This Friday Lumpini Stadium will host the biggest Muay Thai show of the year thus far. The card features some of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world, and a handful of titles will be on the line. There are four fights on the card that should get any fight fan excited.
The first being 2002 fighter of the year Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs. Petchboonchu F.A Group who was the 2008 fighter of the year runner up. This fight will be for the World Muay Thai Council Lightweight Championship. Petchboonchu is a very limited fighter, but he is great at what he knows, and that is moving forward on his opponent to tie them up and throw knees to the body. Singdam is a more well rounded fighter, but his beat weapon is his right kick to the body. The type of fighters who give Singdam the most trouble are fighters who move forward, and throw kicks and punches. Petchboonchu does not do that. Singdam should be able to land his kicks, and when it does go to the clinch he'll be good enough to land his share of knee's, and get out without taking too many shots. This bout has decision written all over it, and the more well rounded fighter Singdam Kiatmoo9 will take home the points wins.
The next fight is for Lumpini's Super Bantamweight championship. Thong Puideenaidee takes on Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym, who is known for taking on the name Sam-A Thor. Ratonakiat in the past. Thong is a very talented fighter, but sometimes leaves you scratching your head, meaning he can be inconsistent. It's not good to be inconsistent against a fighter like Sam-A, who is the epitome of consistency. Either Thong puts it all together and takes the wins via points in a close fight, or Sam-A does his thing and takes home a a late stoppage or a clear cut decision win. Smart bet would be Sam-A on points.
In the co main event you have Sagetdao Petpaiyathai vs. Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. This is for Sagetdao's Lumpini LW title. These guys have met in the past on several occasions with each taking wins from the other. I'd normally favor Saenchai to take this fight even though he will be the smaller fighter, but there are some questions about his health. He was scheduled to fight last month against Petchboonchu F.A Group but had to pull out due to illness. Also there are reports that one of his knee's is in bad shape. If he's not close to 100% in this fight he will lose a decision. Saenchai will likely be the betting favorite, but I'd put my money on Sagetdao to take the mild upset.
The main event pits current fighter of the year Kongsak Sitboonmee vs. 2005 fighter of the year, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, who recently switched from his more well known name of Nong-O Sit Or. This is for Nong-O's Lumpini Super Featherweight strap. It is about as close of a fight as you could ask for. Nong-O has lost 4 in a row, but all of those losses were close, or highly controversial. Kongsak on the other hand hasn't lost in well over a year, with his most recent bout being a controversial draw against Sam-A. Both of these fighters are highly skilled, and have very little weakness. If I had to give the edge to one of them it would be Kongsak based on his ability to not let other fighters dictate the fight. If he delivers one of his elbow barrages he can stop Nong-O and his questionable chin. If not, this will go 5 competitive rounds. 55/45 edge to Kongsak, but either way, this should be a master class display of Muay Thai.