BRITISH Muay Thai legend Liam Harrison is relishing the opportunity to once again compete in the fast-growing promotion in the sport.
The Hitman will make his first outing of the year on Saturday night on the latest edition of the rapidly-growing Muay Thai Grand Prix, which will take place at the Indigo at London’s O2 Arena.
Standing in front of the light-welterweight wrecking machine in the Road to ONE main event will be Frenchman Brayan Matias, who will bid to extend his win streak to three in a row with a statement-making victory over Harrison.
Harrison, who has been on the sidelines for the last 18 months, said: “It’s been way too long since my last fight due to COVID restrictions.
“I feel like a caged animal ready to be unleashed.
“I can’t wait to show the British public what they’ve missed over the last 18 months whilst I’ve been sidelined, and there’s no better stage to do it on than at the Muay Thai Grand Prix.”
Having Bad Company’s Harrison compete under their banner again is a major coup for MTGP, which has fast become the leading Muay Thai promotion in Europe and the UK.
It took a mere five years for MTGP – which is run by Team Tieu chief Phillip – to receive global recognition and become a promotion up-and-coming UK talent aspire to compete in.
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Team Tieu has been directly responsible for the growth of the promotion, as well as the popularity of the art of the eight limbs in London.
Coaches David Tieu, Matthew Tieu and Michael Pham are just three of the renowned teachers of the martial art, preparing varying levels of fighters for bouts ranging from white-collar level to professional.
Fights to look out for on the card
Michael Pham vs Pelayo Ventoso Fraile
Pham – nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ – is a three-time European champion who was once ranked in the top ten in the United Kingdom.
He’s one of Team Tieu’s standout fighters having previously competed in ONE Championship, registering a unanimous decision victory over Mohamad Fakri Bin Yusoff in September 2019.
Amro Ghanem vs Tom Field
Nicknamed ‘The Handsome Killer’, Italy’s Amro Ghanem is one of the most exciting fighters on the Team Tieu roster.
The former WFMC English champion is 12-2 in his budding career and is never involved in a boring fight.
Liam Patel vs Matty Goleran
There’ll be knees aplenty from the long and rangy Liam Patel, who has amassed a 10-1 record since picking up Muay Thai as a teenager.
And if you like watching elusive fighters with nifty footwork, the fleet-footed and matador-esque Patel won’t leave you disappointed.
Muay Thai Grand Prix: Road to ONE will be available to purchase at MMA TV for £9.99.
MMA TV founder Siju Roseje said of the event: “Not only do we have a four-man tournament in the Road to ONE Championship portion of the card, with the winner fighting for a £100,000 prize, we also have the return of some of the best athletes in the world who are all UK homegrown and ranked top in their weight divisions.
“The talent the MTGP guys bring is electric and we’ll broadcast these spectacular events around the world and into new markets, continuing to grow this exhilarating sport and cultivate these highly skilled fighters.”
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