The first fight to feature on The Main Event, May 23rd is:
Panicos Yusuf (All Powers, Stockport) vs Stephen Meleady (Bad Company, Leeds)
This lightweight clash sees double World Muay Thai champion Panicos Yusuf up against teak tough Irishman Stephen Meleady, who recently relocated to Leeds to train at the Bad Company gym. Panicos has beaten several high calibre opponents during his 37-fight career including former stadium champion Rittijak Kaewsamrit, Dutch star Sergio Wielzen and Italian Calgero Palmieri, and is currently enjoying a 21-fight winning streak.
However, WMC European champion Meleady presents a test like few others the man from All Powers has previously faced, his aggressive, relentless fighting style and never-say-die determination proving too much for many so far. Meleady has fought at the very highest level against the best fighters on the planet and is one of few westerners to be ranked at the famous Lumpini stadium in Thailand. He fought on The Main Event in 2012, taking a win over UK Number 1 super-lightweight Keith Mclachlan and also holds a win over Paul Karpowicz.
Having lived in Thailand for several years he has seen and done it all in a career spanning 53 fights, during which time he has faced the likes of world renowned Thai superstar Saenchai, Sam-A and Rungravee Sasiprapa, to whom he dropped a very close decision. This fight features two of the very best lightweights in Europe up against one another in one of many bouts on The Main Event that will be in contention for fight of the year!
Michael Wakeling (Scorpions, London) vs Chad ‘2Slick’ Sugden (Suggy’s Gym, Newark)
To be fought under K1-rules, this fight sees Newark’s rising star Chad Sugden take on his toughest challenge to date in the form of double World champion Michael Wakeling, who has sat at the top of the UK rankings for many years.
The name Wakeling is synonymous with combat sports in the UK and between Michael and his brother Stephen there is little the family have not achieved. Michael claimed both European and World honours in Muay Thai at middleweight before moving onto the kickboxing circuit and beating the likes of Ali Gunyar and Pajonsuk Superpro en route to collecting the Enfusion World strap at 75kg. His record is unrivalled, reading 29wins, 1 loss and 1 draw from 31 professional contests.
At the age of just 20, Sugden has already achieved more than most and is seen as one of the best kickboxers the UK has produced in recent years. With an amateur record of over 100 bouts, during which he picked up several European and World titles, Sugden laid the foundations for his professional career from an early age under the guidance of his father and trainer Dean, himself a former World title holder.
Sugden made his professional debut on The Main Event in 2012 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise towards the top since. He is the current ISKA Oriental rules World champion and has fought on the biggest stages in the world already under the K1-Global banner.
In 2014 he took the highly regarded Enriko Kehl the distance on a fortnight’s notice in Germany, before returning to England and claiming a win over domestic rival Nathan Epps on The Main Event in June, taking his professional record to 12 wins and 3 losses from 15 bouts.
Will Wakeling extend his 10-year unbeaten run? Or will the young man from Newark come away with his biggest win?