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  1. YOKKAO Next Generation Southampton: Jake Purdy vs Charlie Guest

    YOKKAO Next Generation Southampton: Jake Purdy vs Charlie Guest

    YOKKAO Next Generation is one of the most exciting events in the global Muay Thai scene. Started in 2015 to discover and groom the next generation of Muay Thai stars, the talent program has been widely received as the best platform for all young Muay Thai fighters starting on their professional career. Coming on the 29th April, the YOKKAO promoters will head to Southampton to uncover promising talents in the region. With this event, the promoters have gone one more step and fit in some top-tiered bouts to turn it up a notch. As announced earlier, the event will be headlined by a smashing match-up between YOKKAO fight star Manachai and rising Glory kickboxing star, Mo Abdurahman. Now, another A class fight has been confirmed and it stars 2 prominent English fighters, Jake Purdy against Charlie Guest. The 21-year old Charlie Guest will be making his YOKKAO debut at the event. The English lad has fought out of Sumalee Boxing Gym in Phuket over the past year and competed actively on a

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  2. YOKKAO 30: Paul Karpowicz vs Ja Kiatphontip!

    YOKKAO 30: Paul Karpowicz vs Ja Kiatphontip!

    Another match up has been confirmed for YOKKAO 30 card and it looks to be a real cracking fight. Both stylistic fighters are known to put up rip-roaring shows - it’s British homegrown hero, Paul Karpowicz against Thai warrior, Ja Kiatphontip. Both Paul and Ja will be making their second appearance on an YOKKAO event - Paul fought and lost against Keith McLachlan on YOKKAO 13 while Ja took the win over Jonathan Haggerty on YOKKAO 28. Regardless of the results, both fighters left a deep impression for their outstanding performances in their respective fights. Paul is a fluid fighter, well-known for his creativity and unpredictability in the ring that never fails to entertain the crowds. His nickname of “The Magician” says a lot of his fighting style. He is well-regarded within the community for his passion; Muay Thai is more than sport but an artform that he strives to perfect. Every opponent he meets takes him another step towards his goal. Ja comes Thailand but

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  3. YOKKAO Next Generation Bound for Scotland!

    YOKKAO Next Generation Bound for Scotland!

    The expansion continues for YOKKAO in reaching out and bringing the best Muay Thai action to a wider audience. Come next month on the 24th February, the global talent search program of YOKKAO Next Generation will be held in the Scottish town of Paisley, Renfrewshire. For this occasion, YOKKAO Next Generation will actually be held in partnership with local promoter, Robert Morrison and promoted together as the Rama show. The event is set to feature A class, B class, C class and even junior bouts. With YOKKAO now thrown into the mix, the fighters now have an even bigger incentive to do their best in the ring. YOKKAO has been the most active brand in terms of finding young talents and promoting them on the global stage. One of the most prominent fighters discovered from the Next Generation is none other than Scotland’s very own Spencer Brown who was talent-spotted in the event 2 years ago. This will be a golden opportunity for fellow Scots to join the prestigious YOKKAO Next Generation

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  4. Manachai Faces Rising Kickboxing Star Mo Abdurahman in UK!

    Manachai Faces Rising Kickboxing Star Mo Abdurahman in UK!

    YOKKAO takes to the road on 29th April in search of young talents of Muay Thai. The team will be descending on the city of Southampton (UK) for the talent-spotting YOKKAO Next Generation. For Southampton’s first Next Generation event, the YOKKAO Team and event promoters Brian Calder and Sean Toomey have set up a smashing headlining act. YOKKAO Fight Team will be represented by the young Muay Thai talent, Manachai who is set to face Southampton hometown boy, Mo Abdurahman. South African-born Mo has been training and fighting out of Southampton’s Exile Gym under Coach Dean Kendall since the age of 14. After 3 back-to-back battles and winning the 8-man “Road to Glory” tournament in Nottingham last year in March, the 21 year-old won himself a modest cash prize and secured a 2-fight contract with Glory World Series - the world’s top kickboxing league. He may have lost in his Glory debut in September but the gritty youngster is not one to give in easily. While

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  5. YOKKAO 30: Amy Pirnie vs Ilenia Perugini!

    YOKKAO 30: Amy Pirnie vs Ilenia Perugini!

    YOKKAO 29-30 is heating up as the date draws nearer, and more fights are announced. The latest bout to be added looks to break up the heavy masculine tone of the event with a match up between YOKKAO UK regular, Amy Pirnie and Ilenia Perugini, a new face for YOKKAO fans. Amy Pirnie needs little introduction, she has proven herself to be the female fighter to beat at YOKKAO shows. To date, Amy has remained undefeated on the YOKKAO events with a streak of 4 wins. The 24 year-old Scottish lass will surely look to forge her legacy and extend her undefeated campaign at YOKKAO 30. All that stands in the way is her opponent, Ilenia Perugini. The 26 year-old Ilenia hails from Basel, Switzerland where she fights out of Diamond Gym Basel. Ilenia started training Muay Thai at the age of 19 and has competed in both Muay Thai as well as K-1 rules kickboxing. She currently holds the AFSO (All Fight System Organization) International Flyweight champion title (K-1) and it will be interesting to see

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  6. YOKKAO Next Generation Goes to Southampton UK!

