Jab, Cross, Hook Combinations: Damien Trainor’s Boxing for Kickboxing Training

Jab, Cross, Hook Combinations – Damien Trainor’s Boxing for Kickboxing Training – Multiple world champion and renown Kickboxing & Muay Thai coach, Damien Trainor, demonstrates (whilst training at K-Star Legacy Gym in Birmingham) some good old jab, cross, hook combinations that won’t disappoint you when practising your boxing for kickboxing technical skills.

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Damien Trainor is a modern day coaching pioneer for MMA Striking, Kickboxing & Muay Thai and is a much sought after coach around the world by elite fighters in: GLORY Kickboxing, Lion Fight, Bellator Kickboxing, Bellator MMA, Cage Warriors, BAMMA and the UFC including, UFC Flyweight Champion, Henry Cejudo.


Filmed & edited by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi

With thanks to: Damien Trainor (Instagram @trainor103) and K-Star Legacy Gym.

The Evan Jays Interview | K1ANOOP and The ‘Boy Wonder’ of UK Muay Thai

The ‘Boy Wonder’ of UK Muay Thai, 18 year old Evan Jays and K1ANOOP catch-up following Evan’s Lion Fight debut loss against, Ricardo Mixco in the USA at Lion Fight 42; and look ahead at what’s next come Muay Thai Grand Prix 16 (MTGP 16) in July and preview GLORY 53 Lille: Sitthichai vs. Tyjani Beztati and Cedric Doumbe vs. Thongchai.

Evan Jays and K1ANOOP also dig deeper into the significance of GLORY Kickboxing’s upcoming return to the UK at GLORY 54 Birmingham, after 5 years since GLORY 5 London; and the wealth of British Kickboxing and Muay Thai talent readily available to GLORY to capitalise on.

Also, Evan Jays explains why he believes fellow Double K Gym team-mate and former MTGP world champion, Charlie Peters, beats Yokkao world champion, Liam Harrison at MTGP 16 and much more.

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“The Immortal” Regian Eersel: Straight Outta Bijlmer

“The Immortal” Regian Eersel is a 24 year old Dutch kickboxer & Muay Thai fighter, born in Suriname & is the current Lion Fight super-middleweight world champion. At the age of four, Eersel immigrated to Amsterdam’s most notorious “ghetto”, Bijlmer (home to former GLORY Kickboxing 95kg SLAM champion, Tyrone Spong), a suburb once described as being: a “national disaster area” by Dutch police.

Eersel who, fights out of, Sityodtong Gym, travels down memory lane, recounting his journey from childhood to adulthood as he tours through the streets of Bijlmer with, K1ANOOP. Eersel opens-up on how he was forged into becoming a Dutch kickboxing prodigy & one of the most feared fighters since the emergence of Badr Hari – with whom comparisons are easily made from Regian’s explosive and ferocious style of technical violence.

Regian Ersel made his One Championship debut on April 20, 2018 with an unanimous decision victory against New Zealand’s Brad Riddell, having agreed a multiple fight deal (kickboxing and potentially MMA) with the Southeast Asian promotion which, is owned by renown entrepreneur,  Chatri Sityodtong.

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Evan Jays vs. Ricardo Mixco | Lion Fight 42 Preview | Kieran Keddle and K1ANOOP

Kieran Keddle and K1ANOOP preview Evan Jays vs. Ricardo Mixco which, features on Lion Fight 42 – the fight will be Evan’s US debut for the promotion. The 19 year old British Muay Thai prodigy has been coached by Double K Gym’s head coach, Kieran Keddle, over the last five years and is set to make a dream come true this weekend, fighting for Lion Fight Promotions at Foxwoods.

Lion Fight 42 is headlined by, the promotion’s female world super-lightweight champion, Antonina Shevchenko vs. Claire Baxter and will also feature: GLORY and K-1 veteran, Chris Mauceri vs. Eric Rocha and the UK’s Carlton Lieu vs. Jafar Toshev in which, Lieu will be defending his Muay Thai Grand Prix super-lightweight world championship.

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ONE Championship Kickboxing sign Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca, Regian Eersel; promotional debut in Mainlla, April 2018

ONE Championship have set-up their own Kickboxing organisation and have announced singing multiple world champions:  Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca & Regian Eersel; and are set to feature in some capacity on, the ONE Championship Kickboxing promotional debut in Manilla on April 20, 2018 at the ONE: Heroes of Honour event.

The news was broken overnight by ABS-CBN News including, the signings of both Yodsanklai Fairtex and Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for ONE Championship Kickboxing too.

One Championship Kickboxing’s promotional debut set for April 20, 2018

Giorgio Petrosyan will make his promotional debut on the ONE: Hero of Honour card in Manilla against another Lion Fight world champion (in-addition to Eersel’s ONE debut) in, Jo Nattuwat who, was born in Thailand, but living in the USA whilst fighting for Lion Fight.

