The Year of the MiddleweightFebruary 24, 2012
For fans of Friday Night Fights Muay Thai, the middleweight division could vaguely resemble boxing’s golden middleweight era of the 80’s. While Duran, Hagler, Sugar Ray and Hearns may not be fighting at the Broad Street Ballroom anytime soon, the new crop of middleweights are making plenty of noise.
In 2008, Friday Night Fights Muay Thai produced the first-ever single evening, eight-man tournament in New York City, which was instantly a hit. Since then, the annual tradition has become a “must-see” event. “There’s a story arc, people get the chance to know these guys, follow their story and connect with the fighters on an entirely different level,” said FNF Event Director, Eddie Marini. This past year’s tournament featured the most impressive field of competitors yet. With a combined amateur record of nearly 100 bouts, the line-up was a who’s who of the amateur middleweight division. While Josh Fitzsimmons won in dramatic fashion over fellow Canadian Troy Sheridan, the real winner was the middleweight division.
Fight fans want to see more of Troy Sheridan, Josh Fitzsimmons, Phillip LeGrand, Chris McMillan, Villi Bello, and Liam Tarrant—and the fighters know it. In the last few months of 2011, all but one of these fighters listed above announced that they will be competing as professionals in 2012.
With so many options to choose from, the sky is looking very blue for Friday Night Fights Muay Thai fans of the middleweight division.