Since making his promotional debut on YOKKAO 23 in 2017, Craig Coakley has made a name for himself on the Muay Thai scene with a string of KO victories.
Fighting out of Dublin Combat Academy, Craig holds a record of 24 fights with 21 wins, 3 losses and 17 KOs. His high KO-rate has made him one of the most dangerous knockout specialists in the global Muay Thai scene today.
The Irish fighter headlines YOKKAO 42 on 27 July in Ireland as he takes on Muay thai legend, Singdam for the highly-coveted WBC Super-lightweight Diamond title. The winner from the YOKKAO 42 main event will join legends, Buakaw and Saenchai to be the third fighter in history to hold a WBC Muay Thai Diamond belt.
We speak to Craig on his fighting style, his epic war against Mo Abdurahman and his upcoming title fight on YOKKAO 42:
YOKKAO (Y): Hi Craig, can you talk a bit about y
Posted: July 12, 2019||Tags: yokkao ireland|
YOKKAO 41 - 42 will be heading to Dublin, Ireland on 27 July for a stacked card of Muay Thai action. The double event will be headlined by the WBC Diamond title bout between Singdam and Craig Coakley. Another highly-anticipated matchup is the 63.5kg clash between Spencer and Stefan Korodi.
Fighting out of Dublin Combat Academy and now training out of PK Saenchai Gym in Bangkok, Korodi is a fighter to watch for. The Irish fighter won all of his last 4 fights in Thailand by way of knockout. We expect an explosive fight between Korodi and Spencer on 27 July.
We speak to Stefan ahead of his coming fight on YOKKAO 41:
YOKKAO (Y): Hi Stefan, can you introduce yourself?
Stefan (S): Hi, my real name is Istvan Korodi. I picked up “Stefan” because when I moved to Ireland, nobody was able to pronounce my name. I'm 25 years old
Posted: July 11, 2019||Tags: yokkao uk|
It’s the time of the year and the date is now confirmed - YOKKAO 43-44 will return to UK on 26 October 2019 to be staged at Bolton Macron Stadium.
YOKKAO 43 - 44 marks the 5th straight year since the acclaimed event was first brought to the UK. The promotions have grown to become one of the biggest Muay Thai events in the region with consistent production, exciting matchups and an always great atmosphere.
YOKKAO UK been a driving force in promoting the sport in the region, providing an international platform for UK fighters to prove themselves. Many fighters on our shows have gone on to prove they could go toe-to-toe against the very best in the world.
With about 3 more months to the biannual event, preparations are now underway. The main events and rest of the fight card will be announced over the coming weeks. Look out for some big names, familiar faces, an
Posted: July 10, 2019||Tags: yokkao ireland|
Organized in partnership with YOKKAO UK promoter, Brian Calder and renowned Irish fight coach, Collie Mahon, YOKKAO 41-42 is set to be Ireland’s biggest Muay Thai event of the year. A total of twelve bouts have been confirmed for the 27 July Saturday showdown that will take place at the Irish capital of Dublin.
Headlining the double event will be the high-profile match-up between Singdam and Ireland’s very own Craig Coakley. It’s double or nothing as the two fighters will be competing for the prestigious WBC Muay Thai Super-lightweight Diamond belt. The winner will join legends Saenchai and Buakaw to become the third fighter in history to hold the WBC Muay Thai Diamond belt.
Two other anticipated bouts to watch for include the 65kg clash of Liam Harrison vs Cristian Faustino and an explosive matchup between Spencer and Stefan Korodi. Besides the main events, YOKKAO 41-42 will a
Posted: June 03, 2019||Tags: yokkao italy|
After the immense success of YOKKAO 35 - 36, we are pleased to officially announce that YOKKAO 45 - 46 will return to Turin, Italy on 25 January 2020. The double event will be held once again at the Palaruffini multi-purpose indoor arena.
YOKKAO 35 - 36 saw a sold-out venue with nearly 5000 fight fans congregating from Italy and around the region. The stacked card starred many of the biggest names in Muay Thai including Singdam, Manachai, Yodchai, Spencer, Liam Harrison and living legend, Saenchai.
Organized in partnership with Thai Boxe Mania promoter, Carlo Barbuto, YOKKAO 45 - 46 continues in its mission to promote Muay Thai in the region and providing a platform for local fighters to prove themselves against the best in the sport.