    YOKKAO Next Generation Goes to Southampton UK!

    The popular talent-search for the future stars of Muay Thai is back once again. YOKKAO Next Generation, the global initiative is confirmed to be held on 29th April 2018 in Southampton, UK. While the Next Generation has been an opening act of the YOKKAO UK shows in the past, it will now be a full-fledged lone-standing event. The event will be organized in partnership with UK promoter, Sean Toomey, a former Muay Thai fighter and prominent figure in the UK Muay Thai scene. The event wouldn’t be complete without a headlining act that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Fans can expect to be treated to a brilliant display of world-class Muay Thai by YOKKAO’s own young star, Manachai, who will face an as-yet unnamed opponent. With the official shows promoted by Brian Calder, and the Kids events by Peter Spensley, the YOKKAO-UK connection is further deepened now with Sean Toomey on board for Next Generation. There is more to the Next Generation Southampton event as

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  7. Introducing the First YOKKAO Junior World Champions!

    Introducing the First YOKKAO Junior World Champions!

    The first YOKKAO Next Generation Kids took place recently on 26th November at the Barnsley Metrodome. Event organizer, Peter Spensley and YOKKAO UK promoter Brian Calder, delivered an immensely successful and unforgettable show that set the high bar for all future Muay Thai junior competitions. Over 100 fighters -some as young as 6- took part in the full-day event that saw the crowning of the first YOKKAO Junior World Champions, Joe Ryan and Ellie Barker. The 2 fighters got in the ring and proved their deserving place as the earliest members of the YOKKAO Kids Fight Team. [caption id="attachment_3971" align="alignright" width="350"]Ellie Barker YOKKAO CHAMPION 14yrs -52kg Ellie Barker YOKKAO CHAMPION 14yrs

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  8. YOKKAO 29: Keith McLachlan vs Jonathan Haggerty!

    YOKKAO 29: Keith McLachlan vs Jonathan Haggerty!

    With 3 back-to-back fight announcements made for YOKKAO 30, it’s now time to shine for YOKKAO 29. The first fight has just been confirmed for YOKKAO 29 and features 2 of the region’s elite fighters - Keith McLachlan taking on Jonathan Haggerty. Both competitors are no strangers to the UK Muay Thai scene, and especially to YOKKAO supporters. Keith McLachlan is the current UK number 1 at 59 kg, fighting out of The Griphouse gym in his hometown of Glasgow where he also coaches. He delivered a steady performance in his 2 appearances on YOKKAO events, fighting with a methodical style free of redundant flair. The Glasgow number 1 came out victorious twice at YOKKAO 13 and 14, proving the effectiveness of his uncomplicated fighting style. In his time, Keith has faced the likes of UK top fighters including Panicos Yusuf and Stephen Meleady. Keith’s opponent at YOKKAO 29 will be current ISKA Super-Featherweight World Champion, Jonathan Haggerty. The 20 year-old Walworth pride

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  9. Dreams Come True At Inaugural YOKKAO Kids Event!

    Dreams Come True At Inaugural YOKKAO Kids Event!

    While most kids spend their free time playing video games or engaging in mainstream team sports, there is a different breed who chooses to wreck the bags, smash some pads and kick ass in the ring. A new generation of kids around the world are taking up Muay Thai and they are looking to take over as the future stars of the sport. [caption id="attachment_3951" align="alignright" width="350"]YOKKAO Kid Champion Joe Ryan YOKKAO Kid Champion Joe Ryan[/caption] In its bid to discover and groom these young fighting talents, YOKKAO recently launched the Next Generation Kids initiative. The inaugural YOKKAO Next Generation Kids competitive event organized in partnership with SuperShow, was held on 26th November at the Barnsley Metrodome with resounding success. A fully packed venue

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  10. Liam Harrison To Defend Title Against Chamuaktong At YOKKAO 30!

    Liam Harrison To Defend Title Against Chamuaktong At YOKKAO 30!

    Another monster of a fight has just been confirmed for YOKKAO 30 to be held next March 10. Current YOKKAO world champion -65kg will put his title on the line once again, this time against Chamuaktong PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym. For anyone who is unfamiliar with his name, Chamuaktong hails from the top Thailand camp of PKSaenchai Gym. The camp is a recipient of the coveted Lumpinee Stadium gym of the year award in 2016, and is home to many of the top fighters on the elite stadium circuit. Chamuaktong himself won the Rajadamnern title for 140 lbs just recently on November 6. He was also a Lumpinee champion at 140 lbs in 2016. That’s not all. Chamuaktong won the prestigious Toyota Marathon at 154 lbs back in the same year. Having defeated the likes of Petpanomrung Kiatmuu9 and Singdam, Chamuaktong is set to be one of the strongest challengers for Harrison’s YOKKAO Champion Belt-65kg. Harrison is fresh off a successful title defense at YOKKAO 27 earlier last month in October.

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