Press ReleasesKings Cup 2016 Marks a Fitting Finale to the Inaugural EFN Champions League
December the 5th saw a huge crowd turn up at Sanam Luang for the culmination of this year’s EFN Champions League series when the four event winners competed in the King’s Cup tournament held to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand's 88th birthday.
Launched this year by Elite Boxing, the EFN Champions League serves as the qualification series for the prestigious King’s Cup. While EB has a long history of involvement in the King’s Cup, this year marked the first time the Bangkok-based company took on the role of organizing the qualification series.
Following the success of the TVC Series and Evolution, the EFN Champions League is the third major event brand in EB’s portfolio. Under the EFN Champions League format, a series of 4-man tournaments were held in Thailand and Malaysia to identify the four finalists of this year’s Kings Cup. The winners met in another 4-man event to compete for a grand prize of 150,000 baht and a special trophy, donated by His Majesty the King.
The first semi final saw Changpuek Muaythai Academy representing Thailand facing a strong challenge in Canada's Sean Kearney. However, Changpuek was just a little bit too experienced and sharp for Sean, picking him off with fast kicks on the outside and tying him up in the clinch whenever Sean got close.
The second semi final saw Gabriel Mazzetti of Peru face Malaysian contender Bow Suweilek. Gabriel made short work of this fight though, finishing Bow in the opening round with some devastating elbow strikes.
The final was a similar affair to Changpuek's first fight with his experience a little too much for Gabriel as he out scored the Peruvian on the outside and controlled the clinch to take a clear win at the end and be crowned Kings Cup Champion 2015.
Having enjoyed a successful inaugural year, the EFN Champions League is set to continue. Speaking after the King’s Cup Final on December 5, Elite Boxing co-founder Seth Fishman confirmed that four events are confirmed for 2016 with EB currently exploring the option of extending the format to include eight events in 2016.
Details of the EFN Champions League 2016 will be announced in due course.