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Sparta Sports and Entertainment hosts first ever Lethwei championship bout in North America

Published: Nov. 8, 2020 at 8:57 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Sparta Sports and Entertainment held the first ever Lethwei championship bout in North America at the Outlaw Saloon in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There were 12 bouts on the card, ranging from boxing, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, muay thai, and lethwei.

Chris Lockhart, left, clinches with opponent Joshua Oppenheimer, right, during their muay thai...
Chris Lockhart, left, clinches with opponent Joshua Oppenheimer, right, during their muay thai match at the Outlaw Saloon.(KGWN)

“It’s not the basic football, basketball, it’s actually something that’s more physical, I think it just makes it more overall exciting,” fan at the event, Amisty Trujillo said.

With there being restrictions around the U.S. due to the pandemic, this event had a limited sized crowd. Regardless, it didn’t stop the fighters preparation from showcasing their abilities.

“For me personally, the Covid stuff sucked but it didn’t suck in the way of sports because I was always going to find a way to train, I was always going to find a way to get better,” Muay Thai fighter, Zakaria Krapf said.

DeMarcus Patterson, right, throws a jab at opponent Isaiah Trujillo, left, during their...
DeMarcus Patterson, right, throws a jab at opponent Isaiah Trujillo, left, during their kickboxing bout at the Outlaw Saloon.(KGWN)

The fight card was action-packed, especially the main event lethwei championship between David Leduc and Cyrus Washington.

Results:

Fight 1 (Muay Thai): Chris Lockhart def. Joshua Oppenheimer, unanimous decision (UD)

Fight 2 (kickboxing): DeMarcus Patterson def. Isaiah Trujillo, UD

Fight 3 (kickboxing): Chris DeLuca def. Nehemiah Richardson, UD

Fight 4 (MMA): Llorrvic Acevedo def. Payton Hayes, submission (armbar, 1:19 into Round 1)

Fight 5 (kickboxing): Justin Carrico def. John Spoelstra, UD

Fight 6 (kickboxing): Shane Lall def. Ilias El Kasri. split decision (SD)

Fight 7 (MMA): Josh Hernandez def. Rich Morquecho, UD

Fight 8 (kickboxing): Sam Gaffney def. Joseph Her, SD

Fight 9 (Muay Thai): Joe Sanderson def. Zakaria Krapf, TKO (1:22 into Round 3)

Fight 10 (MMA): Geno Shvedov def. Noufel El Kasri, UD (for 145lb MMA title, new champion)

Fight 11 (kickboxing, Co-main): Nikki Cruz def. Khortni Kamyron, UD (125lb MMA title)

Fight 12 (Lethwei, main event): Dave Leduc def. Cyrus Washington, TKO (verbal tapout, Lethwei International championship).

Lethwei champion, David Leduc, celebrates his successful title defense in rematch against Cyrus...
Lethwei champion, David Leduc, celebrates his successful title defense in rematch against Cyrus Washington, at the Outlaw Saloon.(KGWN)

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