22 Aug 2018

Monday, August 20th: This past weekend in the mystical city of Hong Kong two elite fighting superstars from The UK and Thailand met in the squared circle for the right to win an historic WBC MuayThai diamond championship belt.

Those two aforementioned warriors were Thailand?s Dokmaipa Kiatpompetch and current WBC MuayThai super-bantamweight world champion, Ruth Ashdown, from the U.K.

Their epic battle etched fantastic memories into the minds and hearts of those in attendance ? at Hong Kong?s Southorn Stadium ? as they poured sweat, blood and tears on the canvas of dreams, over five action-packed rounds.

Hong Kong was alive with WBC fever in the days leading up to the contest as posters for the event adorned railings and buildings throughout the alluring metropolis, and that fever reached steady heights at the official weigh-in, and followed with even more candor at the press conference where over 30 media outlets from Chinese and International news organizations amassed to witness history in the making.

The History:
The first-ever WBC female diamond belt world championship title contest. In the 16-year history of the WBC MuayThai there have only been two diamond champions crowned: Global MuayThai superstar Buakaw Banchamek and one of the greatest of times, Saenchai PK Saenchai ? one of these two ladies: Dokmaipa or Ruth, would join that illustrious club!

Fight Day:
On arrival at the stadium ? which was conveniently located in the heart of the bustling Wanchai district ? you could feel the excitement and enthusiasm within the venue as over 2,500 people packed the 3,000 seater arena in anticipation of the ten fights, for the evening?s proceedings.

The Showpiece Encounter:
First into the ring for the diamond belt contest was English fighter Ashdown, followed by Dokmaipa, who performed quite the poetic Wai Kru/Ram Muay dance, before battle.

The opening stanza saw both fighters looking to set the tone for the contest as each combatant was searching for weakness in the others defense.

Round two was when the edgy competitiveness set in as both combatants went toe-to-toe with flurries of ferocious exchanges ? it was the elbows coming from Dokmaipa which dictated the round as she cut Ashdown on two occasions ? both times the British fighter was forced to visit the ringside doctor, who was happy to allow the fight to continue.

The third round came: it was Thailand?s Dokmaipa who came out on top, landing the cleaner, more effective scoring shots from her signature body-kick and piercing knees which were troubling Ashdown throughout the entire two minutes.

The penultimate round was all Ashdown as she set about hunting down her opponent with thunderous punches and some solid body-kicks ? Dokmaipa for her part played a defensive game in this stanza, which at times seemed a little early to go down this route.

The fifth and final round saw more effective aggression from Ashdown, this seemed to help her cause as all three ringside judges agreed that she pushed the pace more to win the round.

Decision Time:
The final bell rang ? both ladies haughty each other with enduring respect and admiration ? it was Ashdown?s night as she was awarded the contest on a majority decision. The 39-year old elite athlete may have written the final chapter in her fight career and if that is to be: then it?s a closing paragraph worth reading.

On behalf of the WBC MuayThai Chairman Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and all the team at the WBC MuayThai we send a warm sense of congratulations to Ruth Ashdown on becoming a WBC history maker.

This event was quite literally the ?talk of the town? over the past week or so, and even more so in the aftermath of Ruth?s crowning glory. This night of tremendous elite fighting wars was organized by Mr. Song Ke and Mr. Alex Tsui and these fine gentlemen deserve all the applause they get ? for organizing a fantastic show ? which showcased the beautiful fighting art of MuayThai to the people of Hong Kong and China.

Writtten by : Kevin P. Noone

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