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Yoshihiro Sato (Japan) VS Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Thailand)
Buakaw and Yoshihiro met once in the World Max 2008 tournament held in February 2008 and at that time, Buakaw won by the outvote. However, Sato was not an easy job for Buakaw and actually was very trouble to him as at the end of final round, Buakaw was almost taken down by Sato’s punch.
Sato: Speed and Accuracy
Not noly for the fight with Buakaw, Sato met many of great professional Muay Thai fighter such as Kaoklai Kaennorsing and he actually demonstrated the uniqueness of accurate attacks. It is obviously shown in the fight with Buakhaw that he perform less attacks but each one was really on the target so this could be, again, very dangerous for Buakhaw.
Buakhaw: Speed, Power and Technique.
He is almost the perfect fighter in Muay Thai history. There is no fighter in his home country in the same weight division who want to beat him. Obviously the power of the attack is the most obvious strength of Buakhaw plus some technique of Muay Thai. These strength then make him become advantage for this coming fight again.
The most obvious pint for Sato in my opinion is the power of the attack. His weapons almost nothing for the opponent if without the accuracy that he is very keen on. Both kicks and punches seems not to make major trouble for his opponents in the past, other than get him scoring at the end of the fight.
Buakhaw: Defensive Technique.
Buakhaw is not really focus on defensive technique. He could fight as long as he could stand on the ring, even though he was heavily attacked. This is the nature of Buakhaw, who is the original excellent “fighter” not “boxer” style.
Prediction of the result.
This match is very hard to predict because I believe that Sato should learn some points from the last fight and improve as well as Buakhaw. Buakhaw may win again if he can maintain his standard and not too under estimate Sato’s accuracy.