Peneak Sitnumnoi beat Sam A to win the Featherweight championships of both Lumpini and Thailand, putting him down for the count in round four on route to a dominant decision victory. Sam A had not lost a fight for well over a year and is widely regarded as the best pound for pound figther in the country at present but he was upstaged by the 22 year old.
Peneak, who trains at Sing Patong in Phuket, has a significant height advantage which Sam A struggled to get to grips with in the early rounds. The star man from the Petyindee stable was hanging in there until he was hit with a perfectly executed elbow in the fourth round which saw him take a count and even though he beat it he was left in need of a knock out.
To his credit Sam A pressed forward and tried to take the fight to his opponent with punches and elbows but Peneak was able to pick him off at will, landing a series of solid headkicks and another elbow which opened up an enormous gash on Sam A's forehead, to go with the cut he had already collected under his right eye.
After such an impressive win a fight with Saenchai seems like an obvious option for Peneak. This matchup had originally been set to take place earler this year but was cancelled amidst a general consensus that Peneak was not ready for such a test, after such a convincing win over Sam A this is an opinion which will probably be rapidly revised.
In the co main event Sam A's Petyindee team mate Nong O lost a razor thin decision to Singdam. It was the eighth time the two had met and Singdam levelled the score at four wins apiece with this victory. Nong O took round three but Singdam battled back to take the fourth and a lack of activity in the final round would ultimately cost Nong O the win, although there were many at ringside who would have given the decision the other way.
Ting Tong registered a win over the seasoned veteran Tong while F16's decline continues after he was convincingly beaten by another Petchyindee fighter, Yodthuanthong, who was a late replacement for Dejnarong. Saenchai's fight with Wanchalerm was cancelled after Wanchalerm suffered an ankle injury earlier in the week.
With this win Peneak overtakes Sam A as the favourite to win the prestigious Sports Writer's Fighter of the Year award which will be announced imminently.
Full results: (winners in bold)
Sam D Petchyindee Gym vs Rungruansak Lookromklao
Joolong Akebangsai vs Design Rachanon
Superlek Wor Sangprapai Choknamchai Sitjaagung
F16 Rachanon vs Yodthuanthong Petchyindee
Palangtip Nor Sripung vs Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai
Thong PuiD9D vs Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu
Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao Singdam Kiatmuu9
Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Penek Sitnumnoi