Legacy Kickboxing returns with their third event and another exciting fight card.
Glory will head to Sin City for Glory 23. Nieky Holzken vs. Raymond Daniels will serve as the main event.
Lion Fight promoter Scott Kent talks about their successful 2014 and what is to come for 2015.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The Side Bet
The most common side bet is one collected directly prior to the fight. Two or three fights before, the ring announcer will call for one’s side bet; money is collected on the spot and will be adjusted until it is even on both sides.
Deposited side bets are occasionally implemented. The morning of the fight, the promoter will require a deposit for each match-up equal to half the amount of the minimum side bet. The idea behind this is so fighters don’t just show up at the match-ups wanting to fight solely for their purse, but must be honest in their pursuit. In cases like this the minimal amount a fighter must bet is $30USD, if they cannot match this amount their $15USD deposit is forfeited and they don’t get to fight.
The fake side is very common in Thailand, and often very easy to spot. Fake side bets usually take place under two sets of circumstances. The first is for new and unknown fighters who want to show promoters that they have a side bet, but in actuality they can’t afford one and aren’t confident in their fighters. This is discussed privately by gyms ahead of time. Money is still placed at ringside and the winner will still take it all, but afterwards it is divided back between the two camps. This is often the case when deposited side bets are forced. The other fake side bet happens when two, big named fighters are mismatched based on weight. Promoters will use their names as a draw to get people to come watch the fights, and the fighters will come to collect their purse. The side bet is all for face; this is only done on small shows like at temple fairs.
Fights without a side bet aren’t considered competitive, and not having a side bet is a form of losing face in Thailand. There is opportunity though, at temple fairs for young fighters to get their start without the pressures of gambling.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015