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Muay Thai is all set to go places : On January 31, 2006
WBC Boxing president Jose Sulaiman says Muay Thai is heading for recognition as one of the worlds most admired martial-art ring sports following an exciting exhibition of fighting skills by Thai superstar Sugar Keo Fairtex, who knocked out Korean Bin In-wok to win the WBC Super Featherweight Muay Thai world title in Cancun in Mexico.
A polished performance by Keo saw the top rated Korean Muay Thai star - who has lost only six of 41 contests - outclassed in the scheduled
five round championship in front of a crowd of 5,000 boxing fans who packed the resort city's main stadium which stages weekly bull
"On the world stage Muay Thai is just starting to get in the mainstream with the WBC now sanctioning world titles. The traditional boxing fans are just starting to appreciate the skills and excitement of Muay Thai," Sulaiman said.
The fans had gathered in Cancun to see local boxing hero Jorge Arce win a world title contest and later cheered loudly when Keo ended his Muay Thai championship contest in the fourth round with a powerful attack of punches and elbow strikes.
Keo admitted he was a little nervous about fighting in a packed stadium full of fanatical Mexican boxing fans.
But after the first round the crowd roared their approval for the head-high kicks exhibited by the Thai champion who has fought 141 times with 107 wins - 30 by KO.
"For sure, winning the world title is the highlight of my career. I have fought championship contests in front of thousands of excited fans at Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok, but fighting before the cheering Mexican fans was a huge event and something that I will always remember," Keo said.
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