Archive | October, 2005

Fairtex Fighters Victorious in Japan

31 Oct

by FTX (2005-10-31)

Kompayak Fairtex and Kanongsuk Fairtex, both are Thailand Lumpinee’s Top 10 ranked fighters, traveled to Japan to compete at the AJKF this past October 16, 2005.The AJKF’s “Japan vs. Thailand – Sword Fight�? event was held at the Tokyo Horakuen Hall, Japan.

First bout of the night was between Kompayak Fairtex vs. Genki Yamamoto from Rex Japan Gym.Kompayak was victorious via TKO in round 3, which sets the knock-out action pack for the majority of the bouts that followed.There were a total 8 KO’s & TKO’s out of the 12 bouts.

Kanongsuk Fairtex also wins by KO during round 2 against Hisanori Maeda from Japan.

Other Fairtex Japan fighters also did very well.Overall it was a great night for Team Fairtex with all 5 Fairtex fighters taking home the victories.

Gennarong Weerasakreck Fairtex wins by decision against Yutaro Yamauchi.

Wanrop Weerasakreck Fairtex wins by Round 2 KO against Arashi Fujihars from SVG Japan.

Kuntap Weerasakreck Fairtex wins by Round 4 KO against Hisayuki Kanazawa from AJKF Japan.

Fairtex-sponsored fighter Prince Hamid Victorious at K-1 Oceania

27 Oct

by Martial Arts News Magazine, New Zealand (2005-10-27)

The Kings of Oceania – K-1 Kickboxing Event took place on Saturday, the 8th of October 2005 at the Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand by Promoter Dixon McIvor.

Round one was cut out. Round 2 started with Hamish clinching up and throwing multiple knees that got him a warning then a yellow card. To be honest everyone expected Hamish to be knocked out by the much more experienced Hamid but Hamish was doing well to stay this long.

Round 3 saw a lot of kneeing and low kicks by Hamish. Hamid was trying to punch a lot and was using angles really well to move to the side of Hamish and land upper cuts and hooks. Hamid also threw a few spinning kicks that didn’t find the target.

An extension round was called and Hamid was now looking annoyed.Everytime Hamish clinched, Hamid would throw him off and get out of it. Then suprisingly Hamid thew a big right kick to the head that put Hamish down. Hamish valiantly beat the count and 30 seconds later a devestating Hamid high kick completely floored Hamish.

Winner: Prince Hamid by round 4 KO

Integrated Australia Team victorious Vs Japan at Spartan

18 Oct

by Tony Green (2005-10-18)

Australian Warriors Realm Champion Adrian Pang will fight for the Australian Spartan Title early next year after dominating his Japanese opponent Takumi Murata in a match that saw Pang tirelessly punish Murata even at times fighting from his back. Adrian always looked threatening in his standup at one stage dropping Murata with a nice straight right hand and proceeded in defeating his experienced opponeent for the second time this year.

In the main event Australia witnessed Dan Higgins return to his native soil to fight Yuji Hisamatsu, a fighter currently ranked 10 in Pancrase and the only fighter to claim victory over the accomplished Sam Nest.

Dan Higgins was back to show Australia why his team mates consider him the best MMA fighter currently fighting out of Australia. He didnt dissapoint his huge number of supporters after an openiong display of standup fighting which included a nice headkick on his Japanese opponent. The fight hit the ground after the 3rd minute of the first round and Dan immediately executed a devastating armbar from the bottom position which saw Yuji tap out as his arm was hyper extended viciousl;y to the point of dislocating.

We hope that the big Japanese MMA promotions will reward the huge effort our fighters and Team have put into making them the best in Australia.Now after defeating ranked Pancrase fighters we hope we will be given the honour to display our talents on Japanese soil.

Both Dan and Adrian greatfully thanked their supporters and sponsors including:
http://www.fairtex.com
http://www.redbak.net
http://www.gofastsports.com
http://www.zacsemporium.com.au (FAIRTEX AUSTRALIA)
http://www.crocodilehunter.com.au (Australia Zoo)

Photos courtesy of Rene Skalka http://www.extremeimages.com.au

Muay Thai kicks into the big time

13 Oct

by The Nation, Thailand (2005-10-13)

Muay Thai is now set to enter the main arena as one of the world’s premier ring sports within the organization of the World Boxing Council (WBC). The WBC’s recent annual convention in Cadiz, Spain, endorsed a full calendar of championship events for 2006 which will see WBC Muaythai title fights staged in the US, Europe and Asia.

WBC President Dr Jose Sulaiman informed delegates that Muay Thai was the adopted ring sport for an “excited new generation of martial arts fans�?.

“The sweet science of boxing and the respected discipline of Muay Thai are the world champions of all ring sports,�? he said.

The WBC received market research which revealed that Muay Thai was the genesis of all kick-boxing – including the popular K1 tournaments.

