It was IFMA World Champion and most outstanding male athlete of the IFMA World Championships 2023, Ruach Gordon from Israel, taking on the champion Jaotapee Sor Pannarangsee from Thailand. Ruach once again showed why he was voted most outstanding athlete, putting on an outstanding performance, coming in with his full arsenal of the 8 Limbs of muaythai, from the opening bell showing his prowess. Both athletes went toe to toe but it was Ruach who emerged victorious, earning his place in history for King’s Cup 2023.
In the female division, it came down to the match between Kennedy Maze from USA and Thai Champion Gumlaipetch Petchyindee Academy. It started with both athletes performing a beautiful Wai Kru and then it was the night of Gumlaipetch Petchyindee Academy who, in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd, and televised live, showed she was determined to raise the trophy of all trophies. Respect goes to Kennedy Maze from the US, who for three rounds, weathered every storm, battling back fiercely but it was Thailand’s Gumlaipetch Petchyindee Academy, who took the decision and the Queen’s Cup 2023.