Dos muy grandé guerras a venir pronto, con quatro campeones!
Two super-fights headline a card stacked with top Thai talent, to take place in the Rajadamnern Stadium and featuring the best talent in the land (a plus for those who, like myself when in Bangkok, choose Khao San as their stopoff point; unlike the Lumpinee, the Raja is five minutes walk away and fitted with air con. I don’t mind the Lumpinee sweat – in fact I love that place – but it’s always a plus being able to drag along a few backpacker lasses with you for the night’s fun eh? Cheeky Khao San specials, tu sabes lo que yo decir!)
The fights – both rematches – pit the arguably two pound-for-pound best guys in the sport together, and the Fighter of the Year against the previous incumbent of that award who he took it from with a victory this year, respectively.
- Singdam vs. Saenchai
(Lumpinee champion & p4p vs. former Lumpinee champion & current WBC and WPMF world champion & p4p)
- Sam-A vs. Penek
(2011 Fighter of the Year & former Lumpinee champion vs. 2012 Fighter of the Year & Lumpinee & Omnoi champion)
Whoomp – der it is.
Other bouts on the card include Sagetdao’s return – the big man who lost his Lumpinee title to Saenchai in their sixth scrap, but then embarked on a run of form toppling the newly awarded Sportswriters Fighter of the Year Penek by decision in their Phattalung fight, capturing WPMF gold along the way, and also in defending his WBC world title and beating Petchboonchu FA Group (who just avenged that loss, putting another loss on Sagetdao’s incredibly mixed record of fighting the best guys in the sport on a consistent basis).
He will take on Thongchai at 135lbs.
- Sagetdao vs. Thongchai
Petchboonchu makes an appearance – the man who just avenged his own earlier loss to Sagetdao. Thank God the Petch/Penek fight didn’t materialise on this card – it circles overhead, with every card that both men fight on. Hopefully Penek gets back in the wins column (after dropping his post-FOTY award bouts to p4p stars and bigger men Saenchai & Sagetdao) and we never have to see Petch outclinch, dump and throw Penek in an ugly manner to win by decision. Fingers crossed.
He will rematch former Fighter of the Year & Lumpinee champion Nong-O, another stellar addition to this stacked card. Nong-O is acquainted with almost everyone on this card, with multiple fights against Sagetdao, Sam-A, Petchboonchu, Saenchai and Singdam alike, along with most of the other top names of recent years. He holds wins over Petchboonchu, Sam-A, Singdam, Saenchai, Pakorn, Sagetdao and many more, and even though he lost his last fight to Singdam by decision, he has beaten Petchboonchu, F-16 and Singdam twice in the last two and a half years alone. He’s still at the top level.
- Nong-O vs. Petchboonchu FA Group
Singpatong Gym’s French Lumpinee Stadium champion Damien Alamos will make an appearance, taking on top name Diesel Lek in a big super-fight. The men have fought before – fittingly, on this card of rematches;
- Damien Alamos vs. Diesel Lek
(Current Lumpinee champion vs. Lumpinee ranked top 10)
This card will take place on the 4th October.
Just to recap, it features the following names, ALL of whom are still absolute crème de la crème top talent in Thailand Muay Thai, in Bangkok and at the Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums:
- Petchboonchu FA Group
- Damien Alamos
- Diesel Lek
This could well be the most stacked card of the year, possibly even more so than the Thai Fight UK card with Buakaw, Saiyok, Singmanee, Sudsakorn and the rest. Those guys are great – this right here is the BEST of BANGKOK right now, the current elites of the national stadiums.
And they’re all on the same card. Boom boom boom, a lemme hear ya say way-oh!
Should be fun.