Better late than never! Check out these hot results from Lion Fight 42, all the the lens of Muay Thai Guy’s resident photog, Walt Zink. . .
IN PHOTOS: RESULTS FROM LION FIGHT 42
Lion Fight Promotions returned to Foxwoods in Connecticut on Friday April 20 and featured four title bouts on a stacked card.
The main event saw Antonina Shevchenko return to the ring after almost 18 months without fighting. Shevchenko had her hands full early on with Claire Baxter and her title belt was in real jeopardy. The night also featured the return of fan favorites such as Eddie Abasolo, as well as Boston local Steve “Put ’em to Sleep” Walker.
Warning (if it weren’t clear already): spoiler-laden results ahead! (Thanks for Walt Zink for the coverage.)
ANTONIA SHEVCHENKO vs. CLAIRE BAXTER
The main event was not as one-sided as some may have thought it would be.
Baxter came out aggressive against Shevchenko in the opening rounds. The long layoff for Shevchenko initially showed before she found her bearings and took the last three rounds handily. The win meant Shevchenko held onto her title belt.
EDDIE ABASOLO vs. AMADEU CRISTIANO
The last time Lion Fight saw Abasolo, he put on a clinic against PJ Sweda. This time around, Abasolo faced a competitor with 60 more fights under his belt.
The composure and patience that Cristiano displayed may have played a factor in his victory. Every round was close and could have been scored for either fighter. As it stood, though, Cristiano came up with the victory to capture the Lion Fight North American middleweight belt.
CARLTON LIEU vs. JAFAR TOSHEV
Toshev is a rising star in the U.S. but his first two opponents had substantially less experience than Brit Carlton Lieu.
Lieu continually peppered Toshev with left kicks that left his opponent’s right arm bruised and battered. Lieu was the victor in this bout between two young rising stars from either side of the pond.
Could Lieu possibly face another American in Chris Mauceri in the future? Now that would be a banger.
STEVE WALKER vs. OLIVIER FAIRTEX
Walker has had no problems with his first three opponents on the pro side. In Fairtex, he would face a much more challenging opponent. Fairtex is much more technically refined than Walker‘s previous opponents, and it showed.
This was the first time any fight lasted longer than into the third round for Walker. The bout went the distance and Walker’s brute strength and determination made him a convincing winner of the Lion Fight North American super cruiserweight title.
AMINE BALLAFRIKH vs. NICK HAINESE
Ballafrikh is one of the most entertaining fighters in the U.S. He backs up his brashness with skill that leaves most of his opponents scratching their heads.
Nick Haines was the latest victim of Ballafrikh‘s bravado and talent. Ballafrikh was clearly better prepared and conditioned. Constant sweeps and teeps to the face of Haines wore him out before the fight was mercifully called in the fourth round.
MICHAEL TRIANA vs. TYGER BANKS
Triana is quickly making a name for himself in the New England area for his skill and confidence in the ring. He remains undefeated as a pro by beating Banks.
Constant pressure and one leg kick after another was too much for Banks. Eventually Banks left leg was so battered that he could not stand and the fight was called in favor of Triana.
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- Walt has been involved in Muay Thai since 2013, having two in-ring fights under his belt. His main passion, though, is photography. See more of Walt's work at www.instagram.com/walt_zink_photography.