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Kevin Ross celebrates birthday with fight victory

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Kevin Ross lands a kick to the body of Justin Greskiewicz at World Championship Muay Thai inside the Las Vegas Hilton Showroom Saturday, July, 25 2009.

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Malaipet throws a head kick against Richard Fenwick during World Championship Muay Thai inside the Las Vegas Hilton Showroom Saturday, July, 25 2009. Launch slideshow »

Fight results

Malaipet def. Richard Fenwick via unanimous decision — WBC Muay Thai Super Welterweight International Championship.

Kevin Ross def. Justin Greskiewicz via TKO (head kick) Round 3, 1:49 — WBC Muay Thai US Welterweight Championship.

Jeri Sitzes def. Christine Toledo via unanimous decision.

Romie Adanza def. Paulo Da Silva via TKO (leg kicks), Round 4, 0:26 — IKKC International Championship, WBC Muay Thai Bantamweight US Championship.

Baxter Humby def. Chike Lindsay via split decision.

Scotty Leffler def. Shane Oblonsky via KO (knee to the head), Round 1, 2:23.

Jared Lara def. Vaughn Luca via unanimous decision — WBC Muay Thai US Middleweight Championship.

Although it wasn’t the gift he expected, Kevin Ross (9-4) celebrated his 28th birthday by winning the formerly vacant WBC Muay Thai USA welterweight title on Saturday night.

“It’s the best birthday present I’ve ever had,” Ross said.

The Las Vegan won by TKO 1:49 into the third round, after he landed a right-footed front kick to the eye of Justin Greskiewicz (9-6).

Most of the damage was inflicted in the second round where Ross scored two knockdowns and opened up a small cut over Greskiewicz’s left eye.

Ross originally was scheduled to fight WBC Super Lightweight International Champion Kang En in a rematch of their controversial Jan. 19 clash in Beijing, which Ross lost by unanimous decision.

En, however, failed to acquire an entry visa to the United States and the fight was postponed until World Championship Muay Thai’s event Aug. 30 at the Hilton.

“For the past six months, I had been looking forward to the rematch,” Ross said. “But luckily I now only have to wait a few more weeks.”

In the main event of evening, Mongkhon Wiwasuk, who fights under the name Malaipet, regained his WBC International super welterweight title and avenged his Feb. 24 loss to Richard Fenwick with a decision victory.

The normally jovial Malaipet appeared resolute as he controlled Fenwick in the clinch with elbows and takedowns, before opening a cut over Fenwick’s left eye.

The Englishman put on a desperate performance near the end of the fifth round to try to reclaim the fight, but it was too little too late.

Romie Adanza both regained his IKKC International belt and defended his WBC bantamweight US championship in a dual title match against Paulo Da Silva.

Adanza pelted Silva with leg kicks throughout the fight before scoring a knockdown via leg kick in the third round. Adanza finished off Silva 26 seconds into the fourth after Silva could not continue following another leg kick knockdown.

It was also a successful night for Las Vegan Scotty Leffler, who had an impressive pro debut, knocking out Californian Shane Oblonsky 2:23 into the first round with a knee to the head.

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