Battle in the Desert 4 - Mulkey vs Chu
Report from Muay Thai Authority:
by Faye Lucas
Las Vegas -- Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 4", took place at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it was an action packed night. Despite a bout between Eduardo Maiorino and Terroll Dees being scratched from the fight card the day of the event, the remaining six professional bouts were all high quality fights.
The night's main event featured a WBC Muay Thai international middleweight title fight between Chaz Mulkey and Simon Chu. Both fighters came out aggressive and looking to establish the temp of the fight, in the second round Mulkey started to take control as he pressed forward forcing Chu to fight moving backwards. Chu was able to land some good strikes as Mulkey pressed the action, but Mulkey was able to continuously land solid kicks and connect with punches, in the clinch he was able to keep Chu from landing elbows. Chu did cut Mulkey on the top of his head later in the fight, but it didn't really affect Mulkey. The fight went the distance and all three judges awarded the bout to Mulkey, the unanimous decision win marks the first title defense of his WBC Muay Thai international title. With the win Mulkey caps off a great year in which he has gone 5-0.
In the night's co-main event Coke Chunhawat and Rami Ibrahim fought for the WBC Muay Thai lightweight U.S. national title. The fight started off slow as both fighters looked to feel each other out, Ibrahim was effective working the body with his boxing. In the third round Coke started to pick up the pace, near the end of the round Coke sent Rami to the floor. With the referee considering it a slip rather than a knockdown, Coke looked over to the side and was signaling at the officials that it was a knockdown. The referee called action and while Coke was still looking at the official, Ibrahim connected with a punch that sent Coke down. Coke immediately got up and despite his protest the referee gave him a count. The number one rule in combat sports is "defend yourself at all times", Ibrahim saw an opening and he took it.
Coke came out more aggressive in the final two rounds knowing that the knockdown could come back to haunt him. He pushed the pace as he tried to get into range to work elbows; Ibrahim did a good job of not letting Coke tee off. In the end it would be anyone's guess as to how this fight would be scored. One judge scored the bout a draw while the other two awarded the fight to Coke. The majority decision win for Coke ends a two fight losing streak.