"King of the Ring" Muy Thai Boxing

Six year old competitor, Ricardo "Boon" Hernandez will take on Gabriel Garcia in a popular amateur fight.

Bob Cohen - PVNN
Puerto Vallarta - Lanna Gym is putting on a local Muy Thai Boxing Extravaganza Saturday night, February 18th at the Collage Club in the Marina at 8:00 pm. Owner and professor of Lanna Gym, professional Carlos Solorio Cruz, invited a large gathering to Mariscos Tinos Restaurant in El Pitillal for a pre-event press conference.

Surrounded at the head table by Kick Boxing World Champion Santiago Manzanarez of Vallarta, new PV resident and world champion of mixed martial arts, Olaf Alfonso, and the Chief of Sports for the city of Puerto Vallarta, Ignacio "Nacho" Curiel Madero, the fight card was presented.

There will be 14 fights in total; the final four bouts will be professional fights. Lanna Gym fighters will host fighters from all of the seven Muy Thai gyms in Puerto Vallarta. The headline match will pit Lanna Gym's Jorge Estrada against Jose "Rayo" Uribe of Tanai Luark Vallarta Gym.

The phenomenon of Muy Thai boxing has taken Puerto Vallarta by storm the past few years, with two large events held for World Championships here in 2005. The quality of boxing, sportsmanship and respect of other competitors, has made the sport a fan favorite and sent many of Vallarta's youth to the gym for training.

The most popular amateur match will be between two six-year-olds, who were in attendance at the press conference. They have fought publicly before, receiving standing ovations after their bouts. Ricardo "Boon" Hernandez of Lanna Gym will take on young counterpart Gabriel Garcia of Tanai Luark Vallarta Gym.

Tickets are available in advance at Golds Gym or Lanna Gym at $100 pesos for adults and $50 pesos for children. At the door the prices will be $120 and $80 pesos. For a different type of Saturday night, don't miss this one.

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