British promotion Muay Thai Grand Prix released some fight card updates for their big event on November 10 at the Indigo at the O2 Arena in London. An opponent has been named for MTGP super lightweight champion Carlton Lieu. Lieu will face Luca Roma of Italy, a veteran of over 50 fights and a “current WMO world champion”, according to the press release. Lieu was announced for the card last month, but his opponent was to be announced. Roma will have a considerable experience edge over the champion, who has less than 15 professional fights to his name. Lieu had been scheduled for the big MTGP/Lion Fight card in July headlined by Liam Harrison and Charlie Peters.
In addition to Lieu vs Roma, there are other title fights scheduled for the November 10 event. Iman Barlow, who is also an Enfusion ladies champion, defends her MTGP title against Hannah Brady. Brady is fourth ranked in the United Kingdom.
Kinehan and Worsforld Make KGP History
In a first for the promotion, the first ever KGP women’s champion will be crowned when Niamh Kinehan faces Sarah Worsforld (KGP fights are fought with kickboxing rules while MTGP fights are with Thai rules). Kinehan competed in the Kunlun Fight 76 Mulan Legend tournament, losing on points to eventual tournament winner Wang Cong in the quarterfinals. Worsforld defeated Nicola Barke, who is one of the top up and coming female fighters in the U.K., by stoppage with a spinning back fist in an amateur bout a couple of years ago.
Luke Whelan, a KGP champion, who defeated Glory and SFS veteran Luke Church by decision in July, was previously announced for the card.
October Card Features British Title Fight
In other MTGP news, the promotion announced a British title fight for the October 14 “Road to MTGP” event in London.
Phil Casper will meet Ivan Horvat for British title honors in the card’s main event.