We tend to see great fights as either having a lot of action or a lot of drama. Some great fights take place in a phone booth with both men unloading, but neither really hurting the other, whilst other fights see the two combatants being like human yoyo's. Today we look at a fighter that has a lot of action, a lot of knockdowns, and will long be remembered as one of 2014's best bouts, between two men who really damaged each other in an all out war.
Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33) Vs Orlando Salido (42-12-2-1, 29)
We all complain about interim title fights but in 2014 one of the absolute best fights of the year was an interim world title fight, as Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym took on Orlando Salido for the WBO "interim" Super Featherweight title.
Thai veteran Terdsak Kokietgym had was a 33 year old with 11 years of in ring experience experience and more than 50 wins to his name. Although he had 4 losses at this point in his career they had all come in world title fights against Joan Guzman, Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano and Takahiro Ao. It was clear he wasn't an elite level fighter, but he was a tough out and had beaten the likes of Samuel Duran, Jess Maca and Ricky Sismundo. In the ring Terdsak was a rugged veteran, with a good engine, solid power and at 33 he likely knew this bout would be his last chance to shine.
Terdsak wasn't the only veteran involved here, with Mexican stalwart Salido being 35 years old at this point, and had debuted more 18 years earlier. His career had been a tough one, coming up through the tricky Mexican domestic scene. Salido picked up losses through his career, but used them to improve, understanding why he lost and battling to develop his skill set. He had given Juan Manuel Marquez a great fight in 2004, had finally become a world champion in 2010, when he beat Cristobal Cruz in their second bout. He'd become a 2-time champion in 2011, when he beat Juan Manuel Lopez, a 3-time champion in 2013, with a win over Orlando Cruz but had always lost his titles swiftly after winning them.
Despite both being battle worn veterans the two men went on to give us a war for the ages.
Just 20 seconds into the bout they were already launching combinations, with the Thai coming forward and Salido looking to land the crisper blows. Just over 40 seconds into the bout we had the first knockdown of the contest, with Salido being dropped from a counter left. Later in the same round Terdsak was down, from a body shot that looked like it was quite a bit below the belt. Within 2 minutes we had seen both guys hit the deck, and as the bout went on we would see more knockdowns, with rounds 2, 4, 5, 7 and 11 all having them.
Through out much of the bout Salido's cleaner work was the more eye catching, but when ever he made a mistake Terdsak punished him in what was a truly scintillating back and forth war.
Despite the men combining for an age 68 and with more than 100 bouts combined they gave us something incredible, special and thrilling, and if you've not seen this one before you really need to give yourself 50 minutes of time and enioy a sensational thriller.
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