Sam-A successfully smashed his way to victory ONE Lumpinee 9. The Muay Thai superstar scored a spectacular second-round knockout of his opponent, Ryan Sheehan of Ireland. The victory allowed Sam-A to complete his triumphant return to the legendary Lumpinee Stadium.
The ageless Muay Thai legend displayed a dominant performance from start to eventual finish. Right from the opening bell, Sam-A displayed the superior skills and ring generalship that have been the hallmark of his tremendous career. He dominated the first round with his trademark straight lefts and leg kicks.
In the second round, the story was pretty much the same. Sam-A was in complete control and Sheehan could not do much. Finally, a huge counter left forced the referee to give an eight count to the Irishman. Not long after that, another massive left to the jaw floored Sheehan to give Sam-A the knockout win.
The victory opens up a new world of opportunities for Sam-A. It solidifies his comeback run and a possible crack at the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai or Kickboxing titles. He certainly deserves it after delivering a vintage performance that saw him improve his overall record to 373-48-9.
Even before his successful return, Sam-A’s status as a modern Muay Thai icon is already set in stone. The peak of his achievements was when he reigned as Lumpinee Stadium champion in two different weight divisions, junior bantamweight, and bantamweight. Whether he gets an immediate chance at a title or not is not yet clear, but what is evident is that he is back and is as good as ever.
A major part of his comeback is his preparation. Sam-A sharpened his tools for the fight at the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Clearly, it is one of the top Muay Thai training facilities, not just in Thailand, but in the world. Fighters and non-fighters alike will get the highest level of training there, with elite trainers and facilities. This latest triumph by Sam-A only helped prove that point.