A tactically shrewd fighter, Panicos Yusuf has continued to astound the Muay Thai community with his intelligence and skill in the ring. With just one professional defeat to his name since 2010, Panicos has earned his place on the Muay Thai wall of fame, and is rightly regarded by many to be one of the very best fighters of his generation.
Born on the south coast of Cyprus in the city of Limassol, Panicos discovered Muay Thai at the age of sixteen. He visited a gym which was running Muay Thai classes, gave the sport a try, and soon found it difficult to think about anything else. After that first season, nothing was ever quite the same for Panicos. As a fighter he progressed at a phenomenal rate, eventually going on to participate in Muay Thai bouts all over the world including Ayia Napa, Cork, Jersey, Scotland, England and Thailand itself. Training under both Paul Tite and Liam Robinson, Panicos became one of the most noteworthy fighters on the Muay Thai circuit almost overnight. He developed a distinct reputation for ‘clinching’ as he moved up the rankings, and is now widely considered to be one of the best ‘clinchers’ in the world.
Panicos’ gentlemanly demeanour and honourable values make him a perfect ambassador for Tanko Management and the sport of Muay Thai. A genuine calming presence with an unbreakable moral code, Panicos is the kind of person you want the younger generation to be around. Over the course of his career Panicos has developed a passion for coaching as well as competing, drawing on his vast experience as a title-winning fighter to train up amateurs. He will go down in history as one of the most influential figures on the British combat sports scene – but there may be a few more fights in him just yet…
Caged Steel Fighting Championships 17
Date: 18th March 2017
Location: Doncaster Dome
Panicos’ MMA debut resulted in such a comprehensive victory, it seemed inevitable we’d see him inside a steel cage once again. Sure enough, a second bout was promptly scheduled, and a second win was promptly secured. Panicos battered Sam Halliday at the Doncaster Dome in March 2017, smashing his opponent to the ground with a series of shattering kicks for a first round win.
Date: 3rd December 2016
Location: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Nobody quite knew what to expect when Panicos entered the cage for his first MMA bout at TFC2. Within two minutes, it was clear to see this man had much more to his athletic repertoire than Muay Thai. Panicos proceeded to destroy Ben Dearden in lighting-quick fashion, unleashing a torrent of punches that forced his opponent to succumb to verbal submission. He might have achieved almost everything possible on the domestic Muay Thai circuit, but a new and exciting chapter for Panicos was opened at Victoria Warehouse in December 2016.
Date: 8th October, 2016
Location: Macron Stadium, Bolton
After 25 wins on the trot, Panicos Yusuf’s magnificent run of victories was finally brought to a halt at YOKKAO 19/20. Lumpinee teen fighter Manachai simply had too much for Pan on the night, stepping up the pace from Round 3 onwards to earn a unanimous decision win. Pan pushed the Thai champion to the limit and has no regrets about stepping into the ring with one of the world’s greatest fighters. After all, that’s why he became a professional Muay Thai competitor in the first place: to fight the best.
Liverpool Show Time:
Stand Up and Fight
Date: 6th August, 2016
Location: Liverpool Olympia
Panicos extended his incredible run of victories at The Liverpool Olympia, battering K1 specialist Quinton Veiga to take home the Roar Combat League World title. The Dutch fighter came into this bout with 19 wins under his belt but couldn’t find a way to beat Panicos, as the Tanko man battled his way to victory via a unanimous judges’ decision.
The Tanko Main Event
Date: 14th May 2016
Location: USN Arena, Bolton
Panicos registered his 24th consecutive win at The Tanko Main Event; a remarkable achievement, even if it did come against a different opponent to whom he’d originally envisioned. Kongsak Sitboonme was forced to pull out of the contest with just a few weeks remaining, but Fighter of the Year 2015 Keith Mclachlan stepped in to take the Thai’s place. Panicos proceeded to sweep Mclachlan aside, emerging victorious via TKO after a series of blistering strikes.
The Main Event
Date: 23rd May 2015
Location: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
For UK and Irish fight fans, Panicos Yusuf vs Stephen Meleady at The Main Event was one of the biggest clashes of 2015. A classy and technical performance from Panicos saw him take away the win, leaving the audience in awe at what they’d witnessed.
Date: 30th August 2014
Location: Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes
Looking to secure his second world title, Panicos went into Fighting Machines 11 with a string of big victories against Muay Thai giants Calogero Palmeri and Rattijak Kaewsamrit. He overcame opponent Ruben Almeida in style and added an extra win to his undefeated record since May 2010.
Panicos’ next fight is being arranged as we speak…