KAIMUKKAOW wins titles at Rajadamnern
Silky smooth warrior Kaimukkaow Watcharachaikgym won a clean sweep of titles in the super flyweight division - winning both the Rajadamnern and WBC Muay Thai World Championship last Thursday.
The crowd that thronged into the Raja arena to see Kaimukkaow outclass aggressive challenger Eaklith Mor Krunthepthonburi left well satisfied that Thailand has another top gun ready for the world stage.
That Kaimukkaow won wasn't surprising given that he has excelled as a flyweight for some time, but it was the way he handled - and pacified - the constant pressure of Eaklith that had seasoned ringside observers positing the question that Kaimukkaow is now a top world-class Muay Thai attraction.
With the double title as the prize Eaklith gave everything he had to pressure Kaimukkaow and force a win. But every time he moved in close Eaklith faced a wall of resistance that he could not over come for four close rounds.
In the final round - knowing that he needed a KO to win - Eaklith dropped his gloves while moving into a hard get grapple position. Seizing the opportunity, Kaimukkaow let fly with a head high kick knocking Eaklith to the canvass. End of contest - and another great triumph for Kaimukkaow who is showing to the world that his silky skills can more than match any raw aggression.
Kaimukkaow relies on near perfect timing to keep safe distance from opponents who believe they can win with pressure tactics.
Eaklith took a complete arsenal of weapons into the ring and used legs kicks, body strikes and hard punches to unnerve Kaimukkaow .
But as hard as he kicked and punched Eaklith fell short.
There's an adage in Muay Thai that a good tall boxer will beat a good smaller boxer.
Rarely does Kaimukkaow fight a taller opponent. His long legs usually give an inch of more height advantage.
Eaklith's eventual downfall was that he just couldn't get in close enough to do enough damage.
The stunning head high kick that put an end to Eaklith's challenge showed again that when push comes to shove Kaimukkaow has the long jabs and high kicks to snatch victory.
There's a lot to like about Kaimukkaow. He's a complete boxer with his evasive skills and kick power, and he should hold his double title for some time.
It was also refreshing to observe referee Jirawat In-Eam demanding that the boxers attached with intent in the first rounds.
There's been much criticism that the first and fifth rounds are "dud" rounds in the Bangkok stadiums. That's why the Thai Fight tournaments prefer three rounds for peak performance.
But to his credit Referee Jirawat showed that boxers can obey instructions to fight from the start to the end of bout - especially if the contest is a double championship and under the international spot light.