IFS48 started out with the Final 10 Count Salute to one of the legends of Muay Thai. Vichai “Rex” Supkitpol passed away January 9th, 2020. For years, he stepped in the ring as the referee and ruled with an iron slap on the back and entertained us with his magic tricks. Many fighters vocally dedicated their fight to Ajarn Rex.
WWE wrestling legend Rikishi was the subject of selfies for the many fans as he watch amongst 2,000 fans at the M3Live event center.
The 1st bout kicked off with 11 year old Jayden Palomino of Rounders MMA vs Aljon Camino of Eagle Rock Kajukenbo. A very clean display of junior division Muay Thai with Jayden dominating on points and made us think, what were we doing at 11 years old?
Then it went to a 5 round Lightweight title fight for juniors. Castro Valley’s Jibril Omer from Maesh Striking Arts came from NorCal to take on Moreno Muay Thai’s Derik Villalobos but it was Derik taking the IFS title in hard hitting style.
Derik Alejandro Villalobos
Junior IFS Lightweight Champion
The ladies didn’t disappoint as Rounders Filipa Oreskovic outpaced Natthanicha “Mad Thai” Kudsanoi from Muay Thai School USA for 29/28 on all three scorecards. Elisa Bentancourt from Master Toddy LA rallied over Boxing Works Caia Knoles with punches in bunches taking a split decision 29/28.
Big Boy Muay Thai was Carlos Acosta at 288 pounds from Corona Muay Thai standing toe-to-toe with 365 pounder Patrick Pallan. Carlos was the busier of the two and Patrick’s stinging jab found its mark but not enough to take the split decision.
Two of the most technical bouts go to Welterweights. 35 year old Jean Chancy of Premiere taking on 18 year old Jonathan O’Neill from the Boxing Works. Youth was on the side of the winner with Jonathan winning via TKO 1:43 of round 2. Featherweights Jake Ramirez of Muay Thai School USA took a chess rally unanimous win over Rawand Mohammad of Valor Muay Thai in what was the most evenly matched bout.
The final Championship bout was between Cruiserweights. Power Box’s Andres Garcia walking away with the strap over Mark Macias. Both banged hard for the title but it was 49/47, 50/45 and 48/47 for Garcia.
IFS Cruiserweight Champion
The biggest winner was Dustin Love who won two Premier tickets and an IFS t-shirt for quickly scouting the new IFS PRO website to find the only honorary champion in the history of the IFS: Snoopy! Be sure to like IFS on Facebook and Instagram to see when the next contest is. The next lucky winner could be you!
IFS48 was a standing room only event with vendors such as Authentic Muay Thai Supply running specials on their Raja Gloves and $10 t-shirts while Muay Thai Planet had 25% off on all merchandise at the show.
Other bouts of the night included:
- Enrique Padua Jr. 30/27 x 3 unanimous decision win over Gustavo Rosales
- James Sandoval 30/27 x 3 unanimous decision win over Dan Vincent Panjulayan
- Luis Macias split decision win 29/28, 29/28, 28/29 over Oguz Melo Pamuk
- Pedro Sam Caceras 30/27 x 3 unanimous decision win over Isaac Macias
- Powers Pham 30/27 x 3 unanimous decision win over Geovan Silvestre
- William Lawrence 29/27 x 3 unanimous decision win over Chris Frausto
With IFS49 just around the corner March 20th, it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets now!