Thai Fight December 16th Line Up
By Mike LNg
On December 16th, 2012 the Final of Thai Fight’s 70kg and 67kg tournament will be matched and fought. And on the same date criticisms of Sport Art, the promoter of Thai Fight matching Buakaw soft appear to be answered soon.
Facing Buakaw Por Pramuk at the 70kg final of Thai Fight will be Vitaly Hurkou. Hurkou’s fight record so far is 102 fights total with 90 wins and only 12 losses. Hurkou has so far in his fight career collected a K-1 European championship, was a runner-up at Taftnet Cup’s tournament in Kazan, Russia, and recently collected an IFMA world championship win in the final of the 2011 71 kg fights.
Hurkou earned his spot by beating the not televised win over his Finland opponent Antero Hynenen during Thai Fight’s Semi-final leg of the tournament. Hurkou at least on paper appears to be very stiff competition and like so many Eastern European Thaiboxers is not going to be lean on experience. Hurkou has fought and beaten good names internationally including Enriko Gogokhia who himself recently has a win over Berneung, a former champion of Rajadamnern Stadium At Thai Boxe Mania.
In the 67 kg tournament final Singmanee Kaewsamrit of Thailand will fight Andrei Kulebin. Andre Kulebin advanced to the final by beating impressive Brazillian fighter Adaylton Freitas. Though it was a close fight in the semi-finals Kulebin turned on the pressure to win his spot at the final of Thai Fight.
Comparatively, Singmanee fought a relatively conservative fight to outpoint his opponent and win his position into the finals. Overall the 67kg Thai Fight tournament has emerged as the more competitive of the two tournaments and this final looks like it will follow the quarter and semifinals in maintaining that level of competition.
The remainder of the Thai Fight card will be supported by super fight, non-tournament single bouts.
Making a return appearance is Sudsakorn Klinmee who finished his last appearance by making a sudden and devastating elbow knock out of his opponent, Mohammed Hossein Dodorian. This time fighting against Sudsakorn will be Brazillian Thaiboxer Gustavo Mendes. Mendes is now fighting and training out of Bangkok, Thailand. Whether or not he will be a more competitive fight for Sudsakorn will be determined on the 16th of December.
Also, returning to Thai Fight in a super fight, non-tournament bout will be Iquezang Kor.Thanakeat against Italy’s Angelo Veniero, though the Thai Fight artwork says he is from Spain. Veniero recently won a TKO against fellow Italian Giovanni Giglio during the Yokkao Selction tournament. Iquezang fought a prior super fight bout against another Italian opponent in Cecchini Simone who showed little respect to in the ring.
Though the details of Thai Fight’s remaining card and when it airs are not yet official it’ll be Thai TV 3 and a stream will again be available likely during the early AM for so many of us in the west. Just based on paper, the majority of the matched do look better matched and should produce an interesting night of fights.