Monte Carlo is famous for its casinos and grand prix, but on Saturday night the upmarket European destination will play host to some of Thailand’s best known fighters.
The second Monte Carlo Fighting Masters will be held at the Louis II Stadium and attended by Prince Albert II, and Buakaw Banchamek will be among the Thai fighters looking to make a good impression on the reigning monarch of the principality.
Buakaw is probably more recognized internationally than any other Thai fighter at present and has won his last 27 fights, a streak he will be confident of extending in Monte Carlo when he fights Djimé Coulibaly for the second time.
Buakaw already beat the French fighter once, claiming a decision over Coulibaly at a Thai Fight event in Cannes in 2011. Their rematch will have a title on the line with the WMC super welterweight belt at stake.
In the co-main event Pakorn Sakyotin, who is one of the top fighters currently competing at the stadiums in Bangkok, gets another chance to showcase his all action style to the foreign audience when he takes on Turkey’s Yetkin Özkul in a bout which will have the WMC lightweight title at stake.
There are two more Thais facing French fighters on the card as Ekkarit Bangkokthonburi University takes on Dylan Salvador and Berneung Saksomsin takes on Abdallah Mabel with the remaining three matches featuring a mixture of Europeans and Australians.
The fighters will have an added incentive to put in eye catching performances because Prince Albert II will be handing out something called ‘The King’s Trophy’ to the Muay Thai practitioner who impressed him most.