Wakeking's piercing knees
records historic title victory

16 Jan 2011


Steve Wakeling back as the WBC ring king, photo Connor Emery

Britain's Steve Wakeling stamped his name in the annals of Muaythai fame with a masterful display to reclaim a WBC MUAYTHAI world title in Pattaya on January 8.

Wakeling staged a memorable and remarkable comeback to rebound back into the elite level of Muaythai when he won the WBC World Super Middleweight Championship after stopping Thailand's reigning title-holder Jaowchalam Chatkranokgym in the fourth round.

It was, indeed, a thoroughly deserved and sweet victory for Wakeling who was dethroned from the elite championship arena after losing to master grappler Lamsongkram in York Hall, East London.

But Wakeling opened up a new chapter for Muaythai excellence showing immaculate skill to disarm and then force the complete capitulation of Jaowchalam who came well prepared, most willing but totally outclassed for his championship defence due to the sheer class of his superior opponent.

Wakeling had previously earned a worldwide reputation for his "slicer" elbows but has now developed piercing knees to break the grapples. The first three rounds were a typical Thai homeland build-up but then, in round four, Wakeling made his move setting up brilliant knee strikes with lead up punches and elbow harassment before unleasing a knee strike finale.

The event was held at the outdoor Tip Plaza Complex in downtown Pattaya on the central beachfront.

Battle at the Beach

Also in Pattaya the weekend before on 2 January, the now famous Battle at the Beach saw Kompetlek Lookprabaat (Thailand) outreach and outpoint
Ozkul Yetkin (France/Turkey) to win the WBC Super Featherweight championship.

This prestige WBC MUAYTHAI event featured a first class fight card that was staged at the Theater Arena in Mike's Shopping Mall.

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