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  1. Manachai Returns to Italy on April 8th!

    Manachai Returns to Italy on April 8th!

    In January, Manachai made his Italian debut at the long-running event, “The Night of Kick and Punch” for his first fight of this year. The Thai wrecking ball delivered a smashing performance by finishing the the fight by TKO in the first round. After making a strong impression in Italy, Manachai is now poised for a return to the beautiful country on April 8th. He is set to face Christian Zahe on the Parabellum promotion by Luca Pigliafreddo from Yamabushi Gym, which hosted the recently sold-out YOKKAO Seminar with Saenchai. The fight is set at 66kg for 3x3-minute rounds. Christian Zahe is a prominent competitor on the European Muay Thai circuits. He has fought notable opponents such as Jimmy Vienot of France and Daniel Zahra of Malta. The last 2 years saw the 35 year-old competing on high-profile shows in Thailand such as Super Muay Thai and Thai Fight, going up against Changpuek MTA and PTT Petchrungrueng. In 2015 Christian successfully clinched the WKN World super lightweight

  2. Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat Comes to YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok

    Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat Comes to YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok

    YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok frequently receives world-renowned champions and coaches who drop by to train or assist in the training. Some of the guests in the past have included fighters like Dzhabar Askerov, Tetsuya Yamato, and also top trainers like UFC striking coach Frank Lester, and famous martial arts breakdown specialist, Barry Robinson. This week, another Muay Thai champion has arrived at the camp: he is none other than Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat. Iquezang is here to help prepare Manachai for upcoming fight on March 24th, stepping up as a sparring and clinching partner. Iquezang’s unique name comes from the famous Japanese Zen Buddhist, Ikkyu-san of whom an anime series was based on. The 28 year-old is a seasoned Thai fighter who has frequently competed in Kard Chuek matches (notorious bouts with ropes instead of padded gloves). Iquezang brings with him many years of ring experience and an aggressive fighting style that will complement Manachai’s technical mastery.

  3. Manachai Takes On Rambo for Champion of Thailand Title!

    Manachai Takes On Rambo for Champion of Thailand Title!

    There is no denying Manachai a shot for a championship title. The YOKKAO fighter has been raking up the wins over the past year, it’s about time he gets the gold around his waist. In his last fight, Manachai met Pongsiri PKSaenchaiGym in the ring of Channel 7 stadium for what should have been a title fight. He was unjustifiably let down by the organizers who scraped the title only a day before the fight. Manachai, however, is not one to be discouraged easily and he went on to take home the win against one of the most reputable welterweight fighters. Come Friday 16th March, Manachai will get a shot at the prestigious Champion of Title belt. Standing between him and the belt is another elite Thai fighter, Rambo Pet Por Tor Or. Rambo is a familiar face on the stadium circuit, fighting at both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern regularly. The PTT Gym fighter has faced many top fighters
  4. YOKKAO 29 - 30: Full Fight Card Released!

    YOKKAO 29 - 30: Full Fight Card Released!

    Come this Saturday March 10th at the Bolton Macron Stadium, UK fight fans are in for another night of lip-smacking Muay Thai action. YOKKAO 29 - 30 is stacked with the best fighters in the region and Thailand featuring both top-billing acts as well as up-and-coming fighters in the region. The fight card for the double event is now complete with the addition of energetic matchups featuring promising young fighters like Joe Craven and Robbie Collins, both of whom have previously appeared on YOKKAO events. A number of up-and-coming fighters will be making their YOKKAO debuts, and will certainly look to make an impression. As has been the event’s format in the UK, YOKKAO 29-30 also features an undercard of Next Generation competitors. Many of these fighters would eventually go on to fight on the main card. Some of the fighters who have made the transition include Spencer Brown, Joe Craven and Robbie Collins. YOKKAO has been pivotal in recent years in building and promoting

  5. Erhan YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Returns to Lumpinee for 160lbs Title Fight!

    Erhan YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Returns to Lumpinee for 160lbs Title Fight!

    On 10th March 2018, Erhan YOKKAOSaenchaiGym will return to the world renowned Lumpinee Stadium to fight for the 160lbs divsion Championship belt. It has been over six months since Erhan’s last appearance at Lumpinee Stadium and he is looking to pick up exactly from where he left off. Back on 19th August 2017, the YOKKAO foreign stalwart was presented with a chance at becoming a Lumpinee champion. The opportunity came less than a month following his Lumpinee debut and victory. Regrettably, he entered the title bout with an unrecovered injury sustained in his earlier fight resulting in a referee stoppage in round 2. Currently ranked number 6 at Lumpinee in his division, Erhan is going back once again to claim his glory. After racking up a string of wins at YOKKAO events and MX Muay Xtreme, Erhan is now ready to embellish his fight record with the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium 160lbs champion title. The YOKKAO fighter has champion trainers, Kru Manop and Kru Petchdam behind on his

  6. Manachai Delivers Dominating Victory at Channel 7 Stadium!

    Manachai Delivers Dominating Victory at Channel 7 Stadium!

