Videos: Sittichai wins Toyota cup
Toyota tournament was held in Chonburi and televised live by Channel 3 in Thailand. It featured fighters from Canada, Iran, Uganda, Kenya, Brazil, Spain, Cambodia and Thailand, with 300,000 baht (US$9,430), as well as the belt, on offer to the winner.
In the semifinals, the Cambodian Pich Seiha took on Masood Izadi from Iran, a technical fighter who had defeated Spain’s Arturo Lin in his opening match. The Iranian was very defensive and looked to counter, but Seiha seized the initiative and kept charging forward, throwing body punches throughout the fight to win another clear-cut decision.
Pich Seiha vs Masood Izadi
This set up a final against Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, the tournament favourite, who is ranked one of the top fighters at his weight in Thailand. Sittichai defeated Leo Monteiro from Brazil in the semifinals after beating Leonard Nganga (Kenya) in the quarter-finals.
SITTICHAI vs Leonard NGAGA
SITTICHAI vs Leo MONTERO
There are very few foreign fighters good enough to beat the Thais at their own game, and Seiha seemed to run out of steam after putting on two very aggressive displays in his opening two fights.
Sittichai was able to control the action from start to finish, repeatedly landing punches and push kicks that prevented his opponent from ever finding his rhythm. It was a one-sided affair, but afterwards the Cambodian claimed there were mitigating circumstances for the loss.
“I hurt my hand a week ago fighting [Lao Sinath] at the TV3 arena in Phnom Penh. I think it is broken,” Pich Seiha said. “I was happy to get to the final, but disappointed I could not win the whole tournament and I hope I will be invited back to Thailand to fight again soon.”
SITTICHAI vs Pich SEIHA