The eight fighters gathering in Tempe for this stacked tournament-eliminator card represent seven of the 11 countries that Siam Fight Productions matchmakers have searched to gather the world’s most decorated Muay Thai kickboxing amateurs under a single roof. Like Cruz before them, one out of these eight young men with combined amateur records of 114-28-1 will earn an all-expenses-
Cruz has since added his name to the legacy of Muay Thai prodigies groomed to reach the sport’s apex by Sitsongpeenong. Since his 2013 Siam Cup Final victory over Sitan Gym Arizona’s own John Bruer, Cruz has moved up in weight to claim the Mexican National Championship on June 21.
“This is going to be a historic event for muay thai in North America,” said Siam Fight Productions President and Co-Founder Thiago Azeredo. “GLORY Kickboxing 17 in Los Angeles was one of the most exciting kickboxing shows in a long time. This is going to be the muay thai version of GLORY. We're setting up the future fighters of GLORY and you'll get to see the best juniors in the world first-hand.”
The July 12 undercard furthers the Siam Fight Productions reputation for lining up fights between the most closely matched, hardest battling Muay Thai practitioners from across the globe. In the main event, 30-year-old Sitan Gym Arizona standout Travis Clay takes on 18-year-old Moroccan-born Illias Ennahachi, now fighting out of Holland. Elsewhere, 2013 Siam Cup runner-up John Bruer brings his 10-3 record into a 135-lb. clash with 8-3 Payroun Sok. Rounding out the headlining matchups, electrifying and charismatic Siam favorite Rahman Muhammed looks to continue his current 6-0 run against 5-1 Marwan Souane at 85 lbs.
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ABOUT SIAM FIGHT PRODUCTIONS
Siam Fight Productions is the premier junior Muay Thai event promotions company in North America. We believe that support for youth in the sport of Muay Thai is imperative to their professional as well as personal development. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to creating the ideal venue for sanctioned youth and adult fights with the best possible safety measures available. Our Siam Fight Productions Junior Muay Thai Grand Prix Events and the Siam Cup are the newest addition to the limited number of highly coveted awards in the international Muay Thai community. We will be sending the next winner of the upcoming 2014 elimination-
ABOUT MUAY THAI
Muay Thai is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on foot is known as "the art of eight limbs" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts. A professional league is governed by the World Muay Thai Council.
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