KIWI’S READY TO ROAR

When Slava Alexeichik and Alexei Serepisos climb on the Plane to Connecticut in the States next Tuesday, to fight for the Lion Fight world titles, it will be another step on the road to reaching their fighting goals. For Alexeichik the first steps on this journey started on the 24th of March 2007. The venue was a crowded Ocean City Chinese Restaurant and the result that night was a points victory over Ricky Te Pania. Slava very quicly established himself as a fighter to watch. Moving from the 75.3kg weight that he started fighting at, to a more comfortable 80kg, Slava developed severe knock out power. In fact I once suggested to him that he should call himself the undertaker, as he was laying so many of his opponents out cold. Over the years Slava has fought as heavy as 94kg and has been competitive in whatever division he chooses. His fight, which is the main event on Lion Fight 40 is at 84kg. This is the lightest weight he has fought at since March 2014, but his trainer Tony Angelov from City Lee Gar thinks this is a good weight for him. Tony had this to say about the training camp. ”┬áSlav’s training has been going through the holidays and he’s looking in great shape. He’s kept the roll on after winning king in the ring and trimmed up even more to make the weight of 185lbs (84kg). It’s been a while since he’s been that light. We’ve done a bit of study on his opponent Chip Morazza Pollard and think Slav has a great chance of winning based on the way their styles match up, as well as Slavs edge in experience and height advantage.” Slava has never made any secret of the fact that he loves fighting with full Thai rules and some of his most spectacular wins have come using all eight weapons. Lion Fight is filling a need for fighters wanting to show case their ability in Muay Thai and Tony Angelov is quietly optimistic that this journey could be the start of something bigger. ”┬áThe promotion Lion Fight looks to be making a name for itself in the states, so for Slav to be offered a shot at their cruiserweight title shows the respect they have for us. It also means that winning the title should get him a defense opportunity in the near future. Hopefully this opens up the doors for more and more kiwi fighters getting on their shows. Alexi is fighting for their lightweight title and looks to have a very tough fight on his hands but all going well there will be 2 new kiwi world champions Feb 3rd. The venue, Foxwoods casino is the 3rd biggest casino in the world so we’re looking forward to a big show!” Foxwoods Casino is certainly a step up from the Ocean City Chinese Restaurant, but I believe Slava can take one giant step for Kiwi’s on February 3rd.

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