Posted: April 23, 2019||Tags: yokkao uk|
YOKKAO’s inaugural Ireland showcase has just confirmed its main event matchup and it is set to be one of the biggest fights in YOKKAO history. On 27 July, Thai legend, Singdam will battle it out with Ireland’s own Craig “Coco” Coakley for the highly-coveted WBC Diamond championship belt!
WBC first created the "Diamond Championship" belt in 2009 as a championship to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile fighters. To date, only 2 Muay Thai fighters have the honour of holding the title and they are two of the biggest stars in the entire Muay Thai history: Buakaw Banchamek and living legend, Saenchai.
Come the night of 27 July, another fighter will be honored with the distinguished Diamond championship belt. Either way it goes, we expect this to be an explosive fight like never before.
Irish knockout extraordinaire, Craig Coakley has built a
Almost a year in the making, one of the most anticipated welterweight faceoff is finally going to take place. Manachai will go head to head against Rafi Bohic on 30 April for the Lumpinee stadium welterweight title. They will be meeting at 142 lbs for the fight.
The 2 welterweight powerhouses were originally supposed to face off in May last year but the fight had to be postponed as Manachai had committed to another event. The matchup is now officially confirmed and there is no turning back.
Manachai had been longing for a stadium title shot and his wish is finally granted. After clocking a successful run of wins, he took home the coveted WBC Muay Thai world championship title in October 2018. Come 30 April, Manachai will be looking at one of the most important challenges in his career as he takes on the current Lumpinee welterweight champion.
Training out of Phuket’s S
Posted: January 10, 2019||
YOKKAO 35 - 36 is just less than three weeks away, and things are heating up at the YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. Joining our fighters this week at the camp is UK legend, Liam Harrison who is back in preparation for the coming event in Turin, Italy.
Harrison has stepped up the intensity at training after a day or 2 acclimating to the Bangkok heat. As “iron sharpens iron”, he has been sparring with Saenchai and Manachai on top of the daily intensive rounds on the pads with our trainers.
The Hitman looks to be in great shape and ready for his challenge where he will square off against Italian fighter, Ivan Naccari. The UK fighter’s last appearance in the YOKKAO ring saw him walked away with a victory against Kevin Burmester back in October of 2017. Harrison is now laser-focused on marking his return in spectacular fashion. We expect to see him put on a show against Naccari in Italy.
There will be more to come as Harrison has also been confirmed for the YOKKAO 37 -
Posted: November 04, 2018||Manachai’s journey to winning the WBC title has been fraught with obstacles and challenges. His title dreams were repeatedly shattered when the organizer and opponent pulled out on 2 separate occasions. However, he pressed on despite the setbacks and was finally rewarded with the WBC title fight. This would be one of Manachai’s toughest fights in the past 2 years as he took on young up-and-coming fighter Julio Lobo from Brazil. The YOKKAO star stepped up to the confrontation dominating the first 3 rounds with his signature hard low kicks and skillful takedowns. Lobo proved himself to be a worthy challenger for the coveted WBC championship title. The Brazilian attempted to take advantage of his reach in later rounds and fought hard looking for an upset finish. Even with his reach disadvantage, the Thai fighter took on the offense from Lobo with great composureCONTINUE READING
Posted: September 07, 2018|||
It’s been a long time coming for YOKKAO’s bright young star, Manachai but his long-awaited title shot has arrived. Come 29th October, he will take on Brazilian fighter, Julio Lobo for the coveted WBC Muay Thai World Welterweight title at YOKKAO 34.
The WBC championship belts are widely acknowledged to be among the most prestigious titles in the world. Many Thai champions present and past have held WBC titles at some points in their careers. It goes without saying that Manachai will be giving all he has got to have the belt around his waist. His opponent, Julio Lobo is a regular face on the Thailand circuit who has not only fought on top promotions but also against the likes of Saenchai, Pakorn, and Victor Pinto. This will be no walkover for the YOKKAO fighter and a main event guaranteed to bring the house down.
