- Title: THAILAND: THAI BOXING KING'S CUP INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
- Date: 24th April 1997
- Summary: BANGSAEN BEACH, CHONBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND (RECENT) (RTV-ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDESHOT OF SPECTATORS AT KING'S CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, PANS TO BOXING RING 2. BOXERS IN RING 3. TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS 4. SEMI-FINAL BOUT BETWEEN THAILAND'S PRATEEP CHUAPRASOM (BLUE) AGAINST IRELAND'S CRAIG O'FLYNN (RED) 5. SPECTATORS 6. CHAUPRASOM DECLARED WINNER 7. BOUT BETWEEN SAKEN MOUSAKULOV OF KAZHAKSTAN (RED) AND UZBEKISTAN'S ALISHER THUTAMISHEV (BLUE) 8. SPECTATORS Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 9th May 1997 13:00
- Location: BANGSAEN BEACH, CHONBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVANYNXSMKQ0JMFD2K2AVDD79SB
- Story Text: - INTRO: International experts in Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, were in Thailand last week for the King's Cup International Championship in Chonburi province.
Despite originating in South-East Asia the sport now attracts athletes and big money from around the world.
In the championship semi-finals, a pony-tailed Irishman faced a Thai and two former countrymen of the former Soviet Union were fighting it out for different countries to see who would make it to the final round.
Muay Thai is a no-holds-barred sport that combines martial arts, gymnastics and traditional boxing techniques.
Originating hundreds or thousands of years ago on the battlefield as a form of self defence, Muay Thai has become Thailand's most popular spectator sport and is fast growing in popularity around the world.
Thai boxing allows its glove-clad but barefoot fighters to use their feet, elbows, knees and shoulders as weapons to attack their opponents.
Fast high kicks aimed at the head are the most spectacular and effective attacks, and receive appreciative yells from the mostly-Thai audience at the beach resort near Bangkok.
Traditional boxing-style punches are used to weaken the opponent, but do not score high points from the judges.
Wrestling, butting with the head, biting, spitting or intentionally kicking your opponent in the groin are forbidden by the rules, but everything else is fair game.
The musical accompaniment provided by the four-piece ringside band gets louder as the fight heats up, and when the crowd chimes in the noise in the stadium builds to a deafening crescendo.
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