However, with ONE Championship Kickboxing signing the likes of, “The Doctor” along with Fabio Pinca & “The Immortal” Regian Eersel, more fuel will undoubtedly be poured on the fires of speculation over the uncertain futures of all three men in the world of Kickboxing and Muay Thai.


Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

It is understood that the contracts for the above three are not exclusively binding to ONE Championship Kickboxing and allow for either of them to pursue MMA  careers via ONE Championship. Both Pinca & Eersel have made it no secret that they have been training for quite some time in the grappling arts and are open to fighting MMA in the near future.

How John Wayne Parr influenced the changing future of Muay Thai & Kickboxing

Interestingly, ONE Championship’s owner, Chatri Sityodtong, added a unique selling point to the promotion’s kickboxing future:

“ONE Championship is dedicated to giving fans an authentic martial arts experience. We are proud to announce that the absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE banner. Fans will be treated to the most exciting kickboxing matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage.”

“Some matches will be under standard international kickboxing rules in our ring, and other matches will be under modified hybrid striking rules in our cage. This is a game changer in the world of martial arts, and I am excited to kick things off this April.”


Photo credit: Image via Muay Thai Grand Prix

Since 2012, Muay Thai legend, John Wayne Parr, who currently fights for Bellator Kickboxing, has been promoting Muay Thai fights in a cage under his own promotion, Caged Muay Thai (CMT) in Australia which, has grown in popularity. CMT has regularly featured international fighters, despite some Thaiboxing purists accusing the living legend of, “bastardising” the sport. However, five and a half years on, “The Gunslinger” has become quite the influencing pioneer for the striking arts being showcased in a cage and not in a traditional boxing ring.

One Championship have certainly ‘broken a few eggs to make an omolette’

However, despite the exciting news about the launch of ONE Championship Kickboxing, the promotion’s MMA ventures haven’t always been smooth sailing since their inauguration in 2011, especially when dealing with fighters from the western world.

For example, the promotion’s well publicised fall-outs with both James McSweeney and heavyweight rival, Chi Lewis-Parry who, were both previously signed to, ONE Fighting Championship and were being lined-up to fight each other; only for both fighters to be controversially released by the promotion after both men dramatically fell out with ONE Championship (at different points in time) over a variety of allegations including, mistreatment.


Photo credit: Image via ONE Championship

Nevertheless, the marquee signing of two-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Giorgio Petrosyan, is undoubtedly the biggest name in western combat sports to join ONE Championship following on from, former UFC heavyweight, Brandon Vera, in July 2014.

Since then the promotion have obviously hit some turbulent times (like many others including, GLORY Kickboxing) but now seem to have restrategised themselves from a much wider business marketing perspective, embarking on a more positive direction and signalling their serious intentions for future growth, in both MMA and world kickboxing.

K1ANOOP will report again on further developments as more fighters from both Europe and the UK are expected to confirm signing for ONE Championship Kickboxing.

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Dan McGowan: The Rising Star of World Muay Thai | The K1Anoop Show

Dan McGowan is a 21 year old British Muay Thai fighter from Luton, England with a strong reputation for a young fighter and very much respected throughout world Muay Thai.

McGowan joins The K1Anoop Show ahead of his next fight on August 26, 2017 against, Ireland’s Ryan Sheehan at the Science of 8 event in Birmingham and discusses:

  • How he switched from establishing a career as a young footballer to Muay Thai
  • Playing for Luton Town Football Club as a teenager
  • Being the first ‘Farang’ to be sponsored by Petyindee Gym
  • Fighting as young as 15 years old at historic Thai stadiums: Lumpinee and Rajamadern
  • Why the late Liam Robinson was “the best coach” and took his career to new heights
  • Life in London working and fighting out of Team Tieu and Gym Box
  • A potential future in either Kickboxing or MMA?
  • Looking ahead at living and fighting in Australia
  • The beef with Ryan Sheehan and their upcoming ICO title-fight at the Science of 8 event
  • The fall-out with Muay Thai Grand Prix over the ‘typo’ about his MTGP world title
  • His friendship with and the tragic loss of Jordan Coe earlier this year

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Photo credit: Natalia Rakowska/Muay Thai Grand Prix

Lion Fight 37 video: Top 3 KOs by Chip Moraza-Pollard, Steve Walker, Eric Rocha

Lion Fight 37 had some spectacular KOs on the night, with only one of the five main card fights needing a decision. Whilst the other four were finished by stoppages inside the distance, three of which feature as the Top 3 KOs.

The co-main was an absolute war between Chip Moraza-Pollard and Paul Banksiak for, the Lion Fight cruiserweight championship; with Chip “The Surgeon” victorious from a fifth round, head kick KO, in the dying seconds of the fight, to be crowned the inaugural Lion Fight cruiserweight champion.

