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Saketdao Petphayathai silences the Phattalung Crowd by Outpointing Hometown Hero Peneak Sitnumnoi

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An enormous crowd, estimated at around 10,000 people, gathered in Phattalung to witness hometown hero and reigning fighter of the year Peneak Sitnumnoi take on Saketdao Petphayathai on June 7th.

The top fighters don't venture outside of the Bangkok stadiums too often so this was a rare treat and it was standing room only as people from all over the South of Thailand travelled to see two of Thailand's top fighters go toe to toe.

After a nine fight undercard which showed that there is plenty of quality in the South of Thailand  to rival the dominance of more traditional Muay Thai strongholds such as Buriram the big fights got underway.

Up first was Sittisak Petchphyathai and Pechmongkol Thor Thepsutin in what proved to be a one sided fight with Sittisak's dominance in the clinch causing the referee to wave off the fight in the third round.

Chalongchai Kayradajraychai went up against King Wor Woypakdee next and after an uneventful first round the fight came to life in the second with Chalongchai connecting with straight punches and King firing back with kicks and elbows.

King looked to land more elbows and was more aggressive in the third but Chalongchai controlled the ring and swept him repeatedly to take the lead. In rounds four and five King was continually the aggressor but Chalongchai was able to frustrate him by knocking him off balance time and time again to cruise to a comfortable decision win.

Chalongchik Kayradajraychai faced Saneam Or Wan in a well matched affair which saw Saneam start to land solid body kicks in the second round which Chalongchik answered with some quickfire combinations of punches and low kicks. In round three the fighters matched each other kick for kick while the following round saw Saneam land some straight knees although Chalongchik did manage to dump him on the ground a couple of times.

Going into the final round Chalongchik was offered a 50,000 Baht tip to turn the fight around and he did just that, sweeping Saneam and upsetting his balance a few more times before standing off and taking his chances with the judges who all felt he had done enough to win the fight and take home the extra 50,000 in the process.

The final three fights all provided outstanding entertainment with the rematch between Pentai Sitnumnoi and Palongphon Watcharachaigym probably the highlight of the night. Pentai was knocked out the first time these two fought but he looked to be the sharper and stronger of the two fighters in the opening rounds.

Penthai was pressing forward and landing punches and body kicks as well as solid looking low kicks to the lead leg of his southpaw opponent but towards the end of round two Palangphon began to come to life and answered back with a big body kick of his own right on the bell.

The action intensified at the start of the third round with Penthai getting the better of the early exhanges but Palongphon came back strongly and spun him off balance before landing an eye catching kick. Sensing he was behind Penthai started the fourth round fast backing Palongphon up and looking to land punches as, for the first time in the fight, Palongphon began to utilize his elbows.

Penthai fired back with some strikes of his own and a left elbow cut Palongphon above the rigth eye. The younger fighter appeared to be in the ascendancy but towards the end of the round Palongphon seized the initiative again by sweeping Penthai and then taking advantage of his opponent's momentary loss of balance to land a kick which knocked him to the floor.

A 50,000 tip was offered to Penthai if he cound turn the fight around and he surged forward in the final round looking to hurt Palongphon with punches. A few ot them got through and a head kick also appeared to land clean but Palongphon laughed it off and continued to cover up and counter with the ocassional body kick to take a decision win and with it the WPMF flyweight belt.

Wanchalerm Chor.Chernkamon vs Seksun Or.Kwanmuang was another fun fight although it didn't last long. Wanchalerm looked to land left hooks in the opening round but Seksun's high guard prevented any of them from getting through, the second started fast as both exchanged punches and a head kick from Wanchalerm landed flush but Seksun just shook it off.

A big right hand from Seksun rocked Wanchalerm who tried to cover up but sensing blood Seksun moved in for the kill and threw a combination of vicious punches that put Wanchalerm down for a count which he never looked like beating. It set the scene nicely for the final fight of the night and the one which the majority of spectators in attendance were most interested in.

Peneak became the first fighter in a year to defeat the seemingly invincible Sam-A Gaiyanghadao earlier this year and the win was enough to secure him the coveted fighter of the year award. He currently holds the Featherweight titles of Thailand and Lumpini Stadium and the Super Featherweight title at the Channel 7 stadium and people in Phattalung are understandably proud of him.

He had to weigh in with a full stomach in order to get up to 130 lbs and Saketdao looked to have a significant size advantage. In the first two rounds Peneak boxed beautifully, hammering away at Saketdao's left leg with low kicks and looking very confident as he fired in combinations of straight punches and easily evaded Saketdao's attempted body kicks.

In round three Saketdao came out with a solid left body kick right from the bell and looked to use his size and strength in the clinch. Peneak coped admirably with the onslaught but Saketdao was overwhelming him and by the end of the round the local fighter was being offered 50,000 baht to turn the fight around.

It was more of the same in the fourth as Saketdao landed the cleaner knees in the clinch and emphasized his dominance by throwing Peneak to the ground  a few times. At the end of the round Peneak was offered another 100,000 baht by the increasingly desperate gamblers who had backed him and he did mount a comeback of sorts, cutting Saketdao above the eye with an elbow.

Peneak felt he had done enough to claw his way back into the lead and somewhat optimistically sat back looking to take his chances with the judges but, to the displeasure of the majority of the crowd, all three did the right thing and correctly awarded the fight to Saketdao.

Another show is scheduled to take place in Phattalung on August 11th with a possible fight between Peneak and Petboonchu FA Group in the works. It was his second successive defeat after dropping a decision to Saenchai Sor Kingstar but Peneak is still one of the top fighters in Thailand and evidently a huge draw in his hometown of Phattalung.

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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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