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  1. 20 YOKKAO UK Fighters On WBC Muay Thai Ranking!

    20 YOKKAO UK Fighters On WBC Muay Thai Ranking!

    World Boxing Council (WBC) recently updated its fighters ranking across all weight classes and over twenty UK fighters made it to the latest list.

    UK is one of the most prolific regions outside of Thailand in producing the world’s top Muay Thai athletes. This phenomenon is represented by the number of UK fighters who have populated the WBC charts over the past decade.

    "As the most prominent Muay Thai promotion in UK, it is no surprise we have hosted many of the region’s top fighters in our official events. On last count, 20 out of the WBC ranked UK fighters have featured on YOKKAO fight cards", said YOKKAO UK promoter, Brian Calder.

    Some of the notable names who have competed on our official events include Joe Craven, Jack Kennedy, Chris Shaw, Craig Coakley and the recently crowned WBC European champion, Spencer Brown. Not forgetting YOKKAO world champion, Lia

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  2. Craig Coakley To Face Mo Abdurahman at YOKKAO 38

    Craig Coakley To Face Mo Abdurahman at YOKKAO 38

    YOKKAO 37 - 38 is just four weeks away from a night of smashing action at the Macron Stadium in Bolton UK. In a highly-anticipated YOKKAO 38 bout, Craig Coakley was originally matched up against UK super lightweight top seed, Nathan Bendon. The latter has unfortunately sustained a hand injury and will be pulling out from the coming event. The show must go on and Coakley will now take on another formidable opponent.

    The Irish fighter is on a hot winning streak with a trio of KO victories in all his last three YOKKAO appearances. We know that he will be looking for his fourth at the coming show but Coakley’s stint in the ring at YOKKAO 38 is not going to be a walk in the park.

    Coming in to replace Bendon on 4 weeks’ notice will be none other than UK number two, Mo Abdurahman. Fighting out of Southampton’s Exile Gym, Abdurahman is one of the most promising young fighters of the momen

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  3. Sabah to Host YOKKAO Seminar with Saenchai & Manachai

    Sabah to Host YOKKAO Seminar with Saenchai & Manachai

    After yet another sold-out attendance in Stuttgart, Germany, our seminar team is set to return on 6 April. Saenchai, joined by Manachai and Kru Petchdam, will head to Sabah in East Malaysia for a one day only seminar at the local Uppercross gym.

    This will be the first time that YOKKAO Seminar will set foot on the island of Borneo, known for its beaches,rainforests and wildlife. In the coming 3-hour meet-and-train session, attendees will get to learn the classic, signature moves that have helped Saenchai capture 13 different world titles in his career. Participants will also have the chance to get a tick off the bucket list and spar with the living legend himself.

    WBC Muay Thai world champion, Manachai will also be present with our top trainer, Kru Petchdam to give demonstration on pads. Participants are given the opportunity to test their skills and spar with our young star who

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  4. Spencer Enlisted For All Star Fight: Army World Soldier

    Spencer Enlisted For All Star Fight: Army World Soldier

    All Star Fight promotion unveiled the Army World Soldier event at a press conference on 13 Feb. Organized in partnership with the Royal Thai Army and headlined by global Muay Thai icon, Buakaw Banchamek, the event will be held on 9 March in Bangkok.

    A total of 8 bouts have been confirmed, featuring a lineup of the biggest names in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Buakaw will be joined by his campmates, Superbon and the recently-recruited Yodwicha in the event. Muay Thai star, Superbank Mor Rattanbandit who is due to appear on YOKKAO 37 on 23 March will also make his appearance on the show.

    Leading man, Buakaw is set to take on Russian fighter, Artem Pashporin in the main event. The pair last met in the ring in 2015 where Buakaw took home a win via decision. The Thai superstar will be looking to further his undefeated record on All Star Fight with 7 straight wins to date. Pashporin is no walkover with notable wins over formidable athletes like Victor

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  5. Christopher Shaw Steps In To Face Rambo For YOKKAO 38

    Christopher Shaw Steps In To Face Rambo For YOKKAO 38

    After his recent win on YOKKAO 36 in Italy, YOKKAO world champion, Liam Harrison’s highly-anticipated title defense against Thai elite fighter, Rambo Phet Por Tor Aor will now be put on hold. The UK legend sustained an injury during the fight against Ivan Naccari that left him with a meniscus tear in the knee that aggravated during training. The injury is predicted to keep Harrison out of action for at least 6 to 8 weeks.

    Fans will be pleased to know that Rambo’s return to the Bolton stadium shall proceed as planned. The highly-ranked fighter showed up at the Macron Stadium last October and he left with a stunning win against Nathan Bendon via decision. Rambo brings to the ring a classic technical style favored by the best of the Thai elite fighters, and after his sensational promotional debut on YOKKAO 32, he will take to the stage to prove himself in front of a UK crowd once more.

