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SANDEE Pro Fight Team Secure 4 Wins out of 5 on The Main Event

SANDEE Fighters perform well with 4 out of 5 wins on the Main Event

It was almost a clean sweep for the 5 members of the SANDEE Pro Fight Team who fought on the Main Event at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on Saturday night.

Dakota Ditcheva, Tyler Liptrott, Andrew Lofthouse, and Panicos Yusuf all won their fights, with Dean James just losing the decision after a very close and hard-fought contest, making it a great night for the SANDEE pro Fight Team on another spectacular event of muay thai action.

The Main Event never fails to impress the crowds, and the new venue at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham added a sense of scale not seen before in the UK at a Muay Thai Boxing event. The Arena looked spectacular bathed in Red lights and spotlights and the 4 high performance Racing Bikes from sponsors Ductai flanking the fighters walkway added more flair to the show known for having the highest production values in UK Kickboxing.

The total fight card consisted of 16 fights, with the Main Card having one of the strongest line ups of world-class fighters seen on a Main Event show to date.

Here's how our 5 SANDEE Pro Fight Team got on.

Dakota Ditcheva

There was a lot of talk about the this fight during the build up. Dakota is a real talent and many said that in her opponent Becky Caslin she could be meeting her match fighting an equally talented fighter who for once was the same height as the rangey 16 year old from Northern Spirit Gym.

In the first round Becky did well catching the kicks of Dakota but couldn't sweep the Manchester fighter, and as the second round progressed Dakota's strong boxing, teeps to the face and very forceful knees began to find their targets. By the third Dakota was well into gear and Caslin had no answer to the barrage of knees coming her way in and outside of the clinch and couldn't continue half way through the third.

Dakota Ditcheva at the Main Event Dakota Ditcheva (right) faces Becky Caslin

Dakota Ditcheva at the Main Event Dakota Ditcheva jabs Becky Caslin at the Main Event Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Dakota Ditcheva at the Main Event Dakota Ditcheva front kicks Becky Caslin at the Main Event Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Dakota Ditcheva at the Main Event Becky Caslin blocks Dakota Ditcheva's kick at the Main Event Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Dakota Ditcheva at the Main Event Dakota Ditcheva lands a jumping knee on Becky Caslin at the Main Event Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

 

 

Tyler Liptrott

Tyler took a close but unanimous win over local lad Patryk Jelonkiewicz from K-Star Legacy Gym in Birmingham.

It was a hard fought affair with solid blows being exchanged on both sides. At one point Tyler caught Jelonkiewicz flush on the neck with a huge right kick kick but the K-star fighter proved as tough as nails and refused to go down. After 5 rounds of back and forth shots the Team #OO Fighter secured the win.

Tyler Liptrott Tyler Liptrott (Right) faces patryk Jelonkiewicz at the Main Event, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tyler Liptrott (Right) faces patryk Jelonkiewicz at the Main Event, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham Tyler Liptrott lands with a right kick on  Patryk Jelonkiewicz at the Main Event, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tyler Liptrott-3 Tyler Liptrott absorbs punishment from Patryk Jelonkiewicz's kick at the Main Event, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tyler Liptrott-4 Tyler Liptrott lands with a front kick to the neck of Patryk Jelonkiewicz at the Main Event, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

 

 

Andrew Lofhouse

We posted a picture on Twitter the day before the Main Event of Lofty covered in blood with the caption "Andrew Lofthouse is never in a dull fight" and the Team #OO fighter lived up to this once more.

Lofty just loves to get in the ring and have a fight. Rarely do we see a fighter so relaxed before, and during a fight as Lofthouse, and he had the crowd on their feet with his entertaining, unpredictable style that bamboozled opponent Matt Mckeown from Diamond Academy, Willenhall.

At one point Lofty dropped Mckewon with a jumping roundhouse kick, and through the fight peppered the Diamond Academy fighter with teeps to the face, and high kicks. Lofty's style is certainly a handful for fighters and the unpredictable nature of what he is going to thrown next wins the crowd over.

Result - Andrew Lofthouse by unanimous Decision.

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Panicos Yusuf

Manchester All Powers Gym fighter Panicos really showed his class in this fight. Stephen Meleady is a tough uncompromising world class thai boxer, with lots of experience living, training and fighting in Thailand but ultimately couldn't find a way of overpowering or outstanding Panicos over 5 rounds.

With clever evasive techniques, strong and fast counter striking and dominant clinch work Panicos didn't look to be in trouble during the bout and scored strongly throughout by sticking to the game plan of closing down the hard-hitting Irish fighter who fights out of Bad Company Gym in Leeds. The win came as a unanimous points decision as Panicos despite hitting Meleady with the hardest shots he could muster couldn't put him away.

The win extends Panicos' continuous win streak to 22 fights and a total record of 35 wins 4 losses.

Panicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady The Main Event Panicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady The Main EventPanicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady The Main EventPanicos vs meleady The Main Event-6Panicos vs meleady The Main EventPanicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady The Main EventPanicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady The Main EventPanicos vs meleady The Main Event-4

Dean James

Local Fighter Dean James and UK number 1 at  56kg, just couldn't find that extra bit of magic to defeat his experienced Thai opponent, the former two times Southern Thailand Champion, Wuttichai. After going the distance of 5 x 3 min rounds, Dean knew he had lost on the scorecards and was resigned to the outcome.

Despite the points loss, Dean still put on a polished performance and was the more aggressive fighter in our eyes, but the greater experience of Wuuttichai with a total fight record of over 125 fights proved the decisive factor when it came to scorecards.

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