The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.
Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.
Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.
The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.
Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.
It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.
Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.
The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.
It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.
However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.
Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.