REASONS TO WATCH YODSANKLAI FAIRTEX by “The Voice” Michael Schiavello
He’s considered the best Muay Thai fighter of his generation. Long-feared and muchloved Yodsanklai Fairtex makes his debut on American soil this Friday night in Las Vegas LIVE on AXS TV. Here’s a bunch of reasons to watch this Muay Thai kickboxing megastar.
WINNING THE CONTENDER ASIA
In 2008 Yodsanklai become the first and only winner of The Contender Asia when he beat Australia’s Wayne Parr in the final in Singapore. Broadcast live throughout Asia and on delay to several other countries, The Contender Asia was a ratings winner garnering the sport of Muay Thai — and Yodsanklai — massive international exposure.
HIS REAR LEG ROUNDKICK
A southpaw fighter (he does switch to orthodox on occasion) Yodsanklai’s left leg roundkick is considered one of the hardest strikes of any fighter in all combat sports. He likes to throw this kick to the midsection, breaking down the opponent’s forearm or smashing the rib cage or hips.
Thai journalists nicknamed Yodsanklai ‘The Boxing Computer’ because of his amazing ring awareness, ability to intelligently pick opponents apart and the perfection of his technique.
POWER AND TECHNIQUE
It’s rare to find a fighter who throws viciously powerful strikes with superb technique. Yodsanklai is one such fighter. His roundkicks in particular are technically perfect and carry freakish power for a man of his size.
LUMPINEE CHAMPION x 2
In Thailand, championship belts from sanctioning bodies such as the WMC or WBC do not mean as much as a championship belt from one of the two major stadiums, being Lumpinee Stadium and Rajdamnern Stadium. To be a Lumpinee Champion in one weight division is an amazing accomplishment meaning you are truly the BEST in the world at that weight… Yodsanklai was Lumpinee Champion in two weight divisions! Winner of The Contender Asia in 2008. He beat Australia’s Wayne Parr in the final in Singapore in front of a live television audience of millions.
BEST SHAPE IN RECENT YEARS
For those of you who saw Yodsanklai’s last fight against Thai superstar Kem Sitsongpeenong on December 30 in Pattaya, you saw Yodsanklai ripped, stripped and striated — physical condition we have never seen him in before. The hard yards in the gym paid off with Yodsanklai getting a 3rd round elbow knockout. Arriving in Las Vegas on Sunday, Yodsanklai is looking in just as buffed shape as he did for the Kem fight!
OVER 200 FIGHTS!
Yes you read correctly. Yodsanklai has had over 200 fights. In fact his official record reads 255 fights for 180 wins! His professional kept record dates back to 2002 but the fact is that he began fighting well before that date. Yodsanklai is slowing a little in recent times. In 2010 he had 10 fights; in 2011 he had 9 fights and in 2012 just 2 fights. However he still gets the job done. In 2010 he won the Kings Cup tournament in front of 200,000 people in Bangkok and won the WKA Middleweight World Title in Malaysia. In 2012 he won the WMC 160lb World Title in Slovakia.
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