Victor NAGBE wins at POWEPLAY PROMOTIONS 26
By Sarah Missy Howett , Thursday May 7, 2015
May 2nd, 2015 saw Powerplay Promotions 26 fight night unveil at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington. Hosting a score of 20 local Fighters, 10 fights & nothing but action, sweat & gasps of breath from the audience whilst watching some close calls & powerful hits.
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Both Fighters circled the ring in traditional Muay Thai style with the Wai Kru. On a side note, both Mike and Victor have recently returned from a year & a half stay in Thailand. Mike having returned in December and Victor only 4 weeks ago. Both trained and fought there. Victor fought against opponents on the calibre as Saengchai & Buakaw.
The first round between these two epic fighters, started off fairly even. Hit for hit, kick for kick. It wasn’t until Mike was knocked down in the second round that things started to heat up. Mike, looked like he was in a trance during the grapple, his calmness looked like a place he could call home. It was evident that his powerful kicks and his grapple were ‘300’s’ forte.
Victor, who is 9 years Mike’s junior but with a similar number of fights took time to settle into his style. Being surrounded in a new place fighting under his now trainer, Joe Nader. It just took a few moments for Victor to grasp his surroundings and display that glimpse of greatness of what is to come. Victor “Hot Chilli” looked the more all rounded fighter, the southpaw held great posture in his stance. The power of his punches and accuracy seemed to shake 300 whenever the pressure was applied particularly to the head. There were moments the audience’s energy rose with anticipation when the punches connected consecutively which lead Mike ‘300’ to grab tight and leash Victor into the grapple. Mike landed some direct hits with his straight in elbow but it took no toll on Victor. The fight ended with a unanimous points decision to Victor “Hot Chili” Nagbe.
Make no mistake, Mike fought like a true Champion but given a couple more fights settled in Melbourne, training under Joe Nader, Victor Nagbe is set to explode onto the Muay Thai scene. At 21, he is already at the stage of a high calibre fighter. His goals are set to fight the best, some of which he already has. Melbourne is excited to finally have this dynamic fighter on their doorstep.
In the semi main event, there was a fight that has been given the title by many who watched it as “fight of the night”. This was between Moulay “Rockin Moroccan” Bekkali and Ramesh “Headhunter” Habib.
This 5 x 3 minute fight was a non stop, jaw dropping, action packed bout. The two fighters gave the crowd their money’s worth. When the bell rang starting round 1, hits were taken & dished out ongoing until the round ended giving them a one minute break, which for the both of them looked like it was too long. At the start of round 3, Moulay came out in full force, landing Ramesh on the back leg. The audience roared as Moulay went on turbo, landing most of what he threw, it could have ended up in a knockout but Ramesh was smart enough to keep moving, though punches were connecting hard onto his face & the shock of being taken off guard by Moulay. But he was tough enough to hold himself up and then dish back some of what he received.
Moulay Bekkali won by unanimous decision. His style is that of a kickboxer & muay thai fighter combined. He’s an all round, all class fighter with a turbo engine in his tank that won’t stop. Outside the ring, he is a pure gentleman but inside it, he is a force to be reckoned with. Muay Thai fans are given entertainment plus whenever the ‘Rockin Moroccan’ takes to the stage.