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Kaimookaw Watcharachai Gym Wins WBC and Rajadamnern Titles After Outclassing Aikrit Mor.Krungthepthonburee

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Kaimookaw Watcharachai Gym claimed both the WBC and Rajadamnern Super Featherweight titles by comprehensively defeating Aikrit Mor.Krungthepthonburee at Rajadamnern Stadium tonight.

He controlled the action in the all important third and fourth rounds, using a stiff jab to constantly interrupt Aikrit's rhythm while pushing ahead on the scorecards by landing solid body kicks which his opponent struggled to answer.

By round five Kaimookaw appeared to be firmly in control but he put an explanation mark on his already impressive performance with a perfectly timed head kick which put Aikrit down for a ten count.

Interestingly enough when the WBC organized their 'Battle of the Belts' event a few weeks ago it was announced by renowned Muay Thai expert Rob Cox that every round would be given equal importance on the scorecards under the unusual WBC scoring criteria.

Presumably the judges at Rajadamnern are not going to change the way they score fights just because there happens to be a WBC title on the line so we have a situation where fights for WBC belts could conceivably be scored under completely different systems depending on where the event happens to be held.

With widespread confusion outside of Thailand as to how Muay Thai fights are actually scored surely it would make sense for every sanctioning body to encourage use of the same set of criteria just to keep things consistent for the sake of both fighters and audiences.

In the co main event Siromongkon PK Stereo mounted a spirited comeback in the final round against Fahsung Sor.Chokkitchai but it wasn't quite enough to win the fight with the judges ruling it a draw.

In the next 48 hours there will be significant Muay Thai events held in both Bangkok and Phattalung. On Friday night at Lumpini Stadium Nong O Gaiyaggandao faces Wacharachai Rajanon, Tong Phuidandee fights Ting Tong Chor Koyuha Isuzu and Jasoo Thor Thepsutin faces Yokunpol Sitmonchai with a three million Baht bet on the line.

On Saturday further South in Phattalung Saketdao Petphayathai takes on Peneak Sitnumnoi and Pentai Sitnumnoi goes up against Kaimookaw's team mate Palungon Watcharachai Gym on another star studded card.

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Buakaw Free To Fight Again, Rumored For Next Thai Fight Event

Well it seems as if the Buakaw-Por Pramuk battle may have come to an end.

An arbitration meeting happened today and when it was over, the court acquitted Buakaw and all parties and declared that Buakaw was allowed to fight again. He will have to use Buakaw Por. Pramuk" as his fight name but is free to train on his own. Now 60% of his fight money will go to him, while 40% goes to Por. Pramuk while 75% of income from all other activities outside of fighting goes towards him, with the other 25% going to Por. Pramuk. Por. Pramuk's lawsuit is withdrawn, with the promoter of Thai Fight also dropping his lawsuit against Por. Pramuk, effectively ending the fight over Buakaw.

The court decided that Buakaw's six month suspension should be solved by the Sport Authority of Thailand and the Board of Boxing Sport, with the solution being that Buakaw is allowed to fight.

Buakaw will be allowed to continue fighting in Thai Fight until the end of the year, when his contract with them ends. Speaking of Thai Fight, there's already rumors of Buakaw's next fight from a source close to Thai Fight, saying that Buakaw will fight on the August 17 Thai Fight show in England against a to be announced opponent.

Buakaw is also free to fight in other events, and is allowed to make the decisions on his own, but he has a contract with Thai Fight that ends in December[source]

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Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao sick, replaced by Watcharachai Rajanon for Friday's Lumpinee Card

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There have been a couple of changes to the big Lumpinee show this Friday as Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao is unable to fight Singdam due to sickness and will be replaced by Watcharachai Rajanon whose original opponent, Wanchalerm Udonmuang, is also off the card.

A fight between Panomrunglek Kiatmoo 9 and Wanchalong Sitsonong has been scheduled instead while the bet between Jaisoo Thor Thepsutin and Yodkunphol Sitmonchai is now as high as three million Baht.

1: Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangtip Nor Sripung
2: Detsakda Sitsongpeenong vs Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym
3: Jaisuu Thor Thepsuthin vs Yodkunpol Sitmonchai
4: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Tong Puidandee
5: Panomrunglek Kiatmoo9 vs Wanchalong Sitsonong
6: Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi 
7: Petboonchu FA Group vs F16 Rachanon 
Main event: Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs Watcharachai Rajanon

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Kangwanlek Petyindee Makes Successful Comeback 10 Months After Being Shot

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Kangwanlek Petyindee returned to action 10 months after being shot in the chest in a late night altercation (read the report I wrote for The Nation newspaper here) on Friday night, defeating Petnakorn Sorlatda Gym at Lumpini Stadium.

At 37 years old Kangwanlek is by far the oldest fighter still competing at the highest level in Thailand and held two different national titles at various times last year.

His career appeared to be over last August as he was hit by a bullet when his friend became embroiled in an argument after visiting a restaurant in Thonburi.

Kangwanlek spend three days in the intensive care unit and several weeks in hospital but a couple of months ago he returned to training and last Friday night was his first fight since the shooting.

