LION FIGHT 33 RECAP – NATTAWUT TOYS WITH TOY, EERSEL POUNDS PURDY, AND SHEVCHENKO SHINES
In the words of Conor McGregor, “The double champ does whatever … he wants!” Yes he does … and ‘Smokin’ Jo Nattawut proved that Friday night at Lion Fight 33 as he dismantled European star Hasan Toy.
Nattawut controlled the fight with vicious kicks that left Toy’s body the color of Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiwicz’s hair. Toy to his credit didn’t buckle under the onslaught, even managing to land a sneaky push kick (teep) that put Nattawut on the canvas for all of a second late in the fight. But that was too little too late as the double champ (Lion Fight Super Welterweight and Middleweight champ) Nattawut walked away with the sweep (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) making him the first double champ this year to successfully defend his title – sorry Conor.
In the post-fight interview, Nattawut put a new spin on one of Mike Tyson’s greatest quotes, “Everyone has a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth,” as Nattawut noted that “Everybody has a plan till I kick them.”
Nattawut also left no doubts who he wants next – legend and former Lion Fight, WMC and Lumpinee Stadium champion, Yodsanklai Fairtex.
In Nattawut’s words, “He is the king. If I beat him, then I am the king.”
Eersel wins super middleweight crown
Regian Eersel put on another highlight-reel performance as he blasted through England’s Jake Purdy on his way to becoming the Lion Fight Super Middleweight Champ.
Eersel dropped Purdy four times before ending the fight courtesy of a vicious knee in the second round that left the tenth-ranked fighter in the world belly-down on the canvas.
“I prepared myself for a hard fight against a very good opponent. I have a lot of respect for him but you know I go for the quick knockout so I did,” said the new champion. Eersel added, “I am dangerous when my opponent has his back against the ropes.”
Shevchenko retains lightweight belt
Reigning women’s lightweight title champion, Antonina “The Panther” Shevchenko, cruised through her first title defense as she took on Dutch challenger Ilona “The Iron Queen” Wijmans. Shevchenko’s technique and physical strength were too much for Wijman to handle as the champ won a clear-cut unanimous decision, earning 50-45 nods from all three judges.
Lion Fight will return in February 2017.
MAIN CARD RESULTS:
PJ Sweda (2-1) def. Andres Jeudi (0-1) via split decision 48-47 Jeudi, 48-47 Sweda, 48-47 Sweda.
Yeison Berdugo (2-2) def. Anthony Craparo (0-1) via unanimous decision 50-45, 48-47, and 48-47.
Chip Moraza-Pollard (2-0) def. Brett Hlavacek (17-4) via split decision 48-47 Hlavacek, 50-45 Moraza-Pollard, 48-47 Moraza-Pollard.
Regian Eersel (43-4) def. Jake Purdy (27-6-1) via TKO after ref waives the fight following flying knee knockdown. Eersel becomes Lion Fight Super Middleweight Champion.
Antonina Shevchenko (38-1) def. Ilona Wijmans (45-6-1) via unanimous decision 50-45 to retain Lion Fight Women’s Lightweight Championship.
Jo Nattawut (60-6-2) def. Hasan Toy (19-9) via unanimous decision 50-45 to retain the Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship.