The third in our series of Closet Classics perhaps goes further than any other in answering the original question of negative 5 on reddit, and this time we head over to Thailand for a very obscure 2014 fight. Like the previous entry to this series this wasn't a highly skilled fight at world level, but was an entertaining little war from the middle of a strange, hyper active period of boxing in Thailand. This came from a time when Channel 7 seemed to have a show every week, and when there was a real surge in promising fighters in Thailand making their way on to the world rankings.
Kongfah Nakornluang (14-0, 8) vs Den Sithsaithong (0-6)
Before we go any further, we just need to note that not all Thai records on boxrec are complete. But if they are right in this case, we doubt we'll ever speak about fighters in this feature with more disparity in their records than we see here. Despite their different records they put on a show here!
In September 2014 there was a lot of promising talent being shown on Thai TV, the promoters had a lot of airtime to fill and they had a lot of opportunities to allow their fighters to fight. One fighter who made the most of that was Kongfah Nakornluang, also known as Chaiwat Buadkratok. He had compiled a recorded ledger of 14-0 (8) and seemed to be moving onwards and upwards to bigger things. He hadn't really impressed, and his competition had been pathetic, but he was getting opportunities to fight on TV and seemed likely to fight for a regional title in the near future, especially the way that those lower level regional titles were being used to fill out Thai TV shows.
Den Sithsaithong, or Prida Deemak, was a Thai journeyman who's early competition was a relative who's who of Thai boxing at the moment. His first 5 bouts had seen him fight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, twice, Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and although he had gone 0-6 leading into his bout with the unbeaten Kongfah he seemed to come into this bout with some confidence. Standing and trading blows with the unbeaten man in some very entertaining, low level action.
What is strange about this contest is boxrec have it as being a 6 round bout, yet some however the full bout seems to fight into a 9 minute video. We remember watching this live and being confused at the time, and we're still unsure on the actual length of the contest, and we think the TV team were as well, though it was still a very entertaining and action packed brawl.
Don't watch this if you're looking for high skilled chess, but it you just want a mindless brawl this should be right down your alley!
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features