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Knockout Event For Fight Fans

A CAPACITY crowd attended The Tanko Main Event at the USN Bolton Arena last month in an exciting British Muay Thai event.

French superstar Fabio Pinca claimed the ISKA World Title, Dakota Ditcheva won the ISKA British Championship and Panicos Yusuf defeated “Fighter of the Year” Keith McLachlan for his 24th consecutive win.

This remarkable occasion was filled with thrills, spills and just a pinch of controversy. It saw some of the greatest Muay Thai stars on top of their game, and gave supporting fighters a perfect place to showcase their talents.

From the fights to the fireworks, The Tanko Main Event was predictably explosive from start to finish – providing a memorable event for both fighters and the appreciative audience.

Commented Hannah Mooney, the Arena’s B2B and Events Manager: “It’s been fantastic having this event return to the Arena – it’s grown so much since 2014. The Fight Label are making big waves in the Thai Boxing industry so we are proud to be involved.”

It’s Fight Night!

THE UK’S leading Muay Thai and Kickboxing promotion returns to the USN  Bolton Arena when The Tanko Main Event is held on Saturday, May 14.

The prestigious event has previously been held at EventCity in Manchester, Old Trafford LCC and Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena and was last at the Bolton Arena in June, 2014.

Topping the bill will be an International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) bout between Britain’s top welterweight Reece McAllister from County Durham and French star Fabio Pinca.

Pinca is a legend in the sport, boasting wins over most of kickboxing’s best fighters in a career spanning 120 professional fights. He is a global star in the world of combat sports and this will be his first ever appearance in England – a huge coup for event organisers.

Supporting this is the co-headlining bout between Stockport’s world champion Panicos Yusuf and another legend of the sport, Kongsak from Thailand. Kongsak is a decorated athlete and two-weight Lumpini Stadium champion with scalps over the best in the business at multiple weights. He has fought more than 250 contests and, again, is making his first appearance at the Main Event.

Numerous other top level domestic matchups support these two standout bouts, featuring fighters from all parts of the UK. The Tanko Main Event also promises an experience like no other with an advanced TV quality production setup, fireworks, dancers and corporate catered VIP table packages to give customers a full day’s experience at an event organisers anticipate will attract a crowd of between 2,000 and 2,500.

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Top Class Events In 2016

We’ve got a wealth of top-class events being held here, with some established favourites and new additions to delight fresh audiences.

On April 24th, we’ve got the Great Northern Wedding Show returning with its wealth of stalls featuring everything possible for the discerning bride and bridegroom. This is always a popular event and we look forward to welcoming new visitors along with established fans.

On May 14th, expect to see the very best in Thai boxing when The Tanko Main Event is held. Contact sports’ events don’t come any bigger than this and the fight card already boasts world stars like WBC World Champion Fabio Pinca and the UK’s own Reece McAllister.

Take a step into the fantasy world of comics and sci-fi when Film and Comic Con comes to the Arena for the first time on July 2nd and 3rd. All the favourite stars from TV, film and comics will be here as well as whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and film memorabilia. We can expect some amazing outfits from visitors, too!

The Great Northern Wedding Show returns on September 18th and on October 1st and 2nd XL Expo is back at the Arena after holding its inaugural event here last year to great acclaim.

This two-day event celebrating strength and wellbeing involves competitions, stalls and activities, bulging with the best in its field and bigger and better than ever.

And on November 13th, there will be all the fantastic gymnastic moves and routines that dazzle and delight audiences when Jungle Fever cheerleading competition returns to the Arena.

“It’s going to be a really exciting year!” stated Hannah Mooney, the Arena’s Conference and Events Executive. “There are some terrific events being staged here, and I know that many people are already looking forward to coming.”

* For more information about running events at the USN Bolton Arena contact Hannah on 01204 488112 or email

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