Lion Fight 50: Main Card Primer
By Press Release
Lion Fight 50
Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
CBS Sports Network (immediately following NCAA football)
Main Event: “The Immortal” Regian Eersel (51-4) vs. Joakim Hagg (22-12)
Lion Fight World Super Middleweight Title
Originally from Suriname and now fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Eersel has been a destructive force since arriving on the Lion Fight scene. In his debut, Eersel blasted former two-division champion Jo Nattawut with a head-kick knockout win in the fourth round. Eersel has since remained undefeated under the Lion Fight banner, winning the 168-pound division title with a second-round knockout of England’s Jake Purdy, and then defending his crown with decisive victories over D.C. Pratt (first-round knockout) and Czech Matous Kohout (fourth-round knockout).
Hagg, who fights out of Gothenburg, Sweden, is making his Lion Fight debut and has already posted three victories in 2018.
Jordan Harris (4-0) vs. Josh Scales (3-0) – Lion Fight North American Lightweight Title
Two of Lion Fight’s brightest prospects square-off for the inaugural North American championship at 135 lbs. This will be Harris’ second bout inside the Lion Fight ring this year, as the Palmdale, CA, product made a strong debut with a unanimous decision win over Michael Triana. Scales, who fights out of Austin, TX, will also look to remain undefeated as he steps into the Lion Fight ring for the first time.
Josh Aragon (13-4) vs. Chris Mauceri (7-3) – Super Welterweight 150 lbs.
This will be Aragon’s long-awaited opportunity to shine in front of his home-town fans as the West Covina, CA, native looks for an important victory. Aragon fell just short in his last outing as he represented Lion Fight at an event in France this spring but lost a close decision. Like Aragon, Mauceri will be looking to get back to winning ways as the Kingston, NY, product lost a narrow decision verdict representing Lion Fight in Ireland just three weeks ago.
Chris Tramell (7-2) vs. Maicon Mendonca (5-2) – Cruiserweight 190 lbs.
Tramell embarks on a miraculous comeback with his first fight in three years. The Texan, who now fights out of Thailand, was nearly killed in a horrific motorcycle accident suffering multiple injuries. That he can walk again, let alone, compete is truly an astounding turn of events. Standing opposite Tramell and looking to cut short the storybook ending is Brazilian Maicon Mendonca, a veteran of both Muay Thai and MMA who now resides in Los Angeles.
Travis Petralba (1-0) vs. Bounthong Syvanthong (1-2) – Welterweight 145 lbs.
Petralba makes his organizational debut representing his home state of Hawaii, while Syvanthong is a former top-level amateur competitor who fights out of Oakland, CA.
The lone professional prelim will see Hawaii’s Zach Ungureit (0-1) take on Long Beach, CA, product Anthony Warken (1-1) in a super featherweight tilt.
Some of California’s top amateurs will compete in the early preliminary bouts: Wilson Ha (Monrovia, CA) vs. Evan Boulton (Long Beach, CA), welterweight; Kevin Gonzalez (Winnetka, CA) vs. Andres Esparaza (Palmdale, CA), super lightweight; Ana Flores (Lake Balboa, CA) vs. Fayada An (Long Beach, CA), flyweight; Kelvin Martell (Chino Hills, CA) vs. Jonathan O’Neill (Downey, CA), super lightweight.