Kem and Sudsakorn are facing off a second time this January 15th as part of the Isuzu 67 kg Tournament. This post profiles their previous match-up in 2009.
Their January 15th bout is one of the most pivotal in the ongoing tournament, since both are strong contenders to win the finals. Prior to entering the tournament, both fighters were performing at a high level against foreign and Thai competition under K-1 and Muay Thai rules.
Kem was originally slated to participate in the Contender Asia season 2 as Khem Fairtex, but the show fell through and he joined Sitsongpeenong camp. Moving up from 63.5 kg, 140 lb, due to a lack of competition, he notched big wins over BigBen Chor Praram 6, Nopparat Keatkhamtorn, Singhmanee Sor Srisompong, and Diesellek King Boxing Gym, all former or current champions at the time of competition. He's dropped bouts in K-1 rules against Giorgio Petrosian and Rachid Belaini. He now fights from 147 lb to 154 lb.
Sudsakorn saw strong wins in Thailand over top fighters in the 63.5 kg, 140 lb division. He beat Kongfah Audonmuang, the Lumpini 140 lb champion, and Noppadet Chengsimew Gym, after losing to both fighters in earlier matches. He also fights in the range of 147 to 154 lb internationally and has wins over Andrei Kulebin and Chahid Oulad El Hadj. He drew with Moussa Konate and lost a match against Fabio Pinca, winner of the last Thai Fight tournament.
This fight was contested at Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok, with Kem giving up weight to Sudsakorn to make the match more even. Kem wears the red gloves and shorts, Sudsakorn the blue.
Pinsiam Amnuaysirichok is a former champion of Lumpini who fights out of Saengmorakot gym in Bangkok. This is the first footage I've seen of him, and I am impressed. Of course, it takes impressive skills to win belts at Lumpini and Omnoi, as well as an Isuzu tournament and Lumpini's fighter of Year '04, all of which Pinsiam did, according to the Saengmorakot website and No Contest Boxing.
His opponent, Arashi Fujiwara, is a Japanese kickboxer who fights for the AJKF. He seems quite used to fighting Muay Thai rules and his style reflects as much. Fujiwara fights as a southpaw in this bout and shows a solid power base from the stance.
This bout goes down at 55kg, 122 lb bantamweight. Fujiwara wears red shorts and Pinsiam blue.