The reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ met one of the best Nak Muay of the decade at Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night when Phanpayak Jitmuangnont faced Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in the main event of a Petyindee Promotions show.
The fight had the vacant Lumpinee super featherweight title on the line and after a quiet start Phanpayak started to push forwards in the third, dragging the fight into the clinch where despite succeeding in unbalancing the teenager a couple of times Sam-A was unable to get him to the ground.
It was a battle between two clever southpaws meaning that whoever could find a home for their right kick would most likely prevail and crucially Phanpayak was able to land his with more power and frequency in the fourth.
It allowed the 19 year old to take a defensive approach in the final round as his veteran opponent attacked with punches, elbows and low kicks but could not land anything effective enough to prevent Phanpayak from taking a decision win and claiming the vacant Lumpinee 126 lbs title.
The biggest shock of the night came in the co main event when Manasak Sor Jor Lekmuangnon stopped Singdam Kiatmoo9 with a flurry of punches in the fourth round which handed the 2002 ‘Fighter of the Year’ a very rare stoppage loss.
Singdam was struggling to cope with his opponent’s superior height and was on the receiving end of some hard knees. In the fourth he tried to land one of his trademark right body kicks but Manasak leaned back to make him miss and then landed three hard right hands which saw ‘The Black Lion’ crumple to the canvass.
While Singdam is coming towards the end of a decorated career 22 year old Phetmorakot Wor Sangprapai is very much in the ascendancy and the Petyindee star defeated Kwankaw Mor.Ratanabandit by decision, avenging a February loss to the same fighter at Rajadamnern.
In another of the evening’s fights to be televised live in Thailand on Channel 5 Wanchai Rambo-Isarn defended his Lumpinee light flyweight title with a hard fought decision win over Satanmuanglek Noomponthep.
The other Lumpinee title at stake went home with Kwanphet Sor Suwanpakdee who beat Methee Sor Jor Toipaetriw by decision to claim the stadium’s vacant super bantamweight belt.