Houston, TX –– After a successful season debut with a ROAD TO LION FIGHT event in London, England, LION FIGHT, the most exciting global Muay Thai promotion, is set for the organization’s first-ever event in Texas. Lion Fight 73 will take place in suburban Houston, Texas, on Saturday, June 4 at Booker T’s World Gym Arena in Texas City (Tickets available here).
Lion Fight 73 will also be available on FITE. Watch the Pay Per View Main Card at 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT / 5:00pm PT / Midnight BST.
Lion Fight 73 is topped by an electrifying rematch for the North American Welterweight Title as Texas’ own Jefferson Silva (19-2-1) takes on Mexico’s Carlos Guerra (33-3-1). The two collided at Lion Fight 70 in Los Angeles with the end result being a split draw – an outcome that came about in large part to a hotly disputed point-deduction against Guerra. The original matchup was one of Lion Fight’s top bouts of 2021 with both Guerra and Silva looking dominant at various points of an action-packed five-round tilt.
The co-main event of LF73 is also a rematch with Magalie Alvarez (5-2) going up against Regan Gowing (6-2) for the Women’s North American Flyweight crown. In their first encounter, Alvarez notched a TKO victory in Round 2 when she cut Gowing with elbow strikes that forced the referee to step in. However, Alvarez, who fights out of San Diego, California and recently signed a new multi-fight exclusive contract, was unable to claim the title after she missed weight by one pound. Gowing, who fights out of Ottawa, Canada, put herself back in title contention when she earned a unanimous decision over Yasmeen Salhani at LF66.
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Rounding out a trio of title bouts on the LF73 card, Washington Dos Santos (24-1) will put his North American Light Heavyweight Title on the line for the first time as he takes on Mexican newcomer Miguel Angel Robles (12-1). Dos Santos, who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but now lives and trains alongside Silva in San Antonio, Texas, captured the belt in dramatic fashion as he registered a second-round TKO win over Vincent Veys German at LF72 in Boston. Robles, who fights out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, will be making his Lion Fight debut.
An all-Texas clash is also set for the main card with Houston’s Ray Aninzo (1-0) taking on Marcel Mickens (1-0) of San Antonio in a welterweight bout. In two more battles for Texas bragging rights, Austin’s Spencer Hanley (1-1) will go up against debuting pro Christian Carrillo of San Antonio in a super featherweight matchup, and Robert Mozisek (0-1) of Houston will take on Anthony Ryles (pro debut) of Dallas.
Lion Fight 73 Fight Card:
Carlos Guerra vs. Jefferson Silva – Lion Fight North American Welterweight Title
Regan Gowing vs. Magalie Alvarez – Lion Fight Women’s North American Flyweight Title
Washington Dos Santos (c) vs. Miguel Angel Robles – Lion Fight North American Light Heavyweight Title
Ray Aninzo vs. Marcel Mickens – Welterweight
Spencer Hanley vs. Christian Carrillo – Super Featherweight
Robert Mozisek vs. Anthony Ryles – Lightweight
An all-amateur prelim card will be announced shortly.
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