AXS TV Fights – 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, CT
Main Event: “Smokin” Jo Nattawut (62-7-2) vs. Petchtanong “Petch” Banchamek (345-51-1) – Super Welterweight Title
Two-division champion Nattawut, who fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, faces perhaps his stiffest challenge to his throne yet in taking on the highly regarded foe from Thailand.
Nattawut is coming off a trio of stellar wins, highlighted by his vicious finish of Kengsiam Nor Sripeung at Foxwoods. He also posted clear-cut decision victories over Hasan Toy and Malaipet Sasiprapa – the latter of which earned him the Lion Fight middleweight crown.
Petchtanong, who hails from Bangkok, makes his much-anticipated Lion Fight and North American debut with a stellar fighting resume that includes multiple titles.
Co-Main Event: Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard (4-0) vs. Paul “The Reaper” Banasiak (5-0) – Cruiserweight Title
For the first time in the promotion’s history, Lion Fight will crown a cruiserweight champion as two undefeated American stars square off for the title.
Moraza-Pollard, who returned to his Muay Thai roots after a lengthy career in mixed martial arts, has notched three impressive wins under the Lion Fight banner, most recently scoring a TKO win over Matt Coleman at Lion Fight 36.
Banasiak, who will have plenty of fan support as he hails from nearby East Hartford, Connecticut, also appeared at Lion Fight 36, making his organizational debut with a convincing decision win over Brett Hlavacek.
Amine “Moroccan Boy” Ballafrikh (8-4) vs. Johncy “The Kickboxer” Lindor (2-0) – lightweight
Ballafrikh jumps into a new multi-fight deal with the organization coming off a hard-earned victory at Lion Fight 36 back in April. The Sterling, Virginia, product is now 2-0 under the Lion Fight banner, while Lindor, who fights out of Miami, Florida, makes his promotional debut
Eric Rocha (3-3) vs. Alexander Olave (4-3) – welterweight
Both fighters make their organizational debuts with an eye on impressing. Rocha makes the trip to Foxwoods from Toronto, Canada, while Olave, a veteran of mixed martial arts, comes in from Fairfax, Virginia, after scoring four knockout wins while fighting in Thailand.
Steve Walker (Pro Debut) vs. Lewis Rumsey (Pro Debut) – heavyweight
Walker brings an impressive run in the amateur ranks plus a huge throng of supporters in the stands from his home town of Boston to his professional debut. He scored a knockout victory in his last appearance in Lion Fight’s amateur prelims.
Rumsey, who hails from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, also makes his first foray into the pro Muay Thai ranks, but does bring a wealth of experience from mixed martial arts.
Soap Am (3-0-1) vs. Geoffrey Then (1-0) – super lightweight
Then, who will have home-town support fighting out of Danbury, Connecticut, will be making his organizational debut. Am, who is of Cambodian descent and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also makes his Lion Fight debut as an injury replacement filling in for Jafar Toshev.