‘RUMBLE in the Rockies’ makes its return this Saturday afternoon and organiser Martin Horgan is expecting it to be yet another action packed event.
The MuayThai Fight Night — presented by Siam Warriors where Horgan is a coach — will be held at Blackrock National Hurling Club and the headlining fight sees Cork’s Finn Keating take on Phillip Nee for the Irish ISKA MuayThai Featherweight title.
“All the lads are really looking forward to it,” said Horgan.
“Keating is one of the main lads coming through for the years ahead, he is fighting for an Irish title at the age of just 18 so it is very exciting for him.
“We have five main fights which will be the full Thai rules. On this show we have young and adult amateur fighters in the opening card and there are some Cork lads are on it.
“Then we will move on to the fighters without the padding, the pro-style fighting where there will be C and B-class fights and then it will be the full rules in A-class fighting.
“We should have a full house at the event but tickets are still available from the fighters and also there will be some on the door.
“It should be an exciting night. Anyone that ever comes to a Thai boxing event are never disappointed because it’s full-on and action packed.”
The trainer was also keen to praise Cork man Sean Clancy, who was recently named 2019 WBC Muay Thai fighter of the year.
Clancy had a remarkable year as he became Super-Lightweight World champion, winning the International title in March before claiming the World championship in July and he will be presented with his award at the upcoming WBC MuayThai World convention in Bangkok in March.
“Things really came through for him last year,” added Horgan.
“He doesn’t really get the recognition he deserves. He’s achieved a lot but in Cork he would be relatively unknown. Sean has the stitch count of about 100 from cuts so he’s earned this award.”