The muaythai competition was a knockout at the Beijing Games with the beautiful Olympic Sports Centre as the venue. The fights telecasted live every day by CCTV had a fantastic spectator appeal and with no doubt muaythai is now firmly established in China. This event was for the elite athletes in the sport, and some of the match ups would have been a dream for any promoter………….. who can normally see the likes of Yodsaenklai, Oberg, Kyshenko, Levin etc on one fight card?!?!
Day 1 saw 44 fights in 2 rings and the capacity crowd stayed to the very last minute. Day 2 saw 22 fights and people queinng on the door to watch the muaythai competition. The final day was really muaythai at its finest, with the best of the best going toe to toe for the gold medal, in some of the most exciting fights ever. There are far too many single moments to mention, but importantly the medals were spread across all 5 continents, proving that muaythai has become truly global.
China was the surprise package of the event, showing that the sport is definitely on par with the rest of the world, by going toe-to-toe with the best of the best.