From Lion Fight Promotions:
LION FIGHT 22 – THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FIGHT
KEM vs. SMOKIN’ JO – FRIDAY, MAY 22
Live in Las Vegas at the Not Sold Out OutDoor Amphitheater at Sunset Station
Tickets Available through Ticketmaster.com
LAS VEGAS – In order to clear up confusion regarding tickets for the May World Championship fight in Las Vegas, the one between two of the best pound-for-pound athletes in the sport, today the promoter made the following announcement: Fight Fans, tickets to a fight you can actually buy and afford are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com.
Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight, has confirmed that tickets for the May LION FIGHT 22 event are not sold out and can be purchased through a working Ticketmaster link starting at $45.
“There seems to be some confusion that our May World Championship fight in Las Vegas is sold out, and that tickets were extraordinarily expensive,” said Kent. “Plus, I’m hearing people are trying to sell them on eBay for six figures. Today, I’m setting the record straight so that fight fans know our tickets exist and do not really cost thousands of dollars.”
LION FIGHT 22: KEM vs. SMOKIN’ JO, the World Welterweight Championship title fight takes place Friday, May 22 live from the Outdoor Amphitheater at Sunset Station. Starting at $45, tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com and online at sclv.com, or any Station Casino or Fiesta Property (additional fees may apply). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. First bout is at 5 p.m.
Kent continued, “Also, about our weigh-ins, they’re free. The fights on TV are free, too. I don’t know where this stuff comes from, but to separate fact from fiction, we’ve set up a helpful website at www.LionFight.com to provide more information.
On Friday, May 22, Thai superstar and multiple World Champion Kem Sitsongpeenong will arrive in the U.S., for the first time ever, to take on “Smokin’ Jo” Nattawut as the welterweight championship main event of LION FIGHT 22.
“About this big title fight, it is true that fans have wanted to see it for a long time,” said Kent. “Kem literally has more championship belts than he can carry, and Smokin’ Jo is an explosive, highly technical fighter who wants to keep him from winning another. Yes it’s a perfect matchup. Could it be the fight of the century? Maybe.”
Kem, 30, started fighting in Thailand at the age of 13. A native of Bangkok, he has over 124 wins to his name. In 2007, Kem began racking up titles, and according to documented records, owns an astonishing 12 championship belts, including one from the WBC and MTA, three from the WMC, and the 2007 Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight belt. With over 50 fights on record, Smokin’ Jo fights out of Bankok Gym in Atlanta. He stormed onto the America Muay Thai scene last year tearing through his first two opponents. He shocked fans with a strong victory over World Muay Thai Champion Cosmo Alexandre and easily defeated Sean Kearney even after accepting the fight on 24 hours notice.
Kent also announced Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis as LION FIGHT 22’s co-main event.
Van Soest, former Lion Fight featherweight champion, is one of the biggest female stars in the sport. Fighting out of the famed Blackhouse Gym, home of UFC greats Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers, she is among the most feared opponents in full rules Muay Thai. Alldis, fighting out of the United Kingdom, is an aggressive, supremely skilled opponent who holds a rare victory over Muay Thai icon Julie Kitchen. She has taken on and beat top female fighters around the world including Moroccan, Amel Dehby and Dutch kickboxer Maria Verheijen.
Also on the AXS TV live nationally televised card starting at 7 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET are Las Vegas locals Jason Andrada and Anthony Castrejon in a featherweight (122 lbs.) bout. Knockout artist Gaston Bolanos takes on skilled opponent Damien Early in a welterweight (142 lbs.) fight, and Las Vegas local Tom Morales faces Brian Del Rosario from Van Nuys, Calif. in another action-packed welterweight (147 lbs.) matchup.
The ladies will kick off the first televised fight of the night live on AXS TV. Las Vegas local Christine Ferea will take on Laura Salazar from Rosemead, Calif. for a featherweight (125 lbs.) show opener.
The all-amateur undercard also is packed with locals; the line-up is as follows:
Middleweight Bout (160 lbs.)
Kawika Lagasca (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miles Mansell (Phoenix, AZ)
Middleweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Christian Cardona (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Justin Bondar (La Puente, CA)
Flyweight Bout (110 lbs.)
Fanny Tommasino (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Star Monroe (Vallejo, CA)
Middleweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Zhenya Chuprina (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Gary Koehler (Phoenix, AZ)
Lightweight Bout (13 lbs.)
Jack Terzian (Van Nuys, CA) vs. Alfredo Figueroa (Irvine,CA)
All bouts live and subject to change