29 Jun 2012

There have been many Thai boxers who have gone on to win world boxing championships.

But to this writer?s knowledge no Thai has ever held a Muay Thai world title and a first class world boxing championship at the same.

That ultimate duality in title fight excellence may well be achieved if Jomthong Chuwatanna, the undisputed WBC World Lightweight Muay Thai champion makes it to the top of boxing world.

Ever since Jomthong as a teenager stepped into the Rajadamnern stadium he made an indelible mark with his hand skills and not just the kicks and knee strikes that befit the elite fighters in Bangkok.

Jomthong is a gifted puncher with a long reach that compliments his exquisite timing. He?s a born pugilist.

And he?s also greatly admired by ringside stalwarts for having ?perfect motion? with imposing long legs and arms that that can sweep through the strongest defence.

For awhile it seemed that Jomthong?s continued success in Muay Thai would distract him from a fists-only boxing career.

But his ambition to become a world boxing champion skyrocketed when won the WBC Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation Super Featherweight Championship against Korean Dong-Kyuk Kim on May 29.

Jomthong is following the footsteps of the Thai boxing great champion Sot Chidlada when he crashed through the barriers from being a first class Muay Thai professional to winning a world title.

Sot knows all about fighting tough opponents and became somewhat of a legend boxer when who beat the Korean champion in the middle of bitterly cold Korean winter.

Jomthong was just a boy when Sot was Thailand?s boxing hero, but Jomthong?s KO win against Kim in Koreo in the ninth round has many pundits predicting that he?s not far away from being the next big sensation for Thailand boxing - and it won?t be long before he gets his shot at a WBC world world title.

Jomthong?s boxing record reads 3 fights, 3 wins, 3 KO.


BEC Tero, the promoters and event organizer for last weekend?s Battle For the Belts, have received a favourable reaction from the worldwide TV audience who watched the 7 WBC Muay Thai world titles.

Here?s seven observations of the ?magnificent seven? world champions who will be challenged in Battle For The Belts ll planned to take place in London straight after the Olympics.

* Kem Sitsongpeenong showed why he?s virtually unbeatable. The super welterweight won again with a classic KO from an elbow strike that had African Alejandro Asuma Osa unable to stand upright in the second round.

*Sakeddao Petchpayatai has beaten Thailand?s best super lightweights including Saenchai and Singdam and he?s now an international superstar, as evidenced by the impeccable skills he produced to beat highly regarded Frenchman Sofiane Derdega with a third round TKO.

* Big Ben Ch. Praram may be nearing the end of his career but he put on a vintage performance to almost beating the French elite combatant Fabio Pinca. The world tile was decided by a one-point split decision.

*Jomthong cruised to victory winning every round to retain his world lightweight title and showed once again how good he is. If there were an award for the ultimate boxer Jomthong would be the top ranked.

* Super Cruiserweight Australian Steve McKinnon is simple the best in his weight division. His first round annihilation of Dutchman Frank Munoz was truly awesome. A powerhouse kick to the leg followed by a hammer punch had Munoz concussed and beaten.

* American Joe Schilling showed that his the real deal when he dominated the gallant Armenian Krapat Karapetyan. Smokin? Joe isn?t just a first class fighter he?s one of the most popular boxers in out of the Muay Thai ring.

* Brazilian/Japanese Fabiano Cyclone was the underdog in the heavyweight world title contest against Argentina?s Christian Bosch. But Fabiano?s TKO eclipse of Bosch with a second round rising knee to the jaw was an absolute stunner.

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