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by Sharon Sanghera, July 6, 2011


Tickets On Sale Now

Thai Legend and Five-Time World Champ Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke vs. superstar Cosmo Alexandre in WBC Superfight main event

Ky Hollenbeck to defend WBC interim world middleweight title against Simon Chu


Chaz Mulkey vs. Remy Bonnel for WBC interim international middleweight title

Joe Shilling vs. Brandon Banda for vacant WBC light heavyweight championship

Jeri Sitzes to defend women’s WBC international super bantamweight title against Misty Sutherland

PRIMM, NEV. (July 6, 2011) – Lion Fight Promotions announced today that it has added a world interim middleweight (160 pounds) title bout and co-main event pitting champion Ky Hollenbeck (18-1)of San Francisco, Calif. against challenger Simon Chu (29-6) of Leeds, England to its highly-anticipated World Boxing Council (WBC)-sanctioned Muay Thai fight card at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. on Sat., Aug. 20.

Additionally, the previously announced middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) matchup between Chaz Mulkey (6-4) of Las Vegas and Remy Bonnel (55-7) of Miami, Fla. has been upgraded to a WBC interim international title fight. The previously announced bout between Joe Schilling (10-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Brandon Banda (5-1) of Concord, Calif. has likewise been promoted to a title bout with the vacant WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) crown at stake.

Tickets for Lion Fight Promotions’ stacked WBC world championship Muay Thai event are on sale and can be purchased at the Primm Valley Casino Resorts ticket office (702-386-7867), Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at and

“(Chu)’s got a high KO percentage. I like fighting fighters who make me fight my hardest, and this seems like it’s going to be one of those fights, so it’s going to be an exciting one,” said the 24-year-old Hollenbeck who has made waves in both the professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts world with an explosive and, at times, unorthodox style of fighting. Hollenbeck fights out of the San Francisco, Calif. based World Team USA under head trainer Sam Phimsoutham. “I like to bring a couple of tricks with me every time I fight to throw my opponent off and make things difficult for him to deal with.

“Fans can expect an explosive fight as I always come to win,” said the 33-year-old Chu, whose appearance will mark his debut in The United States. A strong technical fighter with quick hands and powerful kicks, Chu is a four-time British Muay Thai champion who has faced and defeated some of the best competitors throughout Europe. “It means a lot to me to be fighting for a WBC title as it is the most recognized organization. I’ve always wanted one of their green belts around my waist.

“We are excited about producing another card loaded with some of the finest Muay Thai talent on the planet,” said Scott Kent, president of Lion Fight Promotions. “Muay Thai is an incredible martial art and combat sport that requires its athletes to be skilled in every area of striking – from punches and kicks to elbow and knee strikes – and Lion Fight Promotions is committed to bringing fans the best possible matchups between the world’s greatest fighters in this fast-growing sport.”

In the main event, two-time world Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexandre (40-13) of Brazil will square off with five-time Muay Thai champion and multi-title Lumpinee Stadium champion Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke “Zingano“ (228-19) of Broomfield, Colo. via Thailand in a middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) “Superfight.” In addition to his two titles, Alexandre won the coveted, annual King’s Cup tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 5, 2009.

Sitchuchoke is coming off a third round (TKO victory over James Martinez, a K-1 USA veteran and contestant on the 2008 first season of The Contender Asia, the Mark Burnett-created reality television series that documented 16 Muay Thai fighters from 12 different countries as they competed for a prize of $150,000. Sitchuchoke consistently beat Martinez to the punch throughout the matchup and broke Martinez’s arm with repeated round kicks aimed at the head and body.

Women’s Muay Thai and MMA star Jeri Sitzes (3-0) of Springfield, Mo. defend her WBC international title against Misty Sutherland (1-0) of Calgary, Canada. Sitzes captured her title on Aug. 28, 2010 by scoring a second round (2:06) TKO on Australia’s Joanna MacEachern with a flurry of straight punches.

Complete Fight Card:

Main Event
Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil) vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke (Thailand)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout)/ 5×3 rounds

Co-Main Event
Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs. Simon Chu (Leeds, England)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / WBC interim world title / 5×3 rounds

Chaz Mulkey (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Remy Bonnel (Miami, FL)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) / WBC interim international title / 5×3 rounds

Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Brandon Banda (Concord, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / WBC light heavyweight title / 5×3 rounds

Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Misty Sutherland (Calgary, Canada)
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) / WBC international title / 5×3 rounds

Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ryan Ratcliffe (Concord, CA)
Catchweight 124 lbs / 5×3 rounds


Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Oscar Sanchez (Irvine, CA)
Catchweight 125 lbs / 3×2 rounds

Justin Driggers (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Carlos Delcid (Van Nuys, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / 3×2 rounds

Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jill Guido (Concord, CA)
Flyweight (112 lbs) / 3×2 rounds

Patti Teran (Las Vegas, NV) vs. TBA
Mini Flyweight (105 lbs) / 3×2 rounds

Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Moses Lopez (Los, Angeles, CA)
Welterweight (147 lbs) / 3×2 rounds

Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Michael Ellison (Los Angeles, CA)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / 3×2 rounds

About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based world championship Muay Thai kickboxing promotion dedicated to producing matchups between the best Muay Thai fighters in the world in their respective weight classes. Led by former Las Vegas casino executive, Scott Kent, the promotional company has been developed in consultation with Christine Toledo, one of the sport’s most popular champions and star of the Oxygen Network reality television show Fight Girls. Both Kent and Toledo share a common passion for Muay Thai and are working together to promote the sport.

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