11 Jun 2018

2018 is turning out to be a pivotal year for the WBC MuayThai and Thursday, June 7th at Rajadamnern stadium was no different, as world title contest number nine was competed for, under the bright lights of Bangkok?s premier MuayThai stadium.

The two elite combatants who stepped over the hollowed ropes were Theptaksin Sor Sornsing and Nongyut Sitjaekan ? the bout was for the vacant WBC MuayThai bantamweight (118lbs - 53.524kgs) world title.

The contest itself:
The opening stanza saw the southpaw Nongyut looking to set the tone for the contest setting up timid but intelligent combinations, whilst always looking to read the movement of his opponent.

The second round again saw Nongyut start the stronger and this time he set the pace with a well-timed front push kick. Throughout the later stages both fighters engaged in the clinch, in which Theptaksin landed a couple of strong outside knees to the midsection of Nongyut.

Theptaksin started the third round with solid knees and looked to have a well planned defensive strategy until formidable Nongyut landed a venomous step-in left elbow which completely changed the atmosphere of the round and the contest ? it was all Nongyut on the attack with clean effective precision, for the remainder of the round.

The penultimate round brought on an incredible exchange of elbows between both combatants ? much to the delight of those in attendance ? but ultimately once again Nongyut?s tenacity shone through.

The fifth and climatic round saw a supremely confident Nongyut play a defensive game of cat and mouse with Theptaksin chasing him around the ring, leading to a Muay stalemate, much to the delight of Nongyut, who landed a couple of deflective body kicks on his opponent.

The contest ended ? Nongyut Sitjaekan had his hand raised in magnificent glory ? his hunt for ?The Green Beauty? was over, the fighter from Buriram province was enthroned as the new WBC bantamweight champion of the world.

The official ringside judges decisions:
47/49 - 47/49 - 47/49

Words & Pictures by: Kevin P. Noone

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