Posted: January 15, 2019||
2019 is already upon us with YOKKAO 35 - 36 less than two weeks away to kick off a new year of events. 2018 was filled with highlights from our 3 double events as well as a series of Next Generation and Kids shows. We witnessed many all-out wars in the ring, some devastating knockouts, and the crowning of Manachai as the new WBC world welterweight champion. Here’s a recap of the top fights from 2018:
YOKKAO 29: Jonathan Haggerty vs Keith McLachlan
This 59kg battle for the top UK ranking went down in a way that no one e
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: December 24, 2018||
With 70% of YOKKAO product sales coming from online purchases by overseas customers, a reliable worldwide delivery service is vital to its success. From the brand’s early beginnings, YOKKAO has relied on DHL Express for its logistics needs and the partnership continues to this day.
Last month, DHL made a very special visit to YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. A production crew arrived to film and interview YOKKAO key person Stefania Picelli who shared about the brand’s global business as well as the sport of Muay Thai. An article titled “Championing Muay Thai: A Local Manufacturer’s Journey to Becoming A Global Brand“ has now been released based on the interview. It is published on DHL’s Logistics of Things website that highlights market trends and showcases impactful businesses in the global economy.
Posted: December 19, 2018||
Over the weekend on 16 December, a double-bill showcase featuring YOKKAO Next Generation and YOKKAO Kids took place at Thai Boxe Torino in Turin Italy.
Organized in partnership with Carlo Barbuto, a stacked card of up-and-coming fighters as well as some very young athletes took to the ring. Teams and supporters showed up to rally behind their fighters who were pitted against each other in an exciting display of Muay Thai skills.
For many in attendance, the highlight of the show was the young competitors of the YOKKAO Kids segment. Some of them were as young as 8 years old. These promising junior fighters put on one intense match up after another, leaving the crowd in awe and the parents proud.
This is just a preview of what’s to come as YOKKAO Kids will return for a bigger show on 27 January 2019 set to take place at the 5000-seat PalaRuffini arena in Turin. The massive event will host fighters from Italy and countries around the region, as well as junior Th
Posted: December 19, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation returns once again to the island of Phuket on Sunday, 23 December. On top of a card of young promising competitors, the event will be co-headlined by YOKKAO stars: Manachai and Yodchai.
It’s another day at the office for both Thai fighters who are coming into the event ahead of their respective title bouts at the highly-anticipated YOKKAO 35 -36 in Italy next month. This is no warm-up fight or walkover with Manachai taking on Thanungoen Por Lakboon and Yodchai matched up against Por Uthai Sor Jor Piek Uthai - both formidable fighters in their own right.
With its reputation as a premier Muay Thai training destination, Phuket has no shortage of fighters who are ready to put their skills to the test in the ring. Many of whom are also looking for their big break on the international scene. YOKKAO Next Generation has served as one of the most prominent platforms providing wider exposure with potential opportunities to be talent-spotted for international e
Posted: December 18, 2018||
Preparations for YOKKAO 37 - 38 is officially underway with some familiar names and new faces already confirmed for the 23 March show. Two YOKKAO event regulars are ready to return to Bolton Macron Stadium for a face-off and it’s none other than Nathan Bendon vs Craig Coakley.
Nathan Bendon proved his place in the sport when he took on Rambo Phet Por Tor Aor at YOKKAO 32 with less than a month’s notice. The UK fighter fought tooth and nail against an elite Thai champion in one of the night’s most memorable fight, showing he can hold his own against the best. Bendon is back for his third YOKKAO appearance in another challenging bout as he faces the KO extraordinaire, Craig Coakley.
Coakley is fast becoming a staple on the YOKKAO card in Bolton. The Irish fighter has scored an impressive hat trick of knockouts in all 3 of his YOKKAO fights. No easy feat considering the tough competition he has faced including UK favorites like Myk Estlick and Jack Kennedy. Coakley is on
Posted: December 11, 2018|||
A third title bout has now been confirmed and added to YOKKAO 35 - 36 taking place on 26 January 2019. The previously announced fight between Yodchai from YOKKAO Fight Team and Jonathan Astarita from Italy will now be an official WBC Lightweight Intercontinental title match. Yodchai has built a reputation as a highly exciting fighter to watch in the ring, with a string of outstanding performances over the past 2 years in both domestic and international competitions.
Fighting since the age of 8, it’s now his time to shine as the 23 year-old finally gets his major title shot at the coming YOKKAO 35 Italian showdown. Astarita is himself a Muay Thai and K1 Italy champion. Like Yodchai, the 29 year-old Italian fighter is known for his technical ring style with skillful sweeps to rival the best. It’s a clash of skills and power with both fighters looking for a strong finish at YOKKAO 35. It’s all or nothing, as only one will make it home with the WBC gold.
Two other exciting title
Posted: December 11, 2018||
One highly-anticipated appearance on YOKKAO 35 - 36 has to be the return of Liam Harrison to the YOKKAO ring. With about a month left to fight night, Harrison’s match-up has just been finalized. The UK number one will take on Italian fighter Ivan Naccari.
Naccari recently fought on the YOKKAO Next Generation promotion that took place on 1 December in Bologna. The Italian fighter impressed both the judges and promoter to secure the win as well as a spot on YOKKAO 36 to face Harrison. Naccari is a regular on the European Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits, and is well known for his KO power. This will be one of the biggest fights in his career when he goes head on against the UK legend.
Harrison needs little introduction for global fans of Muay Thai. The Hitman is a multiple-time world champion known for his ferocious hard-hitting style that has helped him end half of his fights via knockouts. His appearance on YOKKAO 27 saw him winning via a crippling low kick f
Posted: December 10, 2018||
Featuring a stacked card of Muay Thai stars, the stakes at YOKKAO 35 - 36 are upped once again with a WBC title bout on the line.Spencer Brown’s scheduled match against Italian fighter Luca Roma has just gotten more interesting as they will now compete for the WBC Super-Lightweight European title.
Originally from Irvine, Scotland, Spencer has spent the last 2 years building his Muay Thai career out of YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok. He is currently ranked in the WBC Super-Lightweight world top 20 standings. A victory at the coming battle at YOKKAO 36 will secure him a better spot and see him propelled up on the world chart.
Holding a record of 37 wins in 49 fights, Luca Roma offers no easy path for Spencer in the title chase. A WMO world champion, Roma will look to add a WBC belt to his credentials. This is a battle for glory that is expected to light up the stage. The WBC challenge between Spencer Brown and Luca Roma now joins Manachai’s WMC Intercontinental match aga
Posted: December 06, 2018||
With 3 months away from YOKKAO 37 - 38, the first fight has just been confirmed for the double event. This is a match-up that is guaranteed to delight fans of the sport, featuring Muay Thai star Superbank as he takes on English homegrown talent, Paul Karpowicz.
Fighting out of Bangkok’s Teeded-99 gym, Superbank is widely regarded as one of the finest fighters of this generation. The southpaw technician is known for his slick style, great movement and wild sweeps. As a true testament of his place in the sport, Superbank has received various accolades including the prestigious Fighter of the Year award from Sports Authority of Thailand in 2014. He is also a Lumpinee and multiple-time Rajadamnern champion. The 23 year-old continues to compete against the best on the elite stadium circuit, headlining shows at the top stadiums. For his YOKKAO debut, he will face one of UK’s famed technicians, Paul Karpowicz.
Nicknamed “The Magician”, Karpowicz is well-known for his creativ