We are certainly seeing a rise in promising Thais over the last year or so. Of course many of those fighters participate in the lower weights where the vast majority of fans won't take notice of them and as a result the likes of Stamp Kiatniwat and Nop Kratingdaenggym will be ignored by many in the west. Higher up the weights however is Chalermpol Singwancha a man many in Thailand were excited about at the start of the year due to his power and Muay Thai experience.
Chalermpol started his carer in great fashion winning his first 6 bouts by stoppage in a combined 17 rounds. In his 7th fight however he found out that he wasn't just going to blast through foes as tough Filipino Dan Nazareno Jr took him 12 rounds. The bout wasn't just the first time Chalermpol had failed to score a knockout but was the first time he had been made to look very pedestrian and the first time he had had his stamina tested.
Although he got the win here Chalermpol was given a real wake up call here and it was clear there was a lot to work on, notably his stamina which was completely gone in the "championship rounds". It's fair to say that had Nazareno come with the desire to win he probably could have finished off the Thai who was very lucky that his opponent was happy to go through the motions. It really was a lucky escape for the much touted Thai. Sadly though many will feel the other emerging Thai's on this same level when in all honesty the power weight Thai's really are a lot more impressive than Chalermpol.
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