28 Feb 2018

Monday the 26th of February will be fondly remembered as a special night at the world renowned Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand -- a night where so many modern day warriors showcased the beautiful, exquisite fighting art of MuayThai.

A special mention of gratitude from all of us at the WBC Muay Thai to the great people at Phoenix Fighting Championship, lead by Chahe Yerevanian, who had a fantastic, innovative notion to bring his promotion to the Kingdom of Thailand — his tremendous vision which came to fruition, did not disappoint those in attendance and the thousands watching around the world.

The fight protagonists: Six fine gentlemen stepped over the hollowed ropes at Rajadamnern to compete for three coveted WBC MuayThai world titles.

First up was a colossal matchup between two of the best super-heavyweights in the world of elite MuayThai — Moroccan fighter Yassine Boughanem faced off against American protagonist Steven Banks for the vacant WBC MuayThai 230+lbs world title.

These two warriors did not disappoint the fans in attendance, as they left every ounce of energy and passion in the ring — when the final bell rang, it was to be Yassine’s night, as he was crowned the new WBC champion of the world.

Next up was Youssef Boughanem, who faced off against the current Lumpinee stadium champion, Noppagao SiriluckMuayThai. The Belgian-Moroccan came, saw and conquered the formidable challenge that Noppagao tried to mount against the steely Rajadamnern champion — Youssef ended the bout in the 3rd round with decisive ruthlessness, and in doing so, he was crowned the new world champion of the WBC middleweight division.

The history makers: The Boughanem siblings made MuayThai history in becoming the first ever brothers to win coveted WBC MuayThai world titles.

Lastly, the night's main event was truly a fight to savor, as the bout between Seksan and Panpayak was a thrill ride from start to finish. After five pulsating rounds of action Panpayak Sid-ChefBoontham had his hand raised in glorious victory; to successfully defend his coveted WBC lightweight world title.

All of the fighters on the night carried themselves with fantastic passion, honor and respect, showcasing why the beautiful sport of MuayThai is truly a unique fighting Art.

By: Kevin P. Noone

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