Final Summary of Tankō Main Event
So with The Tanko Main Event now finished and a week nearly passed, I have had time to sit and reflect on the event and I will give you an honest review of my experience and share with you in this article the interviews I did. I will also be sharing parts of the press release to summarise what Tanko thought of the event itself. What an amazing experience, I will be taking a lot from it, lessons learned on what and what not to do when at an event as media.
The set up was okay, if I had a standing/general seated ticket, I would have felt quite far back from the ring but there was a huge monitor on the back wall to show you a live feed from the ring. The arena was a massive room, big enough for the ring to be in the middle but with the entrance at the back of the room with the Ducati motorbikes, the set up didn’t look pretty sweet! There were fireworks and flames flying everywhere. There was an introduction to the event with dancers that looked fantastic. There was a bar located at the back of the hall along with a Tanko shop that was selling a selection of gear.
I got chance to have a wander around the floor and it was packed out. The Tanko brand and The main Event have done a fantastic job in promoting this event, bringing some of the best fighters in the world under one roof. The event was supported by a fullundercard of junior and C/B Class fights, that were very entertaining. It’s always nice to watch the next generation coming through and making their name known. I was welcomed into the VIP section and got a ringside table, with beer and wine in the middle of the table as refreshments and a three-course meal in the interval to make sure we were well fed too.
I was surprised to see only three media representatives there, I thought there would have been more but upon chatting to one of the team, quite a few of them had pulled out last minute to go to BAMMA. There was me representing MTBUK, Anoop better known as K1Anoop from MMAPlus and a radio journalist from a Manchester radio station. It was good to have a sit down with the Tanko PR Team, Anoop and the radio journalist and see the fight from a different perspective. I have always been an audience member, someone who is there to watch the fights and have a bit of craic with my friends. It was the ‘same same but different,’ I was there to watch the fights and have a bit of craic with some new friends but I was there to work, I was representing MTBUK.
I sat and watched the first half of the event quite nicely, had a wander round to see some of my friends in the audience and stuff. The second half was a bit crazy! I had a plan in my head of the way I wanted it to go. I quickly realised that it wasn’t going to go that way and I had to change my game plan. Now I am the kind of guy that likes to be prepared for something and I went into panic mode. I sat and blasted out some questions on my phone to ask the fighters as I found out I was going to be doing post-fight interviews. Something that hadn’t even crossed my mind.
To be honest, I was SHITTING MY PANTS! I just wanted to do the event and MTBUK justice, I didn’t want to look like acomplete noob and make a fool of myself. I personally think it quite well, I have learned a lot from the experience. The wonderful thing about life is that you learn from your mistakes, as a first-timer there were a few mistakes made but nothing that can’t be easily rectified for next time and there will be a next time. One thing I would like to be able to do is take someone else with me, so they can update social media and keep up with the instagram posts and facebook updates because as I began to do the interviews the posts quickly got left out.
I hope every enjoyed the interviews you can find them all on the MTBUK YouTube channel and also with a write up here, I loved doing them, it was amazing. Thank you to everyone who I interviewed, Fabio Pinca, Reece McAllister, Brad Stanton, Andy Lofthouse, Shane Farquharson, Keith McLachlan, Dakota Ditcheva and Panicos Yusuf, they were all just so easy to talk to and welcoming. They really made it easy for me and are all a credit to our sport. Thank you to the Tanko team and The Main Event for having me there to represent MTBUK and our sport and hopefully they will have us back to be just like them, bigger and better :).
I really would like to be able to interview more people and I have been thinking about setting up a Podcast/YouTube series so I can begin putting them out there. I would love to be able to reach the UK fighters and get their name known. Drop me a firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It is still in its infancy but it is something that I am definitely keen to get started.
Here you can find the press release from Tanko and the results from the event, apologies for the lengthy post but I thought it was a good way to wrap up my experience and give you a little bit of an insight to what I had been up to
“TWO TITLES CHANGE HANDS AT THE TANKO MAIN EVENT IN A NIGHT OF MUAY THAI DRAMA
-Fabio Pinca wins ISKA 67kg World Championship-
-Dakota Ditcheva wins ISKA 50.5kg British Championship-
SOME OF the world’s best Muay Thai stars took to the ring at The Tanko Main Event on Saturday night, in a thrilling evening of international bouts, which saw two major titles change hands.
Tanko’s Muay Thai showcase at the USN Arena, Bolton witnessed some spectacular fights, including an ISKA 67kg World Championship fight victory for Frenchman Fabio Pinca, and an ISKA 50.5kg British Championship win for 17 year old Dakota Ditcheva.
After a cautious start, headline success was sealed by Lyon’s Pinca, over County Durham’s Reese McAllister. The Frenchman managed to open up a cut on McAllister’s head in the third round, and as the fight came to a head, put on a convincing display which sealed the title win via a unanimous judges’ decision.
The new 67kg World Champion, Fabio Pinca, said: “I feel very good. It was a tough fight – he’s a good fighter [and] very tall so not so easy to fight, but it’s OK – I did my job. I don’t have any injuries and I enjoyed fighting in England.”
Sale’s Dakota Ditcheva secured a dominant win to be crowned the new ISKA 50.5kg British Champion, with yet another successive victory, this time over Bolton’s Emma Bragg.
The Northern Spirit fighter landed a series of unforgiving knee combinations in round one, which saw Bragg receive counts to eight twice before continuing. Ditcheva’s success came early in the second round following another knee strike to Bragg’s ribs.
Reflecting on her title win, Ditcheva said: “I’m very happy, the adrenaline is still going. I’m getting better each time and it’s all moving along fast. I’m trying to keep busy with all the fights – I fly to Sweden on Thursday to fight in the World Championships.”
Panicos Yusuf, of Stockport, took the spoils with a dominant win over Keith McLachlan in the 63KG battle, after a respectful start from both fighters. The bout also saw fiery clinch and knee strikes and a stunning knee to the chest sending McLachlan flying backwards into the ropes.
The clash was stopped in the fifth round after a series of jabs from Yusuf to the Scotsman’s head.
Commenting on his victory, Yusuf said, “I feel good. Keith’s a good friend of mine. It’s a win – it’s time in the ring, which is experience, which is what I want – to learn something from the ring”.
Leeds’ Shane Farquharson also took victory with a unanimous decision win over Bolton’s Andrew Lofthouse, after chipping away at his testing opponent with powerful punch combinations and kicks to the midriff.
Liverpool’s Jacob Smith secured victory in the anticipated bout against Craig Jackson, which saw a series of knees strikes exchanged by both opponenets, before a teep to the face of Jackson, resulting in a bloody nose.
Southport’s Jack Kennedy overcame opponent Mark Skeer with a unanimous decision after five closely fought rounds. Throughout the tight match, Kennedy managed to establish an edge, scoring well with plenty of kicks, overcoming Salford’s Mark Skeer in the 66KG bout.
The event fight card featured 17 contests, including a number of established A and B class bouts.
The Main Event is the UK’s annual premier Muay Thai showcase.”