Muay Thai: Yodsanklai vs Masud Minai headlines MAS 1 fight show in China
Yodsanklai Fairtex of Thailand (l) and Masoud Minaei of Iran (r) at the weigh-ins ahead of their muaythai encounter on April 15, 2017 in Guangzhou, China / Pic: Facebook

Yodsanklai Fairtex squares off with Masoud Minaei in China.

Fight promotion “Martialism Square” is held on Saturday April 15 in Guangzhou. Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex (195-71-4, 77 KO’s) of Thailand headlines the event in the international battle against Masoud Minaei (13-1) of Iran.

The 31-year-old Yodsanklai Fairtex is riding a stretched 22-fight undefeated streak. Since 2012 he earned the victories over numerous notable kickboxers, including Yohan Lidon, Mohammed El-Mir, Kem Sitsongpeenong, among others. However, since October 2015 until this year “Yod” had some time off. He returned in February with the KO victory in Round 2 against Saifullah Hambahadov.

The 24-year-old Masoud Minaei states almost an untouched record 14-1. Furthermore, he earned 8 out of 13 victories by way of either KO or TKO. The list of defeated opponents includes Maxim Spodarenko, Benjamin Mahoney, Aikpracha Meenayothin, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and others. To date Minaei faced a single defeat against Yasuhiro Kido in 2013.

Yodsanklai Fairtex vs Masoud Menaei is a 70 kg bout. The explained rules of the contest are unusual for a typical muaythai match. The bout is a 1 round challenge with the duration of 9 minutes. To win, the contender has to score a knockout. The striking techniques comprise a complete arsenal of the Art of Eight Limbs. In addition, standing submissions are in use as well as throwing the opponent is allowed. No wrestling or striking on the ground allowed.

The program of the event also includes a series of international bouts with Brendan Barrett and Aline Sattelmayer announced on the card. The official weigh-in ceremony was conducted on Friday.

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former National champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. Iskenderov is also the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) international coordinator for Australia.


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