24 Jan 2018

The dream is alive. The passion is burning. The ambition and pursuit to become WBC MuayThai champion of the world is close to fruition for four men who have made fighting the beautiful ?Art of MuayThai? their profession of choice.

Monday the 26th of February sees global MuayThai fight promotion, Phoenix championship, host their inaugural event in the Kingdom of Thailand ? Phoenix is the brainchild of Lebanese businessman Chahe Yerevanian.

The location for the upcoming promotion is none other than the famed and fabled Rajadamnern stadium in Bangkok, a sporting venue that is synonymous with hosting numerous night's of breathtaking elite MuayThai action, over the past 72 years.

Moreover, on this momentous occasion for the Lebanese based promotion they have requested two WBC world title fights for the show: Middleweight (160lbs, 72.523kgs) and Super-Heavyweight (over 230lbs, over 104.50kg).

The WBC MuayThai world ranking committee approved the request, so now four men from varied locations around the globe will battle it out for two coveted ?Green beauties?? otherwise known as the WBC MuayThai world championship belt ? so many dream of winning it, but only the elite few manage it.

First up in a clash of champions, Belgian-Moroccan fighter Youssef Boughanem will square off against Thailand?s Noppagao SiriluckMuaythai for the WBC MuayThai middleweight world title. Youssef is ranked number one in the WBC world rankings -- Noppagao is ranked number eight.

Youssef is the current middleweight champion of Rajadamnern Stadium ? whilst Noppagao is the current middleweight champion of Lumpinee stadium. The battle of elite Thailand stadium champions is set for a scintillating affair!

In what has the makings of a fascinating encounter, two of the boldest and baddest big boys on the elite MuayThai circuit will once again collide in the squared circle, to see who will be crowned the new King of the WBC MuayThai super-heavyweight division.

Yassine Boughanem, a classy technical fighter, currently ranked number one at super-heavyweight will face off against number three ranked American, Steven Banks. Banks, a powerful and gritty fighter is a former WBC world title holder, and will be looking to regain his crown.

The first time these two powerhouses met was back in 2016 on the Super MuayThai event in Bangkok, and on that occasion the fans in attendance were taken on a roller coaster of a fight experience.

The Belgian-Moroccan fighter had his hand raised in victory, via way of a second round technical knockout. Will it be revenge for Banks, or repeat for Boughanem?

Find out on Monday the 26th of February which two of these four elite MuayThai fighters has more determination, want and willingness to claim the ?alluring beauty? that is the coveted WBC MuayThai world championship title.

By Kevin P Noone

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