Yodbuagnarm vs Kaew Fairtex

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Kaew Fairtex

Props to our Swedish brother Chrisoffer for taking the time to encode these vids for us.  This bout took place on the 24th of January.

I’ve met Kaew on a couple occasions.  He was a former stable mate of my trainer Neungsiam and would pop around every time he was in town.  Really nice kid,  I don’t know a whole lot about  Yodbuagnarm,  I gathered from the announcer that he’s 27 and has been fighting since he was 10.  He was Lumpini Champion at 122 lbs and Thai National Champion.

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I’ve been to visit Lookbhanyai as it’s actually just a few soi’s from my house.  (Sutthisarn). I met the owner Pa’ Joe, seems like a really nice guy.  He told me most of the fighters in the gym he’s taken in off the streets.  I had asked him what it would cost for me to come train with them.  He sort of looked at me like I was insane, that I would pay to train!

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Anyway, I’m perplexed with Yodbuagnarm’s fighting style.  It’s a little Samkor‘esq wouldn’t you say?  I think I’ve seen him throw a few left kicks the entire fight.  It’s interesting to note though, the announcer said that Kaew had spent some time with Thai National Boxing squad, to improve his hands…   I think it’s paying off.  I want to say he’s hands a far better then the time he was fighting in LA.

What you think?  Thoughts?

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6 Comments

  1. I thought Kaew’s hands were excellent. He seems to have a great knowledge of angles and doesn’t simply use his hands to set up combos, but can simply box as well; that combo in round 1 that put Yodbuagnarm on his ass was really crisp, and there were a couple of other times where Kaew was able to get through Yodbuagnarm’s defenses with punches. I’m wondering where the power is, though, since Yodbuagnarm seemed to bounce back after the knockdown and brushed off the other punches. Is his chin just that hard or does Kaew need to add some power to his technique?

  2. 2 things:

    Firstly, I wasn’t actually too impressed by Yodbuagnarm’s hands… Kaew’s were much better and crisper. Maybe Yod needs more time in the boxing ring?

    Secondly, and more importantly, what was up with Kaew’s inability to respond to Yodbuagnarm’s avalanche of right kicks to the mid-section? You’d think after the 25th or so he’d have found a way to answer. By the fourth round you can tell Kaew’s left leg is hurting bad from all the blocks, he didn’t throw one solid kick with that leg for the rest of the match.

    His coach must’ve told him something before the fifth round as you can see he starts stepping to Yod’s weak side, making it difficult for Yod to use that kick. But he should have figured that out sooner, imho. What do you guys think?

  3. Great fight. Nice technique and strategy from both fighters. As for your comment about Yod’s style being ‘Samkor-esque’, you’re right. I’m sure he adapted this style especially to fight against a southpaw. The best way to fight a southpaw is with a barrage of right kicks and straight right punches – targeting their open side. The use of the front leg is almost unnecessary. This same principle goes for southpaws – hard left kicks and straight left punches – for southpaws its much more effective because a right handed opponent (the majority) isn’t always accustomed to the left sided attacks as well as the angles. Yodsanklai and Samkor use this very simple yet effective technique. Even real smart orthodox (right-handed) fighters use the left kick against right handed opponents simply because it targets their open side. Buakaw is a perfect example who likes to use the left kick to batter the open side of his opponents from an orthodox stance. Neuropol is another example who uses his left kick alot, to the point where he has even switched his stance to a southpaw position. He even boxes from a southpaw position at times. It seems top-fighers of the fairtex team is made up of mostly southpaw fighters – Attachai, Yodsanklai, Kaew, and now to an extent, Neuropol. (sorry if i butchered his the spelling).

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