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Vietnam gears up for historic WBC Muay Thai World Title fight

HANOI (ANN/VIETNAM NEWS) –Vietnamese Muay Thai prodigy Truong Cao Minh Phat is poised to compete for the prestigious WBC Muay Thai World Title against the formidable Iranian fighter, Mostafa Armand in an eagerly anticipated event taking place at the Saigon Sports Club on November 19.

The thrilling bout, titled Muay Thai Rampage (MTR): Call of Honour, marks the first-ever organisation of the WBC Muay Thai World Title Fight in Vietnam, showcasing a blend of local and international martial artists.

Phat, who earned the moniker ‘Statue Toppler,’ emerged victorious at the MTR: Rising Star event in July, held in Ho Chi Minh City, where he secured the WBC Muay Thai International Title’s super featherweight (58.9kg) category.

Truong Cao Minh Phat (left) in action in the WBC Muay Thai International Title’s super featherweight at the MTR: Rising Star event in July. Phat will compete for the world title on November 19 in Ho Chi Minh City. PHOTO: ANN/VIETNAM NEWS SOURCE

This win catapulted him from the 15th to the 8th spot in the WBC Muay Thai ranking, and with an impressive professional record of nine wins and one loss in his Muay Thai pro career, Phat is rising star in the sport.

His rival Armand is No 10 in the world but he has experienced 30 wins and eight losses. It makes Armand a higher valued athlete in this bout although he ranks two steps below Phat.

“I will be Vietnamese representative in this belt match. I will fight to become a WBC Muay Thai champion,” said 28-year-old Phat.

“After three years of hard working, I have earned my opportunity to vie for this prestigious belt. It is an important event in my career and I will fight with all my best efforts.”

In the co-main card match, Muay Thai lovers will also watch a WBC Muay Thai International Title match between Vietnamese Huynh Hoang Phi and Morrocan El Amghari Ayoub.

They will vie for the belt of the men’s bantamweight (55kg) category.

Phi is the national rising star who is the WBC Muay Thai Vietnam defending champion after securing his title in July.

His rival Ayoub is a really tough fighter as he is the world No 3, five places higher than Phi.

The special attraction card will see Tran Quoc Tuan of Vietnam and Yassine Haouari from Morocco in the welterweight (68kg) class.

Tuan was winner of the four-man tournament — MTR: One King Victory in Pride, a first-time format in which fighter must defeat two rivals in one night for title, in September in HCM City.

Haouari meanwhile makes all his rivals cautious as he has won 16 matches and lost only one in his career.

Prior to the title matches, there are also nine prelims bouts in the night.

According to the organisers, Shadow Entertainment, owning a prestigious world championship belt from WBC Muay Thai is the top guarantee for a fighter in terms of profession and reputation.

This high-class title event not only provides professional fighting opportunities for competitors, but also brings extremely thrilling matches to supporters.

This is also a proud milestone when Vietnam for the first time meets the strict requirements to win the right to host a prestigious world title match.