Fight 2 - Sean vs James
Both fighters walk along the corners of the ring in ceremonial style. Sean performs the Wai Kru in a hurried manner while Martinez waits in his corner. Gloves touch for the opening round. Sean looks relaxed and confident while Martinez seems tentative as he adopts the traditional Thai stance, tapping his feet and keeping his guard high.
Sean impresses with fast hands and low kicks. Martinez’s measured but able in his attacks as he makes partial contact with a couple of elbows that got the crowd roaring. Sean begins to get the upper hand as he denies Martinez his distance, stepping in with quick punch combos and low kicks.
It’s getting apparent that Sean’s “Up-Down” strategy of punch combos before snapping in the low kicks is working. Martinez’s too fazed by Sean’s fists to block the low kicks. He’s going to get into trouble unless he starts blocking those kicks!
Sean powers in another low kick and Martinez goes down! The continuous barrage of low kicks earlier has taken its tow on Martinez. He’s clearly in pain as he holds on to his right knee. The crowd cheers for Martinez as he shows amazing spirit, struggling to his feet just in time to beat the count.
Fight ensues. Sean smells the KO as he continues to snap in the low kicks. Martinez is still not blocking the kicks! He is trying in vain to keep Sean at bay with teep kicks. The crowd is expecting a KO anytime! Sean looks baffled as Martinez’s still standing after three continuous low kicks to the knee. He quickly realizes that he’s been kicking the wrong knee and the fourth kick lands sweetly on the right. Martinez collapses and is grimacing in pain. There’s no way that he can continue and the referee stops the fight.
It was a sweet knockout victory for Sean, who was clearly the more experienced and better fighter.