Over the years, Lion Fight and its fans around the world have been privileged to see numerous elite-level competitors inside the ring.
Another has arrived and he may just be the most dominant figure to ever set up shop within the organization.
Regian Eersel has certainly lived up to his nickname ‘The Immortal’ since joining the Lion Fight stable. He’s been virtually untouchable, barely a mark on him through two bouts against high-end foes. While Eersel has been able to leave the ring with his smile beamingly intact, his opponents have left beaten, battered, and brutalized.
Eersel will try to repeat his past two electrifying outings when he makes the first defense of his super middleweight title at Lion Fight 34 coming up on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Tropicana Resort Casino on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. His bout against Dewitt ‘DC’ Pratt will headline the card that airs live on AXS TV Fights in the United States, and on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
The native of Suriname who has called Amsterdam, Holland, home for many years, casts an imposing figure inside the ring. He stands long and lean, yet packing power that one might not expect from someone of his frame. Eersel has been both a wrecking ball and impenetrable wall, which would rightly lead to expectations that he feels untouchable.
“Hey, no I don’t feel unbeatable,” said Eersel. “I feel good about the wins but not unbeatable.”
Eersel entered the Lion Fight fray last May as he stepped in to face ‘Smokin’ Jo Nattawut in a non-title fight, and he dominated right from the start. The bout came a resounding conclusion in the fourth round when Eersel thudded a head-kick onto Nattawut’s jaw and crashed him to the canvas. Instantly, Eersel gained the recognition that he was a serious and punishing threat to anyone who stepped in against him.
At Lion Fight 33, Eersel returned and squared-off against England’s rising star Jake Purdy in a showdown for the super middleweight crown.
Eersel looked superb as he bullied Purdy around the ring for the first round. In the second, Eersel pounced and crumpled Purdy twice with solid uppercuts. Somewhat astonishingly, Purdy was allowed to continue, but Eersel didn’t let him linger as he blasted him with a high knee that dropped the opposition face first onto the canvas for the knockout win.
“That’s one scary dude,” said AXS TV Fights analyst Pat Miletich after the one-sided victory.
“That’s a man who doesn’t beat opponents. He aniliates them,” added his verbal sparring partner Michael Schiavello.
“What an animal, what a machine.”
“Who they gonna find for him next?” questioned Miletich.
Well, in steps Pratt – a replacement on two weeks’ notice who trains alongside Nattawut, Eersel’s original Lion Fight victim.
It would be a sizeable upset should Pratt be able to rip the belt away from Eersel. The reigning king has all the skills and smarts to keep ruling for quite some time.
“I will not tell my game plan. You will see it in the fight,” said Eersel.
The Eersel-Pratt clash is one of two title encounters slated for the six-bout main card. The other title will see reigning women’s super bantamweight belt-holder Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow defend her crown against Meryem “Mergen” Uslu.
Tickets for Lion Fight 34 are available at http://www.troplv.com/las-vegas/shows-entertainment/lionfight-34 and at the Tropicana Las Vegas Box Office.
The Lion Fight 34 main card will air live on AXS TV Fights with a start time of 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. with commentary from renowned duo “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich.