Originally Posted by yaca you
I havent seen this fight before either. I really enjoy watching Ole Kiatoneway fight, but this was very one sided. Ole is the bigger faster stronger man and it showed. in the 4th round their was a point where ole and Karuhat clinched up and Ole just threw him to the ground with ease... Karuhat was just too small.
Karuhat was pretty sneaky tying to set up those highkicks early, but later he seemed to be resigned to losing. Ole came on strong with punching combos there in the fifth round.
the announcer was interesting havent seen this before in a Mauythai fight. Did he really read the scorecards and announce the winner like they do in boxing?
Anyway Stormy thanks for the post, dont want to sound negitve but Karuhat just didnt seem to have a chance here. He seemed slow and old. Does anybody have some info on this fight?
Originally Posted by stormy0
I don't know anything about the fight card, although looking at them, this looks like from when they're both a little older/into their careers, respectively.
I watched it and think the same thing. Ole just outclassed him. I'd never seen Karuhat look that cautious and tense. Every other fight I've seen him in, he's super relaxed, comfortable and confident.
I think Ole was more in damage control mode, not looking to put a hurt on Karuhat, just win the bout comfortably.
This event happened in Auckland, New Zealand and was shown live in Thailand on channel 9 probabaly with Army or Governmant backing. Notice the big wig general putting the belt on Ole with Yodthong. At the time Thailand was busy building itself up as a top notch tourist destination and never missed a chance to showcase elements of it's culture abroad whehter it be food, Buddhism or Muay Thai. Notice the guys wearing the Mita shorts often worn by Thais representing thier country abroad around then, remember all those great fights in Holland? If you're standing in fornt of a Thai in the those silver shorts......
Good fight eyes fellas, both of your assesments of Karuhat are on the money. In thier last meeting at 105 (this was at 115) Karuhat had dominated the 4th and 5th to win the fight, so something was definatly up in this fight. The commentators mention how he was stuggling with the height and reach of Ole as well as Ole being a more rounded fighter since thier last encounter, however I think the real answers to your observations have something to do with.....
Notice how he has a shaved head and lack of eybrows, well he'd just come out of a monastry where he'd been on retreat as a monk after his uncle died, so probabaly hadn't been training to hard, notice how soft he looks. As you say he was easily thrown around by Ole, Karuhat had no strength, power or stamina....Well that morning at the weigh in Karuhat was 2 kilos over and had to drain himself to make weight, so a possible explanation.
Shows you what a monster Ole must have been at cutting weight.