By Tom Rooney:
Two new B.C. Muay Thai Champions were crowned on Saturday night at the Maritime Labor Centre in the latest edition of Kai Singthong Gym’s Muay Thai Challenge.
In the first co-main event Corey Hastings of Pucket Karate School took on Vern Musqua of Ruha Muay Thai for the open Canadian Muay Thai Association Super Middleweight crown (168lbs). Both fighters were tentative in the opening round, with Musqua scoring with a throw in the final ten seconds. The fighters continued their cautious approach in round two, again Musqua finished the round strong, flooring Hastings with a spectacular throw.
Corey Hastings picked up the pace in round three and began finding his range with solid front kicks to the body. This set the tone for the rest of the fight, with Hastings pushing the action in the fourth and fifth rounds, landing good combinations while keeping the busy Musqua at bay. After five rounds the judges awarded Hastings a majority decision.
The new champion was delighted with his victory, “I feel awesome, it‘s been a long time in the making. Our game plan was to play it safe and place our techniques”.
The second co-main event saw Houtan Alikashani of KB One, square off against Remus Agafitei of Kai Singthong for the also open Welterweight title (147lbs). Alikashani had the better of the opening exchanges, landing good hand combinations. Agafitei countered with a sweep, flooring Alikashani, who went on to finish the round strong with a solid right hand.
Agafitei started the second round with a flurry of punches only to be dropped by a counter right hook. Moments later Alikashani finished the fight with an almost identical blow, scoring a knockout 1.35 into the round. The new champion was confident of victory, “I was 100% sure this is what I was going to do, I feel great”In other bouts, Josh Jauncey (WKX) TKO’d Shayan Azizbeigi (Champions Gym) in round two of their 145lbs clash and Atilla Kozak (Revolution Martial Arts) also scored a TKO in the second, beating Tyler Hollander (Kai Singthong) in the 170lbs division.
Event organizer and Head Kai Singthong instructor, Master Songlith Singthong was very pleased with the event and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Red Cross to Japan and Thailand and the B.C. Children’s Hospital. “I’m very happy to make some money for the people of Japan and Thailand and the Children’s Hospital” he said.Tags: Kai Singthong, Muay Thai