The Western Canadian Super Lightweight full Muay Thai rules belt will be on the line as Superfights 24 rolls into the Red Deer Sheraton this weekend.
A total of 12 fights mark the card and headlining it is the title fight between Braedon Rice of Seven Stars Praying Mantis Red Deer facing off against Tim Lo, of Arashi-Do Martial Arts in Sherwood Park .
“The guys both have pretty good firepower,” said Lyle Cheney, event organizer. “Lo is very experienced, but Rice is a really good fighter. He’s tricky and very tall.”
Lo is the defending champion and will put his title on the line.
Rice, of Red Deer, is one of four Central Albertans fighting. Justin Rocheleau, of Red Deer, faces Dean Koslovi of Lethbridge. Rocheleau is one of two fighters from Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing.
The other is Stephanie Schmale in a non-title fight. The reigning Ladies Western Canadian Welterweight Muay Thai Champion will square off against Leslie Ens of Saskatoon, out of Scheer’s Martial Arts.
Michael Roe of Lacombe, who helps run Lacombe Karate and Kickboxing, will face Ryan Demyen of Regina to round out the local fighters.
Eight more bouts will feature fighters from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The main event between Rice and Lo will be a five-round fight while the rest of the card will be three rounds long each.
The Muay Thai and kickboxing event has happened in Red Deer since 1993 and featured a wide range of fighters; Cheney has run the fights since 2000.
Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Sheraton, 3310 Gaetz Ave, and the fights start just at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance by calling Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing at 403-347-9020 or at the door.