Las Vegas, NV – October 21, 2016 – Lion Fight 32 took place live from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and aired live on ASX TV, featured the battle for Muay Thai supremacy as Malaipet Sasaprapa faced “Smokin'” Jo Nattawut for the Lion Fight Middleweight championship. Also on tonight’s card in the co-main event, Romie Adanza faced off against Ming Freeman in the Bantamweight division.
All professional Muay Thai, full contact bouts are five, three-minute rounds with a one minute rest period.
Here are tonight’s results as follow:
Lightweight (132 lbs) Cody Moberly (23-14) vs. Anthony Castrejon (6-3)
Round one – They touch gloves and Castrejon leads with a head kick, but misses, Moberly leads with low leg kicks and wobbles Castrejon with a right hook. Castrejon throws an overhand elbow and a small nick opens up to the side of Moberly’s left eye. Castrejon dances more like a traditional Western Boxer than a Thai fighter. They swing for the fences as the round comes to an end with Castrejon taking down Moberly as the bell sounds.
Round two – Castrejon smiles as he walks to the center of the ring but Moberly is leading with his right straight before switching his stance and missing with his lead elbow. Castrejon is chopping at Moberly’s lead leg setting up a left hook and a right elbow. It’s now Moberly that starts chopping away at Castrejon’s front legand jumps up in the corner as time runs out before getting tossed aside as the bell sounds.
Round three – Castrejon leads with single leg kicks and gets sweeped to the canvas. He pops to his feet and leads with a Superman elbow. Moberly refuses to follow his opponent, he will land a strike and back off as he catches a kick to the head and dumps Castrejon. Moberly lunges in with a knee followed by and elbow but does little damage.
Round four – Castrejon leads with a body kick, but is answered by Moberly. Castrejon creats distance and circles to his left but is dumped again after another body kick is caught. Moberly is now following Casterjon as he ducks an elbow from his opponent. Moberly is not being the aggressor but slows down after only committing to one combination. Moberly’s lead legs looks like a color wheel from the damage he has taken throught this fight.
Round five – Now the fists and feet are flying as Castrejon knocks Moberly down after a front leg kick forcing him to collapse and receives a standing 8-count. Moberly switches stances, but he is knocked down by a right hook and is still slow to get back to his feet as he can barely stand. Moberly eats another leg kick and it is over via TKO.
Your winner by TKO at 1:34 of the fifth and final round, Anthony Castrejon!
Middleweight (155 lbs) Josh Shepard (5-1) vs. Gabriel Mazzetti (11-2)
Round one – Mazzetti and Shepard exchange low kicks before both miss headkicks. Shepard catches Mazzetti’s leg but can’t sweep him; Shepard’s kick is then caught and sweeped hard to the ground. Mazzetti has to jump for land knees in the clinche on his much taller opponent. Shepard lands a beautiful straight, but eats one of his own, gets wabbled and Mazzetti unloads on him, knocking Shepard to the canvas.
Round two – Shepard is demolished quickly in the early seconds of the second round and his corner throws in the towel as the 19-year-old Mazzetti makes an impressive Lion Fight debut!
Your winner by TKO at 19 seconds of the second round, Gabriel Mazzetti!
Lightweight (132 lbs) Travis Clay (3-0) vs. Marvin Madariaga (5-1-1)
Round one – Round one is the feeling out period as both are starting slow with their kicks and leads to a clinche and Madariaga throwing elbows, but Clay is following with his counters even though Madariaga is the far more aggressive fighter. The men are throwing knees and elbows in the clinche but Clay eats and elbow taking a knee even though he rocked Madariaga. They exchange more blows as the round comes to an end.
Round two – Clay lands a body kick but eats a left hook from Madariaga. Both fighters are being more patient this round but still aggressive. Madariaga rocks Clay who gains his footing and rocks Madariaga with a couple of elbows. This is a fight! Both fighters are getting tired but neither one will stop. Madariaga throws and elbow but got cut with one under his right eye. They look like they have punched themselves out but every four shows is one big strike that has the crowd excited as this round comes to an end.
Round three – The fight has definitely come to a crawl but every strike that is now being thrown is for maximum effort instead of just swinging for the fences. Clay lands a big left hand, jolting Madariaga’s hea, causing his nose to bleed. Clay lands a spinning back elbow as the round comes to a close.
Round four – How these two are still standing is beyond me, but they are true warriors. Clay leads with a body kick followed by a right straight and then a teep driving Madariaga to the ropes. Madariaga is bloodied and dazed as the front kicks by Clay are causing him to stumble. Madariaga is some how stumbling around the ring from all the damage his legs have taken and is having touble defending himself. Clay lands two elbows then a low kick,driving Madariaga into the corner and having the referee wave this one off.
Your winner by TKO in the fourth round at 2:10, Travis Clay!
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) Kendrick Latchman (0-0) vs. Victor Saravia (4-2)
Round one – This is a feeling out stage as Latchman is throwing side kicks to thigh of Saravia. Latchman tries to throw a hook kick but misses as Saravia is staying calm. Saravia is leading with his low kicks as he drives Latchman against the ropes and into the corner.
Round two – Saravia is taunting Latchman throughout the first one, psyching him out, causing him to plant his feet. Saravia drives his opponent into the corner and throws a big left hook. Latchman is able to keep his hands up but Saravia is definitely the more skilled fighter in this style of martial arts. This round ends against the ropes in a clinche.
