September 11 – Day 5: Thai Super Star sent packing

In one of the most anticipated fights between the Thai champion and winner of Thai Fight Kem (Pakcotakang Surasak), and Vital Hurkou of Belarus, one of the biggest upsets of the day took place. It was a competition which showed that Muaythai truly is an international sport.

Both athletes showed superb skills from the opening bell to the last second of the fight, and the audience was on their feet. In the end it was the Belarusian who won by a majority decision, making his way to the final and sending a very disappointed Kem home. Now Kem will have to go into the second qualification round if he wants to make it to 2013 World Combat Games for SportAccord.

Kem is a true ambassador for the sport, and he demonstrated true sportsmanship after the fight, showing his opponent deep respect. Kem said that he will do everything to qualify for the World Combat Games so that he can have the chance for a re-match, setting the record straight and making his country proud.