Also making the shortlist was a brutal beatdown of Lewis Ramsey by Steve Walker in the first round of their collision; and another first round stoppage on the night by, Eric Rocha of Alexander Olave.

Watch the top three KOs from Lion Fight 37 below and click here for the full results and video recap.

Photo credit: Will Paul/Lion Fight Promotions

Lion Fight 37 video recap: Nattawut retains super-middleweight title, Moraza-Pollard crowned cruiserweight champion

Lion Fight 37 ‘brought the violence’ at Foxwoods Resort Casino as Jo Nattawut successfully defended his Lion Fight super-middleweight title against, Petchtanong Banchamek, whilst former MMA fighter, Chip Moraza-Pollard, defeated Paul Banasiak to become the promotion’s first cruiserweight champion.

Both main and co-main events would be decided via unanimous decisions for the victors. However, both title-fights had their moments of coming to an end in the fifth and final rounds. Nattawut caught Petchtanong in their final round which, would help to seal the decision in his favour, between the two Muay Thai veterans.

Whilst, Banasiak and Moraza-Pollard had a “brutal fight” to determine who, would become the, inaugural Lion Fight cruiserweight champion. Banasaik would get knocked-down in the fifth from a head kick, after going go all out for the win, knowing that he was behind on the scorecards from the way that “The Surgeon” had had a better start than him. What ensued was an entertaining fight that undoubtedly leaves the door open for a potential rematch between these two adversaries in the future.

Check-out the Lion Fight 37 video highlights and full results below.

Lion Fight 37 – Full results for main card, pro and amateur preliminaries:

Lion Fight 37 – Main card:

Headline bout for Lion Fight Super-welterweight Title:

Jo Nattawut def. Petchtanong Banchamek via unanimous decision (47-46, 47-46, 47-46); and retains Lion Fight super welterweight title

Co-headline bout for Lion Fight Cruiserweight Title:

Chip Moraza-Pollard def. Paul Banasiak via unanimous decision (48-46, 49-45, 49-45); for inaugural Lion Fight cruiserweight title

Amine Ballafrikh def. Johncy Lindor via TKO at 2:23, Round 3

Eric Rocha def. Alexander Olave via TKO at 0:45, Round 1

Steve Walker def. Lewis Rumsey via TKO at 2:04, Round 1

Geoffrey Then def. Soap Am via unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 49-46)

Lion Fight 37 – Pro Prelim:

Keeman Diop (1-0) def. Trevor (0-2) by TKO, 1:15 of Round 2

Lion Fight 37 – Amateur Prelims:

Jurrell Laronal def. Matt Brady via unanimous decision

Pat Kirby def. Mike Colon via unanimous decision

Harry Milliken def. Slawek Gubernat via unanimous decision

Lion Fight 37: Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek weigh-in results and video

Check-out the Lion Fight 37: Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek weigh-in results (below including, updated main card details) and video from Foxwoods Resort Casino (+3:45):

Lion Fight 37 weigh-in results (updated main card):

Headline bout for Lion Fight Super-welterweight Title:

Jo Nattawut (153 lbs) vs. Petchtanong Banchamek (155 lbs)

Co-headline bout for Lion Fight Cruiserweight Title:

Paul Banasiak (185 lbs) vs. Chip Moraza-Pollard (184 lbs)

Amine Ballafrikh (136 lbs) vs. Johncy Lindor (135 lbs)

Alexander Olave (145 lbs) vs. Eric Rocha (144 lbs)

Soap Am (140 lbs) vs. Geoffrey Then (140 lbs)

Photo credit: Joe Pic Photography/Lion Fight Promotions

Source: FightBookMMA


Lion Fight 37: Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek fight card

Two-weight Lion Fight champion, Jo Nattawut will defend his super-welterweight title against, Petchtanong Banchamek, in the main event of Lion Fight 37 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, USA.

Nattawut is coming off a win over Kengsiam Nor Sriapueng at Lion Fight 35 which, was his third successful defence in-a-row of, the super-welterweight championship. Whereas Petchtanong is one heck of a Muay Thai veteran, having reportedly fought 400 times in his career to-date; as well as being a former WBC and WMC champion.

In his second fight for the promotion, Paul Banasiak faces former MMA fighter, Chip Moraza-Pollard for the inaugural cruiserweight championship. Banasiak defeated Brett Hlavacek at Lion Fight 36 via unanimous decision and Morza-Pollard won his second and most recent fight on the same event by, round three TKO against, Matt Coleman.

Lion Fight 37 – Fight card:

Headline bout for Lion Fight Super-welterweight Title:

Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek

Co-headline bout for Lion Fight Cruiserweight Title:

Paul Banasiak vs. Chip Moraza-Pollard

Lightweight bout: Amine Ballafrikh vs. Johncy Lindor

Welterweight bout: Alexander Olave vs. Eric Rocha

Lightweight bout: Jafar Toshev vs. Geoffrey Then