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November 29, 2010

New Era for Combat at the Capitale

Lou Neglia and Ray Longo have done it again--yet another edition of their popular New York kickboxing show took place at the beautiful Capitale on Bowery Street. Neglia, who also promotes Ring of Combat (professional and amateur MMA shows in New Jersey) seems to have been influenced by the popularity of MMA, as his New York kickboxing show, which has long featured mostly American Kickboxing (Full Contact) matches for the first time featured only Muay Thai with a few Kickboxing (Low Kick) bouts. Possibly due to the popularity of Muay Thai as the stand-up basis of MMA and also to the popularity of the sport of Muay Thai itself, the show and its participating teams seem to be shifting away from the old American Kickboxing model to a Muay Thai outlook.

This card of sixteen matches, Lou Neglia featured one WKA US Title Defense and one New York State WKA Title as well as two professional fights. Notably, after three match-ups with Andrea DeAngelo (also on the card), WKA US Title holder Christy Tyquiengco (ITC/ART Martial Arts) matched up to defender her title against Christina Rosa (Longo Competition Team). Tyquiengco retained her title with hands-to-feet and feet-to-hands combinations keeping Rosa at bay and controlling the pace of the fight.

In the WKA New York State Title, Mike Fischetti (Tiger Schulmann's), with great style, came out strong and overwhelmed his opponent, Charles Erickson (Lions Roar Muay Thai), dominating the first round and ending the fight by knockout only twenty-two seconds into the second round.

James "B52" Smith (B52 Muay Thai), in the first pro match, came out swinging and ended his fight against Zadie Morris (Ultimate Gym) quickly--1:22 of the first round--with a devastating head kick.

Kat Diaz of Tiger Schulmann, pro Muay Thai fighter and local favorite, returned to the ring after a several years hiatus to face Justine Kish of Explosive Karate from North Carolina. Both came out looking fit and ready to fight. Kish's unorthodox and seemingly awkward style threw Diaz off and kept her at bay. Though Diaz attempted to connect with her boxing skills, Kish used kicks and movement to keep the distance and neutralize Diaz's game. The fight went the distance, and in the end, Kish took the fight by unanimous decision.

See full results here.
Photo credits to Lance Burns at www.photoburns.com

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