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WBC CONVENTION 2-8 October 2005

31 Jul

by Patrick Cusick (2005-07-31)

The WBC MUAYTHAI will be joining the WBC for its 43rd annual world convention in Cadiz, La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain, from 2-8 October.

This will be a very important event for the WBC MUAYTHAI as it presents an excellent opportunity for us all to discuss important matters and outline our plan of action for the remainder of the year and set a calendar of championship events for 2006.

The WBC MUAYTHAI will hold its own convention separate from the WBC as we have separate matters that we need to discuss openly among our own delegates. We will, however, be delivering a summary report to the WBC so that our affiliated body can have a clear understanding of what we have done and – more importantly – where we are heading.

The WBC MUAYTHAI agenda for the convention will include:

· rankings in all 17 weight divisions
· Rules and Regulations for events to be sanctioned
· Regional & World Championship events
· The 2006 calendar for WBC MUAYTHAI World Title Events
· Television and digital broadcasting proposals
· The WBC MUAYTHAI World Series
· Official belts – (1) Regional Champion and (2) World Champion

We should cover all our business agenda over two days. That will leave us sufficient time for the four-day seminar for referees and judges to be conducted by Professor Anek.

ACCOMODATION

The convention venue is the luxurious Hotel Palacio.
The rates available are as follows:
Single room: $125
Double room $130
Junior Suite $150
Breakfast is included.

There is a modest 3-star hotel, the Hotel Rocamar within walking distance of the Hotel Palacio with the rates of:
Single room $70
Double room $80

It’s important that we have the reservations at the earliest time as the hotel does not have many rooms available for the WBC.

Best regards,

Patrick Cusick
Secretary-General
WBC MUAYTHAI

Legend of Muaythai: Apidej Sit-Hirun

30 Jul

by World Muaythai Council, Thailand (2005-07-30)

We’ve all heard the term, but who is he?

The WMC can now bring you the definite list!We will introduce these special fighters in every edition, those who brought the beauty and skills of Muaythai to new levels, who brought the crowds to their feet, and who live on in our memories as an inspiration to all new fighters.

Muaythai, the most dangerous art of self-defense – this is a statement to be heard from martial artists of all disciplines.This reputation comes from the ability to use all the different parts of the body as weapons, the fists, the elbows, the knees, and the feet.The lethal use of fists, elbows, knees and kicks when combined with practice and correct usage is virtually unstoppable.Add to this the unique talents of the fighters that we will look at and you will have a very special event indeed.

Apidej Sit-Hirun, Legendary Muaythai Fighter known for his outstanding kicking skills.

In the last few decades there were some legendary Muaythai kickers with a few who stood out from the crowd.

During Apidej’s time, he was feared by opponents and worshipped by the crowds.The power in his kicks could be heard (and felt) right in the back seats as he defeated the best of the day in his time.

Apidej Sit-Hirun’s style of kicking was first noticed when he kicked Chom Patapee-Danchai Yontrakit to defeat on June 13, 1961 at Lumpinee Stadium.However with the harshness of this sport, a defeat to the knees of Adul Sri-Sorthorn in October of that year left his reputation on the canvas and was banned from the ring for a short time.Luckily for us, he was invited back for a rematch, which he won on points in fantastic style.This was his first Bangkok win.In addition, it was to be the first of many.

Unlike many fighters who build an image on their power and dedication to training, Apidej came across as shy and idle which lead many sports writers at the time to dismiss him as lucky.

Time was to show that luck was the least of his advantages.An examination of his kicking style revealed, Apidej’s kicks were strong and forceful whether aiming for the legs, torso, arms or neck with the same force from both left and right legs.

A number of broken shins and even thigh-bones attested to the raw power in his kicks, spectators would turn their faces away when the full-onslaught was launched.Pain and agony was the reward that shows on all his opponents.

Because of his kicking ability, he rose up the ranks quite quickly, as he was able to put all his opponents away quite easily.

On February 5th, 1963 at Lumpinee Stadium, he fought against Sompong Chareonmuang, an aggressive fighter who would never retreat.Apidej broke Sompong’s arm when he tried to block a kick.Many other fighters met with the same ordeal when confronted with Apidej.They could not find a way to stop Apidej’s kicks and those who lasted 5 rounds were always heavily injured.

