Jean Claude Van Damme Versus Somluck 3rd Site Change and Fairtex
By Mike LNg
Since there has been regular inquiries on the status of 80s martial arts film star Jean Claude Van Damme and Thai gold medal Olympian boxer Somluck Kamsing an update was long overdue. According to
Jean Claude is very intent on pressing onward with the bout.
Jean-Claude Van Damme wants back into the ring for a fight against the Thai legend Somluck Kamsing. Van Damme and the Thai Olympic medalist Kamsing met a few days ago in Siam Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on a press event.
On this occasion the two have signed a new contract to fight after the first signed contract was complete in December 2009. They agreed to meet by the end of the year in Bangkok for a modified rules Muay Thai fight.
Reportedly, more than ever, Van Damme seems determined to confront Somluck Kamsing in the ring. This fight is now scheduled to take place in November 2011. The news of the proposed fight was already known since the Cannes Film Festival of 2010 where Van Damme literally locked in reporters and assembled a press conference to announce it.
This fight as expected by fans and critics of Van Damme will be held at National Soccer Stadium in the Thai capital, the Rajamangala National Stadium. The battle that would initially have happened in 2010 in Las Vegas has since been announced that the venue would now be in Moscow, Russia and as of this writing the new site announced will be Bangkok, Thailand.
Finally, nothing happened last year largely due to a change of sponsor and especially the work schedule that overloaded Van Damme. Among his list of current projects for this year are:
- JCVD 2011: Behind Closed Doors (ITV4)
- Kung Fu Panda 2,
- Cyborg (Director’s Cut / Opera-Version)
- On The Town
- Beur Rzhevskiy protiv Napoleon
- Weapon Dragon Eyes.
The new promoter of the fight is now the current owner of the network of Fairtex Gyms internationally (USA, Japan and Thailand), Phillip Wong. Van Damme has, moreover, pledged to come and train at the Fairtex Muaythai Training Centre in Pattaya,Thailand the month before his confrontation with Somluck Kamsing. Images show very definitely Wong with Van Damme in the reality show ”Behind Closed Doors” he started for the English TV channel: ITV 4.
French Muay Thai legend and former champion of Thaiboxing, Guillaume Kerner was quoted about the battle ahead:
In light of what has made Somluck in the ring he can only win! Given that Van Damme has his career in films, nothing can be allowed to happen to him. It will be a very tight fight!
And finally Béréniceotto, a close friend of Somluck Kamsing had this to say about the often delayed fight:
It’s definitely a battle over a promising title! Two stars will take the gloves and find their measure in a ring. On one side, the first Thai athlete to have won a gold medal for his country at the Olympics and on the other one of the most known international actors, especially known for his action movies. However, I suspect Van Damme carefully calculated to have that poster state: “Free him and all things are considered done … “