Come 25 January 202, fans can once again expect a whole evening of Muay Thai action from the country’s best alongside top athletes f
It was a night that many Australian fight fans had been waiting for. YOKKAO 39 - 40 came and delivered a night of top-level Muay Thai action that local fans will be talking about for a while. Organized in partnership with Luis Regis and Eduardo Azambuja from SRG YOKKAO Affiliate Training Center Australia, the event brought in top fighters like Singdam, Superbank and Spencer from Thailand while showcasing many of the country’s own fan-favorites and rising stars.
Having hosted three separate Next Generation shows in the past, YOKKAO 39- 40 marked the first full-fledged YOKKAO double event for the land down under. Australia has one of the most exciting Muay Thai scene outside of Thailand, producing many top athletes in the sport. On this occasion, the country proved its place in the global scene with high-quality, well-matched fights to rival the world’s best.
In less than 24 hours, 22 fighters will take turns to enter the ring at YOKKAO 39 - 40 as they put on bout after bout of non-stop Muay Thai action. The double event will be held at the Australian Technology Park with the undercard kicking off on Saturday, 25 May at 17:00 Sydney time.
The official weigh-ins were held today at the Braza Churrascaria restaurant in downtown Sydney and all fighters have successfully made weight for the show. Remember to follow us on our social media network to catch some of the action live and direct from Sydney.
Here are the weigh-in results:
** Yokkao 40 **
Superbank 61.0kg vs Zac Einersen 60.8kg
Spencer YOKKAOSaenchaiGym 63.75kg vs Albert Xavier 63.7kg
Singpayak 65.2kg vs Lloyd Dean 64.65kg
Jordie Bargailie 62.45kg vs Joe Coverdale
Posted: May 22, 2019|||
The YOKKAO team has landed in Sydney, Australia after a smooth 9-hour flight departing from Suvarnabhumi airport. Fresh off the flight, our fighters underwent a medical checkup and getting briefly acquainted with the city.
The team then spent the evening at SRG Thai Boxing Gym, the YOKKAO Training Center in Australia at the invitation of gym founder and YOKKAO 39-40 promoter, Luis Regis. We received a warm welcome from the gym trainers and gym members who were delighted to meet our fighters.
Singdam, Superbank and Spencer got down on the treadmill to get ready ahead of the weigh-in and fights this week. After a sweaty workout, the team also took time to chat and take photos with the local fans at the gym before returning back to the hotel for dinner and rest.
YOKKAO 39-40 is set to take place this Saturday, 25 May at the Australian
Posted: May 12, 2019|||
Joining the headliners at YOKKAO 41 - 42 will be truly explosive matchup and one that is not to be missed for the fight fans of Ireland. Spencer Brown will clash against Irish fighter, Stefan Korodi in a Super Lightweight faceoff come 27 July in Dublin.
Training out of Dublin Combat Academy, Korodi may just prove himself to be one of Spencer’s toughest opponents to date. The Irish fighter, has made frequent trips to train and fight in Thailand over the years. In his recent stay in Bangkok, Korodi made his debut at the prestigious Lumpinee stadium while training at the famous PK Saenchai Gym. He won the fight with a round-2 KO, no less. Korodi is a fighter to watch for but he won’t be having an easy time against his opponent in Dublin.
Spencer will be making his Irish debut at YOKKAO 41 and will look to make his presence felt in the ring. The WBC European champion is coming strong on
The countdown has officially begun with YOKKAO 39 - 40 just three weeks away from showtime in Sydney, Australia on 25 May. Along with a who’s who of top athletes in Australia, the event will be headlined by multi-time champion, Singdam, and Thai phenom, Superbank.
WBC European champion, Spencer will also make his return to Sydney, taking on 2-time WBC Victorian champion, Albert Xavier. The Australian-based Timorese fighter holds a record of 22 wins in 33 fights. Nicknamed the Timorese Assassin, Xavier is the first Timorese Muay Thai world champion. We speak to him ahead of his fight against Spencer on YOKKAO 40:
YOKKAO (Y): Hi Albert, can you introduce yourself to Muay Thai fans outside Australia?
Albert Xavier (A): I’m 29 years old, coming from Noble Park south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I’m a 2x WBC Victorian Super Lightweight Champion, IKBF Commonwealth Welte