Saenchai Sinbimuaythai is the most recognizable fighter in Muay Thai today, and has been for the last several years. It's not common at all to see a fighter who is 30 with nearly 300 fights still being considered one of the best, if not the best in Thailand. His clever style, and ability to avoid big shots has allowed him to be a pro fighter for 20 years, and a top Stadium fighter for 15 years. Throughout his career he has fought the best fighters in the country on a regular basis, even if it meant moving up several weight classes to do so. Just a little over a week ago he traveled to Australia and defeated Kurt Finlayson by decision at a weight of 140 pounds. Now, this Thursday he's shedding a dozen pounds to fight at 128 against the hottest fighter in the sport, Kongsak Sitboonmee.
Kongsak is 10-0-1 in his last 11 fights, and all of those opponents were of the highest level. He's just in his early 20's, but like Saenchai, has been fighting since he was 10 or so years old. He brings a typical Thai style to the ring, but has an ungodly left kick. One of the best game changing left kicks I've seen since Samkor Kiatmonthep.
This will be Kongsak's fight to lose. Like I mentioned earlier, Saenchai will have to suck a lot of water out of his body to make weight. Saenchai is also coming off an illness, and a knee injury that may be more serious than we know. Add that to the fact that Kongsak is tearing things up right now, and it leaves me to believe Kongsak will win a decision after butchering Saenchai with his left kick late in the fight.
This fight is one of the reasons why Muay Thai is so great. When 2 fighters are of similar weight, the fight more times than not gets made, and gets made quickly. They agree to the catch weight and a few weeks later they're in the ring fighting. The purse each fighter will receive is nothing like what a big time MMA fighter, or boxer would get. But, this is THE fight in Muay Thai. It's Thai boxing's GSP/Silva, or Pacquiao/Mayweather. However, no dreaming or pondering here, its actually happening.
Aside from the main event this entire card is quite stacked. The event will take place at Rajadamnern Stadium, one of two elite boxing stadiums in Thailand, the other being Lumpini Stadium. The man who just beat Saenchai last month, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai will once again be matched up with Petchboonchu FA Group. They've each beaten each other in the past, with the most recent fight happening earlier this year where Sagetdao took a points win. I expect the same thing to happen this time around. Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym looks to end a 5 fight fight losing streak when he squares off against F16 Rajonont. This fight will have a 600,000 baht side bet between the 2 and there camps. Its a good fight for Nong-O, and I expect the losing streak to end. Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym, Kaotam Lookprabahrt, an Singdam Kiatmuu9 are also in action.