In just over two weeks, Souris Manfredi of France and opponent Petchkanya Por Puangthong will compete for the WBC super-flyweight Muay Thai title in Thailand.
Originally scheduled for July, on Sept. 25 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium the bout will make history as Manfredi will be the first foreigner to challenge for the belt in Thailand, considered the home of the Muay Thai martial art.
The bout is contingent on COVID-19 protocols as determined by Thailand.
Manfredi became the first Lethwei women’s bantamweight champion in 2020, when she defeated Maisha Katz in Myanmar and is looking for something similar in Bangkok. On her social media, she announced the launch of a commemorative “Lumpinee Edition” t-shirt.
Petchkanya Por Puangthong is respected in the combat sports community and will have the advantage of fighting in her home country of Thailand. She is replacing Dangkongfah Jaosurnoi III, who was Manfredi’s original opponent.
Both fighters are making final preparations for the bout, which should prove to be fiercely contested.