Muay Thai Kickboxing Coming to Bally’s
ATLANTIC CITY — TaKe On Productions, New York’s premiere Muay Thai promotion, and MSG Sports recently announced that the “Battle at Bally’s” — a full-rules professional and amateur Muay Thai event — will be happening live at Bally’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout the tri-state area, or by going here. Tickets start at $50 each for a 12-bout card.
Daniel Brockdorf, regional vice president of database marketing for Caesars Entertainment, feels Atlantic City is the perfect location for this type of entertainment.
“As Atlantic City’s destination for boxing and mixed martial arts, the partnership with TaKe On Productions and MSG to bring Muay Thai to Atlantic City is a natural fit,” says Brockdorf in a release. “Bringing another form of entertainment to Bally’s ensures that we remain the center of the action in Atlantic City.”
Featured bouts in the 12-bout card include:
* Sean Hinds (16-5, Mushin MMA) vs. James Martinez (21-8) – Hinds trains at Mushin gym alongside UFC Fighters Georges St-Pierre and John Cholish, and pro MMA fighter Erik Owings. Martinez is a K-1 veteran, and also competed on “The Contender: Muay Thai.”
* Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz (14-9, Cool Hearts Muay Thai) vs. Eddie “The Knockout Artist” Martinez (28-4, 1-0-2, 19 KO’s, 5 Points Academy) – Greskiewicz has fought all of the top North American Muay Thai fighters including Kevin Ross and Omar Ahmed. Martinez fought to a draw with Turan “The Tornado” Hasanov on TaKe On’s recent “Battle at the Beacon” card.
* Nick Vaughan (12-1,The Wat) vs. Chase Walden (13-2, Hybrid Training Center) – Vaughan trains under legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Phil Nurse, and recently won the WKA 165 lbs North American Title. Walden hails from Virginia Beach, VA, and holds an impressive 13-2 record.
* Jay Matias (12-5, Sitan Gym NYC) vs. Jake Mainini (12-1,Boston Muay Thai) – Matias trains under World Champion Muay Thai coach * Aziz Nabih, and is one of the country’s top 5 amateur fighters. He is the WKA North American light weight champion, and will be making his professional debut. Mainini, who holds an outstanding 12-1 record, went to Thailand to train for his extremely tough opponent.
The “Battle at Bally’s” event will also be streamed live via Internet PPV provider GoFightLive (GFL.tv) at a cost of $9.95.