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October 17, 2009

The New York ShowDown
Flushing, NY

First time promoters Eddie Cuello, Mike Gasparski, and Aziz Nabih and their new promotion company TaKe On NYC hosted their first event Saturday night in Flushing, New York, The New York Showdown. The event featured both amateur and professional Muay Thai matches sanctioned by the WKA USA and was held at the 7 Train Theater. The event boasted both local New York teams as well as other prestigious teams traveling in from as far away as Canada. A packed house witnessed a night full of very competitive match-ups. Mike M of Sitan, NY stopped Chad Fitzgerald of Five Points Academy in the first round of the 3-round Thai match by TKO. Another match saw Greg “Tank” Lachaga of Sitan, NY battle Nicholas Haines of Master Bakary for three rounds of amateur Thai in a very competitive match that resulted in a majority decision for LaChaga. A third bout had Marcus Fisher of Pittsburgh Muay Thai out-pointing Mike Laverna of Sitan, AZ with good hand and feet combinations, taking a unanimous decision. Turan Hasanov of Borodin’s Gym showed his experience by taking a unanimous decision over Arthur Sorsor of Connecticut’s Finest Kickboxing. The fifth bout of the evening featured popular Renzo Gracie fighter Elijah Clarke versus Gaius Ebratt of Five Points Fitness Academy. Gaius was able to limit Elijah on the outside and edge it out in the clinch to win a majority decision. Matt Embree of Siam No. 1 showed very good punch-to-knee combinations in taking the unanimous decision over Clifton Gross of Sitan, AZ. In an anticipated bout, Pascal Jean-Michel of Five Points suffered an early shoulder dislocation in the fight against Hiroshi Perera of Ayutthaya Muay Thai. Sitan NY’s Jay Matias showed great heart and perseverance in taking the unanimous decision over a very game and diligent Mohammed Lemjerdine of Connecticut’s Finest. In the co-main event Eddie Martinez of Five Points fitness demonstrated how he worked his way up the ladder of the amateur ranks by taking a unanimous decision over Tony Flores of Ardon’s Sweet Science. The main event featured New York favorite Omar Ahmed of Sitan, NY making his pro debut against Borzoo Honorgohar of Saekson Muay Thai. Both fighters showed great technique, heart, and the diligence that made them pro fighters. Both fighters displayed the ability to put together both hand and kick combinations; however it was Ahmed’s skillful use of footwork which allowed him to outscore Honorgohar to take the fight in a unanimous decision in the main event. We look forward to seeing both fighters in the future. A first time event with new promoters, the show went off without a hitch, and fans look forward to Eddie, Mike, and Aziz taking on New York by storm in their second event on December 12th.

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