10 Sep 2007

WBC Muay Thai middleweight champion Lamsongkram Chuwattana showed why he is regarded as the best muaythai middleweight in the world with a wide points victory over brave Frenchman Yohan Lidon in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Sunday morning Thai time).

Lamsongkram lived up to his top billing on the 9 fight championship card at the Normandie Casino with a real show of strength. He said afterwards he was pleased to have shown the sell-out crowd his skills on the first Muay Thai show in the USA to adhere to Thai rules.

The event televised for US Pay Per View TV and live to Channel 5 in Thailand was the biggest muaythai event ever held in USA.
WBC President Dr Jose Sulaiman said the skills demonstrated by the 18 champions and contenders were "magnificent."
"The big crowd were captivated by the courage and fighting skills of the fighters. They set a high standard for muaythai in the world."

Lamsongkram continued his excellent form since winning the title from Steve Wakeling in London.

''I enjoyed it and I am prepared to fight anyone,'' said Lamsongkram.
''Yohan was tough and kept coming at me but I felt good in there.''
The Rachdamnoen Stadium champion slammed home a series of elbows in the fifth and final round that opened a deep gash on Lidon's forehead and then sportingly eased off to allow his opponent to hear the final bell.

However, Lidon took advantage to slam home punches and Lamsongkram said there was only one possible response.

''Once he attacked me again I tried to finish him off,'' he explained.
''He shouldn't have done that and he had to pay for it.''
In the main support, WBC super-featherweight Kaew Fairtex retained his belt with a wide points win over Japan's Genki Yamamoto.
Kaew stayed in control throughout and his display was met with loud applause from the crowd.

Dutchman Ricardo van den Bos' quest for the WBC heavyweight title ended in disaster when he was crushed in two rounds by Shane 'Rocky' del Rosario.
Van den Bos was cut early after a clash of heads and then rocked by a series of hard lefts from the American southpaw.
He was knocked down three times in the second round before referee Dej 'Nokweed' Sriampai stopped the action.
Singha Beer were the principal sponsors of the Dennis Warner-promoted card.

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