The leading junior and talent-search Muay Thai event series are coming back to Italy once again for two days of exciting Muay Thai action. YOKKAO Kids and YOKKAO Next Generation will be held simultaneously over the weekend on 22-23 June at the Play Hall Palasport, located at the idyllic coastal town of Riccione.
We are excited to announce that the two-day event will also feature our signature seminars on top of the competitions. With more than 70 seminars held around the world to date, YOKKAO Seminar continues to be a leader in the field, selling out everywhere it goes. Now for the first time ever, the seminars will be conducted separately for adults and kids.
Leading both the YOKKAO Seminar and YOKKAO Kids Seminar at Riccione on 22 - 23 June will be none other than UK legend, Liam Harrison. The event sets a precedent by being the first Muay Thai seminar to be hosted by a world
Posted: January 25, 2019|||
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
Posted: January 24, 2019||
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.
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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 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||
A spot on the YOKKAO 35 - 36 fight card has long been reserved for Manachai. His opponent for the 26 January event in Turin Italy is finally confirmed with the stakes doubled - the YOKKAO star will take on Italian fighter Luca Falco for the WMC Intercontinental title.
This is set to be Manachai’s second title bout following his October win in Hong Kong for the WBC Muay Thai world welterweight belt. The 22 year-old is also coming off a 4-win streak with 14 victories in his last 15 outings and it doesn’t look like he will be slowing down. Manachai will now look to add another piece of gold as he builds his legacy.
In the contest for the WMC Intercontinental belt is Luca Falco who fights out of Herculaneum Training Center in Naples Italy. Like Manachai, the 29 year-old Falco is an adept of the low kick with strong left middle kick to match. He was recently crowned the WTKA Italian champion and will be going into the ring with his eyes on the WMC belt. It’s an all-o
Posted: December 05, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation debuted in Bologna Italy on 1 December showcasing a card of prominent Muay Thai athletes in the country. Held at the Zola Predosa Sports Hall in Bologna, the show was headlined by an exhilarating match-up between Karim Bennoui and Cristian Faustino.
Both fighters left nothing to chance, with the action escalating rapidly right from the start. Bennoui delivered what he was best known for: strong punches and even harder low kicks. Faustino retaliated by playing the strategic game with well-timed counter-offense and wicked elbows. After 5 rounds of intense crossfire, Faustino was awarded the win via decision.
After his victory on the Next Generation event, it’s a bigger step-up for Faustino as he will take on the legend Saenchai for the YOKKAO 36 main event on 26 January.
It’s one wave after another of Muay Thai action over these 2 months in Italy. The successful YOKKAO Next Generation Bologna will be followed up with another show on 16 D
Posted: December 04, 2018||
YOKKAO Next Generation and YOKKAO Kids were introduced in 2015 and 2017 respectively, to give young fighters a platform to showcase their skills. The 2 programs aim to provide wider exposure and offers athletes a potential career in professional Muay Thai.
With the talent-search initiative moving progressively towards global expansion, YOKKAO promotion team has identified Turin Italy as the next in line to host the events. YOKKAO Next Generation was recently held on 1 December at the Zola Predosa Sports Hall in Bologna. The show was headlined by the cracking match-up between French-Algerian fighter, Karim Bennoui and Italian representative, Cristian Faustino.
As was previously announced, a full-scale YOKKAO Kids Next Generation will be staged on 27 January 2019 in Turin. The event will take place a day after YOKKAO 35 - 36 at the 5000-seat PalaRuffini arena. The scale of the show sets the mark for what could be the biggest promotion for junior fighters anywhere in the