Regian Eersel will put his super middleweight title on the line at Lion Fight 38 agains the last fighter to defeat him, Matous Kahout.
The bout was announced as the new main event for the September 29 event that airs live on AXS TV.
Below is a release and the current fight card:
Lion Fight Promotions, the worldwide leader in Muay Thai combat, is very excited to announce that a new main event has been set for Lion Fight 38 coming up on Friday, September 29th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Destructive knockout artist and reigning Lion Fight super middleweight champion Regian “The Immortal” Eersel (46-4) will put his belt on the line against the last man to beat him – Czech star Matous Kahout (39-9).
Eersel has blasted through his opposition inside the Lion Fight ring, including a fourth-round head-kick knockout of two-division champion Jo Nattawut, a second-round demolition of Jake Purdy to claim the title, and then a vicious first-round finish of D.C. Pratt in his first title defense. The Amsterdam, Holland, product, who has posted nine consecutive knockout victories, will be out to avenge his last defeat when Kahout notched a unanimous decision verdict over Eersel in March of last year in Prague, Czech Republic.
The new main event was created as a result of both Tong “Tukkatong” Anucha and Saemapetch Fairtex being denied travel visas to come to the United States from Thailand. The pair had been set to clash for the Lion Fight super lightweight title. Saemapetch’s teammate Stamp Fairtex was also denied a travel visa, and as a result, Italy’s Silvia La Notte (61-13-4) will now face England’s Dani Fall (12-1) in women’s light flyweight action at Lion Fight 38.
“Recent changes to the statutes regarding travel visas from Thailand to the United States caught everyone off-guard, and unfortunately, the process now takes much longer than it previously did,” explained Scott Kent, President & CEO of Lion Fight. “We had no warning and the fighters’ personal information was all above board. However, they can no longer simply get a travel visa and come for a fight. We have every intention of starting the process for Tukkatong, Saemapetch and Stamp to get their travel visas and their fights will be rescheduled as quickly as possible.
“Despite the late changes, we are immensely excited to have Regian Eersel returning in an outstanding main event against the only man in over two years to beat him Matous Kohout, our first-ever fighter to come from Eastern Europe. I have no doubt this will be the best super middleweight title fight in our history and a fight that fans around the world will be watching.”
Tickets for Lion Fight 38 are on sale at www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight.
Lion Fight 38 will air live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Updated Lion Fight 38 Lineup
Regian Eersel (46-4) vs. Matous Kahout (39-9) – Super Middleweight Title
Juan Jackson (9-1) vs. Elijah Clarke (6-1) – Light Heavyweight
Silvia La Notte (61-13-4) vs. Dani Fall (12-1) – Women’s Light Flyweight
Timothy Woods (8-1) vs. Brett Hlavacek (17-5) – Cruiserweight
Jonathan George (2-1-1) vs. Jafar Toshev (1-0) – Lightweight
Robert Morrow (Pro Debut) vs. Steve Walker (1-0) – Super Cruiserweight