Kickboxing promotion Kunlun Fight 61 results: Yodsanklai Fairtex defeats Cedric Manhoef
Yodsanklai Fairtex (l) and Cedric Manhoef (r) at Kunlun Fight 61 Sanya / Pic: Facebook

Yodsanklai Fairtex defeats Cedric Manhoef and Soichiro Miyakoshi

Chinese kickboxing promotion Kunlun Fight 61 was held on Sunday May 14 in Sanya. The 16-fight program included the 70 kg qualifying tournament with one of the most famous muaythai fighters featuring on the card, Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The notable Thai fighter Yodsanklai Fairtex battled out in the Group 8 of the qualifying tournament. In the first bout he squared off and defeated Dutch-Surinamese Cedric Manhoef. The pair was previously expected to meet in February. In the second bout the King of Muay Thai defeated Soichiro Miyakoshi of Japan. The latter eliminated Robson Minotinho of Brazil earlier on the night.

In summary, adding two victories Yodsanklai Fairtex continues the winning streak since his return to action in February. He defeated Sayfullah Hambakhadov at Kunlun Fight 57 and similarly stopped Masoud Menaei at MAS-1 in April.

In the Group 9 of the tournament, the representative of the country-host Zhang Dezheng defeated Chris Terengam and Sayfullah Hambakhadov. In the reserve bout Deng Li defeated Giovanni Boyer.

The program at Kunlun Fight 61 also included the semi-finals of women’s kickboxing tournament. Laetita Madjene of France defeated Anissa Haddaoui of Holland, while Wang Kehan of China defeated Anke Van Gestel of Belgium. In addition, the fight card comprised a series of super fights. The complete results are presented below.

Kunlun Fight 61 Results

70-kilogram tournament – Group 8
Semi-final A: Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Cedric Manhoef
Semi-final B: Soichiro Miyakoshi def. Robson Minotinho
Final: Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Soichiro Miyakoshi

70-kilogram tournament – Group 9
Semi-final A: Zhang Dezheng def. Chris Terengam
Semi-final B: Sayfullah Hambakhadov def. William Diender
Final: Zhang Dezheng def. Sayfullah Hambakhadov

70-kilogram tournament reserve bout
Deng Li def. Giovanni Boyer

Womens Kickboxing tournament semi-finals
Laetitia Madjene def. Anissa Haddaoui by decision
Wang Kehan def. Anke Van Gestel by extra round decision

Other bouts
Julio Lobo def. Li Yuankun
Keijiro Miyakoshi def. Bai Lishuai
Wang Wenfeng def. Vladimir Leijin by KO R1
Wei Ninghui def. Hector Santiago
Wu Jingcong def. Takuma
Li Shuaihu def. Michael Garraffo by KO R1
Pan Jiayun def. Wanchaloem