SEVEN WBC WORLD TITLES IN THE "BATTLE FOR THE BELTS"
18 May 2012
Seven WBC Muay Thai world champions will defend their green belt titles against the best top ranked challengers in the "Battle for the Belts" at the Impact Arena on June 9.
BEC Tero will stage the mega event.
Never before has so many Muay Thai world title defenses been featured on the one championship event that will be televised live across Thailand on Channel 9 with a simultaneous international telecast by IMG, as well as a broadcast stream worldwide.
Three Thai world champions - Sakeddao Petchapayatai, Jomthong Chuwattana and Big Ben Ch. Praram 6 - will defend their titles.
Super Lightweight champion Sakeddao will be challenged by the French superstar Raouf Beliouz, Lightweight Jomthong will do battle against the in-form Australian sensation Dane Beauchamp, and Welterweight Big Ben takes on Europe's top gun Fabio Pinca, the former WBC world champion and Thai Fight finalist.
African Spaniard World WBC Champion Alejedrano Asuma will defend his title against the reigning Thai Fight Super Welterweight Champion Kem Sitsongpeenong. Kem has beaten the best of European challenges, and is regarded as the most formidable international Muay Thai warrior. To win the WBC world title belt will be Kem's crowing glory.
The world will be watching the main event - the showdown between Russia's great undefeated World Light Heavyweight Champion Artem Levin and the outstanding Canadian fighter Simon Marcus, who earned the right to face Levin after beating America's Joe Schilling in the WBC final elimination contest in Las Vegas on May 12.
Marcus won the WMPF world title in Bangkok and, should he win against Levin, he will have capped a remarkable winning streak against the worldâ€™s best.
Likewise Australian Steven McKinnon, who has held his WBC Super Cruiserweight championships for several years, faces his ultimate test against Hollandâ€™s Frank Munoz - regarded as one the Europeans fighting Muay Thai. A successful triumph against Munoz will enforce McKinnonâ€™s reputation and fame, as one of the great Muay Thai all time stars.
The heavyweight world championship features a clash of the titans between Argentina's WBC world title-holder Christian Bosch and Japan's Fabiano Cyclone. The coming together of these two top heavweights will be a thrilling battle and provides the icing for the seven world titles extravaganza.
An additional non-title contest will feature Thailandâ€™s rising star Dechbanjong Fairtex against Jingreedtong Seatransferry.