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Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs Giorgio Petrosyan 2011

  • Written by Dave Walsh

Remember that event about a month ago where Sudsakorn fought Petrosyan two weeks after fighting Kem Sitsongpeenong? I remember. I also remember trawling the internet for video. Well, I found it and am here to share.

Sudsakorn is in the blue gloves, and comes out in the pink afro, and Petrosyan wears red gloves, and comes out in his normal hair.

Note that Sudsakorn's January 15 bout in Thailand against Kem was at 67 kg. This fight is at 70 kg, which is Petrosyan's weight class. Reports are that Sudsakorn weighed in between 67 and 68 kg, while Petrosyan weighed in just shy of 70, presumably putting on 5 or so kg after weigh-ins.

Thank you, skersand, for the upload.

I have to say, this was much more competitive than I thought it was going to be. There were reports of Petrosyan sporting an injured left hand, yes, but Sudsakorn was coming off a hard fight against Kem that was close enough to limit his training camp and was also giving up 5 or more kilos (12 + lbs). Also, with the way that Petrosyan shut down Kem after the first round of their fight, I thought Sudsakorn would have at least as much trouble.

Well, Sudsakorn proved me wrong for at least the first two rounds. He successfully implemented a counter game against Petrosyan, which was a treat to watch. His speed and length might have made the difference, as well as his experience under kickboxing rules like K-1 and It's Showtime. Kem's fight against Petrosyan was his first under kickboxing rules and he showed a trepidation going into the clinch, for instance, that Sudsakorn does not.

Petrosyan looks unstoppable against most competition, but he looked beatable against Sudsakorn. Perhaps, he was slowed down by an injury, but he certainly didn't look like his usual precise, lightning quick self. Sudsakorn was able to dodge his punches quite regularly, though Petro's leg kick to the rear leg really looked to be getting through.

He took over the match toward the end of the second when Sudsakorn, either hurt or gassed, stopped offering much in the way of offense, beside knees in the clinch. His knees looked strong, but didn't seem to cause much damage to Petrosyan and I think the decision went clearly to Petro. That said, I would very much like to see them rematch after proper rest and training camps.

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