"The Professional Armwrestling League (PAL), the worldwide leader in the sport, launches its 2015 American campaign with “Vendetta in Vegas” card Sunday, July 12, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The card will be televised internationally and domestically on the CBS Sports Network.
This is the first in a series of regularly scheduled cards in Las Vegas under the PAL USA banner.
PAL USA presents the top open division competitors from more than 40 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, both men and women, in weight categories ranging from bantamweight to super heavyweight.
PAL, which held its first event in the United States during 2009, was founded in 2002 by Igor Mazurenko, a legendary wrestler, trainer and promoter in the sport. PAL has offices in Gdynia, Poland, and Las Vegas.
The four-match “Vendetta in Vegas” card July 12 in the Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:
Richard Lupkes of Rushmore, Minn. (315 pounds) vs. Andrey Pushkar of the Ukraine (243 pounds)
Tim Bresnan of Lisbon, Conn. (286 pounds) vs. Eugeni Prudnik of the Ukraine (203 pounds)
Janusz Zolcinski of Poland (242 pounds) vs. Harold Owens II of Carmel, Ind. (240 pounds)
Vazgen Saghoyan of Armenia (165 pounds) vs. Chris Gobby of Montreal (165 pounds)
Tickets for “Vendetta in Vegas” are priced at $20 for general admission, $50 for reserved and $100 for VIP.
Tickets are available:
At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office daily from to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
By calling AXS 888-929-7849 or by going to AXS.com
The first bout in the Vinyl starts at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2.
Each match consists of the traditional best-of-six rounds format. There is a one-minute break between rounds, regardless of how long the previous session lasted. Most sessions are over within 15 seconds, but some can last up to one minute. The record for the longest session in international competition is eight minutes, a never-again-approached duration.
Not only is arm wrestling competition explosive, it is universal. Virtually, every American at some time during their life, usually starting at childhood, has engaged in arm wrestling.
“Arm wrestling is a sport most everyone has tried at some time during their life,” said Mazurenko. “But to see these professionals compete, it’s like night and day. They bring a ferocity that is seen only, say, in my opinion, among linemen in American football.”
But PAL has taken this most basic of activities, refined it and made it one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is under consideration as an exhibition sport in the 2024 Olympic Games.
These are superb athletes who exhibit strength, technique, stamina and will. It’s what makes this sport so very dynamic.
Men compete in weight divisions of featherweight (up to 139 pounds), lightweight (155), welterweight (172) middleweight (190), heavyweight (210) and super heavyweight (above 210).
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