Garap to face Chaiyan for world title

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AFTER an eleventh hour deferral of his Muay Thai show last Saturday, Papua New Guinea champion Lee Henry Garap is confirmed to face Thailand’s Sakkoed Chaiyan for the World Kickboxing Federation welterweight (66.8kg) belt at the Gold Club, Port Moresby, on Sunday.
Six-time WKBF middleweight champion Bruce McFie of Queensland and Chaiyan are expected to arrive. The world title bout is sponsored by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, with the National Gaming Control Board, Big Rooster and L & A Construction, Life Gym, 2 Fast Motors and the Gold Club suporting. Tkatchenko is expected to attend the show.
Garap has been out of action for 18 months but is confident he would be able to beat his Thai opponent. “I feel fit and strong at this weight and even though I haven’t seen how Chaiyan fights, I’ll make the adjustments in the ring,” Garap said.
Garap said he wanted to make up for his 2014 loss to Canadian Anthony Ford, who stopped him in two rounds at the same venue winning the WKF Muay Thai welterweight strap. Garap said the fighters in his stable, the Flash Muay Thai PNG camp, were ready to face their oppnenets on fight-night, with several national and regional titles at stake.
The fights are sanctioned by the WKF with the referee and judges all registerered with the world body.
On the card are kickboxers, boxers and two female amateur boxers to open the show.
Veteran referee Jamuga Stone will officiate as a judge.

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