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Ponferrada is the capital of Bierzo and also the national reference for kickboxing and muay thai. In recent years, promoter Diego Vázquez has been organizing great shows there and in 2020 the city has been key. On February 29, he held the Spanish Muay Thai Professional Championship (55.

4 kg category) between Mikel Fernández and Gonzalo Tebar (won by Fernández, who poses with his belt in the image and the local Councilor for Sports, Iván Castrillo). A week later, Ponferrada was the venue for the amateur Spanish Championships of the specialty. It was the last major event before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The circle closed in the ‘City of the Iron Bridge’ and will reopen in the same place. Next August 1, Diego Vázquez organizes the first post-pandemic kickboxing and muay thai evening (MGZ Promotions will kick off contact sports with a boxing show on July 24 at Castrourdiales) in Spain. It will be outdoors, in the Bierzo Fitness Center, and will have a capacity of 400. “It is costing to close it more than usual, but we have to resume the activity as soon as possible,” acknowledges the promoter.

Contrary to what is happening in contact sports worldwide, the Ponferrada evening, which is backed by the FEKM, will start with a dream poster. There will be 10 bouts, of which eight will be professional. The highlight will be the ISKA K1 World Championship (-48 kg) between the Spanish Cristina Morales, who defends her belt for the second time, and the Italian Simona Di Dio Martello. The rest of the poster highlights the combat between Pedro Ruiz and Jose Maria Quevedo and the presence of Portuguese Miguel Trindade, one of the most potential Muay Thai fighters in the old continent. Ponferrada is synonymous with quality in contact sports and on August 1 the curtain will rise.

Promotional poster of the fight between Morales and Martello. Mamba Fight Club

Poster confirmed for the first kickboxing and muay thai evening in Spain after COVID

Cristina Morales vs Simona Di Dio Martello: ISKA World Championship -48 kg.
Pedro Ruiz vs José María Quevedo: special combat 5 rounds (-63.5 kg).
Silviu Vitez vs Luismi Salar: muay thai (-60 kg).
Ronny Gómez vs Aitor Ibañez: K1 (-63 kg).
Diego Hermo vs Luigi Arana: K1 (-58 kg).
Ion Fernández vs Ismael Abad: muay thai (-55 kg).
Jorge Mosh vs Mario Sales: muay thai (-68 kg).
Miguel Trindade vs Pelayo Ventoso: muay thai (-65 kg).
Amateur fighting Francisca Vera vs Maite Botella: muay thai (-53 kg).
Víctor Huertos vs Endika Fernández: K1 (-58 kg).

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President and CEO of Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Libbin refers to COVID-19’s impact on the economy when he says, “The impact has been stunning.”

Medical professionals, scientists say the way to slow COVID-19 is to wear a mask and by social distancing. But young people are not necessarily getting the message.

“We were fortunate to get D.J. Khaled to create a video,” says Libbin.

“D.J. Khaled and I want to talk to the young people and I want to talk to everybody no matter what age you are…. This is very serious we have to wear our masks.”

“Getting celebrities to try and impact the younger generation. A lot of young folks, 20s-30s are not willing to put on a mask,” Libbin said.

Pretty hip move by the beach chamber that seems to be sending a message that safety and flattening the curve goes hand in hand with opening up the economy and is good for business.

“When safety becomes the number one reason for making other decisions I think we have to follow the safety guides,” Libbin said.

“If you go outside, if you are around a lot of people, always wear a mask. I am telling you right now we got to do what we got to do,” DJ Khaled says.

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