Chira Wichaisuthikulis releasing a documentary about Thai boxers at Lumpini. The documentary, set to be released this March 2011, follows a number of school-aged fighters.
I liked hearing eight to ten year old people talk about their experiences in the ring and their perceptions of fighting. For instance, the subtitled description of Muay Thai we hear at 1:36 strikes at very essential parts of the sport.
The below is a beautiful display of Muay Thai. Both Buakaw and Petnamek throw beautifully and utilize their technique in rather different strategies to impose their will on the fight.
This bout, in addition to being a fun to watch display of Muay Thai, also serves to highlight a difference in scoring between Muay Thai and kickboxing or Western boxing. Namely, that the judges weigh the last two rounds heavily over the first three. This makes sense on paper, but for those of us who are used to seeing each round weighed equally, it seems strange on viewing.
Of the fighters, Buakaw is undoubtedly more famous, due to his successes in K-1. At this point, he was still fighting in the 135 - 140 lb (61.5 - 63.5 kg) range. It would be two years before his debut in that organization. He now fights at 154 lb (70 kg), which is also his walk-around weight.
Like Buakaw, Petnamek Sor Siriwat was a well-regarded fighter on the Muay Thai circuits during this time. He too would move up in weight. I believe the most recent footage of him on Youtube showed him participating in Muay Thai vs San Da in 2005.
Buakaw fights out of the blue corner in this bout, Petnamek, southpaw, fights out of the red corner.
If you are like me, you grew up on martial arts movies and they are what helped to push you into your martial arts fandom. Of course that means that you are into Bruce Lee movies, but Bloodsport will always have a place in your heart. So what could be cooler than to see the Thai fighter from Bloodsport, Paco, explain Lumpini Stadium in late 2013. This interview was conducted in November of last year with Paulo Tocha and it's just kind of awesome.
There was a big event that went down at Lumpini Stadium today in Thailand, featuring a double header, the first being Penek Sitnumnoi vs Superbank Mor Ratanabandit (highlights here) and the second being Sagetdao Petpayathai vs Pakon Sakyothin. Thanks to Live Muay Thai Guy on YouTube, we have footage of Sagetdao vs. Pakon, which you should probably check out before you do anything else with your day.