The most anticipated fight in UK Muay Thai history is official, with Liam Harrison and Charlie Peters set to fight in 2017.
The bout has been confirmed by Muay Thai Grand Prix (MTGP) and will take place on July 15, 2017 at the O2 Indigo, London. Negotiations for the fight were first reported by MMA Plus in September.
Both fighters agreed to face off in the summer of 2017 due to outstanding commitments.
Defending 65kg MTGP champion Peters is set to fight in February and April next year before facing Harrison. Whether this will be a title defence for Peters is still to be confirmed and MMA Plus will provide an update in due course.
Peters had previously asked for the opportunity to challenge Harrison for the number one spot in the 65kg Muay Thai UK rankings, after his close decision loss to Saenchai at Thai Fight London.
“I’d like to fight the best in the UK. After all I’m ranked number two. I’ve beaten number three, four and five.
“He was in the same position that I was years ago and he was only chasing that number one spot himself.”
Since then “Charlie Boy” has defended his MTGP title in Estonia against, Deo Phetsangkhat on Xplosion Fight Series, October 21.
MTGP had twice previously tried to make this fight happen but there had been considerable delays until now, due to Harrison’s busy schedule of fights and training seminars.
“The Hitman” is currently the defending 65kg Yokkao world champion and is also coming off a recent decision loss to Fabio Pinca at Yokkao 19 (at an agreed -66.5kg non-title fight). Both Harrison and Pinca had agreed to a rematch to happen in France irrespective of the outcome before they fought and it will be very interesting to see if this could happen before Harrison fights Peters.
2017 is shaping up to be another tremendous year for UK Muay Thai especially with news of Harrison vs. Peters finally being confirmed.
The sport continues to grow momentum nationwide with an increasing number of international fights this year hosted on UK soil by some of the world’s biggest promotions and with Thai Fight London being broadcasted on Sky Sports 3.