Richard Abraham was a big underdog going into Friday’s Main Event at Lion Fight 24 against Ky Hollenbeck. Ky had more than twice the experience as Richard and is ranked as one of the top Muay Thai fighters in the U.S. But both Hollenbeck and Abraham have aggressive and exciting styles that made this fight a great match for viewers at home on AXS TV.
As the bout began it was clear that Abraham was not intimidated. He was willing to trade with Hollenbeck even as Ky attempted to throw spinning elbows and backfists. Unfortunately the forward-aggressive styles of both fighters caused a few clashes of heads. In the second round a small cut was created over the right eye of Richard. In the third round a cut was opened over the left eye of Hollenbeck. In the fourth round Richard began landing some strong right hands and an overhand-right scraped against Ky’s cut and opened it much worse. The doctor stopped the bout and after much arguing and confusion in the right, the bout went to the scorecards. After a little more than 3 rounds of action the judges gave the fight to Ky Hollenbeck. It was a very unsatisfying result for both fighters and discussion for a rematch was immediately discussed. Either way, Abraham proved himself in this bout and showed that he deserves to be back in center stage for Lion Fight!