Many have tried to analyze why Apidej’s kicks were so hard and powerful.

Many say it was because of his large body weighting in at 148 lbs where some of his opponents were Junior Welterweight fighters at 145 lbs.However, this doesn’t explain victories over 160 lbs fighters like Dao Praguy Sor Pinijsak.Only 2 fighters were able to withstand Apidej’s kicks; Dejrit Itti-Anuchit and Kongdej Lookbang-Prasoy.

Apidej’s style of kicking looks very easy without any complicated techniques, but difficult to copy.Most fighters used the shin or the back of the foot while delivering the kick but he also put an ankle twist into the kick that gave him the extra-added force.Till today, nobody can copy his powerful kicks.Even his son, who Apidej trained, cannot reach the same success.

Apidej Sit-Hirun is the Master Trainer at Fairtex Muaythai Fitness in Bangplee, Samutprakarn.He has been a trainer at Fairtex for over 30 years, since his retired age of mid 30’s.Apidej has trained and produced over 30 world and local champions with fighters from USA, Thailand, Japan, Australia and European countries.Apidej was the only legend to concurrently held 7 different championship titles in Muaythai and international style boxing between 1961 to 1972 with an impressive record of 340 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw; a world record unbeaten until today.His titles includes: Lumpinee Muaythai Champion, Lumpinee International Style Boxing Champion, Rajadamnern Muaythai Champion, Rajadamnern/Lumpinee Muaythai Champion, Rajadamnern/Lumpinee International Boxing Champion, Thailand Muaythai Champion and Far East International Style Boxing Champion.

He is also known as “The Man of 7 Titles�? and “The Legendary Best Muaythai Kicker of the Century�? and “The Best Muaythai Fighter of the Century�?, titles were awarded by the Authority King of Thailand.Apidej is the first and only legendary Muaythai fighter in Thailand to be recognized and showcased by the Thai National Museum for a “Life Time Achievement�? and for making an impact to Thailand’s sporting history.An Honorary bronze statue of Apidej is proudly being displayed at the Huamark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.

New Fairtex Commercial Filmed in San Francisco

27 Jul

by Fairtex Gear (2005-07-27)

Fairtex Gear filmed its first commercial for international release at the Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness, San Francisco.Several Fairtex fighters participated in the filming, including Dave Terrell, Carter Williams, James Ervin, Jongsanan Fairtex, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, James Cook, Arthur Wong and Enn Fairtex.The 30-second spot first aired on TSN Canada during the broadcast premiere of Freedom Fight this past July 25th.

The commercial was produced in-house by Fairtex Gear, with direction and editing coming from Marcus Ubungen.Marcus is a part-time team member of Fairtex Gear, and a full-time film student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“We were all very happy with the way the commercial came out.We had a tight deadline to meet in order for this spot to air on TSN, and we were able to meet that deadline with a commercial that really conveys what Fairtex Gear is all about.The 30 second spot contains elements of all the major sports that Fairtex Gear is currently involved with, Muay Thai, MMA, and Boxing.We were able to incorporate elements of where Fairtex has come from, as well as where it is today,” commented Michael Bruno, Director of Sales for Fairtex Gear.

A video clip of the new commercial will be up on our website in the near future.The spot will also be airing on the upcoming Canadian 24-hour sports channel, The Fight Network. Also look for it to air at various sporting events, including the UFC this August 20th.

WBC MUAYTHAI SETS CHAMPIONSHIPS

22 Jul

by FTX (2005-06-22)

An historic inaugural convention for the WBC MUAYTHAI held in Kiev,Ukraine (9-12 June) outlined a calendar of championships in 17 weight divisions.

The first world titles were scheduled for Las Vegas subject to agreement for a mixed championship card of MUAYTHAI and boxing.

Included in the planning for 2006 was the World Series – a monthly event involving the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Some 70 delegates representing the Russian speaking countries of the CIS as well as Europe attended the Kiev convention and reached unanimous agreement on the importance of the WBC MUAYTHAI as the most credible body for the sanctioning of elite MUAYTHAI competition and world title championships events worldwide.

