This coming Saturday at Muay Thai Grand Prix in Australia, George Mann is set to face Charlie Bubb for the vacant WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World title.
The Scotsman, Mann – who recent gained Australian citizenship – beat David Pennimpede in his last outing to win the WBC MuayThai Super-Middleweight International title.
The victory put the in-form Scotsman on a four fight win streak and catapulted him to #1 in the WBC MuayThai Super-Middleweight World rankings.
He will now move up to 175lbs to challenge the current Light-Heavyweight World ranked #1, Charlie Bubb, for the vacant WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World title.
Before all that, however, we take a look back at the entire history of the WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World title.
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The history of the WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World title
After the inception of the WBC MuayThai organisation, the first ever Light-Heavyweight World title was contested in December 2006.
Danish fighter Basam Chahrour became the inaugural World champion after defeating Sweden’s Simon Lenetof in Copenhagen.
The title was later vacated and wasn’t contested again until 2010, when Thailand’s Kaoklai Kaennorsing defeated Ryo “Magnum” Sakai with a third round elbow knockout at El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California, United States.
One year later, Kaoklai lost the title in his first defence against Russian, Artem Levin. Levin then successfully defended his title against Frenchman Cheick Sidibé on 3rd March 2012 before being placed “in recess”.
During this time, American Joe Schilling had defeated Kaoklai Kaennorsing and Karapet Karapetyan to win the Interim title, before it was later declared vacant.
On 3rd May 2014, Simon Marcus would defeated Belgian Dmitry Valent to win the vacant WBC MuayThai Light-heavyweight World title at C3: King of Fighters in China.
Following this, Simon Marcus had signed with GLORY Kickboxing and the WBC title was vacated.
Frenchman Cheick Sidibé would then get another shot at the crown, defeating Portugese Diogo Calado with a secod round TKO to become the fifth WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World title holder.
After a string of losses in other organisations around the World, under WBC MuayThai rules, the belt was vacated after Sidibé suffered a knockout loss at December 2015.
Fellow Frenchman Cédric Tousch would then become the next World champion after defeating Dutchman Luis Malyck Tavares on 27th February 2016 in France.
He then went on to defend his crown against Aydin Tuncay in February 2017 before retiring from competition.
The most recent title bout took place on 27th October 2018, when Australian Ben Johnston faced the UK’s Dan Edwards.
Johnston defeated Edwards with a fourth round TKO in Brisbane, Australia, and would later vacate the title upon retirement in June 2019.
George Mann vs Charlie Bubb
So who will become the next WBC MuayThai Light-Heavyweight World champion this weekend?
George Mann and Charlie Bubb are bringing momentum into this bout after both have picked up some huge wins over the past 12 months.
Will George Mann earn a second consecutive WBC World title when he steps up in weight class again, or will Charlie Bubb earn the right to be crowned the best in the World at 79kg?
Watch the main event bout live this Saturday 5th June at Muay Thai Grand Prix in Perth, Australia.