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SuperShowDown 8-man tournament preview

November 5th's SuperShowDown show in Scotland is shaping up to be the biggest show in Scottish history and is up there with the best UK shows. Recently, promoter Brian Calder announced that the show was all but sold out, with only a handful of tickets left. Previously, we've had a look at the card as a whole and now we present you with a preview of the 8 fighters who will be competing in the 59kg tournament at SuperShowDown. For those of you who are unfamiliar with names on the UK Muay Thai circuit, I don't think I can emphasise enough how big this tournament is. Six of these eight fighters are ranked in the top 10 in UK/Irish rankings, with the exception being Jonno Chipchase (#11) and Ilias El Hajoui (26-3-1). While the line up includes veterans as well as relative newcomers, this really is anybody's tournament and as we seen in the recent It's Showtime Fast and Furious 70kg tournament, anything can happen! Read on for my run down of the fighters and who I predict will win.

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Fighter Spotlight: Werachai Wor. Wiwatananont

In 2009 the Wor. Wiwatananont gym was voted as the best gym at the Lumpinee Stadium awards. The best fighter, or at the very the least the most notable fighter from the gym is Werachai Wor. Wiwatananont. A teen who fights with a swagger and once 105 pound champion of Lumpinee. Over the last year or two he has grown into a top 10 ranked fighter at 115. A long the way he has beaten good competition, including a pair of wins over the current champion, Wanchalong Sitzornong.

In 2010 and into 2011 he had a trilogy with Mongkolchai Skindaewgym. Unfortunately there is no video of the first fight, but Mongkolchai won after dominating Werachai and finally in the 5th he scored a head kick knockout. Here's a look at the two fights they have had since and how his favorite technique, the teep helped him win both fights.

Werachai is a bit unconventional in that he uses a lot of push kicks to the face, not just as a measuring stick, but an actual way of hurting someone. Here he does just that.  

                   

The 3rd fight was just this July, and again Werachai's teeps played a major roll in how this fight was decided. You can see they both get a little careless and perhaps tired later in the fight and start swinging punches, which is undoubtedly the weak point for most elite Thai boxers. But when the well timed teep lands it clearly has an effect on Mongkolchai, and Werachai is able to finish in spectacular fashion, and avenge his head kick loss from the previous year. 

 

This fight was against Nueangthep Eminentair one of the top fighters in Thaialnd regardless of weight. He was too big and probably too good for Werachai, but as you can see at 8:30, and 12:12 he is always capable of landing that kick. 

 
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It's Showtime Announces January 28th Card and Details

It's Showtime sure does know how to package the good in with the [possibly] bad. in the process of announcing that Badr Hari's last fight in the realm of Kickboxing will be on January 28th against Gokhan Saki and that the K-1 World Grand Prix even happening depends on FEG paying all of the It's Showtime fighters in advance. That is a lot of news that will leave you wondering why you got up this morning, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as they announced their January 28th card and it is incredibly stacked, if not the most stacked event we've seen in years.

Fight card January 28, 2012 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands:

Badr Hari vs Gökhan Saki
Daniel Ghita vs Hesdy Gerges (IT’S SHOWTIME world title heavyweight)
Tyrone Spong vs Melvin Manhoef
Errol Zimmerman vs Rico Verhoeven
Ben Edwards vs Ricardo van den Bos
Murat Direkçi vs Robin van Roosmalen
Lhoucine ‘Aussie’ Ouzgni vs Yohan Lidon (IT’S SHOWTIME world title 73kg max)
Gago Drago vs Hinata Watanabe
Chahid Oulad El Hadj vs Harut Grigorian
Danyo Ilunga vs Mourad Bouzidi
Michael Duut vs Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva
Henry van Opstal vs Hafid el Boustati


There are two relevant title matches, four competitive Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight bouts, competitive 95kg bouts and a lot more. [source]

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The-Lek vs. Detkart: A Guaranteed Thriller

 

This Wednesday at Rajadamnern Stadium fans will be treated to seeing two of the top young talents in the sport go to battle for the first time. Light flyweight champion of Thailand, The-Lek Wor. Sangprapai will take on the light flyweight champion of Rajadamnern Stadium, Detkart Por. Pongsawang. The two fighters have solidified themselves as the two biggest draws and the two best under 110 pound fighters in all of Thailand. Unfortunately I couldn't find any video of Detkart, but everything I've read about the 18 year old suggests he's a highly technical fighter with his favorite and best techniques being a snapping left kick to the body, and well timed knees as his opponent marches in looking to clinch. He will need to be at his best if he wants to be the consensus #1 fighter at the weight, because The-Lek is a flat out beast of a fighter. Most fighters in Thailand use round 1, and sometimes round 2 just to feel each other out and then start fighting hard in 3 and 4. The-Lek is not one of these fighters. From round 1 until the final few seconds in the 5th round when the other fighter concedes he's always marching forward looking to cause pain. He has been compared to fighters in the past who were also known for pushing a frantic pace like Samson Isarn and Pongsiri Ruamrudee. It should be interesting to see if Detkart can keep The-Lek at bay with kicks and overall better technique, or if The-Lek will impose his game yet again. Either way, with this being for top dog at at 108, and both coming from different competing promotions, expect a fight of the year candidate. This is a big fight in Thailand and will likely be uploaded to web by Siamsport TV in the days that follow. 

Here you can see The-Lek in action from a fight he had last month at Lumpinee Stadium. Oh, and did I mention he's just 15 and has been in over 200 fights? Its not uncommon to see 15 year olds fighting at a high level, but 200 fights with that style? Wow!

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