Monday, July 7, 2014

Matches to Make after Lion Fight 16

Lion Fight 16 took place this past Friday in Las Vegas, NV. It was a night full of action as Kevin Ross was crowned the Lion Fight super lightweight champion with his win over Michael Thompson. Also on the card Tiffany Van Soest scored another win and called out Caley Reece as she continues the path to regaining her Lion Fight featherweight title.

So what’s next for the North American based Lion Fight 16 competitors? Here we play match maker and list fights that  we feel would make sense for the winners and some of losers from Lion Fight 16.

Kevin Ross vs. Demian Alamos
Ross is riding a three fight win streak and seems to have now regained his old form. Always a crowd pleaser Ross could be matched up with most likely anyone and it will be an exciting fight. Alamos made waves when he won the prestigious Lumpinee Championship back in 2012 and since then has become the first non-Thai to defend a Lumpinee title. Ross vs. Alamos would be a huge fight for Ross and a treat for American fans to get to see someone with the skill set of Alamos fighting in the states.

Tiffany Van Soest vs. Caley Reece
Since losing her Lion Fight featherweight title to Caley Reece at Lion Fight 13, Van Soest has won back to back fights. She defeated Lucy Payne, and Sindy Huyer in one sided victories and should be the obvious choice for Reece to defend her title against. The first fight was as close as a fight can get and these two ladies going another five rounds would only be fitting.

Gaston Bolanos vs. Jose Palacios
Bolanos scored an impressive one sided victory over Tyler Toner. From start to finish Bolanos was in control and was too much for Toner. Palacios is a tough veteran that would prove a solid test for Bolanos and would likely result in an exciting fight.

Casey Parlett vs. Damien Early
Parlett won his pro debut by handing Josh Shepard his first pro loss. A fight against another one of North America’s young guns would be perfecta and Damien Early fits the bill. Early has fought for Lion Fight before and is 2-1 as a pro. It would be a nice step in the right direction for Parlett if this fight were to happen.

Josh Shepard vs. Nate Chambers
Shepard tasted defeated for the first time against the debuting Casey Parlett. Shepard should be looking to get in the ring soon and make his first career defeat a distant memory. Nate Chambers, another Las Vegas based fighter would likely be an exciting fight for Shepard and a good way for him to try to get back on the winning track, although Chambers won’t be an easy fight.
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  1. I would love to see Damien Early fight on another Lion Fight card. I had the great pleasure of seeing him fight Josh Shepard live in Vegas Josh and Damien put on a hell of a show even though Damien lost the decision he entertained the crowd and gave Josh all he could handle. I have seen all three of Damien's pro fights and each fight was great. Every time this young man steps in to the ring he puts on a show. Lion Fight and Scott Kent would do well to put this kid on stage again.

  2. I believe Damien Alamos is retired as of last April, though it was never confirmed or denied, otherwise It'd be a great fight.

    Jose Palacios and Gaston Bolanos are loosely teammates representing academies that train closely together.