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Pinsiam Amnuaysirichok vs Arashi Fujihara 2009

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Pinsiam Amnuaysirichok is a former champion of Lumpini who fights out of Saengmorakot gym in Bangkok. This is the first footage I've seen of him, and I am impressed. Of course, it takes impressive skills to win belts at Lumpini and Omnoi, as well as an Isuzu tournament and Lumpini's fighter of Year '04, all of which Pinsiam did, according to the Saengmorakot website and No Contest Boxing.

His opponent, Arashi Fujiwara, is a Japanese kickboxer who fights for the AJKF. He seems quite used to fighting Muay Thai rules and his style reflects as much. Fujiwara fights as a southpaw in this bout and shows a solid power base from the stance.

This bout goes down at 55kg, 122 lb bantamweight. Fujiwara wears red shorts and Pinsiam blue.

Pinsiam vs Fujiwara

Thanks to cripcrip13 for the video. The single most impressive thing about Pinsiam's performance was maybe his control of range. The first round sees him picking off his opponent with jabs, right kicks, and teeps, while staying just beyond Fujiwara's attacks. His sense of timing and distance were such that his slightly open boxing technique, particularly his jab, didn't end up landing him in trouble. He only stayed consistently in the pocket after hurting Fujiwara with a long cross in the second round.

In retrospect, it seems the whole fight was building up to that cross, with Pinsiam establishing an increasing grip on Fujiwara's distance and movement. Fujiwara never really recovers from the first right hand and is saved by the bell after being dropped again by a left hook. Pinsiam's loopy, but effective, boxing finishes off Fujiwara at the start of the third. Pinsiam stands in front of his dazed opponent, throwing shots cranked to 110% power, but Fujiwara is hardly in a state to counter. The counter game this fight belongs entirely to Pinsiam, who timed his opponent well with teeps to disrupt balance, tricky right kicks, and repeated use of a deft right cross.

Fujiwara, despite showing solid technique, was able to get through very little apart from a few punches and low kicks, with Pinsiam's height and footwork making his task of getting inside a monumental one.

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