Resident photog of glorious violence, Walt Zink, is back with another recap – this time, of Lion Fight 47. . .
WALT ZINK’S PHOTO RECAP OF LION FIGHT 47
Lion Fight growled its way into Foxwoods in Connecticut for their 47th installment of Muay Thai action this past Saturday. The night featured a light card and some stiff competition in the fight world, as it would go head-to-head with UFC 229. Only four pro bouts were on the card for the evening and all four featured very strong and technical fighters. The return of Lion Fight champ Chip Moraza-Pollard against Frenchman Remy Vectol would headline this slate of bouts.
Chip Moraza-Pollard VS. Remy “Robocop” Vectol
Moraza-Pollard has faced steadily more experienced fighters in his last few bouts. In Remy Vectol, Moraza-Pollard would face his biggest challenge yet. The French fighter has roughly 60 more pro fights under his belt.
Despite the overwhelming amount of experience, Moraza-Pollard chipped away at Vectol and applied pressure when needed to keep Vectol off balance. The end would come in the fourth round via a leg kick by Moraza-Pollard. The “Surgeon” would retain his Lion Fight cruiserweight belt and improve to 9-0 with the win.
Julian Nguyen VS. Michael Lawrence
Julian Nguyen was making his long awaited return to the Lion Fight ring for his third pro fight. Michael Lawrence was making his pro debut and was rudely welcomed to the big time.
Nguyen continually pounded away at Lawrence with leg kick after leg kick through the early rounds. Despite Lawrence opening up a nasty cut via elbow on Nguyen’s forehead, Nguyen continued to apply pressure. Nguyen would end the fight in the fifth round with what proved to be one leg kick too many for Lawrence and win the fight to improve to 3-0.
Cole Fetzner VS. Samlullah Amady
The last time we saw Cole Fetzner at Lion Fight he was taking on the tall task of fighting Steve Walker. Now Fetzner was fighting down at his normal fight weight against Samlullah Amady.
Amady looked sluggish from the opening bell and Fetzner capitalized smartly. By the end of the third round, Amady was taking an unnecessary beating. The fight was stopped just seconds into the fourth round, giving the Canadian Fetzner his second pro win.
Doug Holland VS. Lewis Rumsey
This battle of heavyweights proved to be probably the most technically sound and entertaining of the night’s pro bouts. Doug Holland was making his pro debut and brought a sizable crowd with him to cheer from the seats. Lewis Rumsey looked good throughout but was unable to establish any momentum against Holland.
Holland was cautious at times to close the distance but when he did he made the best of it with better clinch work and solid strikes that landed far more often. Holland would win all five rounds and take the win in his debut as a pro.
- 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.