Shamrock FC 337 took place on Saturday, April 9. The event went down live from the River City Casino in St Louis, Missouri, and was the second show for the promotion in a busy 2022.
The card featured some fantastic action throughout, and the night was capped off with a bloody bantamweight championship scrap. Young prospect Austin Bashi (6-0) faced off against Shamrock FC veteran Erion Zekthi (6-2) in an exciting main event that had the St Louis crowd on their feet.
Chants of Bashi echoed throughout the casino venue, as the twenty year old had Zekthi against the cage, raining down strikes to the bald melon of Erion. Austin was able to land a nasty elbow, that brutally ripped open the skin of ‘The Albanian One’. Following the the elbow was an onslaught of unanswered shots, as Bashi landed one after the other. The plethora of shots landed while Austin virtually had Erion mounted, forced the referee to finally intervene at 3:28 of the second round. The wicked display of ground and pound earned Bashi the bantamweight belt.
The Future of Bashi
Bashi’s stock is certainly on the rise, as he continues to snatch belts, bodies, and potential opportunities in the bigger promotions. Earning six straight professional victories, while being crowned bantamweight champion of an established promotion like Shamrock FC is no joke. There’s no doubt the dominating win over Erion will draw more eyes to Austin’s game. It will be interesting to see which promotion makes a move first for the young star with seemingly unlimited potential.
An opportunity on Dana White’s Contender Series would be a perfect proving ground for Bashi to show if he’s ready for the next step in an already impressive career. His cardio, wrestling and ever evolving striking game have him listed as a triple threat to anyone in the way of his goals. The Michigan native has been unstoppable thus far, and he’s committed to constantly learning, and improving his game.
Shamrock FC 337 Results:
Austin Bashi defeats Erion Zekthi via TKO (3:28, round 2) *Bantamweight title fight*
Dustin Lampros defeats Ashton Caniglia via unanimous decision
Jesse Martinelli defeats Tyler Stokes via TKO (4:07, round 3)
Peter Lucitt defeats Jackson Henson via TKO (1:24, round 2) *Amateur Bout*
Mike Offor defeats James Seltzer via unanimous decision *Amateur Bout*
Jose Intriago defeats Kijah Banda via TKO (2:27, round 2) *Amateur Bout*
Ray Hayes defeats Jordan Coffman via submission (2:01, round 2) *Amateur Bout*
Patrick Vega defeats Nicki Rivera via unanimous decision *Kickboxing Bout*
Lex Lightharp defeats Austin Miller via unanimous decision *Amateur Bout*
PJ Riley defeats Isaac Dancy via unanimous decision *Amateur Bout*
Patrick Gordon defeats Richard Jones via unanimous decision *Amateur Bout*
Feature image credit to XFC MMA