Van Soest vs. Rufus Announced for Lion Fight AXS TV Debut

Van Soest


As announced last week, Lion Fight Promotions will bring kickboxing to national TV this coming January on AXS TV. This week, they announce their first female match to be broadcast.

LFP mainstay Tiffany Van Soest will take on England’s Alexis Rufus on the promotion’s first televised card Jan. 25 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. They announcement was made this week on Inside MMA.

Van Soest is the current WBC kickboxing champion, having defeated Jeri Seitz this past October for the belt. She is 4-0 as a pro.

Rufus holds several world titles and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Kate Stables this past Saturday at Smash Muay Thai 2.

Femme Fatale Card Hits Vancouver Saturday

Two pro bouts and several amateur boxing bouts will be going down Friday night in Vancouver, Canada.

The main event will feature Sarah Pucek taking on Lucia Larcinese for the vacant Canadian featherweight title. Also on the pro side of the card, Jaime Ward will face Alisah McPhee.

On the amateur undercard Jullian Kim and Darren Featherstone battle for the Vancouver Heavyweight title,  Darcie Nestor faces Jillian Sask, and  Kyla McKenzie takes on Kate Robinson.

Several other ammy bouts will be announced Thursday.

Muay Thai – Kelly Defeats Kitchen; Kielholtz Takes Tournament Crown

Kelly def. Kitchen Courtesy Freddy Sosa

Kelly def. Kitchen Courtesy Freddy Sosa

Two big Muay Thai events happened this past weekend as we start to wrap up 2012 in the sport.

In a clash of Muay Thai champs, The UK’s Amanda Kelly defeats fellow Brit Julie Kitchen via split decision at the Muay Thai in America card in Playa Vista, CA.

Kelly was aggressive in the first two rounds of action, but Kitchen started to gain some ground in the last three rounds. It wasn’t enough as Kelly gets the upset victory. Kelly improves to 31-1-1, while Kitchen lost her second straight fight to a top ranked Muay Thai fighter.




Meanwhile, Europe’s  Enfusion Muay Thai reality show concluded it’s season with the conclusion on their 132 pound women’s tournament in Slovenia.

Throughout the season, the female fighters were the team captains to their male counterparts.

Four fighters make it to the semi-finals as American Lindsay Scheer took on Denise Keilholtz (Holland); while Chajmaa Bellakhal (Morocco) took on Lucy Payne (England). Payne and Keilholtz would both get unanimous decision wins advancing to the finals.

In what was an action packed match, Keilholtz would get the majority decision win to be crowned tournament champion.

Lion Fight Announces TV Deal any sort of kickboxing on U.S. TV is a feat in itself. Now, Lion Fight Promotions have inked a deal that will see Muay Thai, male and female, get national exposure. The promotion announced Thursday that it will start to broadcast their cards live on AXSTV starting Jan. 25.

Lion Fight has always had female Muay Thai fights on their cards, with stars such as Tiffany Van Soest, Elena Maxwell, Roxy Richardson, and Vivian Leung. The TV deal could also draw some popular female fighters to the promotion.

No word on who will be competing on the Jan. 25 card.

Tiffany Junot Upsets Mia St. John; Becomes WBC Light Middleweight Champ


With only two weeks notice, Tiffnay Junot went from starting to prepare to face Mia St. John to becoming WBC Light Middleweight champ.

Junot (10-3-1) had lost via unanimous decision to Kuulei Kupihea this past July, but stepped up when after Molly McConnell had to drop out of the fight due to an injury. Junot would win a unanimous decision (98-94, 96-94, 96-94) this past weekend in Bakersfield, CA.

St. John (47-12-2) had defeated Christy Martin for the belt this past August.

No word on when Junot will defend her new title.

Two Years After Being Shot, Rola el-Halabi to Return to the Boxing Ring

Courtesy Sydney Morning Herald

Former boxing champ Rola El-Halabi isn’t going to let getting shot foil her dreams of being the dominate boxer she wants to continue to be.

It was April 2011 when El-Halabi’s step-father and former manger Hicham El-Halabi shot Rola in the right hand, left knee, and both feet before her IBA/IBF title defense versus  Irma Adler in Berlin, Germany. Hicham was sentanced to 6 years in prison last year for the incident. Rola was in wheelchair for three months, but went through a vigorous rehab to get back into the arena she loves.

Since she was inactive due to her injures, the IBF and IBA titles she held were vacated; but she will get her chance to regain the IBA title when she climbs into the ring to take on Italy’s Lucia Morelli in Ulm, Germany January 13.

El-Halabi is 11-0 as a pro, with six finishes to her credit; including a notable TKO win over Mia St. John.

“It’s like a second birth. I didn’t want to say goodbye to this great sport,” El-Halabi told Sapa-AFP. “This is like Christmas, a birthday and Easter all rolled into one.”

Beltrian Takes WBC Kickboxing Title, Tang Upsets Ovchynnikova


The Netherlands Jemyma Betrian gets to bring some gold home with her.

Jemyma Betrian defeated Australia’s Tiana Caverley by unanimous decision this past weekend at the WCK event at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. The 21 year old improves to 14-2 and climbs to the top of the kickboxing rankings.

In an upset, Chinese fighter Xifeng Tang got a unanimous decision win over Ukraine’s Lena Ovchynnikova by unanimous decision. This was Tang’s debut in America.

Tiana Caverley and Jemyma Betrian to Battle for WBC Muay Thai 135 Title



Coming off a third round TKO win, WBC Muay Thai champ Tiana Caverley will make the trip from her homeland of Australia to Las Vegas to take on the Netherland’s Jemyma Betrian Sunday at the Plaza Hotel.

The two time champ got her last win in Perth, Australia this past May with the TKO win over of the Thailand chamions Dionapha Kiangsak. Caverley has record of 32-7-2 with 5 KOS.

21 year old Betrian is already 13-2 with 6 KOs.


Also on the card, MMA vet and European Muay Thai artist Lena Ovchynikova will squares off against China’s top female champion in Tang Jin.

Muay Thai’s Julie Kitchen to take on Amanda Kelly in December



Coming off a loss to Miriam Nakamoto, Julie Kitchen is hoping to rebound as she takes on fellow UK star Amanda Kelly at “Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King” Dec. 1 in Los Angeles.

Kitchen is 47-9-1 in her career in MuayThai and was ranked #1 before her loss to American fighter Nakamoto. A 14 time world champion, she is has been the poster-girl for the female kickboxing community.

Scottish fighter Kelly is an up and coming talent in Europe, touting two world titles.

She has become a phenom in her own right, challenging “The Queen of Muay Thai”.

“This match-up has been in the works for quite some time, but no promoter in UK has ever been able to make it happen” stated MTIA president Don McDaniels in a press release. “Julie has a huge following in the United States, it should be a treat for her fans to get to see her fight on American soil once again against a great fighter such Amanda Kelly.”

The fight will serve as the co-main event of the evening, and will air live on DIRECT TV® and INDEMAND® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Dec. 1.

Video – All-Female Boxing Card in Tijuana, Mexico

The “All-female” MMA card trend has spread to boxing.

Oct. 25 in Tijuana, Mexico, 12 talented pro boxers duke it out. The main event featured  Joselyn Ruiz vs. Yadira Trejo for the vacant NABF flyweight title. Ruiz would get the second round KO>

You can watch all six fights by clicking on the links below.