Muay Thai champions Superbon Banchamek and Vitaly Gurkov partake in The World Games 2017
Muay Thai world champion Superbon Banchamek at IFMA 2017 Minsk

Muay Thai makes debut at The World Games.

The World Games are the most important event immediately after the Olympic Games. This year TWG is historic with Muay Thai making its debut as a full medal sport.

The event is held from July 20 to July 30 in Wroclaw, Poland. Last month the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) started revealing the names of those battling out for the place on the podium. Some of the most notable fighters are featured in the roster.

Three-time world champion Superbon Banchamek [Suppachai Muensang] out of Thailand competes in the 71 kg weight class. His team-mate at Banchamek Gym, twelve-time world champion, Belarusian Vitaly Gurkov is announced in the division of 75 kg.

Over one thousand qualification tournaments were held during the last two years. Over twenty thousand athletes competed for the opportunity to become a pioneer of Muay Thai at The World Games.

Superbon earned his ticket to Wroclaw by winning IFMA 2017 world championship in Minsk. Gurkov qualified last year in Jonkoping, similarly taking Gold.

Last month both fighters appeared in the under-card at Kunlun Fight 62 in Bangkok headlined by famed Buakaw Banchamek. Superbon earned a unanimous decision against Artem Pashporin of Russia, while Gurkov similarly defeated Nurla Mulali of China.

In addition, Johane Beausejour of France, Sergii Kuliaba of Ukraine, Sofia Olofsson of Sweden are among others, expected at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw. IFMA announces the names of the athletes as well as the relevant weight categories on its official website.