The first time I saw Superlek Kiatmoo9 fight live, I went to watch two time fighter of the year winner Panpayak fight at Rajadamnern. Superlek happened to be the opponent that Panpayak was fighting, so I was cheering against him. To my surprise, Superlek put on a technical performance and ending up beating Panpayak on points.

While I had known Superlek was a top-tier talent in Thailand, this was the first time I got to see him live against the very best. Watching him live, made me realize that this kid was one of the best fighters in the world right now.

I saw him fight again a few months later when he had one of the most brutal knockouts I have ever seen against the tough Khaimookhao with an elbow strike.

Superlek is a born fighter. I’ve never seen a fighter with such an intense face as he squares off with his opponent and trades strikes. Every strike he throws has bad intentions on it, which is why he has had some explosive knockouts.

Recently, Superlek signed with Yokkao. Yokkao has done a great job of giving Superlek more exposure by getting him fights in the UK and Hong Kong against foreign opponents. He is one of the young stars in Thailand, that is the future of Muay Thai. As stars like Saenchai and Buakkaw retire in the next few years, Superlek is the new generation that will carry the mantle of Muay Thai to the world.

The following video is a breakdown of why Superlek is one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world.

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Let me know in the comment section who you think are the top 5 Muay Thai fighters in the world right now? Would you include Superlek in your list?