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Lion Fight 40: A Look Ahead

by Brian Woodman Jr. on 01/28/18

The Muay Thai organization Lion Fight will feature three title fights on its next card at Foxwoods Resort  Casino in Mashantucket, CT. One of these fights, a light heavyweight bout between Brett Hlavacek (18-6) and Elijah Clarke (8-1), will be for a North American title – the first time Lion Fight has put up this kind of belt for any weight class, according to information from the company.
The other two title bouts on the Feb. 3 card are for world belts.
The main event is a cruiserweight title fight between Chip Moraza-Pollard (6-0) of Plymouth, MA and Slava Alexichek (30-8) – a Siberian native currently living in New Zealand.
Moraza-Pollard won the organization’s first cruiserweight belt at Lion Fight 37 last summer, defeating Paul Banasiak by unanimous decision. He later defeated Jordan Smith at Lion Fight 39 in London in November and won the Muay Thai Grand Prix cruiserweight belt.
Alexichek won King in the Ring’s cruiserweight title during a one-night tournament in New Zealand last year, defeating three other fighters.
The other title bout is a lightweight fight between three-time world champion Lerdsila PhuketTopTeam (186-31-5) and New Zealand native Alexi Serepisos (40-10) – the latter is making his debut in the organization and like Alexichek is a veteran of King in the Ring.
Alexichek won King in the Ring’s cruiserweight title during a one-night tournament in New Zealand last year, defeating three other fighters.
Lion Fight spokespersons stated that Lerdsilla, who has held belts in three weight classes, achieved a 100-fight winning streak. He knocked out Jacob Hebeisen in the second round at Lion Fight 36 in April of last year at Foxwoods with a side kick to the jaw.
The main card includes three more professional fights. Julio Pena (4-1) will fight Issac Tijerina (1-1) in a lightweight bout. P.J. Sweda (2-2) will fight Chris Mims (1-0) in a middleweight bout. Steve Walker (2-0) will fight Cole Fetzner in a super cruiserweight bout. 
The preliminary card will include three professional fights. Johnny Lindor (2-1) will fight Mike Triana (2-1) in a lightweight bout. Cody Laskarm making his professional debut, will fight Brian Bogue (0-1) in a super middleweight bout. Dustin Carrollm also starting as a professional, will fight Tom Evans (0-3) in a middleweight bout.
The event will begin with three amateur matches, each of which will last three rather than five rounds. Connor Fenton will fight Aaron Ortiz in a middleweight bout. Jurrell Laronal will fight Shaun Shubert in another middleweight bout. J. Lucky Henry will fight Ross Levine in a light heavyweight bout.

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