The Champions Club 6 and Wakeling’s Opponent
By Mike LNg
The Champions Club (TCC) will host its sixth event on Sat January 8th, as England’s Steve Wakeling meets WBC Muay Thai super middleweight champion Jaochalam Chatkranokgym at Tipp Plaza in downtown Pattaya. Wakeling first came to international attention and acclaim in 2005 defeat of John Wayne Parr for the WBC Muay Thai middleweight world championship. Wakeling then subsequently fought and defeated Jomhod Kiatadisak. Wakeling then lost to Lamsongkram Chuwattana in 2007. Wakeling after winning a World Muay Thai Council (WMC) Muay Thai Against Drugs in 2008 in Rajadamnern stadium went into a hiatus of fighting.
Interestingly, Khun Ithipon Khunploum, Mayor of Pattaya and TCC promoter Bernard Caplin launched The Champions Club Thailand, at a special guest reception at the Pattaya Hilton on Tuesday. Over 50 distinguished guests from all over Thailand, including media, sponsors, partners and Mr. Niels Colov, CEO of the Pattaya People Media Group, attended the official TCC 6 reception.
TCC promoter Bernard Caplin said:
“I am very proud to confirm an extensive cross media cooperation with our choice partner in Pattaya, the Pattaya People Media Group.” We are also very pleased to confirm that TCC 6, The Champions Club Thailand 2011, will take place “open-air” on January 8th on the grounds of the Tipp Plaza complex.
“An event of this scale would also not be possible without the support from our major new partners, Thai Yamaha, Thai Namthip, Nok Air, Pattaya People Media Group and TopKingBoxing.
“Today marks a very special day for us indeed” Bernard said to invited guests. ” I am proud to say that TCC 6 is a milestone event, as it now establishes The Champions Club in the homeland of Muaythai as a mainstream sports event, that can help contribute to general sports event developement in the fantastic city of Pattaya.”
Also thank you to the WBC Muaythai for sanctioning the main event, the Supermiddleweight Championship of the World between Steve Wakeling and Jaochalam. Good luck to you both.”
Jaochalam, who has been the WBC super middleweight champion since October 2009, defeated France’s Yohan Lidon – the originally scheduled opponent for Giorgio Petrosyan at Thai Boxe Mania – on points at the King’s Cup Challenge in Bangkok on December 5th.