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Somluck-Van Damme fight 'closer' : On January 10, 2010

Olympic featherweight boxing champion Somluck Kamsing may actually fight international martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme in a K1 Muay Thai match in Las Vegas by March, according to the boxing website BoxingScene.com

In a report from one of its reporters, the website said there was also a chance the showdown not occur before October.

Reportedly, the 38-year-old Atlanta Olympic Games  gold medalist and the 49-year-old Hollywood star signed a contract on Dec 29 in a Bangkok hotel.

The report said the match will use the Muay Thai format, although elbows will be disallowed at the request of Van Damme who doesn't want his face cut up or disfigured. Somluck will be paid 3.5 million baht (just over $100,000) which does not include the income from broadcasting.

"I said I wasn't lying," said Somluck, referring to his earlier comments about the possibility of this match. Somluck is well known for his tendency to exaggerate things.

BoxingScene.com quoted the Olympic gold medalist as saying: "I thought he was of much larger stature. But when we were standing next to each other, he wasn't any bigger than me. So, I'm confident now. I'm better in Muay Thai techniques and I will have fun kicking the star. However, I won't be careless and will keep training myself."

Somluck has said he is  also hoping to be able to fight other international martial arts stars.





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