On Sunday evening, April 27, Solaire Resort and Casino will be hosting world-class combat sports action as the ‘Kunlun Fight 4’ blasts off with fighters from eleven countries displaying different forms of martial arts. Promoted by World Team USA, the matches will be sanctioned by the World Boxing Council (WBC) Muay Thai.
The Kunlun Fight series is a popular fightfest in China, where Kunlun is a mythical mountain of old Chinese traditions. After its initial success in China, the Kunlun Fight World Tour started out in Pattaya, Thailand last January where the highlight was the face-off between Kung-Fu fighters against Muay Thai practitioners. Feeding on its success, Tony Reyes of World Team USA decided to take the games to the Solaire, the newest gambling haven in Manila. Reyes had earlier successfully promoted the ‘Fight for Peace’, a mixed martial arts extravaganza which was widely viewed in China. Reyes said all fights will be beamed live in Bangkok and China, where he said there is a huge market for muay thai and kung-fu. The fight card is scheduled to be aired on ABS-CBN at 11pm on May 4.
‘Kunlun Fight 4 World Tour,’ will be highlighted by the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight championship match between title holder Keijiro Miyakoshi of Japan and Wei Ninghui of China. A mini-tournament in the card is the four-man tournament semifinals featuring Ivan Bartek of Slovakia against Yin Pengsen of China (95 kg), and France’s Massinissa Hamaili opposite Sergio Kenneth of the Netherlands. The two survivors will then tangle for the title, with the winner receiving a certification from the WLF world kickboxing gold belt.
There will be four (4) Filipino bets seeing action in the undercard, led by Philippine kickboxing champion Ryan Jakili and lady fighter Roshelle Lestino, who will be up against dangerous Chinese opponents. The 28-year-old Jakili is taking on Ou Yang in a three-round bout at 59 kg, while Lestino, 20, battles Huang Feir at 56 kg of a similar three-round match.
Reinhard Badato will also be up against a Chinese in Wang Wanben (60 kg), even as Michael Badato faces Mokkharat Worawut of Thailand (75 kg). Completing the card is the 75 kg showdown between Matthew Richardson of Canada and Tang Yunxing of China, American Skylr Penna versus Changpuak Jetsada of Thailand (70 kg), and the other women’s bout featuring Brazil’s Taina against Wang Kehan of China.
Also expected to attend are top mixed martial arts personalities such as Patrick Cusick, Secretary General of WBC Boxing/Muay Thai, Victor Cui, CEO of 1FC, and the Shao Lin Monk, China’s most popular fighter.
So there, friends, it’s on Sunday, April 27, 7:30pm at the Solaire Resort Grand Ballroom in Pasay City, Philippines. For those who can’t make it, be sure to watch the fights on ABS-CBN at 11pm on May 4.