Lamsongkram Wins Interim World Title

5 Jun 2006


Thailand's outstanding Muaythai champion Lamsongkram has won the WBC Muaythai Middleweight Interim world title in the former Soviet Union state of Kyrgyzstan.
Five thousand excited fans packed the Bishkek capital city arena for the showdown between the local hero Central Asian champion Alan Ofeyo and Lamsongkram, the Thailand and Bangkok Rajadamnern Stadium champion with a record of 46 KO's from over 200 contests.
"I have been fighting since I was eight years old and, although I am only 22, I have realized my life's dream in winning a WBC title belt," an elated Lamsongkram said after the contest. "I had one shot at the title and I am proud to return to Thailand as a champion,"

Ofeyo, also 22, had beaten all challengers from the Central Asian countries that include Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan which lie in the high mountain land on the China border. Ofeyo is also a crowd favorite among many Moscow fight fans.
"I was beat fairly by Lamsongkram in the ultimate contest of Muaythai. I was beaten in every round and I have learnt a lot from a great champion. He was the ring master and I respect him as the champion of the toughest stand-up ring sport in the world."

Lamsongkram started the opening round in sensational style with lightening fast hard low kicks which destabilized Ofeyo. In the second and third rounds Lamsongkran totally outmaneuvered the local star with superb knee strikes and push kicks.
By the end of the fourth Lamsongkram had built up a unassailable points advantage and the final fifth round was a mere formality as the Thai champion continued with his winning technique and gave the home crowd a feast of Muaythai weapon skills.
Ofeyo admitted that he was out psyched by the opening round blitz. "Lamsongkram's power was extraordinary and I was never able to recover. I knew I needed to apply some intense pressure, but I just couldn't raise my fighting game."
The Interim world title win puts Lamsongkram into a mandatory challenge contest with British champion Steve Wakeling who won the Middleweight title with a split points win over Australian John Wayne Parr in London.
"Wakeling is a fine fighter," said Lamsongkram. "He's been trained in Thailand and he's shown that he's got a lot of talent and a fighting heart. I will need to be at my best to beat him."
Ofeyo admitted that he was out psyched by the opening round blitz. "Lamsongkram's power was extraordinary and I was never able to recover. I knew I needed to apply some intense pressure, but I just couldn't raise my fighting game."

Writtten by : Patrick Cusick is Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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