Joe Schilling Poised for United States Title Challenge
By Mike LNg
Joe Schilling recently fought for and won the WBC Muay Thai super middleweight United States title, the interim one. To quote the official WBC Muay Thai blurb on the event: “It took just 2.13 minutes for the new USA Muaythai sensation Joe Schilling to capture the national Super Middleweight interim title against Chase Green by TKO. “
Not for a lack of fighting and giving exciting stoppage victories Schilling has yet to be granted a shot at the WBC Muay Thai USA title, not the interim one. Recently, Joe Schilling has expressed his frustration at having to fight qualifier after qualifier while a title match with United States title holder Jared Lara seemed perpetually out of grasp. He further expressed his frustration at being ranked behind at the time number one seeded United States Thaiboxer Eric Utsch.
Now WBC Muay Thai has announced that the bout should happen with 6 months or less and that Lara had not made any title defenses recently due to being injured. Apparently, this information was verified to the satisfaction of WBC United States Ranking President John E. Baker PHD PE. However, it’s become public knowledge that Lara was training for the Respect in the Cage MMA event held March 12th, 2011. Lara did in fact fight and win this bout by first round knockout. It would seem Lara was not only healthy enough to fight but was healthy enough to knockout his opponent while wearing a 5 ounce MMA competition glove.
It seems internationally Schilling for his part has kept very abreast of what is happening internationally and has already eyed Steven Wakeling the newly crowned WBC Muay Thai world champion. Not long before Wakeling’s promoter Bernard Caplin speculated on what may lie in the future and has speculated on a lack of opponents at the super middleweight limit. It looks like Schilling is willing and able to fill that space.
Time will tell if Schilling gets his chance at Wakeling or the United States title and as an indicator the article published by the WBC makes it no easier to predict with the recent drastic shift in WBC Muay Thai’s own international rankings.