World Championship Muay Thai
Recap \ Results
September 8, 2007
1045 West Rosecrans Ave.
Saturday was suppose to have been a dilemma for the fight fans in Southern California - which to attend,
Boxing with Vargas and Mayorga or World Championship Muay Thai with nine title fights (plus a Super
Fight)...For me, I knew where I was going but the question for others became moot when the boxing match
between Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga was cancelled due to Vargas being diagnosed with
anemia. And if those who had chosen to attend the boxing match where smart enough to attend the World
Championship Muay Thai event, then they were not disappointed. It was a solid night of action played out in
front of a sold out crowd at the Normandie Casino which played host to World Championship Muay Thai
promoted by Dennis Warner, In Sync Productions, Inc. & the WBC MuayThai.
Aside from the 10 Full Rules Muay Thai bouts, some lucky fans walked away with some free money to
gamble after the fights as the gracious casino host was throwing $10 chips to the fans during the fights for
free money play. And all the action was being televised live in Thailand - from the controversial judges
scores to the crazy bloody fest.
The night started out in impressive fashion - Shane Del Rosario, out of Team No Limits, dominated his fight
with Ricardo Van De Boss with strong left hooks that sent Van De Boss to the mat a couple of times before
Rosario finished him with a knee - winning by knockout in the second round. Del Rosario’s punching power
was noticeable from the get go which earned him the championship belt.
But controversy was also part of the night - A unanimous decision win for Romie Adanza over Hidemaru
got the crowd riled up and booing. Hidemaru put on a dominating performance over Adanza, who just couldn't
seem to find his rhythm and put things together as I've seen in the past. So after the judges scores were
read (48-47, 48-47 and 49-46), I was certain it was in favor of Hidemaru. Boy was I wrong. Adanza’s hand
was raise and declared the winner. As mentioned, I've seen Adanza fight many a time and true to his
character and heart, when he knows he didn't win a fight, he lets it be known. And last night was no
exception - as the announcer declared him the winner, he started to shake his head "No." I don't know what
the judges saw or were thinking, but Romie and I where on the same page. A rematch is definitely in order.
A quick tip of the hat to Lamsongkram Chuwattana - who won a unanimous decision over Yohan Lidon to
retain his WBC middleweight title. In the fifth round of their bout, Lidon was cut with an elbow on the forehead
and the blood started to gush out immediately. The doctor checked the cut and the fight resumed but from
my perspective, Chuwattana knew he had the fight in the bag and respected Lidon for the fight he put up so
he slowed down - not wanting to do any further damage.
As for the fight of the night, I would have to give it to Edmond Tarverdyan vs. Ben Yelle. A bloody fest
this was as both men were cut in the third round. Yelle connected with an elbow that put a cut on the bridge
of Tarverdyan’s nose. Then Tarverdyan came in strong, connecting with a high kick to the head and that
opened up a gash on Yelle. Tarverdyan didn’t disappoint his fans as he connected well with power strikes
that hurt Yelle. Chants from Tarverdyan's fans were heard a few times during his performance as he took the
unanimous decision win.
And what can I say about another fan favorite - Baxter Humby. He lost against Myckael Pischello. "The
One Armed Bandit" was unable to continue after ending the third round - In the third round, Pischello
connected with a spinning back fist, followed by a clean left hook to the chin that dropped Humby to the mat
for an eight count. Humby got up and continued. Pischello then connected with additional strikes that
appeared to hurt Humby ending the round. Humby’s corner indicated to the referee that he would not
continue on to the fourth round giving Pischello the win. Later, Humby indicated that he wasn’t 100% coming
into this fight due to heat stroke that he had suffered a week ago.
I could write a book on the night but instead, I will sum it up by saying that Saturday night's World
Championship Muay Thai event was a great demonstration of heart, courage, skill and determination by all
For complete results, click here.
Until Next time,