The Swedish Muaythai Association, the single Muaythai organization under the umbrella of the Swedish government, has held yet another world class event, sanctioned under the World Muaythai Council, the world authoritative Muaythai body under the directive of the Thai government and IFMA, the world governing amateur body, and a member of GAISF.
The show proved the importance of a healthy co operation between amateur and professional as has functioned for years between WMC and IFMA, as a total of 12 former and current IFMA World Champions, Runner-up Champions and WMC Champions fought together on one card. Now that Muaythai has become part of the Olympic mainstream under GAISF, this strength is vital.
The Globe Arena was packed with about 8,000 spectators and the event will be televised on networks including Eurosport, Fox Sports and UBC.
The fights were world class, with results as follows:
IFMA World champion Levin Arten took on Thai superstar Nongthanan – a great fight but Levin, two-time winner of the IFMA World Championship showed his world class by dominating and winning a unanimous points decision, which proves that the world has caught up with Thailand in the sport.
The Swedish Muaythai super fight saw the two best super welterweights squaring up and demonstrating again why Sweden is one of the world powerhouses in Muaythai, with Joakim Karlsson winning on points against Mattias Karlsson in a great display of the art.
Former two-time IFMA World Champion and former WMC Heavyweight World Champion J?rgen Kruth took on Freddy Kemayo from France. Kruth, the Swedish Hero again showed his world class and that he is still a contender for the heavyweight title by winning a unanimous decision.
As important as always was the female Muaythai fight which had the audience on their feet as IFMA World Champion Magdalena Kowalczyk of Sweden took on former IFMA World champion Carly Jiumelli of Australia who stepped up a weight division. A great fight and display of all Muaythai techniques, with Magdalena taking home the points decision.
The Super Event was full of superstars, results were as follows:
Tournament Quarter-Final Results:
WMC World Champion Nathan Corbett from Australia fought WMC World Champion Azem Maksutaj in a great fight, Corbett taking the decision.
IFMA Silver medal winner Teodor Sariyev fought Ramazan Ramazanov, the former IFMA World champion, Teodor winning.
Aschwin Balrak Holland won against Damian Garcia
Rickard Nordstrand, an IFMA World Champion, won against Goran Vidakovic
Tournament Semi-Final Results:
Nathan Corbett won on points against Teodor Sariyev in a great fight, Corbet showing why he is the WMC World Champion
Aschwin Balrak won on points against Rickard Nordstrand. Nordtsrandt looked tired but it was a great fight.
Tournament Final Result:
Nathan Corbett won on points against Aschwin Balrak, Corbet really showing his outstanding form this weekend and why he is the undisputed Super Cruiserweight World Champion.
WMC World Title Fight
The night finished with the much anticipated WMC World Title Fight, and superstar Buakaw Por Pramuk vs the challenger and Intercontinental Champion Giorgio Petrosian from Italy was with no doubt a world class fight, the young Giorgio showing that Buakaw can be beaten, in what was a superb performance. The fight ended in a draw, making Giorgio a fighter for the world to look out for.
Overall the event was a great promotion for Muaythai and congratulations must go to the organisers.