Lion Fight continues its rapid preparation for the 2021 schedule with the announcement of more talent added to its roster.
Kaleb Hunter, Taylor McClatchie, twin brothers Alen and Anel Dudo, and Crystal Van Wyk have all been signed to exclusive multi-fight contracts with the preeminent Muay Thai organization in North America.
McClatchie (18-0) has developed into a threat in the women’s lightweight division coming medal-winning performances at the IFMA World and Pan-Am Championships in 2019. The 28-year-old Canadian has recently competed in both Thailand and South Korea all while completing a master’s degree in cellular molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa and now as a full-time researcher at Ottawa General Hospital.
“Lion Fight has a really impressive history of strong female champions both past and present,” said McClatchie. “I can’t wait for the chance to show I belong among them.”
Hunter (3-0) has twice been scheduled to debut inside the Lion Fight ring, but after having both opportunities dashed due to circumstances beyond his control, the North Carolina product will get his chance in the welterweight division. The 28-year-old has blown through his opposition, ending his amateur career with back-to-back TKO victories before picking up three straight wins in the pro ranks.
“I’m excited to sign on with Lion Fight and challenge myself against the next level of competition,” said Hunter.
The Dudo brothers, who were both born deaf, are unquestionably blossoming talents and the second set of twins signed by Lion Fight in the last month, following up on Russian sisters Svetlana and Ekaterina Vinnakova.
Both Alen and Anel have competed inside the Lion Fight ring showcasing their developing skills in the amateur ranks. Anel captured the Lion Fight super flyweight amateur title by knocking off defending champion Quinton DeLeon at Lion Fight 57 last August, and then battled Alan Smith to a draw in a showdown for the Lion Fight featherweight amateur title.
A native of South Africa now based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Van Wyk is aiming to make an impression in the super flyweight division and has already drawn the attention of Lion Fight fan favorite Andy “The CrAsian” Nguyen for a potential clash. Van Wyk earned an IKF amateur title last year competing in South Carolina.