Kaew Fairtex Stops Bin-In Wook for WBC World Championship Title

2 Feb 2006


For the first time, WBC held the world titles for boxing and Muay Thai on the same "Superfight" cards at Cancun, Mexico this January 28, 2006. A packed house of 6,000 plus Mexican boxing fans at Cancun's Plaza de Toros got what they hoped for and more during the WBC Night of Champions boxing event.
Headlining the show was a rematch with much intrigue as Jorge "Travieso" Arce took on Adonis Rivas for the second time in a little over a month, with the Interim Flyweight title on the line. The co-main event for the WBC Women's Superbantam title pitted champion Jackie Nava of Tijuana, Mexico against Sand Diego's Kelsey Jeffries.
The WBC has sanctioned the world Muay Thai Super Featherweight world title contest back-to-back with the WBC Flyweight World Boxing Championship. It is a historic event for both boxing and Muay Thai.
The WBC Muay Thai world title featured Lumpinee Stadium superstar Kaew "Sugar" Fairtex and the sensational Korean Bin In Wook, 20 years old, who has won 35 out of 40 fights with 18 wins by KO, losing only five times. Wook is the current Korea Muaythai Council Champion, Korea International Kickboxing Champion and Korea Katugi Champion. Kaew, 21 years old, has won 104 of 140 fights with 36 wins by KO, losing 30 times and 4 draws. Kaew is the former Thailand Champion.
The contest is a classic match-up between a Muay Thai master of the eight weapons - including knees and elbows - and an aggressive walk-in fighter with a knock out power.
The first round started out slow with each fighter testing each other out. Both are very cautious with their weapons as Bin-In Wook is known to have very strong hands. Kaew Fairtex anticipated fury of fists and kept his distance utilizing the foot jabs and kicks. Bin attacked with punches and kicks but Kaew was able to counter with ease.
In round two, realizing Bin's main weapon was his right hand, Kaew started to attack Bin's arm with round-house kicks. Fairtex landed an explosive kick to Bin's forearms, disabling Bin's primary weapon early in the round.
Coming into round three, it was obvious that Bin was injured and did not want any more of the lighting fast round house kicks. Kaew continued to throw kicks and punches but Bin was very good at evading them and was able to survive another round.

Coming into round 4, Kaew continued to add pressure, cornering Bin against the ring ropes. Bin retreated backward, bounced forward from the rope only to be caught by Kaew's right elbow which landed on Bin's right temple. Bin dropped onto the canvas and received a standing 8 count. The referee stopped the fight as Bin could not continue the fight. Kaew wins the WBC Muaythai World Champion Titles by TKO in Round 4.
The event was aired on Azteca America channel in USA, Mexico and Central America. Thai Channel 3 televised the Muay Thai world championship along with the Flyweight world title featuring Mexico's Jorge Arce and Nicaragua's Adonis Rivas.

Other Fight Results:

WBC interim flyweight titlist Jorge "Travieso" Arce (43-3-1, 33 KOs) stopped former two-time WBO champion Adonis Rivas (21-9-2, 10 KOs) for the second time in two months on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros, Canc?n, ROO, Mexico. The rematch was made because it was felt Arce's tenth round stoppage of Rivas on December 16 was premature. This time there was no question as Rivas quit in his corner after round six. Arce put on a brilliant performance, repeatedly pummeling Rivas on with hard punches. After the fight Arce and former champion Rosendo Alvarez got into a brief scuffle.
In a WBC minimumweight eliminator, Rodel Mayol (22-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Lorenzo Trejo (24-13, 11 KOs). Mayol dropped Trejo in round one, and then put him down for the count with a crushing uppercut in round four.
WBC Youth featherweight titlist Rudy Lopez (18-2) ended a spirited ten rounder with a devastating knockout of Freddy Blandon (9-10). Blandon was down for several minutes, but appeared to be OK. Time was 1:48.
In other results, middleweight Epifanio Mendoza scored a third round knockout over Alejandro Garcia to win the WBC's Latino title and female champion Jackie Nava out pointed Kelsey Jeffries over ten. Scores were 98-91, 96-94 and 96-93.

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