News: Meksen Confident About Facing Dehby, Phoenix 7 Card Released, Lion Fight 42 Results

Glory 53 Fight Poster

Meksen Featured on Inside GLORY
GLORY commentator Todd Grisham did a sit down interview with GLORY Super Bantamweight champion Anissa Meksen for the INSIDE GLORY YouTube show. Meksen faces fellow French fighter Amel Dehby at Glory 53 on May 12 in Lille, France. It’s Meksen’s first title defense since lifting the title by decision from American Tiffany Van Soest last December in New York.  Meksen expressed her happiness with winning the GLORY belt, which she believes is the “most prestigious.” She also discussed her upcoming fight with Dehby.

TG: How do you like fighting in your home country as opposed to fighting elsewhere?

AM: “It’s good-i’ve got a big fanbase in France that supports me, so I’m really looking forward to fighting there. It’s going to be big. Plus, my opponent is French and I hope she’s ready because I’m really going to bring it and defend my belt.”

TG: You’ve never fought Amel Dehby. How is that possible considering you are arguably the two best fighters in the world but you’ve never faced each other?

AM: “Because we weren’t in the same weight class, she was fighting at 60kg and she dropped down to fight in GLORY. Now, if she makes weight then we’ll get to fight.”

TG: What do you think of her?

AM: “Frankly, she’s nothing special. I respect her a lot. She’s had a good career, she’s a good athlete. But she’s not at my level. I will do what it takes to win.”

TG: What problems will she pose for you?

AM: “Maybe her reach because she is a lot bigger than me. Another thing is her weight, she is a lot heavier than me so after she cuts weight she’ll go up and be heavier. I’m always at a max of 54-56 kg. That’s the only ‘eek’ but we’ll do what we need to be ready.”

TG: The people that come to Lille to watch this fight. What kind of fight can they expect to see?

AM: “They’re going to see two female French fighters go at it and they will see the champion prevail.”

Phoenix Championship 7 Fight Card Announced
There are 2 big shows Saturday in Thailand. Buakaw will headline the All Star 3 event in Bangkok. Phoenix Championship meanwhile returns to Thailand with a big event of their own. Phoenix Championship 7 takes place at the Patong Boxing Stadium in Phuket, and features both Phoenix and WBC Muay Thai title fights.

Here is the fight card (subject to change of course). Phoenix events are usually available to purchase on Fite TV, although sometimes they are not available until a few days after the event.

Main Event: Youssef Boughanem v. Payakdum Extra Cole Flim (Phoenix/IBF Titles 160lbs)
Main Event: Seksan Or. Kwanmuang v. Rodlek Jaotalaytong (WBC 140lb Muay Thai Title)
Co-Main Event: Kawna v. Petchwasorn Or. Daowkrajai (Phoenix Title 130lbs)
Mohamed Squane v. Petchmorakot Wor. Sangprapai (Phoenix Title, 149lbs)
Taksila Chor. Hapayak v. Lobo Elitefight Club (Phoenix Title, 140lbs)
Carlos Prates v. Jacob Thomas Ginter
Anas Singpatong v. Jomsalad Sit Jor
Arthur Meyer Singpatong v. Zhou Ming Yang
Jeremy PSM Fighter v. Chok Eminent Air

Lion Fight 42 Results
In case you missed them, here are  the results from Saturday night’s big Lion Fight 42 card at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Antonina Shevchenko retained her Women’s Lightweight title in the main event, and Carlton Lieu retained his MGTP Super Lightweight title against Jafar Toshev on the undercard. No official announcement on the date for Lion Fight 43 yet, but Lion Fight 44 is penciled in for France on July 21.

Lion Fight 42
Saturday April 21, 2018
Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Scott Kent/Lion Fight

Antonina Shevchenko (41-1) UD5 Claire Baxter (19-1) (Retains Lion Fight Womens Lightweight Title)
Amadeu Cristiano (56-16) UD5 Eddie Abasolo (9-2) (Wins Lion Fight North American Middleweight Title)
Carlton Lieu (8-3) UD5 Jafar Toshev (2-1) (Retains MGTP Super Lightweight Title)
Steve Walker (4-0) UD5 Olivier Fairtex (7-4) (Wins Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title)
Amine Ballafrikh (10-3) TKO 4 Nick Haines (10-6)
Mike Triana (4-0) TKO4 Tyger Banks (4-2)
Ricardo Mixco (1-0) TKO1 Evan Jays (2-2)
Julian Nguyen (2-0) UD5 Shawn Ellis (0-1)
Soap Am (2-1) TKO3 Dwayne Holman (0-1)

Amateur Prelims
Miguel Cadiz def. Hector Acosta – unanimous decision
Shaun Shubert def. David Agbodji – unanimous decision

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