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CSC 32 Battleware Fighting Championships



Richmond, Virginia (VA) hosts a long running Muay Thai and mixed martial arts (MMA) fight series, known as the Combat Sports Challenge (CSC). On January 21, 2012, CSC partnered with Battleware Technologies to present CSC 32 Battleware Fighting Championships, which featured two amateur Muay Thai title fights, seven amateur Muay Thai fights, and four professional MMA fights. The fights were sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association (WKA).

HIGHLIGHTS

Contenders from Maryland (MD), Virginia, and North Carolina (NC) fought in front of a sold out crowd at the Richmond West Crown Plaza. All nine kickboxing fights were exciting. Here are highlights from a few of them.

There were two WKA amateur title fights this evening: the US Men Light Welterweight and the VA State Women Super Strawweight.The US Men Light Welterweight title fight was between Carlos Lopez from Disciple MMA (Dulles, VA) and Brandon Mickens from Combat Sports Center (Richmond, VA). Both Lopez and Mickens are highly decorated kickboxers. Lopez won the 2011 Thai Championship Boxing Featherweight title, and Mickens took gold in Thai boxing at the 2011 WKA World Championship in Karlsruhe, Germany. This fight was set at 140 pounds and scheduled for five, two-minute rounds. The fighters exchanged punches and kicks, but they both favored the clinch while striking the opponent’s body repeatedly with sharp knees. In the end, Lopez came out victorious with a unanimous decision.

At 106 pounds, the two women who fought for the Super Strawweight title were petite, but lethal. Mickens’ teammate, Ani Hilditch, who won silver in K-1 kickboxing at the WKA World Championship, fought Robin Reese from DC Boxing & Fitness (Washington, DC). The fight went the distance with Hilditch winning with a unanimous decision. Hilditch dominated the fight from the beginning, exhibiting more fluidity of movement as she utilized her kicks and superman punches to her advantage. While this was Reese’s first fight, she was not intimidated. But despite her best attempts, Reese could not thwart Hilditch’s aggressiveness.

The first of four knockouts of the night happened in the second fight between Mike “The Bear Claw” Parker from DC Boxing and Fitness and Seth Sophia from Combat Sports Center (Baltimore). In round one, Sophia immediately charged in on Parker. He had Parker against the ropes several times, throwing fast and intense punches. It looked like Sophia was going to take Parker down, but Sophia’s pace slowed as the round progressed. Parker managed to survive round one.  After that, Parker started to dictate the pace. Like the tortoise up against the hare, Parker methodically broke down the defenses of his opponent, executing his combinations with ease. In the final round, Parker picked up steam, and with the crowd rallying behind him, he executed a cross-hook combination to knock out Sophia.

Parker’s teammate, James Kellaris, went up against Dustin Medlin from Yamasaki (Rockville, MD). Kellaris utilized his length advantage to execute powerful front and round kicks. He knocked down Medlin in the first and second rounds, but Medlin was tough and stayed in the fight. Going into the final round, Kellaris was winning the fight. Knowing he needed a knockout to win, Medlin increased his aggressiveness. Unfortunately, he had issues with kicks and knees to the groin. Medlin received a warning when he caught Kellaris with a groin shot in the first round. In the last round, Medlin had a point deducted for a second occurrence, and after a third occurrence, he was disqualified. These shots were not malicious or intentional, but it looked like fatigue and eagerness made it more difficult for Medlin to land the knee and kick maneuvers properly. While a win is a win, Kellaris was disappointed he didn’t get the opportunity to take the fight to the end.

One of the best fights of the night was between Diamond Watson from Combat Sports Center (Baltimore) and Lubomyr Murashchik from Yamasaki. Watson and Murashchik were aggressive, fast, and strong. The bout was evenly matched with a flurry of kicks, punches, and knees from both fighters. Murashchik’s corner was yelling “go for the knockout,” but Watson was on the attack himself to win the fight. The scorecard for this fight was: 28-29, 29-27, and 28-28. The result was a draw. The crowd would love to see a rematch!

RESULTS RECAP

Here’s a recap of the amateur Muay Thai fight result. The fights were scheduled for 3, 2-minute rounds, except for the US Title Light Welterweight bout, which was scheduled for 5, 2-minute rounds.  

Weight (lbs)

Winner

Opponent

Result

US Men Light Welterweight Title

140

Carlos Lopez
Disciple MMA
Dulles, VA

Brandon Mickens
Combat Sports Center
Richmond, VA

Unanimous Decision

Virginia State Women Super Strawweight Title

106

Ani Hilditch
Combat Sports Center
Richmond, VA

Robin Reese
DC Boxing & Fitness
Washington, DC

Unanimous Decision

Other Fights

178

Lubomyr Murashchik
Yamasaki
Rockville, MD

 Vs

 Diamond Watson
Combat Sports Center
Baltimore, MD

 

Draw

165

Konstantine Krapiva
Yamasaki
Rockville, MD

Jjordan Zittle
Combat Sports Center
Baltimore, MD

Unanimous Decision

190

Mike Parker
DC Boxing & Fitness
Washington, DC

Seth Sofia
Combat Sports Center
Baltimore, MD

TKO
Round 3

195

Waynes Martin

Dick Harrell
Charlotte, NC

Kaila Reeves

Hybrid Academy
Virginia Beach, VA

TKO
Round 1

178

James Kellaris
DC Boxing & Fitness
Washington, DC

Dustin Medlin
Yamasaki
Rockville, MD

Disqualified (shots to the groin)

190

Douglas Seamans
Dick Harrell
Charlotte, NC

Rivera Figueroa Combat Sports Center
Baltimore, MD

TKO
Round 3

154

Brian Butler
Combat Sports Center
Richmond, VA

Robert Gonzalez
DC Boxing & Fitness
Washington, DC

KO
Round 2

 

The results of the professional MMA fights are not available at this time.

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