision which a lot of fans were saying it wouldn’t, in my opinion Eersel was winning and taking the W. I’m giving this my Fight of the Night.
Juan Jackson vs Elijah Clarke put on a great co main event Light Heavyweight fight. New York’s Elijah Clarke poured it on Juan Jackson for five rounds, he had control of the fight, and kept Jackson from doing any kind of damage. Clarke earned a well deserved Unanimous Decision, in a tough fight, where it was Clarkes night. A quick end to what was a great start to Jonathan George and Jafar Toshev. It was practically over befor it began, when Toshev ended the fight quickly in brutal well timed switch kick that I will give my finisjbof the night to. Also as short as this fight was it was so entertaining and fun to watch it end in that manner.
Two pro preliminary fights were slated to kick off the pro card, one of which got bumped up to start the main card, when the women’s Flyweight fight got canceled. Cris Mims and Brian Bogue kicked off the pro main card on AXS tv with a phenomenal fight. Mims had the fight from the first round where it was Bogue who most thought would end the fight. In the second round Mims and Bogue went in to take each other’s head off when Mims threw a beautifully placed spinning back elbow to win their fight.
What I loved most about Lion Fight with it being so close to home in New York, at Foxwoods Casino. If you’re an amateur fighter this may also be the promotion you’re looking for, as they are a pro/am. Any young fighter coming up would be lucky to fight for this promotion being they can move to pro and already know the ins and outs. They were able to have fighters from not only all over the world, but the north-east so it wasn’t a far travel to see tour friend or favourite fighter.
Lion Fights next fight card at Foxwoods that I will be sure to be at and have some live coverage, this January. Stay tuned for more fight details and more from Lion Fight.