The first Lumpinee champions show for 2017 is a scorcher with six titles up for grabs
Let's be honest here - you must be living under a rock if you don't know that Lumpinee stadium is really struggling for getting fans and tourists alike through its doors since it upped sticks and moved to northern Bangkok a few years ago.
The main and only issue is the location of the stadium. It's in a proverbial no mans land in terms of being a logistical nightmare to get too! The old stadium had a fantastic arrangement with a plethora of hotels who sent them uncountable amounts of patrons, but in 2017 that is pretty much non existent.
The one shinning light that the stadium still holds is its four times a year champions show where they bring out the big guns to fight for their coveted stadium titles.
This show which takes place on Tuesday the 7th of March promises to be an exciting night of pulsating action-packed encounters where championships will be won and lost!
The showpiece fight for the show sees the stadiums current fighter of the year, MuangThai, aka, "The Elbow King", go to Muaywar with the current Ch7 stadium 135lb champion,
Rambo, who currently trains out of Sitsongpeenong gym and this fight is for the vacant Thailand 135lb title.
The evenings co-main event sees Jitmuangnon gym superstar, Yodpanomrung, defend his Thailand 140lb title against another star of the 140lb division, Rittewida.
Yodpanomrung is coming off a loss to Chujaroen at Ch7 where he also relinquished his title. Rittewida's last outing was a convincing points victory over the aforementioned, Chujaroen. One last thing before moving on is this - his name starts with and is pronounced with an R - not an L.
The most intriguing encounter of the night for this author sees the current unsung man of the moment, Petmorakot, from T-Ded99 gym defend his 130lb Lumpinee strap against Neungranglek from Jitmuangnon gym.
Petmorakot has been quietly going through somewhat of a renaissance and is currently and unprecedentedly a three time stadium champion in Ch7, Thailand and Lumpinee where he holds the 130lb title in all three of those aforesaid entities.
Can Neungranglek wrestle back the title that Petmorakot took from him last December when they last met at Lumpinee stadium.
Two fighters who has both had mixed fortunes over the last twelve months or so will face off in a non title bout set at 123 pounds.
Singh from Parunchai gym will step in the ring with Sprinter, who nowadays is training at Yokkao gym in central Bangkok.
Young Parunchai gym rising star, Kaew, will fight Banglangnern for the vacant Lumpinee 112lb title.
These two have faced each other on a number of occasions and in all those previous encounters the fans have been treated to five rounds of pulsating Muay madness.
The 112lb title has been vacated by Kiewpayak from Jitmuangon who is no longer suited to fighting at that weight.
Also on the card the always exciting Gengkart will defend his Lumpinee 118lb title against Fahpeeneng Phor Lakboon.
Fellow Jitmuangnon gym boxer and current Ch7 stadium 108lb champion, Petnarin, will fight Petpanrit Phor Lakboon for the vacant Lumpinee 108lb title, which has been vacated by Satanmuanglek due to his involvement in an soon to begin eight man tournament at Rangsit stadium.