WBC Muaythai Chairman Police General Kovid Bhakdibhumi said that for the first time Muay Thai was being marketed and developed within the structures of an established world sanctioning body.

“We have the green light to get Muay Thai into the big show as a popular ring sport,�? he said. “I am certain that the promoters and the television broadcasters will now embrace our sport with confidence.

“Our research has shown that there are hundreds of thousands of Muay Thai fans around the world who want to see the best of the best compete for the WBC Muaythai world titles. We want to give to the world the very best in Muay Thai.�?

While promoters are lining up to stage sanctioned Muay Thai championships, General Kovid cautioned that “there needs to be careful planning�? to ensure that all the Muay Thai events keep to the rules and regulations.

“There is a tendency for promoters to jump onto the bandwagon and grab onto the next big sensation. Muay Thai has been flourishing for more than a thousand years and it’s important that it doesn’t lose its fighting heritage,�? he said.

Unlike the new fashionable ring sports which permit wrestling holds and grappling on the canvas, WBC Muaythai would adhere to all the ring rules as outlined by the Sports Authority of Thailand.

“The rules are clear. We have no intention of turning Muay Thai into a ring circus,�? said General Kovid.

He added that one of the main challenges for the WBC Muaythai organization was to recognize through its ranking system all the new talent that had emerged from Muay Thai clubs in Eastern Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. “There’s a new wave of Muay Thai fighters that need to be included into our ratings and our task is to get them into contention for world title contests,�? he said.

“The WBC Muaythai organization is in an excellent position to enable Muay Thai to ‘sparkle’ on the world stage. Our governance under our constitution and the rules and regulations of the Sports Authority of Thailand gives our representatives and promoters every opportunity to present first class championship events worldwide.�?

Among the world title contests under consideration are mixed championship cards of boxing and Muay Thai in the major casino arenas in Last Vegas, a “battle of the belts�? extravaganza event in Bangkok next January and a middleweight title contest in London.

Flamboyant promoter Don King – who attended the WBC convention in Spain – said he was keen to get Don King Productions involved with Muay Thai. “I’ve been hearing a lot about Muay Thai,�? said King. “I’ve heard that it’s bigger than Mars and the Titanic put together.

“Well, I want to tell the entire world that Don King respects the discipline of Muay Thai. It’s gonna set the fighting world on fire.�?

Muay Thai gains important foothold

11 Oct

by Edward Thangarajah, Bangkok Post, Thailand (2005-10-11)

Thanks to the untiring efforts of Thailands Pol Gen Kovid Bhakdibhumi, Muay Thai has received outstanding recognition of the world, especially by the over 150 nations which are members of the World Boxing Council.

The WBC appointed Gen Kovid as head of its newly-formed Muay Thai Committee last year in Phuket and from that stage onwards Muay Thai has boomed into the world stage.

Here in Cadiz, Spain where the WBC held its 43rd annual convention, the sport has been introduced to everyone through a number of experts and it has gone down well.

There is every likelihood Muay Thai will receive tremendous exposure in the future.

In fact, it was the late Sahasombhop Sirisomvongse, the former president of the Asian Boxing Council, who tried hard to gain WBC backing for Muay Thai in the late 1980s, but some officials in the WBC were opposed to it.

But today, thanks to the hard work done by an able Muay Thai committee the sport has received a big break and from the looks of it, there is every likelihood of it breaking into major events, including the Olympic Games.

One of the issues which obstructed Muay Thais expansion internationally was about its safety. But with the WBC having launched its own medical safety programmes, many believe that the safety aspect should not pose any issues.

Talking of the WBC and its convention in Cadiz it is worthy to note that many are closing ranks in an effort to save the sport from collapse.

There are signs that the British Boxing Board of Control is on its way back after leaving in disagreement over some sensitive issues.

BBB of C chairman Charles Giles met with WBC President Dr Jose Sulaiman and, according to insiders, they have struck an agreement to settle all differences and to bring the BBB of C back into the WBC.

The WBC had kept its doors open for years, ever since the British Boxing Board left the WBC, hoping it would return. In fact the WBC vice-presidency, held by the British Boxing Board was never filled. It is very likely that Mr Giles will be invited to fill the vacancy.

The WBC’s plan to create a new image for amateur boxing is an excellent idea because the sport has been tarnished so much that even gold medal winners don’t enjoy prominence any more.

There are many stories about bribes making the rounds and after every Olympic Games new, unsubstantiated, stories emerge.

There have been many other scandalous stories making the rounds.

Take the case of Roy Jones and the robbery he suffered at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Also, the 12 gold medals which were awarded to one country at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul.

Therefore the WBC plans to clean up amateur boxing is an excellent idea, but it should be done step-by-step.

It should try to convince AIBA first and try to make them change their ways.

As someone pointed out, efforts must be made to pay officials who serve as referees and judges.

Unpaid officials should never be appointed.

That’s why they are tempted to make money. In professional boxing officials are paid.

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