That’s it. Christmas and the New Year festivities are behind us now and we’re looking forward to coming back to the ring.
So , how is 2017 looking like? Pretty exciting if you ask me. Let’s have a look at the latest events and at some others planned for the next few months.
SUCCESSFUL END OF 2016 FOR FIGHTERS IN THAILAND
First, let’s acknowledge the work of Irish fighters in Thailand. Karl McCallig, Sean Clancy, James Heelan and Tony Olin all fought and won (in BKK and Samui) between Christmas and New Year. We posted all the fight footage on our Facebook page. Great representation for the Irish in Thailand at the moment.
Also, it is impossible not to mention our Junior fighter from Cork, Jodie McCarthy who performed brilliantly in her first full rules in Thailand on January 6th 2017. Jodie had a very busy and successful year in 2016 with multiple titles and we have no doubt she’ll stay busy in 2017. Keep an eye on the pint-size fighter because she will be a force to reckon with in the future….and she’ll be there in a flash.
ALSO!!! We’d like to wish Tony Olin and his family good luck for their new venture in Koh Samui: Fit-Koh – Fitness Camp Thailand.
FIRST SEMINAR OF THE YEAR
21 January: Iman Barlow in Waterford MT
On January 21st, Iman Barlow, one of the most successful female fighters in the world will hold a seminar in Waterford Muay Thai. We’ll be there to participate, take a few photos and ask a few questions to Iman. If you have questions to ask her and you can’t make it to the seminar, let us know and send us a msg on Facebook.
[Do let us know if you are organising other MT seminars or events around the country so we can add dates to our calendar]
28 January: THAI WARS (in association with 309 Phuang Malai)
Venue: Good Counsel GAA, Davitt Road
The year will start Thai Wars, a collaboration between Paddy Clint and Mick Paszowski. They know their stuff so we can be assured that the card will be a solid one. A few fights have been announced including one involving Lee Coakley (Lionheart) and Dan O’Toole (SBG). Lee impressed everyone last year, progressing fast between each fight so it’ll be nice to see in what form he’s starting the year. Looking forward to more fight announcements as we get closer to the date.
4 February: Forge Muay Thai Arklow – Fight Night 2
Venue: Arklow Bay Hotel
18 February: Cage Kings
Venue: The one and only Neptune Stadium, Cork
Another explosive fight for the Cage Kings Title at 57kg will see a rematch between James O’Connell (Courage) and Karl Hodgers (Louth). This is a big domestic fight whatever way you look at it. Cage or ring. O’Connell finished 2016 in strong fashion and has obviously been working hard on maintaining a smarter defence to add to his strong clinch game. Their last encounter saw Hodgers winning in the first round with explosive boxing. This fight has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it.
Eoin McCarthy (Siam Warriors Cork) once again enters the Cage in Neptune to defend his CMT title at 67kg against Origins’ fighter John Scott. Scott is a smart fighter, consistently scoring well and dishing out brutal kicks but McCarthy will bring plenty of experience in the cage with him to this contest. This should be a good fight showing two different styles. Looking forward to that one.
Another hard hitting fight will be a Full Thai rules fight. The battle of the Dylans. Dylan Vaughan (Kingdom Warriors) and Dylan Meagher (Courage) come face to face. No too dissimilar in style, they are both hard hitting and solid fighters. This is absolutely going to be a good fight.
Other recognisable names for other bouts (full Thai, B or C Class) include Dean Murphy, Keith Wall, so impressive against Aaron McGahey last year, and all the newcomers who will grace the canvases on a regular basis now so you better get used to names such as Cian Hurley, Niall Greevy (Newcomer award 2016) and Mark McGahey.
IRISH FIGHTERS IN THE UK
18 February: HGH Promotions – Stephen Meleady (BadCo, Leeds) vs Miguel Martinez (Spain)
ISKA World Title
Venue: John Charles Centre, Leeds
25 February – The Homeshow – Clements vs Codd
WKA World Title
Venue: Blyth Sports Centre
The Valhalla fighter takes it up a notch for her first fight of the year at a heavier weight than usual at 63.5kg against Claire Clements for a WKA world title. The girls already met a while back in a tight fight, at the outcome of which Clements got the nod. This is a good rematch for a quality prize.
4 March : Cage Kings UK
Venue: Selwyn Jones Sports Centre, Newton-le-Willows
Eoin McCarthy and Dommie Kelly are gracefully adorning the poster of the first instalment of Cake Kings UK hosted by Martin Horgan and Craig Nield. It’s very possible that the UK version of Cage Kings will be as successful as the Australian and the Irish shows and this is an exciting development for Caged Muay Thai in Europe. Several Irish fighters are booked for the show. We’ll write about it in more details closer to the date.
25 March: YOKKAO 23 & 24
Venue: Macron Stadium Bolton – Greater Manchester
Craig Coakley revealed back in October that he was going to be part of the Yokkao promotion in March 2017. With names on the card such as Daniel McGowan, Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison, Craig will have a real opportunity to show his skills on a big scene. Great fight for him.
1 April: Muay Thai Grand Prix 7 – Shane O’Neill vs Michael Pham
Full Thai Rules ISKA Intercontinental Title
Venue: O2, London
and finally…A MYSTERY
We demand to know….