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In My Opinion: Thailand's Top 10

This is a not an official P4P list from any stadiums, or groups in Thailand. Just my personal opinion on who are the 10 best Muay Thai fighters in Thailand. 

 

1. Saenchai SinbiMuayThai: Saenchai has been the P4P king of Muay Thai for years. Every now and then he'll be defeated, and at an age where most Thai's are washed up you have to think his time is coming to an end. However, time after time he bounces back with a classic performance. He showed that in his most recent fight where he beat Kongsak Sitboonme. He'll look to keep the train rolling when he once again fights Petchboonchu FA Group on August 2nd. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL0bH8Xf1NQ

2. Kongsak Sitboonme: Prior to the loss against Saenchai, Kongsak was on an insane winning streak. In just over a year he piled up a 10-0-1 record against some of the best fighters in Thailand. The lone draw he got on the winning streak was a highly controversial one to Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym. He will also be featured on the same August 2nd card against another hot fighter, F16 Rajonont.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMWDjT6Ca-8

3. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym: The model of consistency. Sam-A has been a top Nak Muay for many years. He's fought every named fighter that is relatively close to him in weight. He too is on the big August 2nd card against the much bigger Lekklar Thanasukarn who is coming off a knockout win over legend Wuttidet Lukprabart. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8-G8CD7sCQ

4. Pakon Sakyothin: Earlier this year he lost to Kongsak in a big fight that was to determine the fighter of the year. Pakon has been a multiple weight champion, and is one of the most talented fighters, and a bit of a throw back to the early 90's. Here is his unforgettable classic with Ponsaneh Sitmonchai. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfsDtJ5pD5Q

5. Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym: Despite losing 6 fights in a row its tough to not put Nong-O on this list. Among those losses were a bogus decision to Saenchai, two very close fights with Jomthong Chuwattana, a close fight with Kongsak, and a pair of losses to larger fighters in F16 Rajonont, and Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Prior to the losing streak he was on a very impressive run, and has been the 2nd most consistent fighter in the last 6 or 7 years, only behind Saenchai. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XLBTmOYzyA

6. Singdam Kiatmuu9: Singdam is also a very consistent fighter. Known for his powerful right leg, and a solid clinch game he's been a prominent fighter for over a decade. In 2002 he won the fighter of the year award, and in 2004 he was one win away from winning it again, but was knocked out by Anuwat Kaewsamrit. He's coming off a loss to Petchboonchu FA Group, but will have a fight on the August 2nd card against Sagetdao Petpaiyathai, a fighter he's already beaten this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qkr6RfZEBc

7. Chokpreecha Kor. Sakooncher: Some aren't as high on this 115 killer as I am. He gets knocked for not having a large skill set, but I think his talents are more prevalent than people think. He does fall behind in fights and relies on his 1 punch KO to comeback. However he does have some points victories over top fighters at his weight. But it is his KO power that gets him most of his victories. Something like 7 of his last 10 wins have been by knockout. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj7156dFbTc

8. Jomthong Chuwattana: Jomthong was a bit of a phenom. In 2006, at just 16 years old he won fighter of the year. Since then he's been on a bit of a roller coaster, with some ups and downs. Most recently though, he's been fighting very well. His next fight will be this Thursday at Rajadamnern against Phetaik Aizbangzai. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgbnaoBpk_Y

9. Nuangthep Eminentair: Nuangthep is a bit of a bully at 115 pounds, but he's a winner. He also has a big win over a Ponsawan Lukprabart, and a few other elite fighters at 118 pounds. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTFVnyJeP9U

10. Penaik Sitnumnoi: Penaik is a very strong clinch fighter, with a good supporting cast of weapons. He's come close to fighter of the year on several occasions in the past, but just couldn't get the big win when he needed it. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ycP-0gbLA


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Saenchai Sinbimuaythai is the most recognizable fighter in Muay Thai today, and has been for the last several years. It's not common at all to see a fighter who is 30 with nearly 300 fights still being considered one of the best, if not the best in Thailand. His clever style, and ability to avoid big shots has allowed him to be a pro fighter for 20 years, and a top Stadium fighter for 15 years. Throughout his career he has fought the best fighters in the country on a regular basis, even if it meant moving up several weight classes to do so. Just a little over a week ago he traveled to Australia and defeated Kurt Finlayson by decision at a weight of 140 pounds. Now, this Thursday he's shedding a dozen pounds to fight at 128 against the hottest fighter in the sport, Kongsak Sitboonmee. 

Kongsak is 10-0-1 in his last 11 fights, and all of those opponents were of the highest level. He's just in his early 20's, but like Saenchai, has been fighting since he was 10 or so years old. He brings a typical Thai style to the ring, but has an ungodly left kick. One of the best game changing left kicks I've seen since Samkor Kiatmonthep. 

This will be Kongsak's fight to lose. Like I mentioned earlier, Saenchai will have to suck a lot of water out of his body to make weight. Saenchai is also coming off an illness, and a knee injury that may be more serious than we know. Add that to the fact that Kongsak is tearing things up right now, and it leaves me to believe Kongsak will win a decision after butchering Saenchai with his left kick late in the fight. 

This fight is one of the reasons why Muay Thai is so great. When 2 fighters are of similar weight, the fight more times than not gets made, and gets made quickly. They agree to the catch weight and a few weeks later they're in the ring fighting. The purse each fighter will receive is nothing like what a big time MMA fighter, or boxer would get. But, this is THE fight in Muay Thai. It's Thai boxing's GSP/Silva, or Pacquiao/Mayweather. However, no dreaming or pondering here, its actually happening. 

Aside from the main event this entire card is quite stacked. The event will take place at Rajadamnern Stadium, one of two elite boxing stadiums in Thailand, the other being Lumpini Stadium. The man who just beat Saenchai last month, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai will once again be matched up with Petchboonchu FA Group. They've each beaten each other in the past, with the most recent fight happening earlier this year where Sagetdao took a points win. I expect the same thing to happen this time around. Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym looks to end a 5 fight fight losing streak when he squares off against F16 Rajonont. This fight will have a 600,000 baht side bet between the 2 and there camps. Its a good fight for Nong-O, and I expect the losing streak to end. Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym, Kaotam Lookprabahrt, an Singdam Kiatmuu9 are also in action. 

 

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