World Boxing Council Muaythai

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World Boxing Council Muaythai
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AbbreviationWBC Muay Thai
Formation2005
HeadquartersThailand
Location
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
National associations
Chairman
General Kovid Bhakdibhumi
Websitewww.wbcmuaythai.com

World Boxing Council Muaythai (or WBC Muaythai) is commissioned under the jurisdiction of the World Boxing Council (WBC) as a non-profit organization to regulate, control and supervise professional Muay Thai events worldwide. The organization also adheres to the standard rules and regulations for all Muay Thai competition as approved by the Board of Boxing Sport (Office of Professional Sports) Sports Authority of Thailand.[1][2] WBC Muaythai has its own constitution, rules, and regulations, aiming to promote the sport and foster Muay Thai championships in all weight divisions.[3]

Rules[edit]

Equipment[edit]

The fighters use gloves certified by WBC Muaythai or the local commissioner. Fighters between minimum weight and welterweight use 8 oz gloves, while fighters in weight classes above super welterweight use 10 oz gloves. The gloves are tied with knots, taped and inspected by a supervisor before the fight.

The fighters wear shorts without shirts or shoes, while female fighters must also wear a top. They must additionally wear a protective cup, a gumshield and are allowed to wear ankle supports. Long hair must be tied, while long beards are allowed if they are religiously significant. Fingernails and toenails must be neatly trimmed. Sacred headbands are to be taken off before the fight itself.[4]

Round duration[edit]

Male fighters contest five rounds of three minutes each, while female fighters contest five rounds of two minutes each. The rest period in between each round is two minutes in length.

Scoring procedure[edit]

Rounds are scored on a 10 points must system. If there is no clear round winner, both fighters earn ten points. If the fighter has won a round he earns a 10-9 point advantage, if he has clearly won the round he earns a 10-8 point advantage, if he managed to knock his opponent down once he earns a 10-7 point advantage, and if he knocked his opponent down twice a 10-6 point advantage. Should a fighter be cautioned for a rule infraction, he may not earn the full ten points.

Fighters win the round if they successfully land strikes with their fists, elbows, knees, shins or feet. The fighter will win the round if he has shown more strike volume, more accurate and powerful strikes, aggression and if he has done more damage to his opponent than he has received.[5]

The fighter may also win the fight by knockout if he has rendered his opponent unable to continue through a successful strike, or through a technical knockout if his opponent has been counted down three times in a single round, or five times throughout the entire fight.

Rule violation[edit]

The following acts are considered rule infractions: biting, spitting, eye-gouging, strikes to the groin, headbutting, sticking out one's tongue at the opponent, judo or wrestling takedowns, continuing to attack a downed opponent, grabbing the ropes, catching the opponents leg and advancing more than two steps without attacking, using illegal substances.

Hall of fame[edit]

On January 31, 2020 WBC Muaythai opened its hall of fame, in which they inducted fighters who achieved great distinction with the organization or in muay thai.[6]

Weight Class Champion Date Inducted
Light Heavyweight Australia Nathan Corbett January 31, 2020
Cruiserweight Australia Steve McKinnon January 31, 2020
Light Heavyweight Russia Artem Levin January 31, 2020
Middleweight England Steve Wakeling January 31, 2020
Middleweight Thailand Lamsongkram Chuwattana January 31, 2020
Welterweight Thailand Kem Sitsongpeenong January 31, 2020
Super Lightweight Thailand Sagetdao Petpayathai January 31, 2020
Featherweight Thailand Anuwat Kaewsamrit January 31, 2020
Super Bantamweight United Kingdom Ruth Ashdown January 31, 2020
Welterweight United Kingdom Julie Kitchen January 31, 2020
Lightweight United States Miriam Nakamoto January 31, 2020
Heavyweight United States Shane Del Rosario January 31, 2020
Light Heavyweight Thailand Kaoklai Kaennorsing January 31, 2020
Bantamweight Australia Tiana Caverly January 31, 2020
Heavyweight Netherlands Ginty Vrede January 31, 2020

Current champions[edit]

Male world champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Date Won Days
Heavyweight Vacant
Cruiserweight Vacant
Light Heavyweight Vacant
Super Middleweight France Hamza Ngoto August 23, 2018 831
Middleweight Belgium Youssef Boughanem February 26, 2018 1009
Super Welterweight Thailand Yodwicha Banchamek February 23, 2020 282
Welterweight Vacant
Super Lightweight Republic of Ireland Sean Clancy July 20, 2019 500
Lightweight Cyprus Michael Savvas December 21, 2019 346
Super Featherweight Thailand Samingdet Nor.Anuwatgym September 18, 2020 74
Featherweight France Darren Rolland August 1, 2019 488
Super Bantamweight Japan Asahi Shinagawa February 9, 2020 296
Bantamweight Thailand Petch Sor Chitpattana November 28, 2018 734
Super Flyweight Thailand Petchthailand Moopingaroijing August 9, 2019 480
Flyweight Vacant
Light Flyweight Thailand Praewprao PetchyindeeAcademy June 9, 2018 906
Mini Flyweight Thailand Petchdet Wor Sungprapai July 2, 2019 518

Male international champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Date Won
Heavyweight Vacant
Cruiserweight Vacant
Light Heavyweight Vacant
Super Middleweight Vacant
Middleweight Vacant
Super Welterweight Vacant
Welterweight Vacant
Super Lightweight Luxembourg Prince Junior October 5, 2019
Lightweight France Faycal Barhoumi October 13, 2019
Super Featherweight Vacant
Featherweight Vacant
Super Bantamweight Republic of Ireland Ryan Sheehan March 9, 2020
Bantamweight France Akram Hamidi October 5, 2019
Super Flyweight Vacant
Flyweight Vacant
Light Flyweight Vacant
Mini Flyweight Vacant

Female world champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Date Won Days
Middleweight Vacant
Super Welterweight Vacant
Welterweight Vacant
Super Lightweight Vacant
Lightweight Vacant
Super Featherweight Vacant
Featherweight Ukraine Lena Ovchynnikova December 7, 2019 360
Super Bantamweight Vacant
Bantamweight Vacant
Super Flyweight Vacant
Flyweight Spain Lara Fernandez March 9, 2020 267
Light Flyweight Vacant
Mini Flyweight Vacant

Diamond world champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Date Won
Super Welterweight Thailand Buakaw Banchamek August 15, 2014
Middleweight Thailand Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy October 4, 2019
Super Lightweight Thailand Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym August 14, 2011
Super Lightweight Thailand Singdam Kiatmuu9 July 27, 2019
Super Bantamweight United Kingdom Ruth Ashdown August 15, 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muaythai Promotions
  2. ^ Green, Thomas A. (2010). Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation. ABC-CLIO. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-59884-243-2. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  3. ^ FOUR WBC MUAY THAI TITLES ON THE LINE IN PRIMM, NEVADA ON AUG. 20
  4. ^ "RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR MUAY THAI COMPETITIONS" (PDF). wbcmuaythai.com. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Rule 15 :: Scoring Procedure". wbcmuaythai.com. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  6. ^ "15 Fighters Inducted Into First Ever WBC Muaythai 'Hall of Fame' Class Of 2020". Retrieved 13 July 2020.

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