Kem is one of the superstar names of Thailand Muay Thai who started fighting international competition, and thus became one of the more famous Thai names. Many would favour him in a bout with the likes of Saiyok, Buakaw and Sudsakorn, and some consider him the best (in the “who would win” sense) of all the Thais that are fortunate enough to have graduated from the elite level in Bangkok to being able to fight lesser (foreign) opponents for more money abroad.
Kem was the name most commonly thrown at the more ardent Saiyok fans during the latter’s five-year unbeaten streak – more so than Buakaw, Sudsakorn, Singmanee, Sittichai
And the overwhelming favourite to pick up gold just lost to Vitaly Gurkov at the IFMA World Championships in St Petersburg, Russia – albeit to a multiple time world amateur Muay Thai champion, but nothing on Kem’s résumé. This is Kem we’re talking about.
Kem was representing Team Thailand in Russia, and – while showing his opponent the ultimate respect – has vowed to qualify for the World Combat Games in order to avenge this loss. Time will tell.
Kem, you do not suit K-1, and you haven’t shone at the IFMA. Go back to looking monstrous in FTR professional Muay Thai, fighting Thais and farang alike, and remind us of the guy from last year who violently stopped Nopparat (2x) and Kongjak, and who decisioned Fabio Pinca in fine manner. You da man – show us again.