Sakmongkol Vs. Marino Deflorin
By Mike LNg
In K-1’s first incarnation they did in fact have Muay Thai as part of their events. In 1996 at the K-1 1996 Revenge event Sakmongkol Sithchuchok vs. Marino Deflorin was just such an event. Sakmongkol is something of a living legend in Muay Thai having won the Lumpinee stadium title 3 times and the World Muaythai Council (WMC) world title 5 times. Sakmongkol was seen relatively recently against Cosmo Alexandre, which he won under slightly controversial judging, through no fault of his own. Here he defends his WMC title against Marino Deflorin.
Marino Deflorin is perhaps best known for his time as a member of Andy Hug’s team. Like Andy Hug, DeFlorin was a black belt in Kyukoshin Karate noted for their bareknuckle fights and hard fighting style. Deflorin would also fight a former Sakmongkol opponent in Ramon “The Diamond” Dekkers.
The craziest part of Sakmongkol and DeFlorin’s clash is the repeated Thai pad style kicks. Having seen the entirety of this K-1 event multiple times I have to say this ‘super fight’ stood out to me as the most exciting and engaging fight of the entire card.