This contest took place a couple of days ago at the sportaccord games. It wasn’t that much of a surprise to see that Yodsanklai and Artem Levin would be meeting each other in the finals.
I got this clip from Olivier Angelini, if you haven’t been it’s worth a bookmark.
The last time these two met was back in 2008 at the K1 Scandinavia event. Be sure to watch the fight before reading on… the following paragraph contains spoilers.
As you all know I’m a huge Yodsanklai fan… I’m having a real hard time tring to be objective about this. I guess all I can say is…that was disappointing. Hats of to Levin for the win, I don’t want to take anything from his victory. That being said, take the pads away and I don’t think Levin would have one.
This is just like Olympic boxing… it’s an entirely different game. You’re going to have to out work and out point your opponent. Levin is used to fighting in this format, I think he and Kyshenko are regulars on the world amateur tournament scene.
Like all fights you’ve got to go in with a game plan. You have to consider the rules, the format and your opponent. I think Levin had all 3 figured out. I don’t think Levin would have fought Yod the same way in a pro fight.
Levin was catching a lot of Yod’s kicks… without the shin protection, it just simply wouldn’t have happened. Yods game is all about cracking the shell, it’s just not going to happen with two fighters of this caliber.
I saw Levin landing a lot of elbows, (which are scoring). I think if you took another fighter who was used to fighting in this format, they would have made more of an effort to avoid those elbows. What I’m trying to say is, I don’t think Yod perceived that he was in any real danger from those elbows and didn’t adjust his fight game.
Hat’s off to Levin, can’t wait for the rematch.