ALBUQUERQUE, NM– Three title bouts highlight the spectacular card as Lion Fight Promotions, a worldwide leader in Muay Thai combat, debuts in the great state of New Mexico.
Lion Fight 54 will take place on Saturday, April 20 at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, and air live on CBS Sports Network (10 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. Mountain / 7 p.m. PT). Tickets for Lion Fight 54 are on sale via Ticketmaster and at the Route 66 Casino Hotel Box Office.
Headlining the event is the organizational debut of Lommanee W. Santai (94-8), who is widely regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound female fighters in the world. The Thai star is set to collide with Scotland’s Amy Pirnie(21-3-1) for the Lion Fight World Super Flyweight Title.
“We have anxiously waiting to get Lommanee into the Lion Fight ring for the first time and to make her first appearance on American soil,” said Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent.
“She is true star in Muay Thai, but she is going to face a very serious and committed opponent in Amy Pirnie. There are no easy fights, no cakewalks, in Lion Fight especially when it comes to our World title fights. Our belts mean you are truly the best in the world and you have to earn it.”
Lommanee’s lofty pedigree comes courtesy several notable wins throughout her career, but Pirnie is on the rise as well following a number of high-profile victories in Asia.
The Lion Fight 54 co-main event marks the debut of Albuquerque’s own Joshua Todd(12-3) battles Brett “The Threat” Hlavacek (18-5) for the Lion Fight North American Cruiserweight Title. Todd had been hoping to make his organizational debut last year but was sidelined by injury. The wait was worth it, however, as he gets a crack at a belt in his home town. His rival from Brooklyn, New York, already sports Lion Fight honors after winning the North American Light Heavyweight Title a year ago with a victory over Elijah Clarke.
A third title bout on the card will two of Lion Fight’s most-recent signings in action for the inaugural North American Super Bantamweight Title. Candice “Candy Crush” Mitchell (12-1), who fights out of Toronto, Canada, will square off against Albuquerque’s own Whitney Tobin (32-13) with the winner of the matchup getting a World Title opportunity later this year. Tobin not only will fight in front of her home town crowd, but also be looking to give herself a belated wedding gift after tying the knot last weekend and embarking on a honeymoon in New Zealand.
Rounding out the main card is a heavyweight bout that is sure to bring the crowd out of its seats. Albuquerque native Cody “The Freight Train” East (1-0), a former UFC competitor, ventures into a showdown of striking skills against Joe Stripling (3-0) of Wilmington, Delaware.
A featured prelim has also been set with Albuquerque cross-town rivals on a collision course. The super welterweight bout pits Sean Baca (pro debut) against Marc Entenberg (2-1).
Additional preliminary bouts, including a full set of amateur matchups, will be announced shortly.
Lion Fight 52 is just four weeks away. Set for Saturday, March 16 in Dublin, Ireland, the event is topped by the Lion Fight World Light Heavyweight Title bout pitting Australia’s Toby Smith against Hamza Ngoto of France.
Then just two weeks later, Lion Fight 53 will bring the Muay Thai action to Sin City for an outdoor spectacle at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. At the top of marquee for the Saturday, March 30 show is a Super Cruiserweight Superfight with undefeated American star Steve “Put Em To Sleep” Walker taking on Holland’s Bader Ferdaous, the top student of legendary fighter Peter Aerts.
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