It is not easy to make such a list since there are so many talented fighters out there.
There are two ways to make such a list: one can focus on the all-time best or write about current
top fighters in the world.
I would like to present both: active champions and the legendary Thai boxers that have made the most impact in the Muay Thai universe. I will also create two separate sublists: one for native Thai boxers and one for the best foreign fighters.
I understand that this is a very subjective topic and everyone has their own opinion about it. So just take it as my personal list of the best Thai boxers and comment in the box below if you agree with me or completely disagree with my list.
There is only one person I can start this list with and his name is Samart Payakaroon. He is the ultimate Muay Thai fighter and he deserves to be named number one champion of all time. He is not only a Thai boxing champion but also a WBC boxing champion.
He has combined Western boxing style with Muay Thai and his accomplishment helped to elevate the sport to a whole new level. His record is 150 fights in total, 129 wins, 19 losses, and 2 draws which speak for itself.
Saenchai: a Muay Thai fighter and a
multiple Lumpiness stadium champion. He won that title fighting in a few different weight divisions.
He is one tricky fighter who never ceases to surprise his opponents and amaze the crowd.
He often challenges bigger and stronger fighters and dominates them in the ring with his speed and timing. He is probably the second most widely recognized Muay Thai champion all over the world right after Buakaw.
Buakaw Por Pramuk: the living legend and the face of Muay
Thai around the world. He was born in Surin in Thailand. He is a multiple welterweight champion who possesses a
powerful, lightning-fast head kick. He was very successful
with both: the K1 platform and traditional MuayThai competitions.
He may be not the most technical fighter out there but he has got a will of steel and his aggressive pushing forward style is spectacular and effective at the same time. Thanks to his accomplishments in K1 he has done more for the promotion of Muay Thai outside of Thailand than any other native Thai fighter.
He's got 246 professional fights under his belt of which he won 213 and lost 21 (12 draws). Read more about Buakaw por Pramuk
Yodsanklai Fairtex: the former super welterweight champion now fighting in a super middleweight division. He is a very smart and technical fighter.
He is a mentally very tough fighter and a skillful boxer. His punches possess a knockout power. His most notable skill is that he reads his opponents in a first round to learn their weak spots and to use that knowledge against them.
That's why he is known as "the boxing computer".
He is a worthy and dangerous opponent for every professional Thai fighter. One of the best Muay Thai fighters around.
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