ICYMI: Here’s an absolute banger of a muay Thai fight between 17 year old phenom Sangmanee Sor Tienpo (red shorts) and tough as nails journeyman Hong Thanonchai Tor Sangtiennoi (blue shorts) that went down last week. I’ll let BloodyElbow’s Kyle McLachlan brief you on the significance of this absolutely incredible fight:
Sangmanee, once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, is a four weight stadium champion. He has won the 105lb Lumpinee championship, and the Rajadamnern title at 108, 112 and 115lbs. A true phenom, he is a technical fighter with very good hands who has aspirations of representing Thailand in amateur boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2014 looked to be a great year of continued success for Sangmanee. He won the one-night four man tournament put on by Petyindee promotions, in which he came out on top of three of the very best fighters in Muay Thai today (Superbank, Superlek and Sam-A) but since then he has gone on the very worst run of his career, being dropped by a big punch and losing to Sam-A, then losing decisions to Thaksinlek Kiatniwat in both May and June.
Yesterdays bout was a quick turnaround for Sangmanee, and Thanonchai, a very strong competitor who has faced many top fighters in the 126lb division, was likely to be a stern test but a way to get back on track for Muay Thai’s teenage superstar.
Without giving too much away, let’s just say that the fight wasn’t nearly as easy for Sor Tienpo as it was supposed to be.
So…(Muay Thai) Brawl of the Year? Muay Thai Brawl of the Year. #WeekofDanga