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Fight card shuffled after Chinese fail to get visas


Bennie E Palmore II

Kevin Ross, left, takes on Travis Garlits during a fight at the Cox Pavilion last year. On Saturday, Ross won the formerly vacant WBC Muay Thai USA welterweight title with a TKO against fighter Justin Greskiewicz.

Kevin Ross’ long-awaited WBC Super Lightweight International title fight against Kang En on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton has been postponed, after the Chinese Muay Thai team failed to attain entry visas into the United States.

The absence of the Chinese team has forced World Championship Muay Thai event organizers to rearrange tomorrow’s fight card.

Ross (8-4) is moving up a weight class and will now be facing Justin Greskiewicz (9-5) for the WBC Muay Thai U.S. welterweight title. Both fighters weighed in at 144 pounds.

“It’s actually a good thing for me because now I get two title shots instead of one,” Ross said.

Baxter “The One Armed Bandit” Humby (35-5) will be fighting Chike Linsay (10-0) instead of Wang Guan.

Humby weighed in at 157 pounds while Linsay weighed in at 154 pounds.

Las Vegan Christine Toledo’s match against Xheng Yenan has also fallen through.

Toledo (11-2) will now face undefeated kick boxer Jeri Sitzes in the event’s women’s bout. Toledo weighed in at 120 pounds, while Sitzes weighed 124 pounds.

The event’s only cancellation is Shawn Yarborough’s match against Wang Hongxiang.

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