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The American Muay Thai League Presents: Muay Thai in the Capital


Location: Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12 th Street, Washington, DC

Time: Doors open at 6pm

Tickets: $45 (General Admission), available online at

Contact email for questions: [email protected]

On Saturday, June 20 th , in the heart of Washington, DC, the American Muay Thai League (AMTL) will be hosting its fourth event: Muay Thai in the Capital. This promises to be the promotion’s most exciting show to date. As the fight community begins to take notice of the AMTL’s commitment to authentic Muay Thai, a variety of pro and amateur fighters have decided to make the trip to DC for a spot on June 20 th ’s card.

Important gyms from all over the East Coast will be represented at this show. The main event features two fighters from Pennsylvania and New York: Pittsburgh Muay Thai’s Marcus Fisher and Five Point’s Adam Todd. Other participating gyms from New York include Sitan Gym Astoria, Team Coban and others.

This event also gives many local fighters a chance to test their skills. Gyms from DC proper, Maryland and Virginia feature prominently on the card. In fact, according to Josef Pearson, head of the AMTL, the fight was going be held in Virginia to make things easier for the majority of participants. But staying true to authentic Muay Thai outweighed the convenience factor.

Ultimately, Pearson says, relocating the event to DC will be worth the unique advantages it offers. In DC, AMTL is not up against a large kickboxing or K-1 establishment. DC’s official Muay Thai rules are only a few years old. In fact, Pearson himself had a hand in writing them, drawing on his experience of fighting and promoting in Thailand. There are also many local judges who are well-trained in traditional scoring, he says. Making this a priority has helped the AMTL gain credibility.

As the geographical diversity on the card shows, sacrificing some convenience for the sake of priorities has helped the AMTL resonate across state lines. With the [event name here], the AMTL demonstrates once again its dedication to building authentic Muay Thai on the East Coast.

Antonio Clavijo (Yamasaki Academy ) vs Adam Morris (Sitpayak ,NJ) 143

Tafon Nohukwi (Crazy 88 MD) vs Matt Crites (Calvert MMA ) 220 +

Jake Tran (Black Print) vs Nick Brown ( Beta Academy , DC) 151

Colin Bower vs Owen Pannucci

Namron Bibbons ( MD Combat Sports) vs Keeman Diop ( Crazy 88 MD) 152

Kevin Koljack (Beta Academy D.C.) vs Allan Hargrove (MD combat sports )  175

Ricardo Mixco (Crazy 88 MD vs Nick Haines ( NY) 128

Main event
Amine Ballafrikh (Capital MMA) vs Joseph Mueller (Fight Capital ,Las Vegas) 135

Written by Paula Ibieta

USMTO Staff Author Paula Ibieta graduated from Harvard College in 2013 with a degree in History of Art and Architecture. She has trained in Muay Thai at Sitan Gym Arizona (Chandler, AZ) and Muay Thai Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), and has competed in fights sponsored by the Spanish Kickboxing Federation (Federación Española de Kickboxing). She currently works and trains at Sitan Gym Arizona.

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