PXC 45 fight preview: Kyle Reyes versus Alex Volkanovski

PVX 45 Alex Volkanovsky vs Kyle Reyes
PVX 45 Alex Volkanovsky vs Kyle Reyes

At PXC 45, top featherweight contender Kyle “Boom” Reyes will aim for another spectacular finish when he welcomes surging 145 pound prospect Alex “The Hulk” Volcanovski to the “Terror Dome” on October 24, 2014 in Guam.

Kyle Reyes

 

Reyes’ confidence is off the roof heading to this fight against the Aussie as he is fresh from a dazzling first-round submission victory against Filipino-American fighter Josh Sapinoso at PXC 44 last June.

A Guam native, Reyes has been fighting professionally under the PXC banner for five years now and his skills have been tested numerous times. He fought PXC’s Bantamweight title contender Kyle Aguon in is first fight in the PXC and immediately introduced himself as a future star of the Guam-based promotion. It was one of the best fights of PXC 17. Reyes almost made Aguon tap twice with a RNC and an armbar a minute before the opening round ended, but Aguon showed tremendous submission defense. However, he didn’t have the answer for Reyes’ takedowns and striking ability, and Reyes walked away with the Unanimous Decision.

Reyes then piled up two consecutive submission victories over Giovanni Sablan and former PXC Lightweight Champion Ronnie Borja, before running up against Rolando Gabriel Dy of the Philippines who gave him the first loss of his career.

After that unanimous decision defeat, Reyes came back with a jaw-dropping first-round flying knee KO win against Korean Top Team’s Tae Kyun Kim at PXC 40. He then took on one of Japan’s young featherweight prospects in Krazy Bee’s Yusuke Yachi. The Japanese 145 standout handed Reyes another loss by way of a UD. It was a tough loss to take for Reyes; a win over Yachi could have sent him into Featherweight title contention right away.

Reyes showed maturity; he stayed focused, determined and hungry. In his most recent fight last June, 2014, Reyes scored yet another spectacular stoppage when he put Philippines’ Josh Sapinoso to sleep via guillotine choke in the very first round.

Reyes has been tagged as one of the brightest featherweight prospects in Guam. He has a complete mixed martial arts game in his arsenal; he can knock you out, take you down, or put you to sleep when he sees an opportunity. This kid is not afraid to stand and bang; He loves throwing vicious body kicks. Reyes also has a solid wrestling game behind him, and once he’s on top of you, be ready to absorb heavy leather.

Alex Volcanovski

 

Reyes’ next task is Australian fighter Alex Volcanovski, a fighter who is very durable and skilled. A win over Volkanovski could put him in the title contention next, but Volkanovski has surely another plan; to beat Reyes in his backyard and convince PXC officials that he’s got what it takes to be the next PXC 145 pound title contender.

Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, Alex Volcanovski makes his first fight outside Australia and inside the PXC cage.

Volcanovski currently trains at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand as one of the five scholarship winners from the 2014 TMT tryouts. He is known for his first-round finishes over Regan Wilson, Greg Atzori, Rodolfo Marques Diniz and Jai Bradney.

Volcanovski started his career two years ago against Gerhard Voigt in May of 2012. The former rugby league player won by way of a unanimous victory and began his journey as one of the most talked about featherweights in Australia.

“The Hulk” is coming off a successful Roshambo Lightweight title defense against Bradney last February, in which he made Bradney tap in the first round by way of rear naked choke.

Volkanovski possesses a ferocious ground game and has quickly developed unyielding striking skills under Tiger Muay Thai’s roof which will make him a huge problem to solve for Reyes.

Fight Analysis

 

Reyes will likely use his body kicks to wear Volkanovski down before initiating a clinch game. He’s developed such scary striking skills that he’s gotten used to standing and trading with his opponents, and has forgotten how good of a wrestler he is. Reyes has the edge when it comes to the stand-up game because he is more technical compared Volkanovski.

On the other hand, make no mistake about the Australian fighter, he might not be as technical as Reyes but once Volcanovski starts throwing heavy punches and kicks, rest assured that Reyes will feel them.

When it comes to the ground, both fighters are well-versed, but it is Reyes who is aggressive off his back and always looks for the submission.

The winner of this highly anticipated contest between Reyes and Volcanovski might be in line to get a crack at Jang Yong Kim’s title next.