Thailand vs Challenger - Grand Opening 2011
Results and interviews
23 Trok Rongnamkaeng, Yota Rd.
Muaythai fans were once again treated to an evening of world class entertainment at the Grand Opening of the Thailand VS Challenger (2011) Series at Bangkok’s River City Hall. Organised by Bangkok-based Elite Boxing in co-operation with One Songchai Promotions, the event marked the Grand Opening of the second Thailand VS Challenger Series.
The opening fight saw local talent Armin Blackdragonswis looking very sharp as he defeated Chinese challenger, Hong Guang, by way of a comfortable decision win. Contender Asia veteran, Aussie Bruce Macfie, encountered a torrent of blows from Thai competitor, Saiyok Pumpanmuang, and did well to go the distance, even though Saiyok’s victory was never really in doubt.
Bruce MACFIE: "I trained hard and I came fit and ready for this fight. I showed the world that I am in the same class as the rest of the top muay thai fighters in the world."
The Thai team were also victorious in two other matches; Kaoklai Kaenorsing knocked out American, Cyrus Washington, in a match that exhibited some unusual technique and a very balanced exchange. Eventually, Kaoklai drew blood from a vicious elbow and the match had to be stopped.
Cyrus WASHINGTON: "It was a good close fight. I was winning the 3rd round so I was winning the fight. I hurted him with a left hook he started to back away with weak legs and before I capitalized on him being hurt he fall forward with an elbow and cut me.The docotor unfortunately stopped the fight. Kaoklai knows he was finished and the 4th and 5th rounds were mine before they started."
Seulokkao Kor Kraivilas scored a technical victory over German, Valdet Gashi. However, the decision was met with a chorus of boos from the sell-out crowd who clearly believed that Valdet had done enough to deserve the win. Elite Boxing co-founder Toli Makris even took the unusual step of apologising for the decision and announced that Valdet would certainly be fighting in TVC events again in the future. “I am sorry to all the fans about the decision against Valdet,” commented Makris. “But I can guarantee that he will have his chance again.”
The only Challenger victory came by way of Frenchman, Antuan Siangboxing, who won on points against local competitor, Saenchainoi Pumphanmuang. Having narrowly lost on points in previous TVC events, it was a sweet victory for the battling Frenchman.
Antuan SIANGBOXING: "SAENCHAINOI had just won 5 fights in a row, he is Radjamnoern champion, he was WMC and WBC World champion and he is still ranked in Thai top ten. It was a great challenge for me !
I chose to use the clinch a lot. So I always moved forward. I respect this boxer and his record a lot but « The French Pride » was stronger !"
Proceeds from this incredible first TVC event of 2011 will go to support charities, including the “Muaythai Against Drugs Foundation,” headed by World Muaythai Council (WMC) Honorary Life President, General Pichit Kullavanijaya. The series opener was supported by Mr.Stephen Rose, River City and Grand Pearl River Cruises. Elite Boxing wishes to thank those sponsors who helped to deliver such a knockout evening.
The much-anticipated second series of Thailand VS Challenger consists of 6 international events taking place in both Europe and Asia. The next date to look forward to is the Queen’s Cup on August 12th, which is happening at Sanam Luang, Bangkok. Thailand VS Europe will see the Challenger Series head to Germany next for a glittering event in Stuttgart, before returning to Thailand in December for the highly-anticipated Thailand VS Asia. Confirmed broadcasters for the series currently include Eurosport, ESPN, Astro Malaysia, TGN and Starhub.