    Taking Harrison’s place to face Rambo for the YOKKAO 38 ma

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  6. YOKKAO 35 - 36: A Muay Thai Extravaganza!

    YOKKAO 35 - 36: A Muay Thai Extravaganza!

    On Saturday, 26 January, nearly 5000 fight fans from Italy and around the region convened at the PalaRuffini arena for YOKKAO 35 - 36. The sold-out event saw the crowning of three new champions in an evening of non-stop Muay Thai action.

    YOKKAO 35 - 36 will go down as one of the most dramatic and memorable nights in the history of our promotion. With a few skin-splitting stoppages, some amazing comebacks and an unexpected twist of fate, almost every fight kept our audience at the edge of the seats.

    YOKKAO 35

    After a rousing start with nine exciting bouts on the undercard, YOKKAO 35 got the night going with the heavyweight bout between Michele Mastromatteo and Tony Rubio. The 91kg rumble was quickly brought to a stop in round 2 when Mastromatteo’s big punches and a hard knee left Rubio incapable o

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  7. YOKKAO 38: Niamh Kinehan V Lucy Payne

    YOKKAO 38: Niamh Kinehan V Lucy Payne

    Two more months to fight night in Bolton and the card is stacking up for YOKKAO 37 - 38. The first female bout has now been confirmed - rising star, Niamh Kinehan will take on British powerhouse, Lucy Payne in a fight for the spot of the number one female fighter in UK.

    Lucy Payne has been a dominant force in the UK female Muay Thai scene for almost a decade. She has held numerous titles over her career, including the ISKA English champion and WBC Featherweight Champion. Nicknamed the “Princess of Pain”, she is widely recognized as one of UK’s finest female Muay Thai athlete till this day. The Corefit UK fighter will now prove her place against the young Niamh Kinehan.

    We promised that she will be back on the YOKKAO stage, so here she is once again. Kinehan is an up-and-coming star in the world of female Muay Thai. She has been

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  8. Liam Harrison vs Rambo Back On For YOKKAO 38!

    Liam Harrison vs Rambo Back On For YOKKAO 38!

    Originally set up to face each other at YOKKAO 32 main event, the sizzling match-up between Liam Harrison and Rambo Phet Por Tor Aor was called off due to the former’s training injury. We are excited to announce that the highly-anticipated fight is back on track and will take place at YOKKAO 38 this 23 March in Bolton.

    Rambo made a stunning promotional debut and win against Nathan Bendon on YOKKAO 32. The elite Thai fighter has also beaten the likes of Rajadamnern number one, Rafi Bohic and multi-time Lumpinee champion, Muangthai PKSaenchaiGym. He will return to the Macron stadium and attempt to mark his place on the international scene against arguably the UK’s best.

    Fresh off his return to the YOKKAO stage and spectacular victory in Turin, Italy, Harrison is set to return to the Macron stadium once again. The UK Muay Thai star is not one to shy away from the toughest challenges through his career as he will now take on the formidable Rambo and prove why he is the top

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  9. YOKKAO 35 - 36 Weigh-in Results

    YOKKAO 35 - 36 Weigh-in Results

    With YOKKAO 35- 36 just a day to go, the competitors have all arrived in Turin, Italy. The weigh-ins were carried out at Hotel Concord in the afternoon on 25 January with all fighters making weight successfully.

    WBC and WMC officials were present to oversee the weigh-in for the three title matches taking place. Manachai will face Luca Falco for the WMC Intercontinental title; Yodchai takes on Jonathan Astarita for the WBC Lightweight title; and Spencer will clash against Luca Roma for the WBC Super-Lightweight title. 

    Here are the complete weigh-in results:


    ** YOKKAO 35 **

    YOKKAO Team vs France -66kg
    Singdam YokkaoSaenchaigym 65.8kg vs Jeremy Payet 66kg

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  10. YOKKAO 35 – 36 Almost Sold Out

    YOKKAO 35 – 36 Almost Sold Out

    The countdown has officially begun for YOKKAO 35 - 36 with 9 days to fight night in Turin Italy. For the first time ever, our official event will be held at the 5000-seat PalaRuffini. Tickets are almost sold out and a massive congregation of Muay Thai fans are expected at the indoor arena on Saturday, 26 January.

    YOKKAO 35 - 36 features one of the most star-studded lineups to date with fight appearances by Saenchai, Singdam, Manachai, Yodchai, Spencer, Sudsakorn and Liam Harrison. The stacked card brings together 26 matches in total including the Next Generation undercard and a Kids showcase. Three titles will be contested with Manachai vying for the WMC Intercontinental title against Luca Falco; Yodchai taking on Jonathan Astarita for the WBC Lightweight Intercontinental title; and Spencer squaring off against Luca Roma for the WBC Super-Lightweight European title.

    VIP tickets are officially sold out with limited seats available at TicketOne via sport.ticketone.it/43196/90600704/thai-boxe-mania-presenta-yokkao-35-36

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