The three day conference discussed the objectives of the WBC MUAYTHAI, the establishment of credible ratings and rankings and a calendar of championship events.

The delegates gave unanimous acclamation for the Chairman of the WBC MUAYTHAI, Pol.Gen.Kovid Bhakdibhumi who is also the Vice-President of the World Boxing Council and President of the Asian Boxing Council.

In his message to the convention the WBCPresident Dr Jose Sulaiman gave his full support to Pol. Gen. Kovid and his leadership for the organization of the WBC MUAYTHAI as the sanctioning body for MUAYTHAI championships and fair competition worldwide.

The convention defined the interdependence of the WBC MUAYTHAI as a division of the World Boxing Council recognized officially by the Sports Authority of Thailand as the sanctioning body for MUAYTHAI rankings in 17 weight divisions, championship events and world titles.

The primary objective of WBC MUAYTHAI is to promote MUAYTHAI internationally as an acclaimed and popular fighting art, and to foster MUAYTHAI as an elite ring sport with the highest levels of professional competition.

The convention determined that the top ten rankings in all 17 weight divisions would be decided by the Rankings Committee by 31 August 2005.

All country representatives would submit fighter names for registration and ranking consideration to the five regional groups – West Europe, East Europe, The Americas, Australasia and Greater Asia.

All WBC MUAYTHAI fighters in official competition will be issued with WBC MUAYTHAI “pass books�? for recording of boxing data.

WBC competition is organized on tiered levels to ensure that there is global uniformity of all WBC MUAYTHAI rules and regulations.

(1) WBC MUAYTHAI World Series featuring world titles.
(2) WBC MUAYTHAI championships (world titles) events by individual country promoters.
(3) WBC MUAYTHAI regional championships
(4) WBC MUAYTHAI country championships
(5) WBC MUAYTHAI elimination title contests
(6) WBC MUAYTHAI inter-club events

The WBC MUAYTHAI official rankings for all 17 weight divisions – and the sanctioning of the MUAYTHAI championship events worldwide – ensures that those who excel in the Thai fighting art (in particular talented young fighters) will be given every opportunity to enter into the highest levels of professional MUAYTHAI competition.

The sub-committees for the WBC MUAYTHAI are as follows:

Rankings – responsible for divisional classification of MUAYTHAIboxers worldwide to ensure that competition is held fairly and with the criteria as determined by the WBC MUAYTHAI and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Events – responsible for the supervision of all international competition and events sanctioned by the WBC MUAYTHAI.

Rules and Regulations – responsible for the enactment of the official rules and regulations as stipulated in the “Rules and Regulations�? of the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Media and Communications – responsible for all media and publicity and copyright of all WBC MUAYTHAI events.

The WBC MUAYTHAI will hold its annual convention in conjunction with the annual WBC convention. A full attendance of WBC MUAYTHAI delegates will gather for this coming convention in Spain in October 2005.

Subject to approval by the Nevada Athletics Commissions, the first WBC MUAYTHAI Titles will be fought on a mixed boxing and MUAYTHAI card in Las Vegas before October 2005.

Many delegates expressed their concern at the number of splinter MuayThai organizations currently involved with muaythai competition and ratings on a global scale. It was pointed out that there are over 30 defacto bodies involved with MuayThai and the holding of MuayThai competitions throughout Europe.

However, after hearing the full objectives and explanations for the organizational structure – and the championship events to be conducted by the WBC MuayThai – it was unanimously agreed that the WBC MuayThai was the most suited and credible organization to rank MUAYTHAI fightersand organize championship competition with fairness and in the best interests of Thailand’s national sport and cultural heritage.

All delegates agreed to work diligently to provide country and regional rankings for all 17 weight divisions and to support the organizing of world championship events by the WBC MuayThai.

There was unanimous support for the convention to be held in Spain in October 2005 and for the seminar for ring official training.

Delegates from Russia, Georgia and Germany indicated that they would be prepared to stage the world tile events in their countries. Therefore it was determined that if the championships could not take place in Las Vegas then world titles would be awarded to a European country.

