National Muay Thai Championship Recap and Results
By Breanna Armstrong
Tigran Martirosyan after his win
Stand Up Promotionâ€™s National Muay Thai Championships delivered another amazing night of Muay Thai fights at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles on March 5.
The fight card contained eight amateur fights and three professional fights, including a WBC Interim title, which made for an all star night of fights as the venue was packed and every seat was filled. Some of the industryâ€™s biggest names were present at the event like professional Muay Thai fighters, Kevin Ross, Christine Toledo, Chaz Mulkey and Baxter Humby, to name a few.
A major highlight on the amateur card was the amazing fight between Ron Scolesdang (1-0) and Beto Rodriguez (6-3), who went five, three-minute rounds. Team Oyamaâ€™s Scolesdang is undefeated in Mixed Martial Arts with a record of 4-0, he is also the International Fight Showdown MMA Champion and was making his Muay Thai debut against Rodriguez, who is a fierce competitor in the ring.
In round one, Scolesdang came out with fire in his eyes and successfully showcased his boxing skills on Rodriguez, the Iron man, who can clearly take a punch. Scolesdang had Rodriguez up against the ropes as he laid on the strikes to Rodriguezâ€™s head and upper body. Rodriguez looked less than affected as he got off the ropes and applied some big kicks to his opponent.
Scolesdang continued to strike his opponent in series of rapid punches and heavy kicks through out the fight. There was a point when his corners had to tell Scolesdang to slow down because of his almost inhuman momentum. It would seem that Scolesdang would have gassed out by the third round, but he remained consistent and if anyone could have taken those strikes, it was Rodriguez, who convinced everyone in attendance that he is officially made of iron.
Both fighters striking accurately connected with their opponent to knock them down and it made for an exciting 5 rounds of Muay Thai. These amateur fighters delivered a performance on a professional level. The decision went to the judges who scored a unanimous decision in favor of the winner, Ron Scolesdang. VIEW FIGHT HERE
Also on the card was Scolesdangâ€™s Team Oyama teammate, Oscar Sanchez who had a successful night in the ring as well with a unanimous decision victory against Kha Tran. These two wins add to Team Oyamaâ€™s undefeated fight record in 2011.
Team Oyama in Oscar Sanchez's Corner
In the first professional bout of the night, Riversideâ€™s United States Karate Organizationâ€™s Joey Pagliuso (2-3-2) took on Unlimited MMAâ€™s Jose Palacios (4-2) for five, three-minute rounds.
Pagliuso and Palacios had a very close fight until the last round, where Pagliuso poured on several powerhouse kicks to his opponent. Palacios caught one of these kicks to send Pagliuso down to the mat. A now tired Pagliuso got up, and took about 30 more seconds of Palacios until he threw a kick to Palaciosâ€™s head. Palacios blocked Pagliusoâ€™s kick and countered with a high kick to Pagliusoâ€™s head, to knock him out for the win with 15 seconds left in the fifth round. VIEW FIGHT HERE
Jose Palacios vs. Joey Pagliuso
In the fight of the night, Artem â€œThe Russian Experimentâ€ Sharoshkin (2-0) went head to head with Boorzoo Honargohar (2-1). This fight had the audience at the edge of their seats.
Sharoshkin displayed top athletic performance in the ring against his opponent, Honargohar who trains out of the esteemed Team Janjira in Texas. was tough enough to go the full five rounds with Sharoshkin.
After feeling each other out in the first round, Sharoshkin quickly took control in the ring as he dominated his opponent. In the last round, Boorzoo made a final attempt to get the win and Sharoshkin openly received the tireless punches from his opponent because he knew that he had this fight. The judges agreed with Sharoshkin and scored the bout a unanimous decision in favor of the winner, â€œThe Russian Experiement.â€
â€œIn the first round we were feeling each other out and in the second, third and fourth round, I knew I had the advantage and I knew I had him hurt. In the last round, I could tell that he was desperate, especially in the second portion of the last round. He was trying to catch me and I was just trying to move around and letting him punch himself out and finish the round. I already knew that the fight was pretty much over. He was throwing punches, but he was really tired, so they didnâ€™t do that much damage,â€ Sharoshkin said after his victory. â€œI feel good about my fight, Iâ€™m a little disappointed in my performance about my conditioning because I got sick two weeks before my fight, I got the flu and I was fighting it for two weeks up to the fight. I even took medicine today, but regardless, I tried to push through it and tried to put on a good showâ€
Even on a sick day, Sharoshkin was on top of his game and made the ring his all five rounds. VIEW FIGHT HERE
â€œBoorzoo is a great guy, a true fighter, I love the guys who leave the bullshit out of the ring, he looks at is just like I do, itâ€™s a sport. We go in and it looks violent from the outside, but itâ€™s a sport and we are both ready for that. I wish him best of luck, he is a tough, tough fighter.â€
Whatâ€™s next for Sharoshkin?
â€œI saw the WBC Ranking and I saw the guys in front of me and I saw Shane Oblonsky and Joey Pagliuso, and I would like to be in the top five if not first place or second place for the WBC belt. That is my goal,â€ he said.
In the last fight of the night Joe Schilling (10-1) picked up another win against Chase Green (10-2) to receive the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Title.
If you blinked an eye, you would have heard it, Schilling pounded Green in the ring and after Green was knocked down several times, Schilling threw some heavy strikes to Green to take his opponent out of the fight for good. Schilling defeated Green at 2:13 into the first round. Top performance. He is unstoppable.
WBC President, John Baker presenting Joe Schilling's Belt
After the fight I caught up with Kevin Ross to get his take on the fights. â€œThey were great, they always do a great job, they pack the place, really great match ups, really great amateur card, under card and really good pro fights. It was exciting and gave the fans what they were looking for. They are helping the sport of Muay Thai grow and I hope they can continue on.â€ Ross explained.
Rossâ€™s favorite fights of the night belonged to â€œArtem, other than Schilling because that was just crazy and exciting watching him when he fights is just nuts. But technically Artemâ€™s fight was, I have trained with him before and watched him come up. Seeing his skills improve and his style, I feel like we have similar styles. He has real good boxing and good leg kicks, he just pushes that pace the whole time. He is a really exciting fighter and I love watching him fight,â€ Ross said.
To see my full interview with Kevin CLICK HERE!
Overall it was a very successful night of fights, new crowd favorites were made, classic knock outs were witnessed and the glam and the class of Muay Thai was diligently encompassed.
Niko Ruiz defeated MJ Dumaop via unanimous decision
Anthony Cardoza defeated Jonathan Puu via TKO at 1:34 into Round 3
Alfred Kashakyan (5-1) defeated Gaston Bolanos (7-3) via TKO AT 1:50 in Round 1
Tigran Martirosyan (7-0) defeated Marcos Guevera (2-3-1) via unanimous decision
Charles Bisset (5-2) defeated Jason Rzepka (11-12-1) via unanimous decision
Howard Deon (4-0) defeated Jose Flores (3-3) via unanimous decision
Oscar Sanchez defeated Kha Tran via unanimous decision
Ron Scolesdang (1-0) defeated Beto Rodriguez (6-3) via unanimous decision
Jose Palacios (4-2) defeated Joey Pagliuso (2-3-2) via KO at 2:45 into Round 5
Artem Sharoshkin (2-0) defeated Boorzoo Honargohar (2-1) via unanimous decision
Joe Schilling (10-1) defeated Chase Green (10-2) via KO at 2:13 into Round 1
This article was intitially posted on MMASpot.net