There are four titles on the line next Saturday at Lion Fight 45. Cruiserweights Chip Moraza-Pollard and Mark MacKinnon duke it out for the world title, Rose Amorim faces Angela Whitley for the women’s World Super Lightweight Title, the North American Cruiserweight Title sees a face-off between Brett Hlavacek and Tibor Nagy, and Steve Walker and Joshua Todd go head-to-head for the Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title.
Muay Thai is a booming martial art, one Lion Fight President Scott Kent intends to take global. In a recent interview with Must Love MMA, Kent spoke about his passion for Muay Thai and his plans for the future of the promotion.
“It’s all of the stand up fighting with all of the weapons without the wrestling, without the jiu-jitsu. And what we’ve found is that most fight fans, that’s the fighting style they prefer. So we prefer to call this the most exciting stand up fighting style in the world.”
Lion Fight 45 is the culmination of a month of fights in London and France in association with Muay Thai Grand Prix. On July 28, the promotion takes the action home to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, to elevate existing champions and maybe crown new ones.
Fan favorite Steve “Put ‘Em To Sleep” Walker, will be defending his North American Super Cruiserweight belt for the first time since winning the inaugural title in April. A Boston, MA, native, Walker didn’t begin training in martial arts until 2014, when he was 28 years old, using Groupon vouchers to join classes. He found a home with Hyde Park Hard Knocks Muay Thai and MMA, and quickly showed a talent for Muay Thai. Walker was 14-2 as an amateur before turning pro at Lion Fight 37 in June 2017.
Walker has excelled on the professional circuit. On his debut he defeated Lewis Rumsey by TKO in just over two minutes. At Lion Fight 38 he knocked out Robert Morrow in the third round. And at Lion Fight 40 he achieved another stoppage victory, this time over Cole Fetzner in the second. “Put ‘Em To Sleep” certainly lives up to his name. Finally at Lion Fight 42 he faced off against Olivier Fairtex for the inaugural Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title and won by unanimous decision.
Despite his incredible success, Walker never intended martial arts to be anything more than a hobby.
“My whole background goes back to the inner city. I have been fighting all my life through poverty, life struggles, and stress. When I found this new outlet to let go of stress and pain it felt good to me. I never thought this was going to be a career. I did it to get in shape. Now I am a role model in my community.”
—Steve Walker on The MMA Takeover
As a youth violence outreach worker and full-time father of four, Walker knows the importance of being a positive role model. The spiritual aspect of Muay Thai appeals to his inherent sense of fairness and teaches important lessons about treating others with respect. “You have to be in touch with your spirit. If you come out with an arrogant spirit you will never get to your full potential. If your spirit isn’t clicking with life it will never be great. You could hate your opponent but you will bow before and after the fight. You have to remain humble and respect each other.”
Don’t miss Walker vs. Todd at Lion Fight 45, streaming live on FloCombat on Saturday, July 28, and check out Must Love MMA’s interviews with Lion Fight fighters and President Scott Kent for more in-depth coverage of all the Muay Thai action.