6 Oct 2011

Muaythai Boxing News

American Muay Thai super lightweight star Kevin Ross will fight top ranked Thai fighter Sakkedao Petchpayathai for the WBC interim world title in Los Angles on 21 October.

On the same card the USA Muay Thai hardman Joe Schilling will fight Kaoklai Kaennorsing for the interim light heavyweight title.

The two winners will face off to Fabio Pinca (France) and Artem Levin (Russia) to unify the super lightweight and light heavy weight divisions.

Ross just fell short of ultimate glory when he lost to Saenchai Sinbi for the first WBC Diamond Belt in August. The American is well-rounded in the Thai combat skills having trained with Kem Sitsongpeenong in Thailand.

Saenchai who's regarded as the best pound-for-pound Muay Thai boxer in the world predicted that Ross would be hard to beat in front of partisan American crowd and warned Sakkedao not to take his opponent lightly.

"Ross is a big (body) lightweight and he maintains his intensity for five rounds," Saenchai said after beating Sakkedao at Lumpinee stadium.

Saenchai and Sakkedao have fought four times for a split result.

While Saenchai is renowned for using all his upper and lower weapons, having spent two years as a professional international boxer, Sakkedao primary strength is his knees and kicks. He likes to move sideways and recoils with a defensive attacking strategy.

Kaoklai will need to be fit and strong if he is to beat Schilling known as the toughest Muay Thai fighter in USA. Schilling is on a winning streak having won his last three fights by KO.

Russian champion Levin beat Kaoklai early in the year but the much-liked Thai hero returned triumphantly to the main arena stopping Cyrus Washington in Bangkok.

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