Aiello BATONON World Champion
Explosion Fight Night Vol. 3
1, rue Amiral Courbet
On Saturday 2nd April 2011 at Brest (France), the 3rd edition of the Explosion Fight Night had promised to be a great MuayThai/Kickboxing night and, as usual, it kept its promises. Lots of people went in Brest to the Marcel Cerdan arena to attend to the show and support Aiello BATONON who was awarded the world title against the Thai Nonsai SOR SANYAKORN. Houcine BENNOUI also did remarkably good by eliminating Ekapol and Charles FRANCOIS before the time limit. And, on the same night, Xavier BASTARD got the award of the Best Intercontinental WPMF fighter in the K-1 rules.
Here are the detailed results and the summary of the Explosion Fight Night Volume 03 of Brest, which took place on April 2nd 2011 at the Marcel Cerdan arena.
Muay Thai tournament (65kg, 3x3):
- Ekapol JUKE (Thailand - Scorpion Gym)
- Houcine BENNOUI (France - Team Nasser K.)
- Charles FRANCOIS (France - Club Cobra Thai 57)
- Alessandro SIRACUSA (Italy)
Semi Final n°1 (elbow strikes not allowed):
In this first fight of the 65kg tournament, Charles FRANCOIS, Muay Thai WPMF world champion in 2010, fought against the Italian Alessandro SIRACUSA, who was then standing in for the English John DENNIS – the latter had to withdraw a few days before the event. The first round was balanced, Charles FRANCOIS started well in the fight, and we could feel the determination of the Italian fighter. It was during the second and the third round that Charles FRANCOIS sped up and became more offensive. He hit the Italian on many occasions and got points with well-done punch/kick combinations. Charles FRANCOIS won this fight and qualified for the final. SIRACUSA made a good performance and did not do anything blameworthy.
Charles FRANCOIS won over Alessandro SIRACUSA by unanimous decision
Semi Final n°2 (elbow strikes not allowed):
This fight was long-awaited because it was the revenge match of the young and promising Houcine BENNOUI of the Team Nasser K. of Lyon, Saint-Fons (younger brother of Karim Bennoui, who recently got the World title in the “It’s Showtime” 61kg tournament) and the Thai legend Ekapol JUKE, one of the greatest punchers of his category who won 324 times and 260 via KO. They went on the ring to the rapturous applause of the crowd.
Ekapol had won over Bennoui by TKO on the second round in January 2009 during the Diamond Fight World Tour in Paris.
The two boxers went directly into the action and gave us a sensational fight with technical combo, which were quick and strong, and impressive dodges which made the 2300 people present in the audience stand up. In the second round, the French and the Thai didn’t save their energy and hardened the fight – blows are terrific. Houcine BENNOUI hit and was determined. He eventually gave Ekapol a KO by a dreadful blow in the liver. Ekapol, grimacing with pain, had to wait one or two minute before being able to get up. It was the fight of the night! BENNOUI took his revenge and qualified for the final.
Houcine BENNOUI won over Ekapol JUKE by KO on round 2
Final (Full Muay Thai Rules):
Unprecedented final: a purely French dual between FRANCOIS and BENNOUI, two of the best current fighters of the category. Despite his rough semi final, Houcine BENNOUI went into the fight more quickly and seemed willing to make the difference on the very first round with low kicks and projections which hurt Charles FRANCOIS. During the second round, BENNOUI carried on his destruction technique and Charles FRANCOIS who did not have anything to stand on (his leg was blocked by a sciatica), fall. He didn’t manage to get up before the end of the count.
Houcine BENNOUI is the winner of this great 65kg tournament. He gave us two impressive fights – both of them ended before the time limit of the second round.
Houcine BENNOUI won over Charles FRANCOIS by TKO on round 2
Intercontinental K1 WPMF tournament 60kg (5x3):
Bout in K1 rules, the winner would be declared new Intercontinental K1 WPMF 60kg champion. The Frenchman Xavier BASTARD had already fought against the Englishman David MACINTOSH in January 2010; when he got his first European title.
BASTARD, who was well supported by the crowd, led the fight; he gave well-done combo which hurt the Englishman on the first rounds. It is then MACINTOSH who piled on the pressure and led but he did not destabilize the French fighter for all that. After 5 rounds well fought, Xavier BASTARD won the new title on points.
Xavier BASTARD won over David MACINTOSH by majority decision
World Muay Thai WPMF tournament 75 kg (5x3):
Here is the most long-awaited fight of the night: Aiello BATONON of the Thai Boxing Club of Brest, more prepared than ever, had for the first time the opportunity to get a world title. It was the time for his dream to come true by fighting against the impressive Nonsai SOR SANYAKORN. The national hymns were respected and the fight could begin. The 2300 people of the audience support “their” boxer by shouting, louder than ever, their names many times.
Aiello went directly into the action; he hurt with his fists and knees. He used his boxing techniques very well and led the fight. As for Nonsai, he used very strong kicks and punches. The fight was intense. The first three rounds were fought. During the 4th round, Nonsai hardened the fight; he punched many times; BATONON suffered. The latter was on many occasions hurt and projected. The round was undoubtedly led by Nansai. On the 5th round, Nonsai, despite his tiredness, carried on but Aiello BATONON resisted well, he proved to be brave and have faith.
After the fight, the crowd was kept on suspense for the judges’ decision. The verdict engendered the joy of the crowd, the fighter and the Brest Thai Boxing Club: Aiello was given the title of Muay Thai WMPF 75kg Word Champion… with a 1 point difference! This decision summarizes the fight very well.
Aiello BATONON won over Nonsai SOR SANYAKORN by majority decision