Press ReleasesThailand VS Challenger(2011) Series

Bangkok-based muaythai promoter Elite Boxing held a press conference at Gaysorn Plaza in Bangkok yesterday to announce the schedule for the much anticipated second series of Thailand VS Challenger (TVC). Featuring a total of five confirmed events in both Europe and Asia, TVC (2011) will be launched at a Grand Opening at the River City Hall in Bangkok on July 23.

The press conference was chaired by His Excellency General Pichit Kullavanijaya, Honorary Life President of the World Muaythai Council (WMC), and it was announced that proceeds from ticket sales at the TVC Grand Opening on July 23 will be donated to General Pichit’s Muaythai Against Drugs foundation.

Other prominent speakers included WMC Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox, who spoke of his belief that high profile international events like the TVC Series are vital in supporting the work of the WMC to see muaythai eventually gain recognition as an Olympic Sport.

Elite Boxing was represented by co-founders Toli Makris and Seth Fishman, as well as by the heads of the company’s new subsidiaries in Germany (Serdar Karaca), Russia (Stanislav Bukhlov) and Greece (George Pergialis). Long time Elite Boxing ally, Songchai Ratanasuban and Pariyakorn Ratanasuban, was once again on hand to give their support, and Samuel Pagal of Eurosport spoke of his delight at the prospect of broadcasting 2 TVC events live in Europe this year.

All the fighters from this Saturday’s Grand Opening also took a break from their hectic preparations to share their thoughts ahead of what promises to be a very exciting series.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural TVC Series, which was televised to an estimated 600 million homes in 180 countries around the world, Elite Boxing has now announced the schedule for TVC (2011).

The series will kick off with a Grand Opening at the swanky River City Hall in Bangkok. The TVC Grand Opening fightcard will include 5 world-class international fights, featuring such muaythai superstars as Bovy Sor Udomsorn, Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Saenchanoi Pumphanmuang, Armin and Saiyok Pumphanmuang of Thailand taking on Bernueng Topkingboxing (Thailand), Cyrus Washington (USA), Antoine Siangboxing (France), Hong Guang (China), Bruce Macfie (Australia) and Valdet Gashi (Germany) respectively.

Just a few weeks after the Grand Opening, attention will switch to Sanam Luang where the second event in the TVC Series will once again be a co-promotion with One Songchai Promotions at the Queen’s Cup on August 12. Following the success of last year’s TVC at the Queen’s Cup, legendary muaythai promoter Songchai Ratanasuban confirmed that Elite Boxing will once again incorporate TVC fights into the Queen’s Cup as part of the celebrations marking the birthday of HM the Queen of Thailand.

The third instalment of TVC (2011) will see the series moving to Germany for Thailand VS Europe at the impressive Carl Benz Arena in Stuttgart on September 17. This will be the second TVC event in Germany as Elite Boxing hopes to build on the success of last year’s Thailand VS Germany event.  It will also be the first TVC event organised by Elite Boxing’s recently established subsidiary, Elite Boxing Germany, headed by Serdar Karaca who spoke of his delight at the continued growth of the TVC brand.

Thailand VS Europe is one of two TVC events that will be broadcast live by Eurosport across Europe. The second will be Thailand VS Germany in November. Samuel Pagal of Eurosport Fight Club also confirmed that Eurosport will broadcast highlights of the Grand Opening on Augsut 4.

In October, another new Elite Boxing subsidiary will host its first event when Elite Boxing Russia headed by successful local promoter Stanislav Bukholov takes TVC to Russia for the first time for Thailand VS Russia.

The series will end back in Germany in November with Thailand VS Germany at the Blautal Centre in the southern German city of Ulm. This will be the second Thailand VS Germany event at this venue following a very successful debut there in the TVC (2010) Series.

For more details of the TVC (2011) Series, visit the Elite Boxing website: or

Post on July 20, 2011