New main event set for Lion Fight 19, Fabio Pinca out due to illness

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PRESS RELEASE: Las Vegas, NV – The CEO of Lion Fight Promotions, Scott Kent, today announced that Muay Thai Champion Jo Nattawut will step in on short notice to replace Fabio Pinca in the main event of LION FIGHT 19. Pinca had to withdraw from the fight due to illness. Nattawut vs. Kearney will now be the non-championship men’s super middleweight (161 lbs.) main event for LION FIGHT 19tomorrow night, Friday, Nov. 21 live from Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theatre.

The rest of the fighters scheduled for LION FIGHT 19 weighed-in today. Following are the official results:
CO-MAIN EVENT:
124 lbs. Women’s Featherweight Bout:

Jeri Sitzes (124 lbs.) vs. Chajmaa Bellekhal (123 lbs.)

132 lbs. Bout:
Ognjen Topic 132lbs. (Lodi, NJ) vs. Rungravee Sasiprapa 132 lbs. (Surin, THAILAND)

143 lbs. Bout:
Pedro Gonzalez 143 lbs. (Gloucester, MA) vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa 143 lbs. (THAILAND)

140 lbs. Bout:
Chris Mauceri 140 lbs  (Kingston, NY) vs. Coke Chunhawat 140 lbs. (Oakland, CA)

135 lbs. Bout:
Julio Pena – 134 lbs. (Boston, MA) vs. Matt Doherty 135 lbs. (Boston, MA)

Tickets for LION FIGHT 19 are still available through Foxwoods.com or by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available by visiting the Foxwoods Resort Casino box office.

Topping off the card, Muay Thai Champion Jo Nattawut, who last fought at LION FIGHT 17 defeating Cosmo Alexandre via unanimous decision, will take on top contender Sean Kearney (29-9-1) fighting out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in a men’s super middleweight bout. In the co-main event, American Jeri Sitzes (4-1), a former WBC Muay Thai Champion, will square off against European Muay Thai Champion Chajmaa Bellekhal (43-10-2), fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

LION FIGHT 19 airs live on AXS TV starting at a special time, 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.

The LION FIGHT 19 main card is stacked top-ranked Muay Thai fighters from all over the world. Following are the remaining fights to be televised live on AXS TV:

143 lbs. Bout: Niko Qirjazo (Boston, MA) vs. Benjamin Anton (Philadelphia, PA)
118 lbs. Bout: Elizabeth Silveira (Boston, MA) vs. Emily Back (Whippany, NJ)
165 lbs. Bout: Jeovanny Tovar (Boston, MA) vs. Brian Bogue (Cranston, RI)
147 lbs. Bout: Julian Nguyen (Worcester, MA) vs. Nick Valentino (Shutesbury, MA)
205 lbs. Bout: Luther Smith (Bowie, MD) vs. Alonzo Minifield (Plano, TX)

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