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King's Cup for the best fighter : On December 22, 2005
After 26 years, the Ananda Mahidol Foundation Match is back on. The tournament starts today at Rajdamnoen Stadium, with the most talented fighters being awarded the prestigious King's Cup. The event has been held six times before, with the proceeds going to the foundation. His Majesty the King graciously presided over the first three tournaments and awarded the trophy to the winners in 1961, 1963 and 1965.
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was the guest of honour to present the trophy to the winners in 1969, 1971 and 1979. The event was brought back this year with the main objective of celebrating three auspicious occasions - HM the King's birthday on December 5, the 60th anniversary of his ascension to the throne and Rajdamnoen Stadium's 60th birthday.
The award ceremony for the Best Fighter of the Year and the Best Wai Khru will be held in the morning, while the Charity World Muay Competition will be conducted in the afternoon.
Channel 3 will televise five international bouts live from 3.30pm, while 13 Muay Thai matches will be held from 6.30pm. Privy Councillor General Pichit Kullavanija will preside over the opening ceremony at 3.30pm.
The highlight of the evening will be the WBA bantamweight title defence by champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. The Sakon Nakhon native, who captured the interim title last August after beating Panamanian Ricardo Cordoba in a unanimous decision, will face Venezuela's Leo Gamez.
Gamez, who lost a 12-round WBA flyweight title to Thailand's Saen Sor Ploenchit in 1996, is a four-time world champion in four different weight classes - strawweight, junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight.
Admission is Bt250, Bt500 and Bt2,000 for Thais and Bt1,000, Bt1,500 and Bt2,000 for foreigners.
Only the two best fighters (one each from the international boxing divisions and Muay Thai) will get the King's Cup.
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