Thailand vs. The Americas: “World Standoff”

There will be a forthcoming event from Push Kick Promotions that should make any fight fan salivate.

“Thailand vs. The Americas” will be a card featuring Thais against fighters from the American continent, and should make for entertaining fare. The main event will be Aikpracha versus Ky Hollenbeck.

Aikpracha was tipped by FightSportAsia as possibly “The Next Buakaw“, and he followed that hype up with an extremely capable display in widely outpointing consensus top 5 p4p farang Fabio Pinca; the irony being that Buakaw was Pinca’s original opponent before pulling out due to the Por.Pramuk saga. Regardless, Buakaw’s late replacement looked every bit the fighter that he is. Aikpracha looks, to quote Liam Harrison, like “a monster” right now. He faces a confident American in Hollenbeck, whose long unbeaten streak was recently ended by Nieky Holzken, but who rebounded remarkably well to finish countryman Cyrus Washington on April 28th with a truly orgasmic spinning back elbow to win the WMC Intercontinental title at 72kg (middleweight). The two are well matched, but one feels that Aikpracha’s style may be too much for Hollenbeck. Ky is an effective fighter, and his somewhat ugly, aggressive style has been enough to edge him past such world class opponents as Leeds, England duo Jordan Watson and Simon Chu (though it is widely felt that both Watson and Chu deserved the decisions – Watson’s ‘loss’ was notorious) and win him the WBC World title. But Aikpracha – the man who stole Leeds’ other star Liam Harrison’s “Hitman” moniker – is on another level right now, and I can see him picking Ky apart and hurting him with elbows. Chu managed to land elbows when Hollenbeck rushed in, cutting the American, and Aikpracha’s precise aggression and counter-attacking prowess will stand him in good stead.

The card as announced thus far is as follows:

Aikpracha vs. Ky Hollenbeck
Neungsiam Samphusri vs. Ognjen Topic
Lerdsila Chumpairtour vs. Rami Ibrahim

Here are videos of their most recent big fights to get you pumped for the card; Aikpracha vs. Pinca, and Hollenbeck’s KO over Cyrus Washington!