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Saiyok Phumpunmuang, Jordan Watson, Vuyisile Colossa and Ilya Grad To Fight in 4 Man Tournament in Bangkok

A four man tournament is taking place at the Bangkok Convention Centre on April 3rd which will feature four of the most renowned middleweight Muay Thai fighters in the world. Saiyok Pumpanmuang from Thailand, Jordan Watson from England, Vuyisile Colossa from Hong Kong and Ilya Grad from Israel have all agreed to compete.

The tournament will be in a round robin format, according to the press release, which would mean they all fight each other once. The ocassion also marks the launch of the official campaign to have Muay Thai become an Olympic sport.

Watson, Colossa and Grad were all involved in the recent Challenger Muay Thai TV program with the Englishman finishing as runner up. Saiyok has never been beaten by a non Thai fighter and hasn't lost a fight for several years making him the firm favourite to win this tournament.

Assuming the tournament really is in a round robin format, as opposed to being a simple elimination process with semi finals and a final, it is going to be a gruelling challenge for all four fighters. It will also be interesting to see how it is operated, what happens if a fighter gets cut, knocked out or is simply unable to continue due to an injury?

The event will be shown live on TV in Thailand and will also be broadcast on ESPN Star Sports.

 

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Check Out Phuket Top Team's Malik Watson

There is something to be said for new talent coming around in the Muay Thai and Kickboxing world, and Chicago's Malik Watson who is currently making the rounds in Thailand is looking to be just that. If you don't believe us, check out this highlight reel that Phuket Top Team has assembled from the able hands of Will Prescott -- StillWill himself -- who is also at PTT right now training.

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"Battle For The Belts" Gets Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus, 7 World Title Fights

There's a huge card in Muang Thong Thani, Thailand on June 9 that we posted about not too long ago. Originally we learned that Saenchai and Kem Sitsongpeenong would be on the card and that there would be seven WBC Muay Thai world title fights in total. We've learned more about the event now, including a large portion of the fights.

Simon Marcus will face Artem Levin for Levin's world title belt at 175lbs/79.379kg. Marcus is coming off his huge win over Joe Schilling, the interim title holder of Levin's belt. Although to some the bout was marred with controversy, the win moves Marcus into a position to challenge Levin for the title. Levin told us in an interview that he'd be defending his title against Joe Schilling on March 31, but we don't know if that fight is set yet.

One of the top Thais at 130, Jomthong Chuwattana will be on the card. He's not the only Thai on the card, as Saenchai, the current WBC Diamond Champion at 140 is set to fight. Kem Sitsongpeenong will take on the Spanish figher Alex Asumu for the super welterweight title of the WBC. One fight features two Thais facing off as Big Ben Chor Praram fights Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong.

Steve McKinnon of Australia will fight Ramazan Ramazanov, who is based out of Thailand. The WBC world champion at heavyweight, Cristian Bosch of Argentina will fight Fabiano Aoki, also known as Fabiano Cyclone. [source]


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Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand Episode 3

Our friend and man on the scene in the US muay thai scene, Jeff Dojillo has his awesome Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand series and has uploaded two great episodes before. The third dropped tonight and features Kevin Ross vs. Sagedao as well as a good cast of fighters. Go ahead and check it out.

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Sam A Outpoints Petchphanomrung, Tingtong Outlasts Ponsaneh at Lumpini Stadium

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After Petchphanomrung's spectacular knock out over veteran Tong last month he was fast tracked into a shot at Thailand's most dominant fighter, Sam A. Petchphanomrung is only 16 years old and looks set to be one of the satrs of the future but he showed that his time might come sooner or later by putting up an excellent fight against Sam A.

Sam A has looked pretty comfortable ever since the controversial draw with Kongsak and is slowly but steadily running out of credible opponents. He started out as a five to three favourite against Petchphanomrung but the teenager looked very bright in the opening two rounds, catching a couple of Sam A's legendary southpaw left kicks and dumping him on the ground.

Sam A looked a little stronger in round three but while both men sat on their stools the odds dropped to three to two, which reflected Petchphanomrung's suprisingly good showing. The young pretender could have won the fight but made a fatal error in round four when he caught a leg kick and attempted to sweep but lost his balance and slipped to his knees.

