Last night Push Kick Promotions played host to one of the most revered names to fight on American soil, boxing gold medalist Somluck Kamsing. In the main event of the evening Somluck took on rising Atlanta based star Chike "Vicious Croc" Lindsay in a three round muay thai match-up between the old generation and the new. Also on the card, Canadian Matt Embree (One of Liverkick's top 8 North American fighters to watch out for) took on Ben Yelle in a late replacement fight, and former WBC champion Malaipet Sasiprapa fought Sean Kearney.
In the night's feature attraction, Chike Lindsay started slow against Somluck, before picking up the pace in the second and third rounds. Somluck's defensive skills prevented Lindsay from landing anything major, but the American still came off with a unanimous decision victory. This is easily Chike's biggest win to date, and hopefully marks his official transition into the true global stage of high level muay thai.
Matt Embree wasn't playing games with Ben Yelle. Over the course of three rounds, the training partner of Simon Marcus completely dominated the fight wherever it went. After scoring big in the clinch with solid knees, Embree cut Yelle with an elbow en route to a unanimous decision win. I would like to see Embree match up with Kevin Ross soon, as that's one of the most anticipated match-ups between the best of North America.
Malaipet Sasiprapa won a unanimous decision victory over Sean Kearney, in a fight that was a lot closer than it's 30-27 scorecard reflected. While Sasiprapa landed several sweeps throughout the course of the match and toyed with Kearney in round 1, Sean rallied back in the second and third to put on a good showing in the face of the experienced Thai. I expect we'll be seeing a good deal more of Kearney, considering he only recently began his professional fighting career.
Chike Lindsay def. Somluck Kamsing via Unanimous Decision
Moses Sangtiennoi def. Ray Cole via (T)KO at 2:31 of Rd. 1
Matt Embree def. Ben Yelle via Unanimous Decision
Malaipet Sasiprapa def. Sean Kearney via Unanimous Decision
Neungsiam Samphusri def. Michael Perez via KO at 1:47 of Rd. 1
Josh Aragon def. Shawn Yacoubian via Unanimous Decision
Glen Spencer def. Brett Martin via (T)KO at 1:48 of Rd. 2
Chase Green and Daniel Kim fight to a Majority Draw
Sheldon Gaines def. Sam Poulton via KO (Head Kick) at 0:30 of Rd. 1