The second instalment of the Apex Muay Thai Warrior Series delivered a rollicking spectacle of violence yesterday at Urban Sport Gym in Auckland.
From the first fight on the undercard to the much-anticipated 64kg semi-finals, every fight delivered action not to be missed.
In the 64kg division, Travis Schwitzer out-worked Ale Taumalolo in the clinch to earn his spot in the finale. Rob Horrocks versus Yassin Yass was a technical battle between two masters of their craft, with Horrocks emerging the victor to set the stage for the division final.
The 80kg division was carnage from the outset. Chris Eades made a statement with a first-round stoppage of Deej Edwards, crushing him with a knee to the liver without sustaining any damage.
Sam Parkes versus Hayden Todd was one of the fights of the night, with Todd bouncing light on his front foot and using the teep to keep Parkes' power at bay, en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Nate Law defeated Tahuri Taniwha in a three-round bloodbath, keeping the pressure on his tiring opponent to win a convincing decision.
Late call-up Rehua Smallman showed his grit as he withstood the offense of technical Thai stylist Haamiora Parsons-Grace to win a split decision and a spot in the semi-finals.
The next Apex Muay Thai Warrior event will be held on September 4, and will host the final of the 64kg division, the semi-finals of the 80kg division, and the quarterfinals of another, yet-to-be-announced weight class.
The full results of the fight card are given below:
Barry Richardson def. Louis Zhang via unanimous decision
Denzil Broken def. Conrade Scott via split decision
Simon Malu def. TJ Pak via unanimous decision
Nukutawhiti Ruka def. Tristan Hanlen via split decision
Aaron Skow def. Nick Thornton via unanimous decision
Keegan Transue def. Leon Mihaere via unanimous decision
Nathan Matafeo def. Ben Strickland via unanimous decision
Johnny Jensen vs Suran Juanmiry - draw
Justin Mitchell def. Zepth Bell via unanimous decision
Chris Eades def. Deej Edwards via round 1 TKO (knee to body)
Rehua Smallman def. Haamiora Parsons-Grace via split decision
Nate Law def. Tahuri Taniwha via unanimous decision
Hayden Todd def. Sam Parkes via unanimous decision
Travis Schwitzer def. Ale Taumalolo via unanimous decision
Rob Horrocks def. Yassin Yass via unanimous decision
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