He was up against a fighter 16 years younger than him and found himself on the receiving end of some solid kicks in the first two rounds of this bantamweight contest.

In the crucial third and fourth rounds the veteran used all his experience to pull away on the scorecards by landing the more effective kicks and being a little bit busier in the clinch. In round five he boxed intelligently to defend the lead and with about a minute to go Petnakorn conceded defeat.

It was an impressive performance from the 37 year old who showed no real signs of ring rust and will want to be involved in a few more big money fights before he retires.

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John Wayne Parr Retires, In A Cage With Big KO Win

Today in Australia, John Wayne Parr fought his last fight, and he went out with a bang, knocking out his opponent with an uppercut in the fourth round.

Parr faced Jordan Tai, the long time K-1 MAX veteran who's tough as nails. The fight took place at the Boonchu Cup Caged Muay Thai Series, and yes, it was caged Muay Thai. The fight took place in an MMA cage, with MMA gloves, but under full Muay Thai rules.

JWP finished Tai in the fourth round with a vicious uppercut. There's no better way to end a legendary career than that, especially since Jordan Tai, to my knowledge, had never even been stopped before.

JWP goes out on his own terms, having done everything that can be accomplished over his long career. He has a successful gym and it seems like a successful promotion now so we wish him all the best in his retirement from fighting.

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Singdam vs Nong O to Headline Next Big Lumpini Card on July 6th

There have been rumblings about a big Petyindee Promotions card on July 6th for a while and although the card isn't quite as strong at the Kriekrai one earlier this month there will still be plenty of big names on display.

There has been some suggestion that Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym would rematch either Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai or Peneak Sitnumnoi but he is out with a thigh injury so the main event sees Singdam Kiatmuu9 face off with Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym again.

This will be the eighth time these two fighters have fought with three wins for Nong O, four for Singdam and one draw. Singdam won the most recent encounter last month but it was a close contentious decision which both sides felt they had done enough to win.

F16's recent run of poor form came to an end when he won the rematch with Yodtuontong Petyindee at Rajadamnern Stadium last month and he will be up against clinch fighting veteran Petboonchu FA Group, who is coming off back to back losses to Saketdao Petpayathai and Nong O.

At just 16 years old Petpanomrung is one of the fastest rising stars in the Muay Thai world and there will be a 2 million Baht side bet on the line when he takes on Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi.

Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang is another teenager making waves and he will be looking back to bounce back from his recent loss to Singdam when he takes on Watcharachai Rachanon.

Pornsaneh Sitmonchai doesn't win as many fights as he used to but he still gets more than his fair share of fight of the night awards and the first bout of the night, between him and Palangtip Nor Sripung, is bound to be entertaining.

There is also a big card in Phattalung the following night which will be headlined by Saketdao vs Peneak.

Petyindee Promotions, Lumpinee Stadium, July 6th

1: Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangtip Nor Sripung

2: Detsakda Sitsongpeenong vs Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym

3: Jaisuu Thor Thepsuthin vs Kwankhao Chor Ratchapatsaduisarn

4: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Yodkunpol Sitmonchai

5: Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang vs Watcharachai Rachanon

6: Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi

7: Petboonchu FA Group vs F16 Rachanon

8: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs NOng-O Gaiyanghaadao gym

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Photo of the Day: Buakaw to the Rescue

Buakaw Banchamek/Por. Pramuk (also known as Sombat Banchamek) is in a tough spot right now; unsure of when, if ever, he'll fight Muay Thai again due to his contract situation and suspension in Thailand. This being said, the reports coming out of Thailand are interesting, as there has been talk of him working on jiu-jitsu for a while now (not as serious as you might think, though), and recently his sponsor, Yokkao, has been publicly querying fans to see if Buakaw should go to GLORY or K-1 to fight again. Yes, he is suspended from boxing or thai boxing, but the athletic commission in Thailand, interestingly enough, does not cover Kickboxing or MMA. So if Buakaw does decide to stop fighting muay thai, Kickboxing is still an option for him.

He also has yet to keep a low profile amidst all of the mayhem, as he was recently photographed helping out a biker at a crash scene. Isn't he dreamy? When I first moved to Albuquerque about six years ago, I saw a guy on a motorcycle barrel into the bumper of a SUV, his tire getting stuck under it and him flipping over the handlebars. I promptly pulled my car over and along with the family from the SUV that he hit, help put a blanket underneath him and drag him (carefully) out from the middle of a busy I-25, before I ran back and rolled his [incredibly hot and kind of smashed up] bike to the side of the road. Nobody photographed me when this happened, but then again, I'm not Buakaw. Go figure.

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Contender Asia Veteran and Former Lumpinee Champion Naruepol Fairtex Joins Evolve MMA

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Evolve MMA announced yesterday that Naruepol Fairtex had become the latest top class Muay Thai fighter to join its impress stable of instructors. Already home to the largest collection of former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champions in the world the camp in Singapore is becoming something of a who's who of Muay Thai talent with Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Muangfalek Kiatvichian, Orono Wor Petchpun and Attachai Fairtex amongst the trainers and fighters based there full time.

