The Western Canadian super light heavyweight title will be up for grabs at Superfights 23 Muay Thai & Kickboxing Championships this weekend.
The bout will feature two veterans of Superfights: Tim Lo out of Sherwood Park and Andrew Vandervelden out of Airdrie on Saturday at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion.
The belt is currently vacant and the fight will headline the night of 13 fights, including nine Central Alberta combatants.
“Tim’s quite tall, he’s a real strong kicker and Vandervelden is a bit shorter … but a really strong, really powerful inside fighter,” said Superfights promoter Lyle Cheney.
Due to it being a title fight there will be full Muay Thai rules meaning elbows and knees will be permitted and there will be no gear. The fight is scheduled for five, two-minute rounds.
Other fights include Rocky Mountain House’s Russel Dahms against Shaun Thankachen of Calgary at 465 pounds, Braedon Rice of Red Deer against Spencer Oulette of Calgary at 175 pounds, Gavin Owen of Red Deer against Amir Vasseghi of Calgary at 145 pounds, Jamie Hogarth of Rocky Mountain House fights Cory Bjorgan of Sylvan Lake at 220 pounds, Shaye Osguthorpe of Red Deer against Mitch Wiles of Edmonton at 135 pounds, Alma Ladoucer of Calgary is slated to fight Melissa Ade at 135 pounds of Rocky Mountain House, and Travis Lindsey of Saskatoon will fight Malcolm Tisdale of Eckville at 180 pounds.
Superfights has become a mainstay in Red Deer over the years and generally plays out to packed crowds. It has grown to be an important part of the local martial arts community.
“It’s one of the largest and longest running amateur cards a person can compete on,” said Cheney.
Tickets are still available for purchase at $40 a piece, but Cheney says they are starting to go quick.
Cheney says it is an all ages event and generally appeals to most people, even those who think they will be turned off by it.
“We’ve had many people who thought they wouldn’t like it but were impressed by the sportsmanship and the technique,” said Cheney.