While we wait for footage of the Evolution show, I thought I might drop an old school fight on you. If you haven’t heard of Samart Payakaroon, you should pay attention.
In addition to being a 4x Lumpini stadium champion, the guy was also a talented boxer. After he won his Lumpini titles he decided to give boxing a shot. In 1986 he won the WBC Super Bantamweight belt. How tough is that? By the way… Samart might be the only person badass enough to rock the shorts he’s wearing in this clip.
This vid is towards the end of his career; in fact I believe it was after his career (1993). I think this was make easy money/travel to Japan kind of a fight. You know how it ends, but it’s amazing to see his skills at play. I think I’ve seen Sanchai through the reverse crescent kick/ slap to the face. Now I know where he got it…
The crowd is great… they’re hanging all their hopes on their boy, who just doesn’t have a chance. If you listen carefully about 10:50 into the fight it sounds like they are killing a woman. Damn they’re getting riled up.
If you talk with serious Nak Muays, about whom they admire, a fighters, fighter… Samart’s name always comes up. When you ask them, (Nuengsiam, Jongsanan, Bunkerd et al.) they’ll all sneer and give him a thumbs… they ultimate sign of badassery. The sneer is perfect, because a smile just won’t do when you’re that nasty.
Neungsiam who spent sometime at his camp as a teen speaks of him with great deference. I’m compiling a list of my personal top 10; I’d have to say Samart is probably in my top 3…