Former WBA Super Featherweight Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong recently made the move into MMA and Orono is also expected to make his MMA debut later his year. Standing approximately 5'8" tall Naurepol has been competing consistently at around 155 lbs since taking part in the original series of Contender Asia in 2007 when he lost to team mate Yodsaenklai Fairtex in the quarter final.

Naruepol has held the Lumpinee Title and the Thailand title at 140 lbs and also appears to have held a Lumpinee belt at a lighter weight. Although he only fights ocasionally these days he is still in demand on the international scene and has beaten the likes of Marco Pique, Cedric Muller, Soren Mongtonkong and Vuyisile Colossa in recent years.

He was scheduled to fight Andy Souwer in Singapore earlier this year but that bout was cancelled at the last minute due to some concerns over the promoter's ability to pay the purses. Given his age, size and the fact that he is not fighting too regularly a move into MMA would make sense for him at this stage of his career.

One Muay Thai fighter unlikely to be having a change of career anytime soon is Buakaw Por Pramuk. He is very much in demand on the Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits and commands higher purses than any other Thai fighter. If he did want to compete in MMA he would need to spend years studying the other elements of the sport such as wrestling and BJJ and would still be unlikely to earn as much as he does at present.

His dispute with Por Pramuk over the percentage split of his future purses and appearance fees has not been settled but Buakaw is still able to command significant purses for relatively easy fights so there is no reason for him to retire. He is believed to also be considering an offer from Evolve MMA but is highly reluctant to leave Thailand where he recently set up his own camp, called the Banchamek Gym, in his native Surin.

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Long Awaited Nathan Corbett vs. Steve McKinnon Rematch Happening On Sept. 1

It's been a long time since Nathan Corbett and Steve McKinnon fought, back in 2006. "Carnage" won via cuts in that fight, and fans, particularly in Australia have been bugging for the rematch for years now. It's finally happening.

Nathan "Carnage" Corbett and Steve McKinnon will fight again on September 1 in Australia for Total Carnage Promotions, which made its debut in April with Corbett in the main event, beating Stephane Susperregui. Corbett and McKinnon are the top two in Australia and both top fighters in the world in Muay Thai at 95kg and that's what weight the fight is at.

There was a lot of controversy over the weight, with Corbett originally wanting to do it at 92.5kg. That received a lot of backlash from the Muay Thai community in Australia, so the weight was moved up to 95kg and the fight was agreed to. Corbett apparently walks around 95kg and is wanting to go a bit lower in weight to fight but he's out to prove everyone that was criticizing him for the choice of original weight wrong, and props to him for it.

Corbett is fighting on June 23 at Kings of Kombat 7 in Australia against Marc Adrian of Romania, while McKinnon fights in a few days on June 9 in Bangkok, Thailand against Frank Munoz.

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Big Card At Lumpinee On Friday, Feat. Saenchai, Penek And More

It's time for another huge show at Lumpinee Stadium with the world's best Muay Thai fighters on the card. This Friday, June 8, there will be a ton of belts on the line in various weight classes featuring the likes of Saenchai, Penek and Singdam, just to name a few.

In the main event, a real mega fight is taking place between Saenchai (known as Saenchai PKMuaythaigym now) and Penek Sitnumnoi. Saenchai is coming off a huge win in March where he dominated Sagetdao Phetphayathai, a top fighter who had given him tons of trouble in the past. Penek recently won the Fighter of the Year award in Thailand after he defeated Sam-A and ended his unbeaten streak with a clear cut unanimous decision victory. Saenchai has to come all the way down to 127.5lbs while Penek will have the weight advantage at 129.

Right under that fight is a fight for the vacant Lumpinee Lightweight title, between Singdam Kiatmoo9 and Wanchalerm Oodonmuang. Wanchalerm seemingly came out of nowhere in December when he defeated Pakorn Sakyothin (now Pakorn Baanpiaoom) and has been on a tear since, beating Sagetdao and Petboonchu with the only blemish being to his opponent on Friday, Singdam. Singdam's last fight saw him defeat Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, with vicious kicks. Speaking of Nong-O, he'll be fighting Petboonchu F.A. Group. Petboonchu really struggles with Nong-O, having been stopped three times by him.

One of the best up and comers in Thailand, and even one of the better fighters, Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai fights Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu with a one million baht bet wagering on the fight. For the vacant Lumpinee Bantamweight belt, Rattaket Teedet99 fights Nattachai Pran26. Wanchalong Sitzornong holds the Lumpinee belt at Super Flyweight (115lbs) and will be defending it against Choknamchai Sitjaagung. In the first fight it's another lower weight battle, between Superlek Wor Sangprapai and Palangpon Wacharachaigym.

Pentai Singpatong vs Superlek Wor Sangprapai

Wanchalong Sitsonong vs Choknamchai Sitjaagung (Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title)

Rattaket Teedet99 vs Nattachai Pran26 (Lumpinee Bantamweight Title)

Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu

Sagetdao Petpayathai vs Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym

Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs wanchalerm Ud-donmuang (Lumpinee Lightweight Title)

Saenchai PKMuaythaigym vs Penek Sitnumnoi 127.5-129 lbs

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