Fierce fighters 'bout to clash

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Phil (No Fear) Leier admits he knows "absolutely nothing" about his next opponent.

It's not like he didn't try to dig up a scouting report on Korea's Choi Young-Sun, who he squares off against in tonight's Gladiators of the North Muay Thai card at the Telus Convention Centre (7 p.m.), but he didn't have much luck.

"Oh yeah, I always try to Google (the name)," Leier said.

"But if it doesn't work, I obviously can't read Korean. I'm just going to stick with my main plan, which is just going in and going for it."

A half dozen martial artists from Mike Miles' Calgary-based Muay Thai training group will go toe-to-toe with athletes from Korea and Japan in tonight's showdown, which features eight bouts in total.

Lightweight Scott (Pitbull) Clark will trade blows with Japan's Hiroki Komata in the main event, while Alana Dunbrack meets Korea's Park Woo-Yeon in a women's flyweight match.

Sean (Shotgun) McKinnon, a former IKF World Classic champion, has a date with Masashi Hirano of Japan in a super-middleweight scrap.

"It's going to be an electrifying card," Leier said. "Everybody is really well matched up, plus the Japanese and the Koreans bring a lot of talent."

Leier, 23, is making his return to the ring after surgery to repair a twice-broken nose that sidelined him for about a year.

Prior to going under the knife, the Dr. E.P. Scarlett graduate posted an 18-11 record.

He'll have his hands full with Young-Sun, who arrives in the Stampede City with an 11-2 mark.

Clark's clash with Komata also promises some fireworks.

Clark, 31, is 4-1 as a professional and 36-5-1 as an amateur and ranks as Canada's No.-1 lightweight contender, while Komata, who hails from Tokyo, is 17-4 in his pro career and is the top contender for Japan's middleweight crown. But, as Clark pointed out, win-loss records don't always tell the whole story.

All he knows for sure is his opponent has a height advantage and a reputation in Japan as a technically-sound martial artist.

"I think you'll see some really good Muay Thai," Clark said. "I think he's going to be really good and I know my skills. Instead of a sloppy fight or a boring fight, I think it's going to be really evenly-matched, even-paced."


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