The day that fans and competitors have been waiting for has arrived. The first-ever YOKKAO UK Open Championship is set to explode with hundreds of fighters from UK and around the region competing for a shot at glory. On 14th and 15th April over the weekend, YOKKAO UK Open will be taking place at Barnsley Metrodome. The venue is incidentally, the site of YOKKAO Next Generation Kids shows.
At the Open, juniors from as young as 5 years old to adults up to 35 will give all they have got and put their skills to the test. Participants will be competing in Muay Thai or K1-rules kickboxing fights at the event. Since 2014 when YOKKAO hosted its first UK show at Bolton Macron Stadium, the brand has been a key driving force in promoting the region’s Muay Thai scene. Many UK fighters got their big break on the YOKKAO main shows and Next Generation events, receiving unprecedented exposure on a global scale. UK fans remain the biggest winners as the promoters regularly brought in elite fighters from Thailand such as Pakorn, Singdam, and even living legend Saenchai.
YOKKAO’s role in promoting the sport of Muay Thai cannot be overstated. Last year, along with promoter Peter Spensley, it introduced the YOKKAO Next Generation Kids initiative to give junior fighters a stage to compete. Now with the Open Championship, even more juniors of every level are given an opportunity to step into the ring. It was no surprise when applications flooded in as soon as the Open was announced. At last tally, over 400 competitors will grace the stages over the next 2 days - certainly one of the biggest events of its type ever. YOKKAO UK Open Championship is an event not to be missed for local fight fans. Weigh-ins start at 8am and the fights kick off at 9am both days. There will also be a YOKKAO stall with a wide range of gear and apparel. Tickets to the show are still available www.asia.yokkao.com/open/.