Shin Do Kumate XII Results – John “The Panther” James, Paul Marfort
Shin Do Kumate XII, The Quest for the Greatest Martial Arts Warrior, made its first foray into Jacksonville, FL with its 12th installment of the most popular Muay Thai fighting event in North America on Saturday, May 12th 2007, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Shin Do Kumaté XII boasted the most action packed night of fights to ever be seen in the country. From top to bottom, the crowd was on their feet throughout every fight. Pitting some of the best fighters in the world against each other, this was a spectacle not to be missed.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #1 – Ryan Lee vs. Ray Cole
The night started off with a couple of Super Lightweights. Local fighter Ryan Lee was making his pro debut against Ray Cole of Tampa, FL. Cole has trained and also fought in Thailand, winning his fight. This fight got the crowd prepared for the excitement to come. Both fighters were very eager to put on a great display for the crowd and to also earn a chance to come back and fight again. Ray Cole landed the more effective kick combinations giving him the win by unanimous decision.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #2 – Justin Greskiewicz vs. Mukai “The African Warrior” Maromo
Next up was Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai in Philadelphia, PA against Mukai “The African Warrior” Maromo of Iron Tiger Muay Thai in Hamilton, Ontario. This fight was an all out war in the Middleweight division. Greskiewicz was trying to keep his distance and use his good low kicks while Maromo was using his hand speed and power to get into the clinch and rain effective elbows on his opponent. Maromo opened up a nasty cut over Greskiewicz’s left eye with an elbow that streamed blood for the rest of the fight. To his credit, Greskiewicz never backed down, but kept fighting forward against the more powerful opponent. The African Warrior came away with the unanimous decision win.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #3 – Paul Marfort vs. Oliver Davis
The third fight of the night was Paul Marfort of Diamond Dutchman Muay Thai, Orlando, FL against Oliver Davis of Siam #1 in Toronto, Ontario in the Super Middleweight division. Marfort won a unanimous decision against a very game and a taller Oliver Davis. The fight was very evenly matched with both fighters putting together their combinations with technical precision. In the clinch, Marfort was able to be effective, even though Davis had the clear height advantage. The future could be very bright for the rising fighter Paul Marfort.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #4 – Craig “The Hammer” Oxley vs. Dave Hale
Local fight hero Craig “The Hammer” Oxley was next up versus another product of Iron Tiger Muay Thai in Dave Hale in the Super Lightweight division. Oxley has a very extensive background in sport jiu jutsu, pro boxing and kickboxing, while Hale is a relative newcomer to the pro ranks. Oxley has always been known as a power puncher but he recently dropped weight down to 147 lbs. This match was very explosive with Hale dominating the clinch. Oxley showed good defense in avoiding the long kicks and punches from Hale, but took a lot of damage on the inside. Even though Oxley turned in a valiant effort, Dave Hale proved to be the hungrier fighter and took a unanimous decision.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #5 – Julia “The Jewel” Budd vs. Natalie Fuz
In the only female fight of the night, Julia “The Jewel” Budd of Gibson Pankration, Port Moody, British Columbia squared off against Natalie Fuz of 5 Points Muay Thai in New York, NY in the 2nd ever Full Muay Thai rules fight in the state of Florida. Budd is on the fast track to being the top female in the Middleweight division in North America, while Fuz just went 5 rounds with the #1 female in the world, Julie Kitchen. Budd came in very focused and showed why she has beaten some of the best in the world. All 3 rounds Budd was constantly pressing the attack and defending well in the clinch against Fuz. Budd won a very deserving Unanimous Decision. Look for this girl to make a big splash on the international scene very soon.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #6 – Trevor “TNT” Smandych vs. Shane “Shaolin” Campbell
In one of the most anticipated fights in North America, Trevor “TNT” Smandych of Mike Miles National Muay Thai in Calgary, Alberta faced off against Shane “Shaolin” Campbell of Iron Tiger Muay Thai, in a Middleweight barn burner. This was a fight to find out who the best in Canada is, and it did not disappoint. Smandych, the proven veteran and biggest name of Canada, versus Campbell, the youngster who has been destroying all opponents before him. Within the first 30 seconds, Smandych walked into a straight knee to the chest from Campbell and received an 8 count. Once Smandych regained his feet, the war was on. Smandych was connecting with great left hook/low shin kick combinations that left Campbell limping after the fight. Campbell, however, was timing him and delivering some devastating knees and slipping in some elbows. Smandych was continually pushing forward, pressing the action, while Campbell was putting together beautiful combinations and then working into the clinch. A lesser fighter would have sat down from the punishment these two warriors were dishing out. An excellent fight and a most deserving Unanimous Decision win for Shane Campbell.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #7 – Tofan Pirani vs. Samir Seif
The last two fights of the night were the Heavyweights. Tofan Pirani of Sweden squared off against Iron Tiger’s Samir Seif. Tofan was looking for redemption as his last Shin Do Kumaté fight he lost by KO to Anthony Brown. Samir is coming off a disappointing loss to Gary Turner at the last Kumaté. Both fighters had something to prove. The fight started with Pirani ripping some hard kicks to the body of Samir and a hard knee to his chest. Samir’s plan was to put pressure on Pirani and keep him against the ropes, pushing his weight on him and tiring him out. Halfway through round 1, Samir ripped a mighty left hook that found its mark to the head of Pirani and dropped him to the canvas, giving Samir the win by KO. An impressive win for Samir, who is making a name for himself in the heavyweight division.
Shin Do Kumate XII Fight #8 – Rick “The Jet” Roufus vs. John “The Panther” James
The last fight of the night saw two crafty veterans in Rick “The Jet” Roufus of Roufus Kickboxing in Tempe, AZ and John “The Panther” James fighting out of Striking Unlimited, Las Vegas, NV. Since Roufus has started fighting in the Shin Do Kumaté, he has been in the best shape of his career. By now the crowd was electric. The seven fights before had worked them into a frenzy. From the start of the bell, both fighters exploded out of the gate. Roufus came with a spinning back hand/roundhouse kick combo that landed, forcing James to cover up and get out of the way. Suddenly, a high left kick from The Jet landed flush against James’ forehead and dropped him instantly, sending the crowd into pandemonium. An impressive highlight reel win for Roufus, letting the world know that he is still as dangerous as ever.
Overall, this was the most explosive Muay Thai event ever held in North America. MKM Knockout Promotions is pushing the envelope with outstanding matchmaking and dedication to the sport. This event was broadcast live on Pay Per View through Viewers Choice Canada, Shaw Cable and TVN Entertainment. As well as on Video On Demand in New Zealand through Sky TV and in syndication throughout the world via The Fight Network and Star World/Asia TV. You can also catch all Shin Do Kumaté events live or On Demand online through MediaZone, the leading Global Web PPV provider at www.mediazone.com/fighting.
Shin Do Kumaté will be coming back to Jacksonville, FL on July 28th at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena to bring you Shin Do Kumaté XIII, Warriors Unleashed. This is surely an event not to miss.
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