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The inaugural champion will be crowned this Friday February 23rd, winner receives entry into USA Muaythai Grand Nationals

AFL Muay Thai 

Brooklyn, NY

AFL Muay Thai kicks off 2024 with a stacked card featuring a host of returning fighters and gyms. Of the show’s 18 planned bouts, 11 are Full Rules Muay Thai and 1 Kickboxing.

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In a night displaying progressive skill and artistry the event's final match up crowns the promotion's first Champion. Either Philly’s own Cody Chapman or Church Street Boxing's Rich Vasquez will leave with the Lightweight belt. The winner will receive not only a new Championship belt, but AFL and their sponsor RSLNT will provide an entry into the USA Muaythai Grand Nationals. Winner of this tournament will punch their way to compete for the USA National team in Athens, Greece

“We saw these two gentlemen advance up the bracket last year, all eyes await to see the finale” says Sean Hinds and Joel Estevez, AFL Matchmakers. "

Meanwhile in reference to the sponsored entry into the Grand Nationals as the additional benefit of the main event.

Kit Yeung, AFL CEO doubled down on company mission and always consistent sentiments.

"It's our responsibility". Alongside the groups tag line, AFL is a staging ground providing opportunities to up and coming athletes, "this means in or outside NY, seeing our champions get a chance at other arenas, helps the sport grow, and we need to do our part".

The remainder of the card shines through in what will be the best stylistic matchups NY has to offer. For the co-main event, Oliver Genao vs Octavius Slaughter is expected to be a barn burner of a fight.

Oliver is coming off of a highlight reel spinning elbow KO win at his last Melrose Ballroom showing. While Octavius, also coming off a recent win, stands out as a veteran athlete himself, with an impressive 8 victories in his weigh class. Joel Esteves, describes him as "fire cracker, exciting, athletic, and real "brawler"

As in typical fashion C4 Energy will provide complimentary products, Ventus Therapy offering free stretch sessions and adjustments and merchandise from South Paw Stitches and AFL concessions will be available for purchase. It is set to be a great night of fights

“Our goal is to build a depth a talent in NY, and it just felt right to hold a title fight. We’ll keep an eye out for what’s next, tournaments at all weight classes and rules sets. If that is what the community wants, then we will have to oblige, come join us and let us know" - Sean Hinds

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Cameras: Jeff Chu (1st) Evan Gurman (2nd)

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New York, NY — AFL, New York's premier Pre Professional Muay Thai promotion, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Joel Estevez as its new Matchmaker. Estevez's extensive experience and expertise in combat sports will play a pivotal role in elevating the league's fight cards and delivering unparalleled excitement to fight fans.

Estevez's background in combat sports and event coordination makes him a natural fit for the role of Matchmaker at AFL. With a keen eye for talent, strategic thinking, and a deep understanding of fight dynamics, he is poised to curate

matchups that not only showcase the local athletes but also ignite the growing Muaythai scene on the East Coast.

"We are excited to welcome Joel Estevez to the AFL team," said Kit Leung, CEO of AFL. "His dedication to the sport and align perfectly with our vision for delivering unforgettable fight nights,

“With Joel on board, we anticipate efficiency with what happens behind the scenes”

We hold a high standard at AFL, and Joel represents that. Everything he does, he is always looking to improve, the better the promotion and its team are organized, the less the fighters and coaching teams have to worry and just focus on fighting”

In his role as Matchmaker, Estevez will be responsible for evaluating fighters, creating fight cards, and coordinating between sanctioning staff, and medical procedures.

When asked about his new role Estevez had this to say

“I am excited for it, the opportunity”, “I care most about the camaraderie in the community, this is how I play my part, to give back and provide the support I didn't have while competing”

The AFL is dedicated to nurturing local talent and promoting the sport of Muay Thai within the East Coast. With Joel Estevez at the helm of matchmaking, fight fans can anticipate a new level of excellence and anticipation in every AFL event.

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About AFL

AFL is a New York-based Muay Thai promotion committed to showcasing the talents of local fighters and providing an unforgettable experience for fight fans. With a focus on exceptional matchups and memorable events, AFL is at the forefront of promoting combat sports in the New York region


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