Sanklai Sitkru-Ott had some of the most beautiful technique in Muay Thai history. Like all technicians of the sport, his counters needed to be thrown with pinpoint accuracy and delivered promptly in order to win the exchange. Every technique Sanklai threw was so crisp and precise, rather like that of Chatchai Paiseetong and Karuhat.
Countering an opponent in Muay Thai requires excellent speed, timing, and balance. The fighter who allows one or more of these qualities to fade comes up short and isn’t able to land the all-important final counter attack, often losing the rally.
In this fight against Chainoi, Sanklai’s kick counters are on point; they are beautifully executed and his reactions are lightning quick. Sanklai isn’t the most powerful of fighters, but his kicks in this bout look legit. Even when he throws seriously powerful kicks he does it with picture-perfect technique.
Sanklai truly is one of the greatest technicians the sport has ever seen.