A little while ago I bumped into Kaoklai and had a chance to have a quick chat with him. (Forgot to snap a pic with him) I was actually surprised by his size. Obviously he’s a heavier fighter but dudes legs are thick.
I asked him about his training… Basically he confirmed all of my suspicions. I’ve done a few posts on Kaoklai and I’ve always been a bit critical about his boxing abilities and strategy. It’s no secret but his hands are absolutely crap, not much of a boxer and not much for keeping his hands up. I asked if he had been working on his boxing at all? Nope… Zilch, Zero, Nada.
I asked him what he thought of Clifton Brown. He said before this fight he’d never heard of him. I said sure, but what do you think about his fighting style? He said he didn’t know… that he’s never seen any footage on him. What? Trying not to be an asshole I confirm “You’ve never seen one clip, not even on the internet?” Seriously I think if you look online, you can probably come up with at least a dozen fights. “No”.
Seriously guys I know it’s easy for me to be critical from the comfort of my computer… but this is the kind of stuff that blows my mind. I’ve mentioned this a dozen times, and I’m not sure what’s going on at the camps. I’m sure he didn’t have much of a strategy when he fought Carnage or Tyrone… I think he just goes in and see’s what unfolds.
I don’t think this is an issue with just Kaoklai but I think it’s a problem with a lot of the Thai fighters. I think their trainers and camps just assume they’ll get by on their skills alone. I think this was the case with Lamsongkram vs. Holzken, Yodsanklai vs. Souwer. No planning on how they are going to have to deal with modified rules. No change in strategy…
Personally, I think Clifton Brown’s hands are better than Kaoklai’s. Obviously Kaoklai should focus on his Muay Thai and not try to box with Brown. That being said… don’t you think you should adapt your training to focus on fighting someone with good hands?
Anyway I wish him luck in his fight. He chose not to come sightseeing but rather catch up on some rest (good sign)
So any predictions? Thoughts?
Anyway, I’m going to post the rest of our day in London this week.