Muay Thai is a sport that has evolved from the days of fighters having no boxing skills (see Rick Roufus vs Changpuek), to fighters who have very high level boxing. In the past few decades there has been a shift from fighters only only kick, to an equal number of fighters that like to use their hands. Legends like Somrak and Samart were the first pioneers of what I like to call Muay Thai 2.0, a style of Muay Thai that incorporated high level boxing into the Muay Thai ring.
A current example of a Muay Thai 2.0 fighter is Jomthong Chuwattana. Jomthong is one of the top 5 fighters today who has good hands. He did a short stint as a professional boxer accumulated an undefeated record and a few titles along the way. Fortunately for Muay Thai fans, Jomthong’s boxing ambitions did not last long as he came back to continue fighting in Muay Thai.
One of the reasons Jomthong is so good is that he blends Muay Thai and boxing perfectly in the ring. When you watch the fight below you will notice that Jomthong holds his guard a lot lower than his opponent. His lower guard allows him to throw more power into his punches and get more reach.
Jomthong‘s recent fight vs Denpanom showcases how effective he is at using boxing in the ring. The video starts off in the beginning of the 4th round.
Video Credit: Muay Ties
As you can see in the video above, Jomthong utilizes a variety of different weapons to put himself into a position to punch. He avoids getting too close to his opponent in order to stay in his punching range.
Once he is able to pressure his opponent against the ropes, he is able to unleash some very devastating combos against him. If you want to know how to adopt your hands effectively in the Muay thai ring, Jomthong Chuwattana is a fighter to emulate. He is a Muay Thai fighter with very good boxing skills.