Saenchai the best pound for pound
The "diamond" fighter Saenchai PK (Sor Kingstar) showed why he's regarded as the best pound-for-pound Muay Thai champion when he outclassed the "Black Lion" Singdam Kiatmoo 9 at Rajadamnern last Thursday.
- Published: 7/10/2012 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: news
Saenchai PK proved too tough for Singdam Kiatmoo 9 on Thursday, dominating the match-up at Rajadamnern.
Rajadamnern closed the entry gates after all seats and standing room were filled to capacity _ and the fans inside weren't disappointed when Saenchai shone at his freewheeling best.
Saenchai had to overcome a strong second round by Singdam, who scored with powerful right kicks, but from then on dominated with low leg and body kicks and went on to easily win one of the great match-ups, without having to use his punch power or elbows.
On the same card, the great grappler Petboonchu FA Group looked all but beaten in the third round when a hard elbow strike by adventurous Nong-O Kaiyanghadao had him down on the canvas. But in an amazing two final rounds of courage Petboonchu ferociously fought back with powerful knee strikes to win by points.
Unfortunately the Somluck Kamsing-Yodwanpadet (Suwanvijit) Kaiyanghadao "legends" showdown didn't live up the pre-fight hype when the ring doctor and referee called off the contest in the third round on safety grounds after Somluck landed three elbows strikes.
Another rivalry fight has been lined up with Yodsaenklai Fairtex scheduled to take on Kem Sitsongpeenong in Pattaya this December. Both fighters have busy international calendars.
Yodsaenklai is the WBC and Asia Contender champion and Kem is the WBC and Thai Fight champion in a weight division lower than Yodsaenklai.
Both fighters have agreed to fight a catchweight between the super welter and middleweight divisions.
Meanwhile, Las Vegas boxing promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao has been booked to fight at MGM Grand on Dec 8 for the fourth time against Juan Manuel Marquez.
The fight is virtually a mandatory match-up, as most observers believed Pacquiao, 33, was wrongly awarded a majority points decision against Marquez _ his long-time Mexican rival.
In their previous fights, the pair fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao just lasted for a one-point split decision in March 2008.
Arum also confirmed that after meeting Marquez he will again step into the ring next April for what could be his final fight.
And even though Pacquiao is willing to concede a 55 per cent purse to Floyd Mayweather Jr, promoter Arum has cautioned fans and the media that the long-awaited fight between the two greatest fighters of the current era is still far from being finalised.
April 20 is the date being mooted for the richest fight in boxing history as it fits in with Congressman Pacquiao's next Philippines election's agenda.
About the author
- Writer: Patrick Cusick
- Position: Reporter