My Last 4 Fights With Commentary – Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu | fights 225, 226, 227 and 228
My Last 4 Fights With Commentary
Below is my most recent fight, fight #228, facing Hongmorakot Liangprasert, and experienced and tough opponent. Readers have been telling me that they love my fight commentary so I’ve started publishing my most recent fights with voiceover again, trying to give perspective on what I’m doing, and what it feels like for me. If you enjoy this, there are more commentary fights below too, including my fight vs World Champion Thanonchanok ( champ up 3 weight classes), and two successive fights I had vs the former Northern 112 lb champion Payayong, all with my commentary. Get caught up on my fights and my process. All in this post. You can also follow my process in real time, as a patron, study the techniques I’m studying as I train with legends and great krus all over Thailand documenting them in the Muay Thai Library project.
Giving Up 29 lbs! – Fight 228 vs Hongmorakot Liangprasert
This was a special fight for me because my parents were visiting, and facing a large, experienced opponent like this, as a clinch fighter is always a real challenge. Also, receiving my 200th stitch as a Muay Thai fighter is something of a milestone. Pretty much only John Wayne Parr and myself are distinguished for the great number of stitches we’ve taken over fight totals that reach past 100. A badge of honor. My chase of the all time fight total record of 470.
Some stills captured by my husband Kevin, you can follow his Muay Thai and Thailand photography on his Instagram:
You can see how I was feeling after the fight in my post fight update, these are vlogs that I do after ever single fight just to invite people right into the moment, and it allows me to be able to look back into my state of mind as well:
More Commentary Fights
Fight 227 vs the World Champion Thanonchanok w/ commentary
This was an incredible fight for me. Thanonchanok is one of the highest IQ Thai female fighters ever. She held the WPMF World Champion belt at 48 kg for several years, and then held the 51 kg belt. In a few weeks she’s flying to Japan to go and try and take it back. It’s a huge thing to be fighting such an elite fighter, probably the most decorated Thai female fighter ever, and for her to have such a significant weight advantage, and for me to do well. She’s a benchmark fighter for me, someone I always admire and am a fan of.
Kevin made this more lyrical edit of a portion of this fight showing my work in mid-clinch
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Kevin made a beautiful little clip of his favorite part in my fight last night. (Continued in comments…) #Repost @kevinvonduuglasittu • • • This is just my favorite series of moments in Sylvie’s last fight, something really special. I remember fights of Namkabuan in which he did this in the 4th round, after fighting it out elsewhere for much of the fight. Mid-clinch, snaking in continuousness, staying sticky, scoring repeatedly which allows the ref to let it flow, dominating the biggest round through this continuity. The art in this is very high, as high as repeatedly hitting someone with a jab throughout the round, or with mid-kicks. There are so many subtle turns, torques and threats that allow for this kind of control of an extremely experienced, elite fighter, with a huge weight advantage. All Thanonchanok has to is stop Sylvie. She doesn’t have to score, she just needs to snuff and stall her, to look like she isn’t affected – the larger fighter always has the advantage in this, because visually they will just look less affected. It’s up to the mid-clinch fighter to break that illusion. Small shuffle steps, moving the larger fighter off their spot, little head-digs and pressures to turn her, changing the height and pressure of the mid- and low-clinch. This series is just so full of small movements, the kind of which can’t be rehearsed. They are just felt. And Thanonchanok is expert at stalling clinch. She’s stopped many a knee with that hand on thigh, assuming control. The rotation, the patience, the way that Sylvie created the next movement there, the head threats, it was all part of a ballet. This is just incredible clinch at this point in Sylvie’s path, but the kind of which, if you don’t look closely, you might not see or appreciate. I can see lots of Sylvie’s work from the side position in this. All Thanonchanok needs to do is escape, to stall, to stop. But here, it was not allowed, this is in and towards the spirit of what Muay Khao was in the Golden Age: unrushed, patient and continuous. No big knockouts, just movement and feeling, dancing across the ring.
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This fight was Dedicated to Andy Thomson who passed, a mentor to so many
my post-fight video update
2 Fights In Succession #225 and #226 vs Payayong
Such an instructive pair of fights because Payayong is a super smart opponent, Northern Champion at 112 lbs. These two fights occurred one after the other, and so provide really interesting lessons in adjustment and ringcraft. You can learn a lot of about Thai style scoring in this pair of fights as well. I was very fortunate to have the Muay Khao legend Langsuan in my corner in the 2nd fight, his presence and guidance made a big difference.
The legend Langsuan on my corner in the 2nd fight, you can watch our work together in the Muay Thai Library project as a patron
post fight update #226
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