    One of the most anticipated fights for the start of 2018 had been none other than the Channel 7 147lbs title bout between Manachai and Pongsiri PKSaenchaiGym. Regrettably the title was scraped a day before the fight. The reason given by the organizers was that Manachai would be making his Channel 7 stadium debut. This supposedly did not qualify him for the title, even though there have been precedents where fighters who were making their debut actually competed in title bouts. [caption id="attachment_4282" align="alignright" width="400"]Muay Siam Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Muay Siam Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym[/caption] Despite taking away the prized belt from the match, Manachai remained undeterred and motivated. He came out strong right from the first round with loud, chopping leg kicks that could be

  7. Erhan YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Delivers Round 1 TKO Win On MX!

    Erhan YOKKAOSaenchaiGym Delivers Round 1 TKO Win On MX!

    Erhan arrived at YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok back in 2016 and has since made it his home. Living and training with the YOKKAO Fight Team has been an enriching experience. The 27 year-old now counts Thai legends like Saenchai, Singdam and Pakorn among his training partners, all under the watchful guidance of the camp’s champion trainers. During this period, Erhan has competed twice on YOKKAO’s international events and even at the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium where he is currently ranked sixth in his weight class. In December, Erhan made his debut for popular Muay Thai fighting show, MX Muay Xtreme, where he faced golden age legend, Orono Por Muang Ubon. The Turkish warrior proved too much for the returning 44 year-old Orono, especially with the brutal 6 oz gloves. Despite cruising to a win via decision after 3 full rounds, Erhan displayed humility and utmost respect for his opponent - showing the mark of a real martial artist. Last Friday, the YOKKAO fighter made his

  8. YOKKAO 30: Spencer Brown vs Connor McNab!

    YOKKAO 30: Spencer Brown vs Connor McNab!

    YOKKAO Fight Team’s very own Spencer Brown (Spencer YOKKAOSaenchaiGym) is set to make a brief return to the UK on March 10th. The fighter from Irvine, Scotland has been confirmed for YOKKAO 30 where he will go head to head against fellow countryman, Connor McNab in the ring. The A Class bout will be fought at 63.5kg Connor McNab fights out of the D Unit Combat Sports Hub based in the town of Dumbarton, Scotland. The young fighter will be making his YOKKAO debut and this will be a great opportunity to prove himself on an international level, given the grand scale of the event. He is no freshman to the sport and has competed in both the UK as well as in Thailand where he trained for a period of time. However, his quest for victory will not go easy as he faces the KO Kid, Spencer Brown. Spencer hardly needs any introduction for the YOKKAO fans. Since being hand picked to train at YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok alongside the fight team members, the young YOKKAO stalwart has been

  9. 5 KO In 5 Fights For The YOKKAO Fight Team!

    5 KO In 5 Fights For The YOKKAO Fight Team!

    The YOKKAO Fight Team is smashing things up in the ring. Over the course of 5 events, 5 individual YOKKAO fighters have gone home with the win, all via knockouts. After a brief absence since his winning appearance on YOKKAO 25 in Hong Kong, Nobita has returned to train full-time at YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok with his team mates. The WMC boxing champion marked his return with a KO-win using his signature power punches, kickstarting the new Year in an impactful way for YOKKAO. Manachai continued his wreckage with his Italian debut at the Night of Kick and Punch promotion on 20th January. The fight ended in fast fashion via referee stoppage in round 1 after just 2:35 minutes and Manachai was declared the winner by TKO. The young star has clocked a series of KO wins over the past couple of months and the win in Milan against Italian Nak Muay Nuriel Glorian Cauli extends the streak. Manachai will next face Pongsiri PKSaenchaiGym on February 18th for the Channel 7 14lbs Title.

  10. YOKKAO, Saenchai and Shane Fazen to be Featured On Snapchat TV Show BRAWLER!

    YOKKAO, Saenchai and Shane Fazen to be Featured On Snapchat TV Show BRAWLER!

    Snapchat, one of the biggest social media and messaging apps started its push into TV-like programs for its platform last year. The Snap TV initiative sees the social media giant teaming up with collaborators the likes of ESPN, NFL, BBC, Discovery and Vice, to create original video content made for the vertical screen. It is set to be the next big thing in social media. Enters Uproxx, the award-winning digital media and publishing company, who captures more than 5 million views daily. The production team is creating a new show for Snap TV called BRAWLER, that focuses on the modern fight culture. For one of its premiering shows on Muay Thai, Uproxx has opted to spotlight none other than YOKKAO and living legend, Saenchai. The filming crew dropped by YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok on Tuesday this week with the host for the show, Shane Fazen. Shane is a martial artist and popular YouTuber with over 1.5 million subscribers who tune in to his channel regularly for fight tips and pointers.

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