The collaboration with WBC is a new beginning that has opened the doors for further partnerships down the road. For the event in Hong Kong, representatives fro
Posted: August 08, 2018||
After being denied the Channel 7 Stadium belt in February despite his win, and a cancelled match against Rambo Pet Por Tor Or for the Champion of Thailand belt in March, Manachai is looking once again to get his deserving title shot. It’s been a long wait for the YOKKAO star and Manachai has taken to his Instagram to call out current Lumpinee 147lbs Champion, Rafi Bohic for a title match. The 2 welterweights were originally supposed to face off in May but the fight had to be postponed as Manachai had already committed to All Star Fight in Hong Kong. As of the latest Lumpinee standings for the welterweight class (147 lbs), Manachai is ranked at the sixth spot. He was placed at the number one position during his formative years at Kiatmoo9 camp so this is a title quest a long time coming. Manachai is coming off a year of stunning results, winning 12 out of his last 13 fight appearances. Rafi himself has also defended his title successfully on 2 separate occasions since taking
Posted: July 19, 2018||
Learning is a never ending process. When you stop learning, you stop growing. Just days fresh off his stunning win at All Star Fight 5 in Prague on 6th July, Manachai has resumed his intense training schedule. The young fighter made a detour from Prague to Italy where he is now at the Team Satori Nemesis Gorizia gym. YOKKAO has made special arrangements for Manachai to learn from the world-renowned Italian kickboxing coach, Alfio Romanut. Coach Romanut is a well-respected name in the world of fight sports. He has trained numerous world champions over the years, including one of the greatest kickboxers of all time - Giorgio Petrosyan. Under his technical and highly-effective instruction, Giorgio Petrosyan has gone on to bag top accolades around the world and holds a near-pristine fight record. Joining Manachai for the training expedition is YOKKAO Fight Team mate, Spencer Brown. The 2 fighters are accompanied with champion trainer, Kru Petchdam in an international exchange of striking
Posted: June 29, 2018||
YOKKAO young talent, Manachai has made it into the spotlight again. Sports media giant, Fox Sports Asia recently featured the star on their Facebook page which sees over 2 million followers. The video clip shows him preparing for the coming appearance at All Star Fight 5 in Prague. Thunderous cracks of his hard kicks meeting the heavy bag echo throughout the YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. The Muay Thai phenom is definitely looking ready and raring to go. At 21 years of age, Manachai has been one of the most prominent Thai fighters in the Muay Thai scene of the moment. After his formative years at the renowed Kiatmoo9 camp, the Buriram-born fighter was acquired in 2016 by YOKKAO. His unrelenting, hard-hitting style has quickly gained a large following in a short amount of time. In the past year, his Instagram account has seen a three-fold increase in followers that recently crossed the 70k mark. Young, strong and hungry, Manachai always pushes himself to the limits as he learns from
Posted: June 21, 2018||
In a month’s time, YOKKAO Next Generation Kids is set to be staged once again at Barnsley Metrodome. The young rising stars of the UK and Europe will come together to pit their skills against each other in the ring of the world’s eminent junior Muay Thai promotion on July 21st. Headlining the event will be YOKKAO Kids Fight Team member and junior world champion, Ellie Barker who fights out of Hanuman Darlington. Below is an interview with Ellie in the lead up to the show. YOKKAO (Y): Hi, Ellie. You are co-headlining the YOKKAO Next Generation Kids in Barnsley. Are you looking forward to it and do you know much about your opponent? Ellie (E): Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it as I couldn't get matched for the last show. My dad and I came to watch and it was really weird not fighting. The only things I know about Siria is that she is usually a K1 fighter and she fought my best friend Erin on the last Scotland show C class rules. It
Posted: May 07, 2018||
YOKKAO’s brightest young fight star, Manachai arrived at the camp in April of 2016. Under the tutelage of coaches Kru Petchdam and Kru Manop, as well as mentorship by legends Saenchai and Singdam, the young prospect has gone on to become one of the most exciting fighters in the global Muay Thai scene. Manachai spent his formative years at the renowned Kiatmoo9 camp. The Buriram camp has also given Muay Thai many of its champions such as Singdam, Superlek and Rungnarai. With a strong foundation, the move to YOKKAO propelled him onto the international stage with wider exposure than he could have imagined. At 21 years of age, Manachai is well-known for his technical style and destructive kicks. He never fails to go all out for every of his matches, and fans are drawn to his entertaining fighting style. The hardworking fighter gives it all during training and his results from the past year shows. The YOKKAO star went on an amazing 10-fight winning streak before it got concluded