Round three – Saravia leads with a teep but is not intimidating the new comer to Muay Thai. Latchman is using his counter striking skills but is still reserved in throwing his elbows. Latchman crosses his centerline with an overhand left eating Saravia’s jab. Latchman has dropped his lead hand, catches Saravia’s leg and sweeps him to the canvas. This one ends center ring as they bang it out.
Round four – Saravia leads with low kicks forcing Latchman to fight out of the corner. Latchman is slow on his counters but very much alive in this fight. Saravia is definitely the one in charge of this round.
Round five – final round and Latchman looks spent. Latchman has changed to Southpaw and focusing on his boxing. Saravia is pressing Latchman against the ropes but he’s holding his own. This round has been all Saravia as Latchman is exhausted.
Your winner by unanimous decision, Victor Saravia!
Co-Main Event Bantamweight (118 lbs) Romie Adanza (19-7-1) vs. Ming Freeman (5-0-1)
Round one – The touch gloves and both fighters start off with a front leg kick followed by a right straight. Freeman attempts a flying knee but gets caught with an elbow that opens him up over the left eye as he goes down, but pops up quickly. Adanza shrugs off a couple of head kicks like they were nothing. Freeman is dumped again after a failed leg kick. Freeman is opening up on Adanza as the round comes to a close, who just smiles through it.
Round two – Freeman starts with his jab, transitioning to body punches but can’t block that straight elbow coming in from Adanza. Both men’s front legs are starting to turn red for all the punishment they are receiving as Adanza forces Freeman to stagger a bit. Freeman catches Adanza’s leg pulling him into an elbow that has little effect on his shorter opponent. Adanza clinches up with Freeman throws him to the ground.
Round three – The cut over Freeman’s eye is getting worse and is starting to give him vision problems. Freeman is landing body kick after body kick, forcing Adanza to wince a bit but neither one has gone down yet. They smile at each other and keep going. Adanza is still dancing around even though his lead leg is heavily battered. Freeman catches a kick allowing him to sweep Adanza to the canvas. Adanza throws a straight elbow that Freeman laughs off.
Round four – Both fighters are still cautious but calaculating in their striking. Freeman lands another head kick, but again Adanza makes it look like there was no effect from the strike. Freeman switches to Southpaw to protect his lead legs as his quad is swollen, not allowing him to fully straight that leg. Freeman’s punches are rocking Adanza who clinches as they finish off the round center ring, smiling and hugging it out.
Round five – This is it. The fight has been close all night and it the final round will be the deciding factor. Freeman is chasing Adanza around the ring now. Neither fighter is letting up as Freeman’s undefeated record is on the line. Freeman colapses on his ownas that lead leg has swollen pretty badly, Adanza smells blood in the water as he attacks that lead leg, even though Freeman is still throwing head kicks with it! The crowd begins chanting Romie-Romie as this fight will soon be over, but not until Freeman throws a straight elbow followed by a jab. This one ends on their feet, in the middle of the ring.
The fight ends in a majority draw as two judges score the fight 47-47 and the final judge scored it 49-47.
Main Event Middleweight Championship (155 lbs) Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (58-6-2)
This one is for the Lion Fight Middleweight World Chamnpionship. Two of Thailands’ best face off as the Malaipet Sasiprapa and Joe Nattawut will put on a clinic. Thai boxers traditional start off slow as bets are usually still being made until the third round, but as rounds four and five come to ahead, we are sure they will bring down the house as one will walk away the undisputed champion, taking the vacant title home with him.
Round one – The bell has not even rung yet while the crowd chants for Malaipet. They touch gloves and we are under way. Nattawut starts with a kick to the body as Malaipet attacks the head. This is Malaipet’s 183rd professional fight and in a rare instance, Nattawut is the underdog. Nattawut is keeping his distance with the teep kick, annoying Malaipet, who chases him down, throwing a head kick that misses, almost flinging him over the ropes. Malaipet catches Nattawut’s leg and sweeps the leg as the bell sounds.
Round two – As expected the pacing is a little slower, but Malaipet catches another kick driving Nattawut into the corner forcing the referee to break them up. Nattawut is fighting tall, but that teep kick is getting taught more often than it lands, which will force him to change up his strategy for the championship rounds.
Round three – The crowd is near silent as this bout is a Muay Thai clinic. Nattawut is opening up a little on Malaipet against the ropes, but the referee break forces themto break but still forces Malaipet pressed back into the corner. Nattawut tries to sweep him in the corner but Malaipet holds himself up with the ropes. Malaipet again holds on to the ropes to keep from being swept to the canvas.
Round four – We are in the championship rounds and here is where the Thai fighters finally let loose. Nattawut opens with his hands as the two exchange bodykicks against the ropes.Nattawut lands a head kick that doesn’t phase Malaipet. Nattawut’s teep kick is caught again, but isn’t swept to the ground this time. Malaipet eats a big knee to the body in the clinche against the ropes. The crowd begins the Malaipet chant again the two land thunderous blows against each other in the closing of the fourth round.
Round five – The final round is the go big or go home moment. Nattawut is using his reach with his jab and teep. Malaipet lands a huge spinning backfist that doesn’t bother the taller fighter in the least. Malaipet has Nattawut on the ropes stepping in with a straight elbow. Nattawut is fighting his way out of the corner but is driven against the ropes. this round does not belong to anyone but the fiest are flying as Nattawut drops to his knees and bows to his legendary opponent after the bell.
Your winner by unanimous decision and new Lion Fight World Middleweight Champion, on 48 hour notice, Smokin’ Jo Nattawut!!!