Three-time world champion Armin Pumpanmuang has stepped up as an injury replacement to face Jo Nattawut for the super welterweight title at Lion Fight 29.
Armin (124-19-1) takes the spot originally occupied by Yodpayak Sitsongpeenong in the main-event bout set for Friday, May 27th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Yodpayak was forced off the card after a pre-fight examination revealed a serious medical issue.
The bout marks the third title defense for Nattawut (56-5-2).
“We are disappointed for Yodpayak and wish him all the best. At the same time, we are very excited to have a fighter the caliber of Armin willing and ready to enter into a title fight,” said Lion Fight President & CEO Scott Kent.
“The showdown for the Lion Fight super welterweight crown remains a Thai vs. Thai battle which is always very intriguing and will undoubtedly be an exciting, action-packed clash.”
The 29-year-old Armin (born Armin Mutlee), who fights out of Bangkok, Thailand, will finally be making his American debut as he seven-year pro career has taken him on journeys across the globe with stops in Italy, China, France, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, and Malaysia. Along the way, Armin has compiled a 124-19-1 record highlighted by three major championships.
Armin won his first title in 2010 when he defeated Ahmed Saadi to claim the Miri City Z1 World Muay Thai Series. A year later, Armin won an impressive six fights including twice defeating Charles Francois to win and defend the World Pro League Muay Thai. After finishing Francois with a first-round high kick to claim the title, Armin successfully retained the belt seven months later at home in Thailand with a unanimous decision.
In 2015, Armin returned to glory at Ring War when he claimed the WBC International Muay Thai title by knocking out Luca Tagliarino. Earlier this year, Armin ended a brief losing skid by taking a decision verdict from Armen Petrosyan at Ring War 3 in Italy.
Armin will be a stiff challenge for Nattawut, who makes a quick return to action after defending his title with a victory over Cedric Manhoef at Lion Fight 28. Nattawut, who fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, earned his championship belt at Lion Fight 22 with a dominating decision win over Salah Khalifa. He defended his newly won title at Lion Fight 24 by way a third-round TKO finish of Charlie Peters.
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In addition to the new main event, the Lion Fight 29 card has another change which has created an all-Florida clash of rising stars.
Bryce Lawrence (2-1), who hails from Naples, Florida, steps in as an injury replacement to battle West Palm Beach’s Asa Ten Pow (1-0). He moves into the spot vacated by Marvin Madariaga.
Lawrence had a successful showing his last time out at Foxwoods as he launched a devastating leg-kick attack that resulted in a first-round finish of Yeison Berdugo. Lawrence also holds a victory over Tim Amorim inside the Lion Fight ring.
Tickets for Lion Fight 29 are on sale now at http://www.foxwoods.com or by calling 800-200-2882 or by visiting the Foxwoods Box Offices.
The main card will air live on AXS TV Fights with a special start time of 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. with commentary from renowned duo “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich.
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