The Main Event: Update!
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | Carl
The promoters at The Main Event have been working tirelessly to ensure this will be one of the best Muay Thai events to have ever graced the UK and have bolstered the line-up with three more excellent match-ups. The Main Event will take place on May 23rd from the Barclaycard Arena, which is capable of holding up to 13,000 spectators.
Three of the UK's best in Muay Thai have been added to the card with teenage Muay Thai prodigy Daniel McGowan set to take on Italy's Gery Bavetta, former world title contender Greg Wootton will tangle with Rungrat Sasiprapa and ten-year veteran Dean James will meet Wuttichai.
Daniel McGowan (19-2-1) is a man that needs little introduction. The 19-year old Petchyindee-sponsored prospect made headlines in the latter half of last year after his string of victories in Thailand. He suffered a setback in January courtesy of a Kongfark Sor Chairoht head kick and will be looking to bounce back with a strong performance at The Main Event.
His opponent Gery Bavetta (47-18-1) has built a reputation as being one of the top bantamweights in Europe over the course of his sixty-fight career. Like his opponent, Bavetta has also been training in Thailand recently and will be hoping his significant experience advantage will help him gain the upper hand in this contender for 'Fight of the Night'.
KO Gym's Greg Wootton (29-4) bounced back from from his unsuccessful title challenge against pound-for-pound great Pakorn in October with the biggest victory of his career. The Enfusion world title holder defeated Thai great Petchboonchu FA Group last November and will be looking for another victory come May 23rd in order to continue his ascension up the ranks.
Wootton will be taking on another Thai at The Main Event, as he's been pitted against 19-year old Rungrat Sasiprapa (60-19-2). Despite his young age, Rungrat has already competed in over eighty professional Muay Thai bouts and has been tipped by many to be one of Thailand's next generation of superstars.
Three-time world Muay Thai champion Dean James (21-3) will be looking to build off of a fantastic 2014 campaign with another big performance at The Main Event. James claimed his third world title last year as well as earning a stoppage victory over Rungravee Sasiprapa.
He'll be facing Wuttichai (87-40), who will have over six times his experience. Wuttichai relocated to Ireland last year and will be looking to stamp his mark on the UK scene with a victory over James.
Current fight card:75kg: Michael Wakeling vs. Chad Sugden63.5kg: Greg Wootton vs. Rungrat Sasipara55kg: Dean James vs. Wuttichai 54kg: Daniel McGowan vs. Gery Bavetta61.5kg: Panicos Yusuf vs. Stephen Meleady61.5kg: Andrew Lofthouse vs. Matt McKeown57kg: Macauley Coyle vs. Tam McCourt