It was a turning point in the fight and Sam A never looked back, comsolidating his lead by pressing forward, landing a few body kicks and being more active in the clinch. Petchphanomrung demonstrated with this performance that one day the time will probably come when he overtakes Sam A, but Thailand's number one fighter showed that he isn't prepare to hand over his mantle anytime soon.

Earlier in the night the always aggressive Ponsaneh took on Ting Tong. He started strong, as per normal, but Ting Tong was able to hold his own and utilized his jab to good effect, as well as landing repeated leg kicks to Ponsaneh's lead leg. Ponsaneh was able to get off with a couple of quickfire combinations in the opnening round but Ting Tong had a few moments of his own, landing some sharp punches.

Round two saw much of the same as Ponsaneh backed Ting Tong up but was unable to getr past his opponent's defence as Ting Tong kept a tight guard and countered effectively. In round three Ting Tong started to move ahead, landing some solid kicks to the body and backing Ponsaneh up for the first time in the fight.

Ponsaneh got on the front foot again in round four and it appeared that he might have enough in the tank to finish the fight strong but he faded badly towards the end of the round whereas Ting Tong finished strongly, moving forwards constantly in round five and landing lots of knees in the clinch to take a decision win. Afterwards both men received a trophy for fight of the night although Ting Tong was barely able to get into the ring to receive his award, a legacy of Ponsaneh's brutal leg kicks.

In other results Palangtip scored a vicious round two knock out over Rungpetch, landing a close range elbow followed by a solid straight knee. Dechnaroung showed off some fluid combinations to outpoint Yodthuanthong and Wanchai came up short against Superlek, droppng a decision.

1: Denthoranee Sor Veerapon defeats Veerpaech Sor Tongchai via decision

2: Kiatsak Sitodpiibun defeats Saksuriya Gaiyanghaadao gym via decision

3:  Superlek Wor Sangprapai defeats Wanchai Ramboisarn via decision

4: Detnarong Wor Sangprapai defeats Yodtuanthong Petyindee academy via decision

5: Palangtip Nor Sripung defeats Rungpet Wor Sangprapai via KO round two

6: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu defeats Pornsaneh Sitmoncha via decision

7:Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym defeats Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai via decision

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Buakaw vs. Fabio Pinca Available On Internet PPV, March 17

Usually for smaller events that aren't the big boys of kickfighting organizations, there's not a way to watch and we often have to rely on Youtube videos after the fights. La Nuit Des Titans on March 17 , however, is offering a live internet PPV of their event.

The event is headlined by two time K-1 MAX World Grand Prix Champion, Buakaw Por. Pramuk who faces France's Fabio Pinca, one of the top Muay Thai fighters outside of Thailand. The fight is under full Muay Thai rules and what's even more interesting is for the first time in a while, Buakaw is going lower in weight than 70kg. Buakaw has been fighting at 70kg for a very long time now, but this fight is scheduled to be at 68kg. The weight limit is in place because of Pinca, who usually fights at 67kg.

Pinca is no stranger to facing Thais, as this will be the third Thai he's fought in a row. He lost to Kem Sitsongpeenong in the Thai Fight finals on December 18 but fought Saenchai on January 21 at Yokkao Extreme in Italy. Pinca came away with a very controversial decision victory over the much smaller Saenchai. Buakaw is bigger than Pinca and probably the biggest fighter that he's ever fought. Buakaw is coming off a win against Dzhabar Askerov also at Yokkao Extreme, after a win a month before against Frank Giorgio, also at the Thai Fight finals.

Buakaw's stablemate Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk is also on the card and he takes on Ayoub El Khaidar. Not to be confused with the much heavier Pajonsuk that fought in It's Showtime and K-1, Pajonsuk Por. Pramuk has been fighting more internationally as of late, and much higher in weight than usual. His normal weight is 118lbs (53.5kg) but his recent fight against Karim Bennoui was contested at 60kg and ended up in a draw. Pajonsuk then actually fought a week later against KENJI at RISE 86 in Japan, at 55kg, dropping a decision because of point deductions. This fight is at 60kg.

Rounding out the announced portion of the card, there's a four man, one night tournament taking place under full Muay Thai rules at 72.5kg. The participants are Mickael Piscitello, Fares Bechar, Bird Kham and Super-X Por. Phetnumchai.

