KUALA TERENGGANU, July 18 (Bernama) -- Twelve professional Muay Thai fighters will be competing in the Terengganu Fight 2019 championship organised by the Terengganu Muay Thai Association (PMTNT) on Aug 2.
PMTNT president Najmi Abdullah said the championship, which is being organised with the cooperation from the Terengganu Sports Council and the state government, will be held at the Gong Badak Indoor Stadium at 9 pm with free admission to everyone.
He said among the professional fighters contesting are Felipe Lobo Amantha of Brazil, Rungravee Sasiprapa (Thailand), Ayoub Sadam Sergama (Algeria) and Latxasak Souliyavong (Laos).
“Besides, we will also have the Terengganu-born Malaysian Muay Thai team captain, Muhamad Ali Yaakub, and the SEA Games 2017 gold medalist Ain Kamaruddin to enliven the championship.
“This year’s championship is the second in its series after the first one last year which had attracted some 4,000 spectators to come and watch the Muay Thai living legend Saenchai in action.
“Six categories will be contested with attention to be given to the fight involving Felipe dan Rungravee,” he told reporters here Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Najmi, who is also Malaysian Muay Thai Association deputy president, said among the objective of the organising of the Terengganu Fight was to lure more young people to venture into the sport and thus produce future national athletes who could represent Malaysia in the international arena.
He said he was also planning to organise amateur Muay Thai competition in each district in the state to find new talents and promote the sports to the public.
“We hope the free admission will attract more audience to the event.
“Despite facing various difficulties, especially in getting sponsorship, Muay Thai is still a sport worth fighting for,” he said.