160lb Muay Thai legend vs. 235lb elite-level kickboxer – CRAZY size difference

Sunday, April 22, 2018

In this kickboxing match from 1995, we see how a CRAZY difference in size plays out as 160lb Muay Thai legend, Nokweed Devy, takes on 235lb elite-level kickboxer, Jerome LeBanner, and it’s actually much closer than you would expect.

And just in case you didn’t know who Nokweed Devy is, he is considered an absolute legend in the sport of Muay Thai. With an incredible 312 bouts to his name, he won championships at three different weight classes at the elite Rajadamnern Stadium, as well as the World Muay Thai Council (WMC) welterweight championship too.

Known for being an exceptionally heavy kicker, we see some of those elite-level kicking skills on display here in this bout against LeBanner from the K-1 Grand Prix ’95 Opening Battle in Tokyo, Japan at the Korakuen Hall.

Still, though, you would think the massive size advantage of LeBanner would simply be too much here regardless. The size difference is so dramatic it would almost be like if Frankie Edgar fought Junior Dos Santos in MMA and though Edgar is certainly a tough SOB with skills and heart for days, we all know how that fight would go.

The top of the food chain technique of Nokweed Devy somehow amazingly makes this a very compelling fight, though, regardless of the massive size disparity. Check it out in the video below and see who wins.

ABOUT NOKWEED DEVY:
Nokweed Devy (or spelled Nokveed Devy, Nokueed Devy, and Nokweed Davy; Thai: นกหวีด เดวี่; 1965 – August 31, 2016) was a former Thai Muay Thai kickboxer, who fought and was famous in the 80s and 90s. Nokweed is a heavy kick fighter, he was named the heaviest kick fighter in that era. In addition, he is also the primary Thai fighter who faced foreign fighters in K-1 matches, such as Jayson Vemoa, Jérôme Le Banner, Dany Bill, Faisal Zakaria, Stéphane Nikiéma, Paul Slowinski (later became his student) and Jeff Ortzow. After retirement, he converted himself into a trainer and had a Muay Thai gym with his fellow southern fighter, Lakhin Vasansit at Ko Samui, Surat Thani province. He died suddenly while training Muay Thai on the evening of August 31, 2016, in his gym, at 51-years-old.  [Source: Wiki]

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