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Singdam Kiatmoo 9 and Yodkhunphol Sitmonchai with Big KO Wins at Lumpini Stadium

singdam_smallSingdam Kiatmoo 9 easily retained his Lumpini lightweight title after stopping Watcharachai Rajanon, a replacement for the unwell Nong-O Gaiyegandao, with a quick combination of punches in the third round in the main event at Lumpini Stadium tonight.

The bout between Petboonchu FA Group and F16 Rajanon was called off after someone supposedly spiked Petboonchu's drink during the day, causing him to fall ill.

The fight between Panonrunglek Kiatmoo 9 and Wanchalong Sitsonong was also postponed but it was still an exciting night of fights with the biggest story being two incredibly ill advised bets of around 3.7 million Baht (approx 120,000 USD) placed by people connected to Somrak Sor Khamsing's camp on Jaisoo Thor Thepsutin.

Jaisoo is only 17 and relatively inexperienced with just 55 fights under his belt but a variety of backers still felt sufficiently confident to back him heavily against Yodkhunpol Sitmonchai.

Their confidence proved to be catastrophically missplaced as Yodkhunpol, who was shorter but looked much stronger, blew him away in under a roundwith a barrage of punches.

There was a more modest 1.8 million Baht bet riding on the fight between Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi and Petpanomrung Kiatmoo 9 in what was another entertaining affair.

Petpanomrung was slightly the busier in the clinch during the third round and appeared to be edging it but Pokaew came out on the front foot in round four and walked the teenager down, although he was also on the receiving end of some sharp countering kicks. It was enough to give Pokaew a lead on the scorecards to defend in the final round which he did with relative ease to take a clear cut decision victory.

There was nothing easy about Palangtip Nor Sripung's decision win over the always aggressive Ponsaneh Sitmonchai. After having been knocked out by elbows from Palangtip twice in previous meetings Ponsaneh started a little slower than normal, only attacking in flurries rather than mounting the sort of full on onslaught for which he is renowned.

That all changed when Palangtip dropped him with an elbow early in the third round. Ponsaneh lept to his feet instantly, giving the referee no chance to instigate a count, and with blood pouring down his face went into what can only be described as 'full on beast mode' walking Palangtip down and throwing haymaker after haymaker.

It was a truly memorable round which ignited the crowd and Ponsaneh came out stong again in the fourth, although the action was paused briefly while the doctor took a close look at the cut above his left eyebrow. Palangtip was firmly on the back foot by this stage but he continued to counter effectively with body kicks and the ocassional elbow.

In the final round of what had been a thrilling fight Ponsaneh stopped coming forward and looked to defend his lead, but boxing defensively is not his strength and Palangtip was able to mount a fight back by taking advantage of his opponent's inactivity to fire off knees and right kicks. It was sufficiently close for both fighters to stand off in the dying seconds but despite a heroic effort from Ponsaneh the judges went with Palangtip.

Tong Puidandee successfuly defended his Lumpini Super Bantamweight title against Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu after starting fast and establishing a lead which he was able to hold onto but only just. In the third round they matched each other kick for kick and Ting Tong looked strong early in the fourth but faded as Tong began to score with multiple knees.

Sensing he was behind Ting Tong was the aggressor in the final round, sweeping Tong off his feet a couple of times and surging forward. Tong was confident he had done enough to win and decided to back off, it was sufficiently close that bets were still being placed after the final bell but two of the three judges gave the nod to the defending champion.

Even more controversial was the decision in the fight between Detsakda Sitsongpeenong and Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym. Detsakda controlled the first two rounds and cut Rungpet with an elbow. In round three Detsakda continued to use his elbows to good effect in the clinch but Rungpet began to score with some knees.

By this stage Rungpet was cut in two places but he kept coming forward and hammering away at Detsakda's mid section with knees which were eye catching, if not always effective. When the bell rang both fighters celebrated but the judges were divided with one scoring the fight to Detsakda another giving it to Rungpet, which was not popular with the crowd, and the third sitting on the fence to render it a draw.

Results:

Pechsila Kiatmoo9 vs Dannua Sitbandon
Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangtip Nor Sripung
Detsakda Sitsongpeenong vs Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym (draw)
Jaisoo Thor Thepsuthin vs Yodkunpol Sitmonchai (KO round one)
Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Tong Puidandee
Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi
Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs Watcharachai Rachanon (KO round 3)

winners in bold, decision unless stated otherwise

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Artem Levin vs. Steven Wakeling On Saturday In England

LiverKick's #1 ranked light heavyweight, Artem Levin has been pretty quiet this year, having to pull out of his fight on June 9 in Bangkok but on Saturday in England he'll be in action against a very formidable opponent.

Levin is facing Steven Wakeling at Xplosion Fight Series, an event organized by It's Showtime commentator and also a fighter, Kieran Keddle. The fight will be five rounds of three minutes and under full Muay Thai rules.

Wakeling hasn't fought a lot recently (apparently he's had trouble finding opponents to fight) but is a very good fighter and holds a win over John Wayne Parr. Most of his career has been at lower weights than this fight, which is at 79.3kg(175lbs).

Artem Levin is the current It's Showtime 77MAX World Champion, defeating L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni for the title at the end of 2010 and defending it against Murthel Groenhart last year. Levin did stay busy in April, by winning the IFMA European Muay Thai Championships at 81kg. His only professional fight and win of the year so far was against Cheick Sidibe back in March.

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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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