Cyprus crowned its first-ever World Boxing Council MuayThai world champion at the world famous Lumpinee stadium when Bangkok-based Michael Savvas outshone Thailand’s Dennapho Thanyaluk to claim the prestigious WBC lightweight championship of the world.

Michael faced off against a formidable Dennapho, who went into this contest on the back of a closely fought encounter with Australia’s Jordan Gotfredsen, up at super-lightweight, back in November. Savvas for his part, was coming off a technical loss to Thailand’s Lerdsila, a loss on the record books, but one that was caused by a freak injury — mid fight!

The contest between Savvas and Dennanpho headlined a Petpiya Friday night promotion at Lumpinee stadium. The opening stanza was a tepid affair with both fighters looking to get into their comfort zones for what was going to be a marathon of a fight, and not a short-lived sprint. Round one was scored 10-10 by all three judges.

The second and third rounds saw Dennanpho take some heavy artillery from the hands of Savvas — which aesthetically — did not seem to harm him, but later we were to witness they did have a prolonged effect and helped towards the success for the Cypriot fighter. The cleaner more effective scoring in rounds two and three came from Dennapho, as he did just enough to slightly edge both rounds. All three judges scored rounds two and three 10-9 to Dennapho.

The corner team of Savvas was lead — as always — by the elite MuayThai intellect of Boat Petchyindee. He too, without seeing the official scorecards knew that his fighter was behind going into start of the penultimate round. The verbal tone of his instructions made that clear to all ringside.

The bell rang for the fourth round and it was the predatory skills of Michael Savvas which witnessed the hunt for WBC global glory really kick into overdrive. Barrage after barrage of knees and punches rained down — with slick accuracy — on Dennanpho. This proved too much for the Sor Thanyaluk fighter as he finally succumbed to the onslaught. The referee rightfully called a halt to the contest and with that...a new king of the WBC MuayThai lightweights was crowned.

All hail Savvas Michael!

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