23 Jul 2019

The sport of MuayThai in Australia has always been traditionally very strong. The country produces and has produced a plethora of global superstars, and more importantly a number of WBC MuayThai world champions, with Steve McKinnon, Nathan Corbet and Ben Johnston, just to name a few!

Add the name Jake Lund to that list, as the Queensland fighter recently stormed past his opponent, Thailand’s Kompetchlek Fairtex, to claim the vacant World Boxing Council MuayThai light-heavyweight world title.

The Setting:
The world title showdown was hosted courtesy of one of Australia’s leading lights in promoting and showcasing the wonders of elite professional MuayThai. That promotion being Rebellion MuayThai, the brainchild of Mr. Sy Nadji. A man with a continued clear vision of promoting high-end MuayThai to the masses.

Speaking of the masses: they came from all over Australia — to a packed out St. Kilda Town Hall — to witness this world title and the many more scintillating matchups on the Rebellion show.

The World Title Protagonists:
The two men who would face off against each other for the newly vacated title were former WBC MuayThai middleweight world champion, Kompetchlek Fairtex, and current WBC MuayThai International super-middleweight champion Jake Lund.

The World Title Contest:
It was to be short lived affair, as Lund set about looking for weaknesses in the armour of the former Rajadamnern stadium champion. The opening round saw the Queenslander and the Thai boxer both open up with neat combinations that split the round down the middle.

It was the second round that saw Lund go into full predatory mode. He stalked his opponent around the ring, working angles, which would eventually allow him to find the opening he was looking for: and that moment was a detrimental one for Kompetchlek, as he was on the receiving end of a beautifully-timed right uppercut that signaled the end of his night.

The Outcome:
Kompetchlek looked — at least momentarily — that he would survive the referee’s eight count, but unfortunately it was not to be and with that, Australia crowned its newest World Boxing Council MuayThai world champion.

On behalf of World Boxing Council President, Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC MuayThai President, Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, and the entire team at the WBC, we would like to congratulate Jake and his team on their magnificent victory.

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