Vietnamese fighter wants world WBC Muay Thai belt

By Hoai Phuong   November 16, 2023 | 08:15 pm PT
Vietnamese fighter wants world WBC Muay Thai belt
Truong Cao Minh Phat competes in the Muay Thai Rampage event in July 2023. Photo by Muay Thai Rampage
Vietnam's world number eight Muay Thai fighter Truong Cao Minh Phat will face Iranian opponent Mostafa Armand in the WBC title match in Vietnam this weekend.

The match between Phat and Armand for the super featherweight title will take place at the Muay Thai Rampage (MTR) "Call of Honor" event in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

This is the first time a Vietnamese boxer has entered a match for the WBC Muay Thai world title - the most prestigious in the system.

Phat, 28, has been the 63.5kg category champion of Muay Thai in Vietnam for several consecutive years. He also won a silver and a bronze SEA Games medals. Over the last two years he has been focusing on competing professionally, finishing as runner-up at the 2022 Muay Thai Super Champ. He is currently the holder of the WBC Muay Thai super featherweight international title.

Phat's opponent, Mostafa Armand, is ranked number 10 in the world. He has competed in 16 professional matches, winning 12 and losing 4. The Iranian fighter has many experiences competing in Thailand and is highly rated for his powerful and accurate kicks.

To prepare for this important match, Phat doubled his intensity in training.

"I can't predict the result, but I hope I can perform well to keep the title in Vietnam," he said.

Before facing Mostafa, Phat made his name when by knocking out Vo Van Dai and beating the undefeated Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, who has dominated Muay Thai in Vietnam for the last 12 years.

At the "MTR: The Rising Stars" event in July, Phat defeated Moroccan opponent Boulahri Hicham by knockout to win the WBC Muay Thai international title. It was also Phat's first professional title.

The WBC Muay Thai was established in 2004 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand. WBC Muay Thai records match results and ranks professional fighters worldwide.

In the 19-year history of the tournament, many fighters have claimed glory such as Panpayak, Superlek, Yodsanklai Fairtex, Manachai, Zabit Samedov and Jimmy Vienot. If Phat wins at MTR: Call Of Honor, he will become the first Vietnamese fight to become a WBC Muay Thai world champion.

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