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2011 ABC Unified Rules and Guidelines for Muay Thai Report

The Association of Boxing Commissions has released their report on the unified rules and guidelines of Muay Thai. This report was presented at the Association of Boxing Commissions Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. on August 3rd.

The report was put together to help establish unified rules for Muay Thai in the United States. Many athletic commissions have unified rules for Boxing, MMA and even Kickboxing in some cases, but there are no established rulesets for Muay Thai in the United States. The lack of a unified ruleset was suggested as having hampered the growth of the sport. It is hoped that the report will help athletic commissions become more knowledgable and well versed of the rules and tradition of Muay Thai.

Here is the full background of the report, from the document:

On July 30, 2009, at the Association of Boxing Commissions annual
convention in New Orleans, Nick Lembo presented a report entitled “Guidelines
For Muay Thai”. This presentation was intended to provide information to those
Commissions who were not overly familiar with the sport. For example, several
16 jurisdictions had contacted New Jersey, prior to the report, with regard to
questions about amateur and/or professional rule sets and officiating, after
promoters had contacted them to possibly stage muay thai events in their
jurisdiction. Lembo noted that while many commissions have rule sets for the
sports of boxing, mixed martial arts, and even kick boxing, few had established
rule sets for muay thai. It was suggested that the lack of a unified rule set, or at
least an ABC recognized guide rule set might be hampering the growth of the
sport. After the presentation, ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff saw fit to form a
committee to present a full rules report regarding professional and amateur muay
thai. This Committee was to study the issues present for one year and report
back at the following year’s annual convention (2010).


At the 2010 convention, Lembo made a brief presentation noting the
progress of the committee, but asked for one more year in order to provide the in
depth review and discussion that the sport deserved. The advisory panel was still
engaging in deep discussions with the Committee. ABC President Leuckenhoff
granted the extension.


This report is the culmination of the meetings, detailed input, and mass of
correspondence of the committee and the expert appointments. The input from
this worldwide group of highly decorated men in the sport proved invaluable. It
was a true and amazing honor to even discuss their sport with them. Their
participation led to a product that has much more worth. That being said, it does
not mean that all the experts agreed on every point within the report. There are
certainly some points of contention. Such would be expected when discussing a
subject matter steeped in such rich tradition, meaning and history.
In addition to the expert panel, special mention must be made of Mr.
Robert Reiter of Muay Thaimes for his unyielding assistance and support. His
true love of the sport is self-evident and I am grateful for his participation. Others
who provided noteworthy and esteemed input on this project include Chris
Ballard, Rigel Balsamico, David Ross, Anthony Salcedo, Chris Tran and Chris
Wagner.


It is our hope that this report assists member athletic Commissions to be
more comfortable and well versed in the rules and traditions of this fine sport.

If you want to look at the whole document of the report, you click here. We can hope that this is a step in the right direction for Muay Thai in the United States. As of now, I wouldn't expect it to have much of an impact but the fact that a unified ruleset has been presented might increase the knowledge of the sport among the athletic commissions.

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Paul Slowinski Settles the Score with Peter Graham While Looking Huge in Australia

Paul Slowinski and Peter Graham met for the third time over the weekend after trading wins over the past few years only for Paul Slowinski to score a third round knockout and secure the ISKA World Heavyweight Championship. Reports from fans in Australia say that Slowinski went on a tear in the third round, dropping Graham a total of three times; the first time he dropped Graham with leg kicks, while the second and third were due to body blows and caused the fight to be stopped.

The interesting note from those in attendance is that "The Sting" Slowinski is apparently in the best shape of his career now. One person even told LiverKick.com that Slowinski had an "Ubereem-like transformation." That is, as always, a big deal for a guy like Slowinski, who at 6'3" and 240 lbs (190cm, 110kg) most of the time, adding some more muscle mass and weight could only help him compete against Super Heavyweights at a higher level.

Slowinski has always been a fighter who has just been on the cusp of greatness but has been held back by losses to more aggressive fighters like Ben Edwards, Gokhan Saki and Melvin Manhoef, as well as defensive fighters like Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt. Slowinski is on a 5-fight winning streak now and is looking to fight Errol Zimmerman in the fall. We are still on the lookout for photos or videos from the event, but nothing yet.

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Thailand vs. Europe, Sept. 17: Danyo Ilunga Returns


Elite Boxing is headed to Stuttgart, Germany on September 17th with another addition to their Thailand vs. Challengers series. The event is being hailed as Thailand vs. Europe, pitting Thai fighters against European fighters.

Elite Boxing is looking to expand their brand, with this being the first of two shows in Germany this year. They'll head back to Germany to do a show in Ulm in November, which will be touted as Thailand vs. Germany. Both of these German events will be broadcast live all over Europe on Eurosport. A Thailand vs. Russia themed event will also be held in Russia in October.

Elite Boxing is becoming a fun promotion to follow in the muay thai scene, and it should get even better as the number of events is supposed to get up to twelve by next year. Elite Boxing are really looking at making a run to be one of the top promotions in the world. The inaugural Thailand vs. Challengers series was broadcasted to 600 million homes in 180 countries across the world. They're trying to build off of that now by holding shows around the world and expanding.

Here's the full fight card of Thailand vs. Europe below:

Danyo Ilunga vs. Ramazan Ramazanov (K-1 Rules)

Fadi Merza vs. Madsua Lamai Gym

Andi Rogner vs. Jaochalam Chatrkanogym

Ait Said vs. Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn

Antoine Pinto (AKA Antuan Siangboxing) vs. Tanongdet Sengsimeugym

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The LIVE stream of Battle in the Desert 3 is tonight, but check out the weigh-in results here

I'm not even sure how to approach the level of professionalism that's endemic to LiverKick.com. I can't open an article with an incoherent ranting about something I ate the previous night followed by a loosely associated Christopher Llyod reference. That's not going to work on this side of the MiddleEasy Network. These guys are kickboxing and Muay-Thai knowledge warriors. For today, I will play the guy in the back of the class copying off of Dave Walsh, Rian Scalia and Sam Sattler's homework. For the first time in the MiddleEasy Network history, I will leave MiddleEasy.com in order to covertly hop over to LiverKick.com and cover Lion Fight Promotions 'Battle in the Desert 3' being held in Primm, Nevada (yes, that's the same place Fallout 3: New Vegas took place). The event will be streamed LIVE at GFL at 8:00 pm EST so get your unhealthy and greasy snacks ready.

Here are the weigh-in results for the event, which also include some nifty pictures.

Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke “Zingano“ vs. Cosmo Alexandre - Muay-Thai giant, Cosmo Alexandre will face off against fellow Muay-Thai giant (and Lumpinee champion) Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke “Zingano“ in a middleweight superfight. Brazil meets Thailand, you don't want to miss this one. You meaning myself, at least.

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