THAI FIGHT 2012 SEMI FINALS from Korat, Issan.
Thai Fight is progressing with the semis happening last night (25th) in Korat in Issan that great famed hotbed of ATG Thai fighters. No big upsets here, just happy times if you’re a fan of Thai fighters kicking non Thai tail.
Buakaw, Singmanee, Sudsakorn & Iquezang, the Thais on the night all easily dominating their bouts. Iquezang putting on the fun performance of the night for me the way he toyed and played in a Somrak/Samart type way with the hopelessly outclassed Italian (poor fella
On a lot of other forums and sites the last day or so people have been slamming Thai Fight a bit for the way the Thais are so easily dominating everytime and how Buakaw “is getting force fed easy fights”.
Well I don’t see it that way, sure we’d all love the see Buakaw fight some more credible opponents in the swansong of his career but the opposition just ain’t out there and he’s become a Thai superstar to boot. People talk like there is this giant pool of top tier Western MT fighters out there that can hold their own with the best Thailand have to offer, but the truth is there are only a handful, with most now contracted under other banners like kickboxing promotions Glory & K-1 etc. where the paydays are better and the night less stressful not having to get fed to Thais every fight. The other issue people are missing is Thai Fight is not hardcore Muay Thai at its best, never was, never will be and was never supposed to be, you’ve got Raja and Lumpinee for that. Thai Fight is just a bit of fun where Thais “do battle” with foreigners, infront of casual Thai fans who go home happy full of national pride having been reminded they are still the topdogs in their own national sport, plain & simple. Remember for the Thai fighters who are fighting late in their careers, these fights ain’t serious, they’re fighting comparative novices, it’s their playtime, so just relax and enjoy the show………..
67 KG Tournament
Singmanee Kaewsamrit (Thailand) vs Mehdi Zatout (France)
It was probably the most competative bout that invloved a Thai. Mehdi was fiery and brave but outclassed and Singmanee never really had to do too much and foolishly relaxed in the 3rd. Credit to the Frenchman for trying put some fire in the fight all the way to the final bell, but he just didn’t have anywhere near the skills…..
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) vs Adaylton Pareira De Frettas (Brazil)
I can understand why Adaylton felt he won that one with all the throws, but the truth is Andrei is the better more solid fighter although he didn’t really show it til the 3rd. I wish the Belarusian had opened the bout the way he opened the 3rd, would’ve been a much more entertaining fight. He was way too tentative, probably more comfortable with the traditional 5 round distance as opposed to just the 3. I think it’s safe to say Singmanee ain’t gonna lose any sleep the night before the final!
70 KG Tournament
Buakaw Por Pramuk (Thailand) vs Nishikawa Tomoyuki (Japan)
Bad quality sushi for dinner! The great one makes it look oh so easy ……again and again and again etc. I know, we all wanna see the great one in more wars, but he can only destroy what’s put infront of him. Nishikawa although hopelessly out classed and out gunned in every department was tough, hearty and durable, he managed to stay in there til the end which demands some respect. Remember Buakaw’s last two Thai Fight opponents didn’t last the 3 rounds…..
Vital Hurkou (Belarus) vs Antero Hynynen (Finland)
Vitaly Hurkov def. Antero Hynynen via Decision (Can’t find any VDO of this so don’t know how it went down).
Other fights on the card:
Sudsakorn Sor.Klinmee vs Mohammad Hossein Doroudian 70Kg
What can one say, but it’s just oooooooooh soooooooooo easy……..peach of an elbow!
The Iranian never stood a chance, terrible match making.
Iquezang Kor.Rungthanakeat VS Cecchini Simone 67Kg (FUN FIGHT OF THE NIGHT)
Gotta love Iquezang’s utter contempt for the abilities farang fighters, LOL what a showboat, maybe we’ve found the new Ramba Somdet!!!
You gotta remember tourneys like this one are relaxed pure playtime for the Thais. Although outclassed the Italian looked to be a well-schooled fighter and you gotta give him some credit for getting out of that 1st round without any damage or cuts considering the amount of elbows that were flying in, plus that was a classy grab and sweep he put on the over confident Thai.