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WBC tournament in the United States : On August 23, 2007

WBC Muay Thai will hold its first tournament in the United States which will be televised live in Thailand. The event will be held at the Normandie Casino in Los Angeles and shown live on Channel 5 on September 9 from 8.30am (Thai time).

It will be part of the celebration of His Majesty the King's 80th birthday for Thais living in the US and to promote the Thai martial art.

Gen Kovid Bhakdibhumi, vice president of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and chairman of WBC Muay Thai, said organisers had spent 30 million baht to hold the event after two years of efforts.

''We have organised WBC Muay Thai events in every corner of the world except the US. We want to promote our heritage to the world,'' said Gen Kovid.

The event is expected to be a big hit among American fans with tickets priced at US$200, $150 and $50.

Mainly sponsored by Singha beer, the tournament will feature nine bouts including title defences by world middleweight champion Lamsongkram Chuwattana and featherweight champion Kaew Fairtex.

Lamsongkramwill take on Yohan Lidon of France and Kaew will face Genki Yamamoto of Japan.

Heavyweight champion Ricardo Van de Boss of Holland will be challenged by American Rocky Rosario.

There will be six bouts for the International titles and the US national championships.

''I have been training for almost two months. I know Lidon has a powerful punch. I will not underestimate him,'' said Lamsongkram who will pocket about 300,000 baht from the fight.

Lamsongkram said that after Lidon he is scheduled to fight in Hong Kong in late October.

In another delevopment, Samson Sor Siriporn, who successfully defended her WBC women's light-flyweight title for the first time last week, will make her second and mandatory defence against Russian Anastasia Toktaulova (11-8, 2KOs) in November.

Whether the fight will be held in Thailand or not is under negotiation.

If it takes place in Thailand, Nongmai Sor Siriporn is expected to have a title shot againt WBC minimumweight champion Carina Moreno of the US.

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