IN an effort to professionalize the fast-growing sport of muaythai, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) under Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra will supervise the formation of the Professional Muaythai Council of the Philippines later this month.
Mitra, who is actively leading the campaign to raise the standards of different professional sports under GAB, said at least 14 muay thai groups attended the initial consultative meeting aimed at discussing the formation of the new group.
“Most of the leading muay thai stakeholders have taken the necessary steps in the creation of the Professional Muaythai Council of the Philippines,” Mitra told People’s Tonight in an interview.
“These ladies and gentlemen are respected leaders in the muaythai community and I am confident that they can come up with a united front soon,” added Mitra, who has also already met with officials of other mixed martial arts associations.
Mitra was accompanied during the meetings by Commissioner Edward Trinidad, Boxing Chief Dioscorro Bautista and Assistant Boxing Chief Jackie Lou Cacho.
A well-known executive and legislative official of Palawan, Mitra said the creation of a professional muaythai council is necessary to safeguard the welfare of the fighters and prevent unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the sport.
Mitra said the 14 muay thai stakeholders who attended the meeting at the GAB office in Legaspi Towers in Makati are Constancio Calubo (Black Unicorn Muaythai Makati), Edsel Ngina (Baguio Muaythai Federation), Leonito Sapao (Olongapo Muaythai), Mary Ann Dorado (Cebu City Muaythai Academy), Rho Fujatrao (Cage Iloilo Muaythai), Roselyn Hung (Mumma CdO), Arnold Quiambao (Butuan Muaythai), Larry Catunao (Yawyan Laguna), Rex de Lara (Mumma Makati), Pearl Ann Managuelod (Muaythai Association of the Philippines), Kevin Lipana (Elorde Fight Camp Pampanga), Emmanuel Sabrine (National Muaythai Kickboxing Council of the Philippines), Ferdie Munsayac (Marikina), and Francis Amandy (Elorde Boxing Gym/Muaythai Association of the Philippines).
Among the other topics discussed during the meeting are the technical guidelines patterned after the World Muaythai Council, training of the officiating team in Thailand, licenses of technical officials (referees, judges and timers) as well as fighters, coaches and promoters , ranking of fighters,promoters’ fees and sponsorships.
The group is scheduled to meet again at the GAB office later this month.