Lion Fight officials have announced that the Muay Thai promotion will debut on CBS Sports Network later this year.
Lion Fight 50, which is scheduled for November 3 from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, will make the first show to air on the new network. The card will begin following NCAA football games, with future events to air both live and via same-day delay.
“Lion Fight is truly a monumental occasion for our brand,” said Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight.
“We have grown significantly over the course of past seven years, conquered many hurdles, and now have put ourselves truly at the forefront. Our new partnerships with CBS Sports Network and Hollywood Park Casino have been the difference-makers for us, and to have a home in California as prominent and historic as the L.A. Memorial Coliseum is certainly something very special.”
Regian Eersel will defend his super middleweight title in the main event, with two other fights also announced. Eersel is 49-4 in his career, including a fourth round head-kick knockout of Jo Nattawut.
Eersel (49-4) has wrecked each opponent he has faced inside the Lion Fight ring, beginning with his stunning fourth-round head-kick knockout of two-division champion Jo Nattawut in a non-title bout. The Suriname-born Dutch star followed that victory with three consecutive demolitions, claiming the 168-pound division crown with a second-round destruction of England’s Jake Purdy, then notching his first successful title defense with an opening-round finish against Bahamian D.C. Pratt. Most recently under the Lion Fight banner, Eersel then erased the memories of last loss by avenging it with a fourth-round dismantling of Czech Matous Kohout.
A pair of unbeaten young lions will vie for the organization’s inaugural North American Lightweight Title as Jordan Harris (4-0) of Palmdale, California, is set to take on Josh Scales (3-0) of Austin, Texas.
In a welterweight clash, bragging rights will be up for grabs as two Los Angeles-area fan favorites square off. Josh Aragon (13-4), most recently seen representing Lion Fight at an event in England, returns home to face rival Brian Del Rosario (6-2).
More main-card matchups, including Eersel’s championship bout opponent along with bouts featuring Long Beach’s Kana Hyatt and the return of Chris Trammel, will be announced very soon. The Lion Fight 50 preliminary bouts are highlighted by several of California’s top amateur standouts with those matchups being announced shortly as well.