Thailand vs. Asia 2012, a continuation of the Thailand vs. Challengers series, went down last week in Malaysia. Featured on the card were some pretty good match-ups, including Pechumpholl vs. Ali Yaakob, Leo Monteiro vs. Jom Kitti, and Armin Pumpanmuang vs. Faizal Ramli.
In the night’s main event, Armin Pumpanmuang, considered one of the most promising Thai’s at 70 kg, dominated Faizal Ramli, a hometown favorite, in a lopsided decision victory. This was an interesting fight on paper as Armin was coming off a very poor performance against Raphaël Llodra in September. However, Ramli didn’t seem to have an answer for anything Armin threw at him and spent most of the match complaining about the ring.
In the event’s lone superfight, Leo Monteiro dropped a decision to Jom Kitti. Leo, who was originally supposed to take on Tetsuya Yamato in September, couldn’t find a home for most of his punches or body kicks. Jom used his experience to outlast the taller Brazilian, staying against the ropes for the majority of the rounds, nullifying Monteiro’s attacks and dominating the clinch.
Ali Yaakob contributed the lone win for Asia against Petchumpholl. Ali clearly had the better cardio of the two and outworked the Thai with quick leg-kicks en-route to a decision victory. Yaakob is considered one of the best at 55 kg in Asia, and I would like to see him take the step up to 60 kg. He might be someone to look out for in the future.
Full Event Results
Yaya def. Kudin by TKO in Round 2.
Changpuek def. Liu Xiang Ming by KO in Round 2.
Ali Yaakob def. Pechumpholl by decision.
Madsua def. Mostafa Abdollahi by decision.
Jom Kitti def. Leo Monteiro by decision.
Armin Pumpanmuang def. Faizal Ramli by decision.