SLAMM VII!! - HOLLAND VS THAILAND
On Sunday the 27th of May 2012, Almere will once again become the stage for the new edition of “Holland vs Thailand. After a period of absence this concept will once again return to the Dutch soil.
In November 2009 part VI was organised in the Top Sport hall of Almere, were the audience was able to enjoy four top fights, and in addition to this the “Best of Holland” programme. Anuwat Kaewsamrit was not able to conquer the role of audience favorite against the upcoming talents Mohamed Khamal and Mosab Amrani, who had a fight against Anuwat one year earlier, surprisingly knocked out Bovy sor Udomsorn in the first round. Finally it all ended in a draw for Thailand. The unapproachable Saiyok Pumphangmuang who fought for the first time on a Slamm!! Event made sure that Warren Stevelmans didn’t have a lot to bring into the fight. One year earlier, during his re-entrée, Fikri Tjarti also had to acknowledge Saiyok as his master, who at the moment still remains undisputed outside Thailand. Also the well-known Yodsaenklai Fartex won an impressive fight on points against Khalid Bourdif.
In the period of absence the organisation was often requested when the next Slamm!! Event would be organised. After a re-organisation the composition changed and behind the scenes the organization has worked very hard to bring back this concept. The goal was and will always be to bring the absolute top from Thailand to the Netherlands and to have them fight on full Muay Thai rules against Dutch opponents. In that same way the Dutch audience was a witness to the fact that Slamm!! was the organization who promoted top fighters such as Buakaw por Pramuk, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Koaklai Kaennorasing, Saiyok Pumphangmuang, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Bovy sor Udomsorn and Samranchai 96Penang on Dutch soil for the first time. The composition of the Thai delegation changed throughout the years, but the goal remained the same and the audience was treated with absolute top Muay Thai fights. Due to this Slamm!! is being acknowledged by the connoisseurs as the “favorite.” Not only the Thai fights guaranteed this, but also the composition of the remaining fights caused a lot of buzz. Also the hit between Joeri Mes and Andy Souwer has become a classic in the mean time. Due to this way of match-making Slamm!! has become the Dutch promoter of full Muaythai both locally as well as abroad.
For the seventh time SLAMM!! will come out with a top line-up:
- FMT 5x3 - 61 Kg Ilias el Hajoui (Team Gunyar) vs Pornsane Sitmonchai
A fight which was received very well internationally was the comeback to Europe of the absolute legend Pornsane Sitmonchai. This fighter is very popular in Thailand, spectacular and an absolute must see fighter. The opponent of Pornsane will be the talented Ilias el Hajoui from Team Gunyar who has caught some experience in fighting full Muay Thai fights in the recent past. This happened through ups and downs, a loss in England against the new sensation of Sansiprapa, but in Emmen he surprised both friend and foe by being victorious over Paowarit, who is also part of the Sansiprapa camp. SLAMM!! Now gives el Hajoui the opportunity to prove himself against a top fighter and we all have big expectations about this. Young and upcoming against the established rank.
- FMT 5x3 -70 Kg Faldir Chabari (Team Beast of the East) vs Bovy Sor Udomsorn
One of the best and underestimated fighters in the Netherlands: “Fast” Faldir Chabari will fight against the Thai tank Bovy! Chabari is a multiple Dutch, European and World champion at the W.F.C.A. and has defeated many top fighters. The list is just too long: Orono, Albert Kraus, Chris van Venrooij, Omar Amrani, Anthony Kane, William Diender, Gago Drago, Kieran Keddle, Ali Gunyar and Rayen Simson just to mention a few of the names. Because of his style he is not welcome in Japan, but still an enormously good fighter. Technical wise very complete and opposite to that BOVY! “The New Rambo”, S-1 and Rajadamnern champion, with a number of 130 fights and a “stitch count” of around 250, still one of the hardest fighters of Thailand. This man simply steps forward to destroy. Nevertheless his fight against Fabio Pinca in Paris is on the SLAMM!! all-time favorite list. Although Bovy is now a bit older and also had a few losses during Shoot boxing last year, it is always a spectacle to watch him.
- FMT 5x3 -72,5 Kg Nieky Holzken (Golden Glory Helmond) vs Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn
In the past four years, he fought 16 fights of which only three ended in a loss: Nieky “the Natural” Holzken! Often boring and superannuated during interviews, but he simply comes to fight and to destroy his opponent as he states himself, but he is actually a pure fighter. Holtzen has absolute KO power and has been successful in several disciplines. Also when it comes to Full Muay Thai he knows how to defend himself, Marco Pique and Ky Hollenbeck got to experience this. His opponent on the 27th of May will be the strong Thai Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn. A bit heavier for a Thai fighter than his compatriots and although he is still young, he is very experienced. Earlier he had already fought in the Netherlands against Mohamed Medhar, whom he knocked out in the fifth round. Especially in the last year he has been very active in Asia and fought against fighters such as Dzabar Askerov and Wayne “JWP” Parr.
- FMT 5x3 -67 Kg Mohamed Khamal (Vos Gym/Real Fighters) vs Saiyok Pumphangmuang
The last fight of the night, the absolute hit and possibly already the Muay Thai fight of the year in the Netherlands: Mohamed Khamal vs Saiyok Pumphangmuang. What is left to say about this fight? Saiyok Pumphangmuang is the only Thai fighter who remains undefeated outside Thailand. With a number of 240 fights on his record, the current Lumpini and former Rajadamnern champion, we are speaking of one of the best Thai boxers in his weight category at this moment. This man is simply the real deal in Muay Thai”! During SLAMM!! V he made his debut on Dutch soil and defeated Fikri Tjari, who had made his comeback. Due to circumstances he had fought in the Netherlands more often, but not against the original authorized opponents. It is a public secret that some managers thought that this man was too strong, and therefore they saw substitutes such as Harry Lodewijks and Edgar N’Zunga losing without any chance of winning. During SLAMM!! VI Saiyok Pumphangmuang fought against Warren Stevelmans, but also this explosive fighter wasn’t successful in winning. During SLAMM!! VII however he will have to fight against Mohamed Khamal, who was previously known as “Mootje” Khamal, however it is stated that now he wants to go by the full name of Mohamed Khamal. The little boy has now grown into a man and his improvements are unbelievable. Whereas in 2007 we witnessed him fighting a B-fight in Osdorp, in 2009 he made a complete break-through by being victorious over Anuwat Kaewsamrit. This former fighter of the year lost on points from the upcoming Amsterdam-native, who was able to call himself the “King of Amsterdam” one year later after his memorable fight against Mosab Amrani. In that year he also became the K-1 MAX West European champion. By the end of 2011 he showed that he definitely belongs in the Muay Thai scene by defeating both the English top fighter Liam “the Hitman” Harrison from the Bad Company Gym and Michael Dicks. Supported by Ivan Hippolyte and the gentlemen of Vos Gym he will get the opportunity on the 3rd of March to fight against Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong for the Lumpini title, where after he will face the biggest challenge of his career: Saiyok Pumphangmuang!