To order the PPV, all you simply need to do is go to live.muaythaitv.com and select one of the options that are available to be paid by credit card or Paypal. You'll need a Facebook or MuayThaiTV account to do so. The price is 25% if you order it early now, at only $9.90 US/7.50 Euros.

 

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Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Kem Sitsongpeenong to Fight For WBC Belts on June 9th in Bangkok

BEC Tero will be putting put on a Muay Thai show on June 9th at the Impact Arena in Bangkok and there will be no fewer than eight WBC belts on the line. Amongst the fighters confirmed are Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Kem Sitsong Peenong, Jomthong Chuwattana, Artem Levin, Ramazan Ramanov and Steve McKinnon.

Thai Fights and Thailand vs Challenger have both enjoyed some success in transplanting fighters from the Bangkok stadiums and putting then in for events which they hope will have more of a mainstream appeal. BEC Tero is an entertainment conglomerate best known for owning a football club and now appear to have decided to commit some of their valuable resources towards the sport of Muay Thai.

WBC representative Patrick Cusick broke the news in his weekly column in the Bangkok Post which you can read here

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Pechphanomrung Steps Up to Face Sam A at Lumpini Stadium on March 2nd

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After a highlight reel knock out over the veteran Thong promoters have wasted no time in fast tracking Pechphanomrung to a main event against 2011 fighter of the year Sam A at Lumpini Stadium on Friday 2nd March..

Pechphanomrung will be given a 3lb advantage with Sam A having to cut down to 119 lbs in order to try and make it a fair fight. The always aggressive Ponsaneh will be looking to bounce back from back to back knockout defeats when he takes on Tingtong who outpointed Palongtip in his last outing.

Palongtip is also on the card and will be up against Rungpetch

1: Sam-D Petyindee academy vs Gaga Thanasuranakon 2: Saksuriya Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Kiatsak Sitodpiibun 3: Wanchai Ramboisarn vs Superlek Wor Sangprapai 4: Detnarong Wor Sangprapai vs Yodtuanthong Petyindee academy 5: Palangtip Nor Sripung vs Rungpet Wor Sangprapai 6: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Pornsaneh Sitmonchai 7:Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai
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Saenchai vs Saketdao to Headline Big Lumpini Card on March 9th

The next big card to take place in Bangkok is at Lumpini Stadium on March 9th and will be headlined by a fight between Saenchai Sinbumuaythai and Saketdao Petpayathai. Saenchai had originally been scheduled to take on Penek Sitnumnoi but it was felt that the young fighter wasn't quite ready for such a step up in competition.

Saketdao beat Saenchai twice in 2011, the first fight was very close with all thre judges seeing it 49-48 in his favour after a strong finish, the second fight was more clear cut with the Kiatpetch fighter winning by a margin of 49-47 despite appearing to get hurt by an elbow late in the final round.

Saenchai is coming off a surprising loss to Fabio Pinca which owed more to the Italian judges failing to understand the finer points of the Muay Thai scoring system than the efforts of the French fighter.

A star studded card also pits Wanchalerm Uddonmuang, fresh from a win over Saketdao himself, against Singdam Kiatmoo9 who was recently defeated by Nong O. Two of the stars of the Sing Patong gym in Phuket, whose French fighter Damian Alamos recently claimed the Lumpini 140 lbs title, are also in action with Penek Sitnumnoi up against Wanchalerm Chor Churnkamol and Pentai Singpatong up against Mondam Sor Wirapon.

Kiatpetch promotions, Lumpini Stadium, March 9th

1: Muangthai Por Boonsit vs Kongburi Wor Sangprapai

2: Pentai Singpatong vs Mondam Sor Wirapon

3: Chokpreecha Kor Sakunsua vs Rattaket Teedet 99

4: Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi vs Thong PuiD9D 1 million bet

5: Saeksan Or Kwanmuang vs Thongchai Sitthongsak

6: Penek Sitnumnoi vs Wanchalerm Chor Churnkamol

7: Wanchalerm Uddonmuang vs Singdam Kiatmoo9

8: Saketdao Petpayathai vs Saenchai Sinbimuaythai

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