On Saturday we'll see more action in Western Canada as Last Man Standing goes down, featuring a Welterweight tournament with some of Western Canada's best. If you are in the Victoria, BC area make sure to check it out. The main feature is an 8-man Welterweight tournament using K-1 rules, featuring prospect Josh Jauncy.
We now know the next three scheduled fights for both Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Fabio Pinca.
Buakaw will be fighting Frank Giorgi on December 18 in Thailand at the Thai Fight 70kg Finals. Then he'll be fighting Dzhabar Askerov on January 21 in Italy at Yokkao Extreme 2012.
Pinca will be fighting Kem Sitsongpeenong also on December 18 in Thailand but at the Thai Fight 67kg Finals. Then also on the Yokkao Extreme 2012 card, he fights the renowned Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.
It's rare that two of the same fighters from completely different areas of the world will be featured on two cards in a row. Make that three. Buakaw and Pinca will face off on March 17 in France at La Nuit Des Titans. The weight for the fight isn't known yet, but I'd assume around 70kg, which means Pinca would be moving up. Pinca deserves every bit of props in the world for taking on Kem, Saenchai and Buakaw in consecutive fights. Not many, if any foreigners to Thailand would take on three great Thai fighters in a row under their own ruleset.
The schedule for both Buakaw and Pinca leading up to their fight is really great and any fan of kickfighting should be looking forward to watching their upcoming fights.
The light flyweight division in Thailand is one of the most competitive classes in the country. Two of the of the better fighters at this weight are Penthai Singpatong and Songkom Sakhomsin. Penthai is currently the 3rd ranked fighter at Lumpinee stadium and Songkom is #1. With the current champion now fighting at around 115 pounds its likely the title is vacated and perhaps these two could compete for it in the near future.
Penthai is 22, which is fairly old for such a small weight. He stands at 5'3 and has a really good all around style. Last December he lost a heart breaking decision to Kengkla Sor. Chokkitichai for the Channel 7 title, but got a rematch the following month and took the belt in another very close, and thrilling fight. He still maintains that title but most of his fights now are happening at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.
Songkom Sakhomsin has exploded on to the scene recently and is smashing most of his competition. In his last eight fights he's 7-1 with 5 KO's. The loan loss comes at a low weight that does not suit him well. At just 16 he seems to be getting better every time out, and his left uppercut has become his signature technique. He fights similar to how Yodsanklai fought when he was a teen.
With the formation of the Muay Thai premier league, shows starting to pop up in the U.S, and notable events happening almost every week in Europe, boxing in Thailand seems to have taken a backseat. Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee, Yodsanklai Fairtex etc... are the Thai fighters that get most of the attention because they frequently fight outside of the country. However they are nowhere near the best fighters in Thailand. I don't know if its because the best fighters are genetically smaller than "international level" fighters, or because people stereotype stadium boxing as a type of sameness, but for some reason or another Muay Thai in Thailand is viewed as something that is just... there, and nothing more for a lot of people. The best Thai boxers in the world are all 132 pound and under Thai's. I'm not bitter, just perplexed as to why the best fighters minus Saenchai aren't getting a fair shake, or even attention.
1. Saenchai Sinbimuaythai: It's impossible to not have Saenchai at #1. The guy has proven time and time again that he is the best stand up fighter on the planet. One week he'll go to another country at 140 pounds and dominate, 2 weeks later he'll get down to 127 and teach the hottest fighter in Thailand a boxing lesson. Vision, speed, balance, technique, he has it all. At 31 and 300 fights to his name you'd think the decline would have started by now, but if anything he's getting better and plans to fight for 4 or 5 more years. Next month he's scheduled to fight F16 Rajanont at the Lumpinee birthday show where he'll be giving up a full weight class to F16.
2. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym: In a recent interview from mymuaythai Ponsaneh Sitmonchai was asked who his hardest opponent has been, and without pausing he said Sam-A. Not surprising as Sam-A has beaten him 3/4 times with the reason for the loan loss being from a slip that was ruled a count. Sam-A is old for a Thai boxer at 28, but its not surprising to see him still at such a high level. He's a technical master who now very rarely ever gets hit with a clean shot. Pad's don't hit back, but you can generally get a good idea of what level a fighter is at by the speed and balance a fighter has when kicking pads. This video came out just before his fight with Kongsak earlier this year and I don't know that I've ever seen someone kick pads as good as Sam-A. His next fight is also scheduled for the Lumpinee birthday card next month against Rittidej Wor. Wanthavee. If he wins he'll end the year with an 8-0-1 record.