26 Jan 2006

For the first time ever world titles for boxing and Muay Thai will be fought on the same "superfights" card at Cancun, Mexico on 28 January.
The WBC has sanctioned the world Muay Thai Super Featherweight world title contest back-to-back with the WBC Flyweight World Boxing Championship.
WBC Muay Thai Chairman General Kovid Bhakdibhumi said the historic event would bring Muay Thai - the national sport of Thailand - to a new benchmark on the international stage.
"Muay Thai under the sanctioning of the World Boxing Council is at a new threshold for world recognition as a popular ring sport at the highest level. The great Thai sporting heritage of Muay Thai has taken a great leap forward."
The WBC Muay Thai World Title will feature the Thailand Lumpinee Stadium superstar "Sugar" Keo Fairtex and the sensational Korean, Bin In Wok (26) who has won 17 of his 38 fights by KO losing only five times. Keo (22) has won 70 of 103 fights.
The Muaythai world title contest will is a classic match-up between a Muay Thai master of the eight weapons - including knees and elbows - and an aggressive
walk-in fighter.
"This is a great honor to be fight for a world title on the same card as a WBC boxing world championship. I will do my best and hope to bring home the belt for my country and King," said Keo before flying to USA.
Keo will stay in the Fairtex Muay Thai training camp in San Francisco before heading to the glamour resort of Cancun. His opponent Bin is in solid training and will fly direct from Korea to Mexico three days before the event.
"I have been told that Keo is a bit of a legend of Muay Thai, but I won't be changing my tactics", said Bin. "I will take the fight up to him and let's just see what happens. I want to win the WBC belt as it's the highest honor for the sport of Muay Thai."

Keo has been training on a nutritional diet specially prepared and supervised by Bart Van Der Molen , the current Mr Universe and Executive Manager of the Fairtex Sport Club & Resort in Pattaya.
"Muay Thai has entered a new era with the WBC Muay Thai world championship contests. The fighters in Muay Thai competition are becoming more professional, they are better trained and their level of fitness has improved, " said Mr Van Der Molen.
The mixed boxing and Muay Thai championship card is part of the Night of Champions extravaganza at the Caribbean beach in Cancun where the great boxing champions - past and present - are coming together for a gala of accolades to honor all the greats of boxing. Laila Ali, a WBC women's world champion, will be present to see her father Muhammad Ali be inducted as the greatest boxing champion of all time.
Thailand's former three time champion Sirimongkol Singwangcha - who is ranked number two in the WBC Lightweight division - will join reigning champions Floyd Mayweather, Erik Morales and Nanny Pacqulao in Cancun to honor the legends of the "sweet science."
Channel 3 will televise the Muay Thai world championship at 11.15 pm on 29 January along with the Flyweight world title featuring Mexico's Jorge Arce and Nicaragua's Adonis Rivas.

Writtten by : Patrick Cusick

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