Fight 9 - Yodsaenklai vs Naruepol
Yod starts the round with two of his trademark left kicks. His kicks are seemingly less powerful as compared to the ones that he unleashed against McFie. Naruepol seems distracted as he replies halfheartedly with a low kick followed by a midsection kick. A fifteen year old has got more power behind his kicks! What’s with Naruepol? There is no fight in him at all.
The pace slows down even further. Yodsanklai steps in with an occasional midsection punch and slaps in a hook at the one-minute mark. Naruepol again taps Yodsanklai with another half hearted kick. He has got reluctance tattooed on his face. This is a pain to watch! His heart is definitely not in this one. Yod slips and falls as he attempts another left kick with a minute left. 30 seconds left into the round and Yod closes in with his fists as Naruepol stands motionless with his guard up to protect himself.
The crowd is left dumbfounded as the round ends. Those who expecting a Thai on Thai, power on power fight are clearly disappointed. This two are close friends and both fight out of the Fairtex stable. They should never have met at this stage of the competition!
Yod again unleashes his left kicks to get the second round going. Those expecting the pace to pick up are clearly disappointed as Naruepol again taps Yod with a halfhearted kick. Yod steps in with a one-two followed by hooks. Naruepol crumbles to the ground! A KO 20 seconds into the second round!
Naruepol conveniently backs off into the ropes to support his imminent fall and he started falling even before Yod connected with the final hook!
An extremely disappointing and lackluster affair. He definitely had his gym’s interest at heart, rather than his own tonight.