Porsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangteep Nor Sri Peung
Lumpini Stadium August 30, 2011
After a lengthy period of reflection spent at his family’s home in the Suphanburi countryside, at the end of July Pornsaneh Sitmonchai decided to return to his Sitmonchai home and the Muay Thai fight scene. Working as a cow herder and fisherman for seven months, he was keen to get back in the ring with the renewed vigor and a clarity of purpose that the break afforded him. So Pornsaneh was in good spirits when the camp’s owner Pii A told him that he’d be fighting at Lumpini Stadium on the 30th August against Palangtip Nor Sri Peung.
It’s been about a month now since Pornsaneh first arrived back at the gym with his two prize-fighting cockerels and a laundry basket full of clothes. After spending the first week settling in – new haircut, new trainers, and a new baby pitbull (named Maprao) — he began working with his longstanding trainer and dear friend Kru Dam. Kru Dam has been training Pornsaneh (or Pii Neh as he’s known to everyone at the camp) since his first fight for Sitmonchai at the age of 12 years old. Kru Dam is also the man responsible for working the hands of all Sitmonchai fighters — earning the camp recognition for its style of powerful hand combinations and low kicks.
It was amazing to see how much clout Pornsaneh has even with a seven month break. Clearly his stamina was low but the energy behind those kicks and punches seemed, to me at least, remarkably strong. It’s as though that signature explosive power has settled into his DNA.
A few days ago I asked him about the fight over some Dunkin Donuts and a game of Dragonballz – did he feel ready to fight again? Between shouts and noisy blasts from the game he said he was more than ready, tapping his heart for emphasis. I asked him about Sri Peung, as I am not familiar with his record and Pornsaneh has never fought him before. “He’s a good fighter”, Pii Neh said, “but I’m better”. He had a good laugh then and went back charging his Dragonballz fighter to full power, knocking my guy out with some pretty quick and decisive moves.