May 28th Fighter of the Week: Anuwat Kaewsamrit: Muay Thai/ Thai Boxing
For those people who believe that punching is not a dominant weapon in Muay Thai competition, look no further than Anuwat “The Irons Hands of Siam” Kaewsmrit. Anuwat was born November 7th, 1981 in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, a province in Southern Thailand. Anuwat started competing in Muay Thai 1995 at the age of 14 and retired fighting in 2010. Anuwat fought out of the famous Kaewsamrit gym in Bangkok Thailand, joining the Thai Boxing gym while they were still new before they had their famous reputation.
Anuwat was known for his hard hitting style of standing toe to toe and throwing heavy hands and heavy low kicks, always looking for a knockout with his punches. The opposite of a point fighter, Anuwat always looked for the big KO. Known as one of the best pound for pound Thai Boxers of all time, Anuwat racked up quite an impressive resume throughout his years of Muay Thai competition including 5 Rajadamnern Championships at 4 different weight classes, 2 Lumpinee Championships, 1 Omnoi Stadium Championship, 1 WMC World Championship, 1 WBC World Championship, 1 WPMF World Championship, 2004 and 2005 Sports Authority of Thailand Fighter of the Year, 2003 and 2004 Sports writers of Thailand Fighter of the Year, Plus so much more…Don’t wanna list a full page of accomplishments lol.
Anuwat has fought the best of the best in Muay Thai including Lerdsila, Liam Harrison, Attachai Fairtex, and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, and Jomthong Chuwattana.
When watching Anuwat notice how he throws his punches with a different rhythem/ technique than a traditional boxer. This is due to several differences in Thai Boxing and Boxing such as elbows, knees, clinch, rhythem, and scoring. I wont go in detail about this….you’ll just have to wait for the blog about some of the differences between punching in Muay Thai and punching in Boxing lol.