27 Aug 2018

Monday, August 27th: In what was another night of high drama at Bangkok?s famed Rajadamnern Stadium two elite fighting warriors were enthroned as King?s of the WBC MuayThai.

Frenchman Hamza Ngoto joined Thailand?s Noppakrit Gor Kampanart as the two men who walked away with coveted green beauties around their waists.

The 168Lb Clash:

First up was Hamza as he faced off against former Lumpinee stadium champion, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong, in battle for the vacant WBC super-middleweight (168Lbs) world championship title.

The opening stanza was one of calculated measurement as both fighters used this round to work out each other?s movements and potential weaknesses. Everyone expected Thongchai to go to work on the legs of his opponent due to Hamza?s huge height advance ? Thongchai didn?t follow that gamelan ? if anything it seemed to be Hamza who was the man on a mission with his stone cold demeanor.

The second round was the beginning of the end for Thongchai?s dream of capturing a much sought after WBC world title as the tall rangey Frenchman landed a ferocious elbow to the forehead of the Sitsongpeenong fighter sending him crashing to the canvas to the point of no return ? and in turn crowned a clearly emotional Hamza Ngoto the new WBC MuayThai super-middleweight champion of the world.

The 154Lb Clash:

The battle for the vacant super-welterweight strap pitted former WBC welterweight world champion Manaowan Sitsongpeenong against his compatriot Noppakrit Gor Kampanart, himself a former champion of Rajadamnern Stadium and Channel 7 stadium.

Noppakrit was late replacement for Canadian fighter Anthony Ford ? who due to a late illness had to pull out of the contest with Manaowan ? Noppakrit didn?t disappoint as he battled tooth and nail with Manaowan over five rounds to claim a beautiful WBC world title belt.

The opening two rounds seemed as if Manaowan would set the pace and tone of slight dominance in the contest as he edged ahead ? ever so slightly ? on the judges scorecards. But it was Noppakrit?s steely attitude that drove him to victory as he seemed to have more drive and heart than Manaowan in the stages of the the fight where it mattered most, namely rounds there and four.

As the climatic round was about to commence Noppakrit?s mother, in his corner, screamed aloud at her son to show all his heart and steel to show he could push to the end to grab the glory ? he did just that and earned a hard fought points decision over Manaowan to become the new WBC MuayThai super-welterweight champion of the world.

On behalf of our Chairman Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and all the team at the WBC we would like to congratulate Noppakrit on his crowning glory.

Writtten by : kevin P. Noone

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