Two days of fists and feet.
Tonight at the Lumpinee Stadium, in a fight between not only two of the best but two of the most amusingly named Thais (to the western ear) in the country, as Thong (pronounced Tong) outpoints Tingtong (which is not only the name of the fat Chinese stereotype in Little Britain, but also translates as “crazy” in Thai) in a split decision victory to retain the Thailand Super-Bantamweight (122lbs) title.
This is a separate title from either national stadium, the Rajadamnern or Lumpinee. It is also the only title that can rank alongside those two as “national” titles that basically equate to world champion status.
Fan favourite (and the biggest “K-1″ stylist in Thailand Muay Thai) Pornsaneh lost a typically thrilling battle on points to Palangtip.
Tomorrow, Sportswriters Fighter of the Year Penek (Pen-ake) Sitnumnoi of Phuket’s Singpatong Gym will take on fellow Lumpinee Stadium titan, former lightweight champion Sagetdao. The fight will take place in Phattalung, which is Penek’s hometown, in southern Thailand on the Malay Peninsula.
Tonight, Phuket Top Team coach and Nak Muay Kay, and 16-yr old youngster Yod-Team will compete in one of Phuket’s older stadiums with a correspondingly old-school feel, Suwit. Unlike the two stadiums in Patong, Bangla & Patong Stadium, Suwit hosts cards that predominantly feature young talent. Stay tuned to see how Top Team’s young talent get on!
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