Tomorrow marks the final Bounded Fist Muay Thai event of 2013. The promise of Bounded Fist was and always will be to create Arizona’s premier brand of Muay Thai. This is a continuing process that must be fulfilled with every event. Given the fight card of this Saturday’s show, especially the main event, Crank It Up Promotions and matchmaker Master Bob Karmel have stood by their word. Bounded Fist IV will feature junior and novice division competitions, match ups featuring strikers from Arizona’s top Muay Thai camps, and a pair of title fights.
The night is scheduled to begin with novice then youth division fights, featuring fighters from 8 Limbs Muay Thai, Best Muay Thai, Boxing Works, Champs Gym, Justo’s gym, Kickers MMA, Power MMA, Sitan Gym, and Team Universal. Some of the best young up and comers will be featured although the Jr. division title fight between Antonio Martinez and Cruz Garcia has been scratched due to an injury suffered by Garcia.
Main card match ups worth note feature members of Arizona’s top Muay Thai programs facing one another. When fighters from elite schools meet, the fights are usually stellar. Best Muay Thai, Power MMA, and Sitan Gym have set themselves apart, and all three are featured in two marquee match ups.
In his first two fights for Bounded Fist, Ricardo Carrasco of Sitan Gym has been dominant, overwhelming his opponents with constant pressure and exceptional power. Roman Khomantinnikov of Best Muay Thai represents his toughest opponent under the Bounded Fist banner. Given the level of competition, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the winner of this fight is put in contention for a state title.
Khomantinnikov’s team mate Brianna Frazier meets Ashley Muenz of Power MMA. In her last fight for Bounded Fist, Frazier competed in a war while Muenz took home a state title on that same night. This is a non-title fight but is nonetheless an interesting match up between a battle tested veteran in Frazier and a Muay Thai prodigy in Muenz.
The first title fight of the evening will feature members of two of the best up and coming gyms in the state as Jarrell Madrid of Kickers MMA defends his newly won USMTA state title against Neutral Corner’s Daymeon Higgins. After multiple attempts, Madrid finally won his first title in September, capturing the 142 lb title. Higgins is a long time stand out with knock out power but moves up from 137 to challenge Madrid.
Representing Arizona in a dual state title fight will be Best Muay Thai’s Derek Flores against Jacob Espana of Albuquerque Kickboxing in New Mexico. Best Muay Thai is a new gym who’s coaching staff has a long history of producing champions. Further, Arizona fighters have by and large dominated our out of town rivals over the past five years(roughly), leaving in the position of upholding two proud traditions with a win.
The USMTA regional title fight between Adrien Grotte and Jay Orallo as well as the dual state title fight between Gilbert Pimentel and Mike Antoci have been scratched. The Grotte v. Orallo was slated to be the main event. It has not been confirmed if one of the other title fights will take its place or if another match has been booked.
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