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(160 lbs, 72.575 kg)

World Champion:

Youssef Boughanem (BEL)
Won Title: Feb 26, 2018
Last Defense: April 22, 2019

World Inrecess Champion:

Jimmy Viennot (FRA)
Won Title: 23 February 2017

International Champion:

Rosario Presti (ITA)
Won Title: August 2, 2019


1. Sograw Petchyindee (THA)
2. Chanajon PK Saenchai (THA)
3. Nayanesh Ayman (ESP)
4. Saksurin TigerMuayThai (THA)
5. Magnus Anderrson (SWE)
6. Gaeton Dambo (FRA)
7. Jimmy Viennot (FRA)
8. Yodsanklai Fairtex (THA)
9. Petchmorakot Petchyindee (THA)
10. Rosario Presti (ITA)
11. Joe Craven (UK)
12. JakePurdy (UK)
13. Crice Boussoukou (FRA)
14. Sayfullah Khambakhadov (RUS)
15. Jose Neta (BRA)
16. Jay Tonkin (AUS)
17. Jackson Barkhouse (UK)
18. Salah Khalifa (UK)
19. Kevin Miruka (KEN)
20. George Jarvis (UK)


30 Nov 1999

It was a night of shining glory for Luxembourg fighter Prince Junior, and for French fighter Akram Hamidi, as they both claimed coveted WBC MuayThai International titles on the Kings of MuayThai event in Luxembourg.

20 YOKKAO UK Fighters On WBC Muay Thai Ranking!

World Boxing Council (WBC) recently updated its fighters ranking across all weight classes and over twenty UK fighters made it to the latest list.

UK is one of the most prolific regions outside of Thailand in producing the world’s top Muay Thai athletes. This phenomenon is represented by the number of UK fighters who have populated the WBC charts over the past decade.

«As the most prominent Muay Thai promotion in UK, it is no surprise we have hosted many of the region’s top fighters in our official events. On last count, 20 out of the WBC ranked UK fighters have featured on YOKKAO fight cards», said YOKKAO UK promoter, Brian Calder.

Some of the notable names who have competed on our official events include Joe Craven, Jack Kennedy, Chris Shaw, Craig Coakley and the recently crowned WBC European champion, Spencer Brown. Not forgetting YOKKAO world champion, Liam Harrison who is a former WBC welterweight world champion. Harrison was also appointed as a WBC Muay Thai global ambassador last October for dedicating his life to the sport and sharing his knowledge around the world.

With the growth of the sport in the region, we expect to see more UK names making their way up and into the rankings.

Other than the yearly official shows including the upcoming YOKKAO 37 — 38 taking place on 23 March, we are currently working on a few projects to further drive the fast-growing UK Muay Thai scene. Stay tuned for more details and developments.

Here’s the complete list of YOKKAO UK fighters on WBC ranking:

Light Heavyweight: Bilal Remassy Omboye

Super Middleweight: Owen Trykowski, Jersey Pinto

Middleweight: Joe Craven, Jake Purdy

Super Welterweight: Jack Cooper

Welterweight: Liam Harrison, Jack Kennedy

Super-Lightweight: Nathon Bendon, Chris Shaw, Spencer Brown

Lightweight: Panicos Yusuf, Craig Coakley, Paul karpowicz

Super Featherweight: Jonathan Haggerty, Dean James, Jacob Smith

Featherweight: Reece Thomson, Simon Forrest

Super Bantamweight: Daniel McGowan

I was looking into Edmond’s elusive muay thai career for fun and giggles, and began noticing some discrepancies. The biggest one being him posing with his WBC International Champion belt, while his last muay thai fight seems to have been against Ben Yelle for the… WBC USA National title.

So I dig a little bit more, and here’s what I found. Sorry if its common knowledge, but it was new to me.


— Edmond (17-2) was scheduled to fight Brian Carlos (24-4) for the WBC International Champion Muay Thai welterweight belt on September 8th, 2007. Carlos was already the WBC Mexico National Champion at Super Lightweight.
— On September 7th, a muay thai enthusiast wrotes about an updated lineup for this event.
— Those changes seem to have been last minute. One of them is Edmond not fighting Carlos anymore, but fighting Ben Yelle (5-1) for the WBC USA National welterweight title (Yelle being too inexperienced for the International strap).
— The Video Footage shows its for the USA National belt (both the announcers and text added on-screen)
— The winner (Edmond) is handed the WBC International belt at the end of the fight (imho, its most likely because they didnt had an USA national belt on hand due to the late change. So they roll with it using the belt that was meant for the Carlos fight).
— Edmond was henceforth considered rightfully the USA national champion in the rankings and on the WBC website (internet archives from March 22nd, 2008 — highlight text with mouse).

Nowhere was Edmond considered the International champion except:

— On his own gym former website:
{amp}lt;{amp}lt; He’s fought and trained across the globe, building up a 41-4 record in stand-up fighting according to him, and an 18-2 muay thai record. That’s after Saturday, when he defeated Ben Yelle for the WBC International welterweight title in what Bastrmajyan called a, “fight that’s going to determine a lot about the future.” {amp}gt;{amp}gt;

— On his personal website:
{amp}lt;{amp}lt; WBC Muaythai International Welterweight Champion {amp}gt;{amp}gt; appears below pictures of his fight with Yelle.

— In an interview/article for a magazine that is featured on his gym’s old website:
{amp}lt;{amp}lt; His resume of achievements includes:
-2007 WBC Mauythai International Welterweight Champion
-Over 300 Martial arts fights with a 90% win ratio
… {amp}gt;{amp}gt;

— His page on armenian wiki:
{amp}lt;{amp}lt; Edmond Tarverdyan known as «The Diamond» is currently the WBC Muaythai International Welterweight Champion. {amp}gt;{amp}gt; (oddly, its the only thing written about him).

Don’t get me wrong… winning a WBC USA national muay thai title is a very nice achievement. But it doesn’t look good on Edmond that he tried to weasel into history that he won a bigger title when in fact, he was only scheduled to fight for it at one point in time.

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