Ganyao Fairtex as Head Muaythai Coach for The Ultimate Fighter – Season II

21 Jul

by TUF (2005-07-21)

Ganyao “Dr. Knee” Fairtex is the muaythai coach for The Ultimate Fighter – Season II shown on Spike TV.Other World Class Coaches include Rich Franklin for Middleweight Team, Matt Hughes for Welterweight Team, Marc Laimon for jiu-jitsu and Peter Welch for boxing.For additional information on The Ultimate Fighter program, please visit:
http://www.theultimatefighter.tv/.

COACH BIO:
Ganyao Fairtex
Light Heavyweight
6’4, 210 lbs.
Age: 46
From: San Francisco, California

Ganyao is the Muay Thai kickboxing expert brought in to teach the fighters the techniques he has learned through his many years of training. Originally from Thailand, Ganyao has over 60 fights in traditional Muay Thai. He is now one of the head trainers at the Fairtex Gym in San Francisco.

The Ultimate Fighter™

Eighteen of the best Mixed Martial Arts fighters, nine Heavyweights and nine Welterweights, have come from around the world to Las Vegas with one dream – to be named the Ultimate Fighter and to be given a contract in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization.. Season II of the wildly popular series kicks off Monday, August 22 at 11:00pm ET/PT. Nearly two million viewers tuned in each week to Season One which ran earlier this year from January to April on Monday nights.

During the thirty-eight day competition, two world-renowned UFC® champions, Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin, will train the fighters.The men will endure a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling.The intense competition between the fighters will continue after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House. These warriors will be forced to live with each other, knowing that any day they could be forced to fight each other in the UFC Octagon.

There will be two teams and in every episode each team will compete in a physical challenge to determine who will have to fight.Legendary UFC Champion and Season One coach Randy Couture will design these challenges.They will combine old school training techniques with tests of brute strength.

Once the opponents are chosen, the fight is on.They will train, weigh in and then face off in three five-minute rounds.

For the finale on Saturday, November 12, the four semi-finalists will fight in a LIVE television broadcast with a location to be determined.In the end, one welterweight and one heavyweight will be crowned the new Ultimate Fighter.

JACK OSBOURNE: FROM FAT SLOB TO LEAN, CLEAN AND MEAN

20 Jul

by The National Enquirer (2005-07-20)

Jack Osbourne has been literally fighting to lose weight and his proud rock manager mom Sharon says he’s winning the battle big time.

Thanks in large part to Thai boxing training, the 19-year-old, who beat a drug addiction in 2004, has shed more than 40 pounds of flab and now looks fab, his outspoken mother said.

“You will not believe what Jack looks like now,” Sharon told The National Enquirer in an exclusive interview.

“If you look at before and after photos you will be shocked. He’s gone on a rigorous six-month mission to get fit and he has.” The 5-ft 9-in celeb who once tipped the scales at 215 pounds has slimmed to 175.

Sharon said Jack has also given up drugs and booze, staying on the straight and narrow since he entered rehab for an Oxycontin addiction last year.

She continued: “As we speak he’s 5,000 feet up a mountain in Northern California. And he’s on his way to 10,000 feet tomorrow. He’s doing an extreme sports show for British TV called Jack Osbourne’s Exciting Ways To Die. He’s done everything from mountain climbing to bungee jumping to kickboxing.”

Sharon said that she and legendary rocker husband Ozzy were in Thailand in late April to see Jack’s bout in the ring.

Jack surprised the crowd by knocking out an experienced Thai boxer known as “The Man” just eight seconds into the second round.

He trained for more than three weeks at the elite Fairtex Muaythai Fitness Camp in Bang Plee Yai near Bangkok to learn the traditional Thai martial art Muaythai, which combines both punching and kicking. His trainer Philip Wong, chairman of Fairtex and manager of several Muaythai world champions, said: “I was very impressed with his training. He behaved and he trained so hard for it… He lost 20 pounds when he was with me. His strength is his punches and he has a fighter’s heart.”

Sharon said: “He’s dropped another 20 pounds since we were in Bangkok. Jack just looks incredible now.”

To prepare for his rigorous Muaythai training regimen, he underwent a detox program on Koh Phangan to cleanse his body and lose weight. The program included strength and fitness training as well as daily colonics.

Was his mother scared about her son going head-to-head with such an experienced fighter? “At first my parents were concerned,” Jack said. “But once they saw that I was prepared — they were very cool about it.”

