THAI FIGHT-2011

06/02/2012


The new Muay Thai juggernaught promotion THAI FIGHT has concluded its second year of operation with champions in 2 weight classes. Preliminary events were held in Hong Kong and Japan with deciders held in native Thailand, pitting some of the worlds best Muay Thai fighters against each other in eliminators held each 4-6 weeks . Despite delays for the final event due to the country’s major floods, each show drew massive crowds with big budget production, fast paced action and international attention. Last years 67kg tournament eventuated in the explosion of France’s Fabio Pinca into Muay Thai stardom with his decisive victory over fierce competition, including Thai favourite Petchmongkong. In the Semis, Pinca had a tough fight against the lesser experienced Yokoyama Shigeyuki of Japan who showed an energetic and unorthodox performance. Despite headaches in the early rounds, Pinca managed to take the fight to the clinch and counter his way to a close decision. The Thai representative, Kem Sitsongpeenong seemed to cruise through the tournament with his technical mastery, eventually meeting Pinca in the final. Kem’s genius in the ring showed once again that he is one of his generations best, and took the decision victory. The new 70kg tournament was headlined by K-1 Max and world superstar Buakaw Por Pramuk who also cruised to the finals. With some gritty competition among the other foreigners, Australia’s Franki Giorgi managed to face Buakaw in the final for a career highlight showdown. Giorgi showed no hesitation against the greatly feared Thai, intending to use pressure and up the pace, but Buakaws experience and superhuman strength allowed him to remain one step ahead and take out the 2011 championship. Buakaw and Fabio Pinca have been matched up for a super fight in France on March 17.