One of the many bouts we were intrigued by last wee was the match up in Bangkok between novice Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) and former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41), who was fighting as Kompayak TC muay thai. This was, on paper, a really serious test for Nonthasith, who only made his debut earlier this year, and it was also a chance for the aggressive veteran to get one over on a younger, less experienced fighter.
What we ended up getting was a really compelling match that saw Nonthasith put on a mature and controlled performance to take a clear decision over Kompayak, scoring his second win in the process.
Following our live viewing of the bout we have rewatched it, and given it the Five Take Away's treatment.
1-Kompayak is still a handful
Although now a 70 fight veteran with 10 losses on his record, many of which have come in recent years, Kompayak is still a really good test for fighters. We often see fighters with his style being shot by this point, but he's actually a really capable fighter still. He can still take a shot, he still has plenty of energy in his 38 year old legs, and he can still make much younger fighters work hard. We don't see him picking up many wins going forward, but we do see him as being a very reliable opponent and as someone who comes to win, and not willingly enter the ring to make up the numbers.
2-Nonthasith is no normal 2-0 prospect
Although not close to the complete package it's quite unfair to call Nonthasith a prospect. In two bouts he has won two regional WBA titles, he has gone 20 rounds, and he has answered more questions than many prospects answer in 20 fights. Not only that be he looks a natural in the ring. He moves easily around the ring, he's got good handspeed and balance, and picks his shots well. Even against an aggressive tough guy like Kompayak we didn't see Nonthasith ever look that flustered or worried, and instead he looked in control against a man who was giving his all.
3-The TL Promotions shows are very proffesional...but not very "Thai"
For years boxing in Thailand has been known for it's outdoor shows with the sun beating down on the fighters and the hot, sticky, humid conditions that often beat visitors before the men get in the ring. TL Promotions, Tantelecom and Nakornluang, had all moved away from that recently and have more professional looking indoor set ups. This is very much a professional outfit, with a home venue, the Suamlun Night Bazaar. Whilst the shows don't feel like the traditional Thai ones we've known and loved, they do look professional and almost Western. It's a really nice set up and one we're looking forward to seeing a lot more of in the coming years.
4-The replay kept the adverts in...and Thai adverts are weird
When the bouts were uploaded for re-viewing on YouTube they kept this adverts in. Or rather they left some adverts in, it may not have been the same ones. This allowed us to pay attention some very odd commercials. Thai adverts have always struck us as a bit peculiar, and these were no exception. What seemed odd however is that it was rarely more than one commercial per break and they were between rounds, sandwiched between replays. Although few people like adverts the way they were included her was very much the ideal way to use them.
5-Nonthasith's best weight is still unclear
Interest we don't believe that Nonthasith's best weight has yet been found. He debuted at Featherweight, in August, came in at Bantamweight here, and still looked like he was carrying a little bit of extra flesh. He wasn't "fat" or out of shape, but it did look like he could still cut more weight and Thai's are notoriously good at cutting weight. With that in mind we do wonder whether Nonthasith's could make Super Flyweight or even Flyweight. Neither of those lower weight classes are easy ones right now, but we would certainly say Nonthasith's would have a better chance against the smaller guys than he would against the best Bantamweights.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).