France: Night of WMC World Champions
The WMC Female World title was a much anticipated fight between Valentina Shevchenko, 4 x IFMA World Champion and Sport Accord Champion from Peru, taking on. Valentina showed once again why she is definitely one of the best female fighters in the world, winning in a point decision.
One of the biggest fight nights took place in one of Europe’s Muaythai power nations, when Sweden’s Alex Harris took on France’s own Aïello Batonon for the WMC Super Middle Weight title. The IFMA Champion and Swedish WMC Champion took on the European WMC Champion in a much anticipated match. Five rounds of world-class Muaythai demonstrated how important the marriage between IFMA and the WMC is, bringing fighters through the proper amateur ranks into the professional circle, because in the end, it was Alex who broke the hearts of the French spectators, taking the prestigious belt back home with him to Sweden.
The second fight of the night was the female showdown for the Light Weight title, between European Professional Champion Ielö Siapo Page from France, and 4x IFMA World Champion and Valentina Shevchenko, the number one challenger for the WMC title. Valentina proved why she is undoubtedly one of the world’s most outstanding female fighters, showing how important it is to be able to start in the amateur circle, where athletes have the chance to fight five times in a week. She made Peru proud by bringing the belt home, but much respect goes to Ielö for a fantastic fight, and a re-match is already in discussion.
France is planning to stage over 20 world-class promotions per year, under the banner of the WMC. As one of Europe’s leading federations, no doubt one of the belts will soon be staying in France.