Xtreme Fight Night 1 - Event Preview
Shamrock Fighting Championships returns to their roots on November 15th with a return to professional kickboxing and boxing.
Dubbed "Xtreme Fight Night," this hybrid show will feature professional kickboxing and boxing, as well as amateur MMA and kickboxing. This will be a special treat for those fans who hearken back to the days of Pride Fighting Championships and love seeing MMA inside the ring.
Local MMA fans will be salivating over the chance to see Darryl Cobb take on Joel Blair in a kickboxing match. It's no secret that Cobb, fighting out of Jermaine Andre's Academy, relies heavy on his kickboxing, and is primarily responsible for his six wins in professional MMA. Fans will be excited to see Cobb unleash his stand-up without having to worry about the takedown, which has often plagued him in MMA.
Cobb will match-up with Blair, who is no stranger to kickboxing himself having started out as an amateur kick boxer for trying his hand at MMA. Blair is tough as nails and hard to put away and will be not afraid to stand and trade with the hard punching Cobb. This fight could easily steal the show.
Joining Cobb and Blair will be "The Italian Tank" Luigi Fioravanti. Fioravanti is stepping away from MMA to lace up the gloves and face Anthony Livingston in a kickboxing bout. Fioravanti showed he posses a complete array of stand-up trickery as evident with his three round slugfest with Josh Thorpe one year ago. Fioravanti hit Thrope with everything but the kitchen sink, mixing it up with knees, elbows, and hard punches from all angles.
Fighting out of Poplar Bluff, MO, Livingston has one punch KO power, as his evident of string of first round KO's as an amateur that has continued into his first pro fight against Bo Kunz. Fioravanti should have a sizable amount of experience on his side and could be able to out maneuver Livingston, but may not have the power to put him away.
For boxer Nick Reeder (4-1-1) it will be a curtain call. Reeder last saw action on November, 2013 where he defeated Dakota Talbott by unanimous decision. Reeder, out of Springfield, IL, has made it clear that his match-up against Eric Crittendon will be his last trip to the ring.
Also lacing up the boxing gloves is Jose Jones and Wayne Collier. Jones last saw action against MMA blue chipper Adam Meredith where he lost a decision.
On the amateur MMA side, keep an eye out on Dalton Voyles an accomplished high school wrestler. You may have heard of his famous older brother Justin Lawrence, who recently took home the RFA featherweight title. Voyles, much like Lawrence, has been built from the ground up by 21st Century Self Defense's Benny Voyles and will have great stand-up to go along with good wrestling. Voyles will take on Scott Sutherland.
Evan Elders has established himself as one of the area's best young talents and will be taking on Cortez Heard as one of the marquee match-ups on the undercard.
To purchase tickets and for more info, visit shamrockfightingchampionships.com
Professional Main Card:
Reeder vs Eric Crittendon - Boxing
Jose Jones vs Wayne Collier - Boxing
Luigi Fioravanti vs Anthony Livingston - Kickboxing
Darryl Cobb vs Joel Blair - Kickboxing
Dalton Voyles vs Scott Sutherland
Edrick Dillard vs Tim Masters
Shapen Jordan vs Justin Baker
Evan Elders vs Cortez Heard
Armin Dubonovic vs Freedom Jones
Gabby Labbee vs Cora Sanders
Shawn Knobelock vs Dan Scaggs
Zane Clerk vs Jabir Ziyards
Xtreme Fight Night 1
Saturday, November 15th
Lumiere Place Casino, St. Louis, MO