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Nong-O vs Singdam to headline next big Lumpini card on July 31st


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The next big card at Lumpini is set for July 31st and will feature the latest installment in the Nong-O vs Singdam saga. Singdam won the most recent meeting but is trailing overall by the narrowest of margins with Nong-O now 4-3-1 against him.

Singdam's holds the 135 lbs Lumpini belt while Nong-O holds the 135 lbs title belt courtesy of his most recent win against Petbonchu although judging from the poster only the Lumpini title will be on the line. Singdam's most recent title defence was against Wanchalerm who is also on the card, this time the tall teenager will be going up against the more experienced Petboonchu in what promises to be a clinch war.

The light flyweight division has produced some of the best fights of the year and Wanchai and Sarawut will be going head to head again in a rematch of the highly entertaining affair last month which Sarawut just edged. Wanchai always brings it and this one looks a strong candidate for fight of the night honours.

F16 was supposed to fight Petbonchu last month but the bout was called off at the last minute after the former was poisoned. Although both are on this card they will not be facing each other but will instead be taking on two team mates from the Udonmuang Gym with F16 is going up against another up and comer in Diesellek.

In a super bantamweight clash Rittidej takes on Singdam's Kiatmoo 9 stable mate Petpanomrung while Sittisak (Petchphayathai), who doesn't always have the most entertaining style and hasn't fought on a big show for a while takes on Arunchai. Palungtip's reward for beating Ponsaneh for the third consecutive time last month is a fight against Kwankao.

Rumour has it that French teenager Leo Pinto will not be fighting despite being featured on the poster.

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TaKe On Productions: Battle at Bally's II Tickets 15% Off For a Limited Time

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K-1 might be coming back to the US in a big way and looking to leave a mark, but if you are a fan in the New York area, you don't have to wait until December to see men kicking each other. Oh no. New York's Take On Productions will be heading back to Atlantic City on August 11th at Bally's Casino and putting on yet another epic card. If you were thinking of heading down there, buy your tickets before the 19th of July and you'll receive a 15% off discount.

All $55 seats are now just $46.75

All $95 seats are now just $80.75

All $150 seats are now just $127.50

Head over the Take On's events page to check out the card and to purchase tickets. The discounted price will be automatically applied when you go to purchase them. The special deal is available until 11:59pm on July 19th.

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Naruepol Fairtex Reflects on his Muay Thai career and discusses a possible move to MMA

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Naruepol Fairtex is best known for an appearance on the original season of The Contender Asia but he is also a former Lumpini and Rajadamnern and Thailand champion who has fought all over the world and won more Muay Thai titles than he can remember.

He is the latest in a long line of Lumpini title holders to join the team at Evolve MMA which is home to a more decorated team of trainers than any other camp on the planet and Naruepol has already started studying mixed martial arts with a view to potentially making his professional debut. 

Although he is now 28 years old Naruepol still competes regularly and in recent years he has fought in France, China, Italy and Malaysia and was scheduled to fight against Andy Souwer in Singapore in February but the fight was cancelled at the last minute due to some promotional irregularities.

He has faced a who's who of world class opponents, both domestically and on the international scene, including Marco Piqué, Cosmo Alexandre, Cedric Muller, Soren Monkongtong, Yohan Lidon, Giorgio Petrosyan and Vuyisile Colossa as well as Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Noppadet Chengsimiw Gym and Chokdee Por Pramuk.

Naruepol caught up with Liver Kick to discuss the move to Singapore, his Muay Thai career and the possibility of making his MMA debut.

Who did you win your Lumpini title against and when?

It was the Lumpini 140 lbs title against Chokdee Por. Pramuk, it was either in 2002 or 2003, I'm not sure exactly.

What other belts have you won and if possible can you remember who you won them against and where?

I won the Lumpinee Stadium belt and the Thailand belt at 140 lbs against Pethnamek Sor. Siriwat at Lumpini, the 140 lbs Thailand belt against Kunseuk Pethsuphaphan at Lumpini, the Thailand belt at 147 lbs against Chaowilit Jocky Gym at Rachdamnern and some other belts which I didn't keep track of

What sort of style fighter are you?

 I love kicks and knees, I like to use technical Muay Thai

When did you start Muay Thai and why?

I started in 1992 when I was 7 years old because my house was near a Muay Thai camp. I saw it every day and I liked it.

When did you have your first fight?

I had my first professional fight after 6 months of training, I was 7 years old.

Why did you decide to move to Singapore to join Evolve MMA?

Evolve MMA has a very big name in Thailand now in the Muay Thai community and my good friend Attachai Fairtex told me how well Evolve treats its instructors and staff, Attachai has been able to provide for his family in Thailand with a very good life. When Saknaraong Sityodtong called me I accepted immediately because I have two sons and I want a better future for them.

How does it compare to the places you have trained in Thailand?

It is the best facility that I have ever seen. You cannot compare it to camps in Thailand because Evolve has the best of everything, the best trainers, the best facilities and some of the best fighters.

Have you ever fought against any of the other Thai trainers at Evolve MMA in the past?

Chaowolit Jocky Gym at Rachdamnern, Namsaknoi Yuthagarnkamtorn at both Channel 7 Stadium and Lumpini Stadium.

Are you familiar with MMA and if so what do you think of it?

Not before coming to Evolve but I like it. It seems very exciting, but it looks quite difficult too.

Would you be interested in competing in MMA? 

Yes, I would like to try it. I am training hard for it already at Evolve.

Are you surprised that Muay Thai has become so popular with 'farang'?

Yes I am surprised but it is a beautiful art so I understand why everyone loves Muay Thai.

Who is the toughest fighter you have ever faced?

Thopadak Wanchalerm (aka Sinbi Taewoong).

What is your favourite memory from your fighting career?

Every victory was a happy moment for me. The most special was my first title when I won Lumpini Stadium title because I was just a teenager. I was very nervous but I believed in myself.  

How did you enjoy being a part of the first Contender series?

Yes, it was fun, it was exciting even though the level of Muay Thai was not that high. Only 2-3 fighters were world-class level on that show.

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MSG Sports and TaKe On Productions Announce Battle at Bally's II

ELITE MUAY THAI KICKBOXING RETURNS

TO ATLANTIC CITY FOR “BATTLE AT BALLY’S II”

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 AT BALLY’S GRAND BALLROOM

Tickets On Sale Now

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New York, NY (July 11, 2012) – TaKe-On Productions and MSG Sports announced the return of full rules Thai Kickboxing to Atlantic City with “Battle at Bally’s II,” a professional and amateur Muay Thai event set to take place on Sunday, August 11 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Casino.  Sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, this event will feature a fight card that includes today’s best professional and amateur Muay Thai fighters, competing under full Thai rules which allow for forceful knee and elbow strikes.

 

Tickets beginning at $55.00 are on sale now and can be purchased via: www.thegarden.com , all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, and at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Fans can visit www.TakeOnProductions.com for special event VIP packages, along with the full fight card, fighter information and other exciting content.   “Battle at Bally’s II” is being produced by TaKe-On Productions in association with MSG Sports.

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