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Historic day for Muay Thai : On December 21, 2005
For the first time, world titles for boxing and Muay Thai will be at stake on the same "superfight" card at Cancun, Mexico on January 28.
The WBC has sanctioned the world Muay Thai Super Featherweight world title contest back-to-back with the WBC Flyweight World Boxing Championship. WBC Muay Thai chairman General Kovid Bhakdibhumi said the historic event would bring a new benchmark to Muay Thai - the national sport of Thailand - on the international stage. "Muay Thai, under the sanction of the World Boxing Council, is at a new threshold for world recognition as a popular ring sport at the highest level. The great Thai sporting heritage of Muay Thai has taken a great leap forward," he said.
The WBC Muay Thai world title will feature Lumpinee Stadium superstar "Sugar" Keo Fairtex and the sensational Korean Bin In Wok, 26, who has won 17 of his 38 fights by KO, losing only five times. Keo, 22, has won 70 of 103 fights.
The contest is a classic match-up between a Muay Thai master of the eight weapons - including knees and elbows - and an aggressive walk-in fighter.
"This is a great honour to be fighting for a world title on the same card as a WBC boxing world championship. I will do my best and hope to bring home the belt for my country and King," said Keo before flying to the United States.
Keo will stay in the Fairtex Muay Thai training camp in San Francisco before heading to the glamour resort of Cancun.
His opponent Bin is in solid training and will fly direct from Korea to Mexico three days before the event.
"I have been told that Keo is a bit of a legend in Muay Thai, but I won't be changing my tactics," Bin said. "I will take the fight to him and let's just see what happens.
"I want to win the WBC belt as it's the highest honour for the sport of Muay Thai."
Keo has been training on a nutritional diet specially prepared and supervised by Bart Van Der Molen , the current Mr Universe and executive manager of the Fairtex Sport Club & Resort in Pattaya.
The mixed boxing and Muay Thai championship card is part of the Night of Champions extravaganza at the Caribbean beach in Cancun where great boxing champions - past and present - are coming together for a gala of accolades to honour all the greats of boxing. Laila Ali, a WBC women's world champion, will be present to see her father Muhammad Ali be inducted as the greatest boxing champion of all time.
Channel 3 will televise the Muay Thai world championship at 11.15pm on January 29 along with the Flyweight world title featuring Mexico's Jorge Arce and Nicaragua's Adonis Rivas.
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