Undisputed Promotions Powered by Fairtex

17 Jul

by FTX (2005-07-17)

On July 8th, Fairtex Gear sponsored, Undisputed Promotions put on “Battle of the Ages�?, in Atlanta, GA..The event featured a combination of Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts action.It was a night of exciting bouts, and by all accounts, another successful event for Undisputed Productions.

Undisputed Productions, LLC was formed in 2002 by David Oblas. In June of 2002 Undisputed Productions presented its first fight card featuring O’Neil “Give ’em Hell” Bell at the Roxy Theatre titled Rumble at the Roxy. In September Rumble at the Roxy II took place.

In December of 2002 Austin Wingo joined Undisputed Productions and the company promoted Midtown Smackdown featuring Atlanta heavyweight Cedric Boswell in the main event along with local fighters Nina Ahlin, Xavier Tolliver and Waylan Willingham at Earthlink Live.

2003 started with a new title, Atlanta’s Friday Night Fights and returned to the Roxy Theatre as O’Neil Bell fought an exhibition match against Lawrence Chapman with female boxing taking the headline bout as Atlanta’s Trisha Hill defeated Missouri’s Liz Drew in the main event in February.

Atlanta’s Friday Night Fights continued at the Roxy with sold out shows in April and June. In August the show moved to the Tabernacle downtown where the venue accomodates more than twice as many as the Roxy. The card featured both boxing and No Holds Barred fighting and sold out with hundreds of people being turned away at the door.

The fight continued at the Tabernacle in October with boxing only on the card and another sell out crowd as two amateur national champions; Atlanta’s Paul Delgado and Tennessee’s Marteze Logan met in the main event with Delgado pulling out an eight-round victory.

Now in 2004 Undisputed Productions embarks on another six-fight series of shows. The first show took place on Jan. 23 at the Tabernacle with another sold out show. The consistent sellouts at the Tabernacle has caused Undisputed Productions to move venues once again; now to the 5,000 seat Atlanta Civic Center.

Atlanta Fights…A new name, a new company, but the same non-stop excitement of professional boxing and no holds barred fighting that Atlanta fight fights have come to expect and demand.On July 8th, Fairtex Gear sponsored, Undisputed Promotions put on “Battle of the Ages�?, in Atlanta, GA..The event featured a combination of Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts action.It was a night of exciting bouts, and by all accounts, another successful event for Undisputed Productions.

Undisputed Productions, LLC was formed in 2002 by David Oblas. In June of 2002 Undisputed Productions presented its first fight card featuring O’Neil “Give ’em Hell” Bell at the Roxy Theatre titled Rumble at the Roxy. In September Rumble at the Roxy II took place.

In December of 2002 Austin Wingo joined Undisputed Productions and the company promoted Midtown Smackdown featuring Atlanta heavyweight Cedric Boswell in the main event along with local fighters Nina Ahlin, Xavier Tolliver and Waylan Willingham at Earthlink Live.

2003 started with a new title, Atlanta’s Friday Night Fights and returned to the Roxy Theatre as O’Neil Bell fought an exhibition match against Lawrence Chapman with female boxing taking the headline bout as Atlanta’s Trisha Hill defeated Missouri’s Liz Drew in the main event in February.

Atlanta’s Friday Night Fights continued at the Roxy with sold out shows in April and June. In August the show moved to the Tabernacle downtown where the venue accomodates more than twice as many as the Roxy. The card featured both boxing and No Holds Barred fighting and sold out with hundreds of people being turned away at the door.

The fight continued at the Tabernacle in October with boxing only on the card and another sell out crowd as two amateur national champions; Atlanta’s Paul Delgado and Tennessee’s Marteze Logan met in the main event with Delgado pulling out an eight-round victory.

Now in 2004 Undisputed Productions embarks on another six-fight series of shows. The first show took place on Jan. 23 at the Tabernacle with another sold out show. The consistent sellouts at the Tabernacle has caused Undisputed Productions to move venues once again; now to the 5,000 seat Atlanta Civic Center.

Atlanta Fights…A new name, a new company, but the same non-stop excitement of professional boxing and no holds barred fighting that Atlanta fight fights have come to expect and demand.

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