Kaoklai Kaennorsing

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Kaoklai Kaennorsing
Kaoklai Kaennorsing.jpg
Kaoklai Kaennorsing (right) at MTAA Muaythai
Extravaganza vs Magnum Sakai.
BornAthit DamKam (อาทิตย์ ดำขำ)
(1983-09-13) September 13, 1983 (age 37)
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Native nameก้าวไกล แก่นนรสิงห์
Other namesMatrix Defense[1]
Giant Killer
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Light Heavyweight
Fighting out ofBangkok, Thailand
TeamEvolve MMA
Jockey Gym
Ihara Dōjō
Years active2001–2012
Professional boxing record
By knockout5
Kickboxing record
By knockout15
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: March 16, 2012

Kaoklai Kaennorsing (Thai: ก้าวไกล แก่นนรสิงห์, born September 13, 1983) is a former Thai light heavyweight Muay Thai fighter. Kaennorsing is the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Seoul tournament winner, former two-division Rajadamnern Stadium champion, and former WBC Muay Thai Light Heavyweight Champion.

At the time of his K-1 debut, on July 17, 2004 in Seoul, Kaoklai weighted 78 kg (172 lb; 12.3 st), the lightest and youngest fighter ever to win a K-1 Openweight tournament.[2] His name Kaoklai means in Thai "to have a good future".

Kaoklai is currently an instructor of Muay Thai at Evolve MMA in Singapore.[3]


Early life[edit]

Kaoklai Kaennorsing was born as Athit DamKam in the heart of the Northeastern Thailand, in the city of Khon Kaen. He became a student of Jockey Gym and he started training Muay Thai at the young age of eight. He had his first fight a year later which he lost by points decision. After graduation of junior high school for 3 years, he devoted himself to train Muay Thai.

Winning Rajadamnern Stadium titles[edit]

On March 31, 2001, Kaoklai fought against Kozo Takeda in Japan. Takeda just won the title of Rajadamnern Stadium at welterweight on January 21. Kaoklai knocked down Takeda with right middle kick to his temple at 1R, but he started getting damaged with right low kicks. Takeda knocked down Kaoklai with right low kick during 3R, and Kaoklai lost by the unanimous decision at 5R.[4]

In September 2002, at the age of 19, Kaoklai fought against Charnvit Kiat T.B.Ubol for the vacant title of Rajadamnern Stadium championship at welterweight. Kaoklai won by decision at 5R, and he won one of the most prestigious belts in Muay Thai.[5] Although Kaokalai defeat Charnvit before, he failed to defend his title from the same fighter in 2002, and he lost his first title.

On December 13, he participated the championship against Chalermsak Chuwatthana for the vacant title of Rajadamnern Stadium at Super welterweight. He won by the unanimous decision, and succeeded to win the titles at two different weight division.

In 2003, Kaoklai fought against Yokkao Borchorror2 to defend his title, but he lost by unanimous decision, and lost his title again.

On October 20, 2002, Kaoklai fought against Toshio Matsumoto in Japan, but he lost by the unanimous decision at 5R. After this bout, the Thai promoter protested and asserted that the judges did not consider Kaoklai's technics of neck wrestling, clinching and knee strikes. In result, this bout was decided as no contest and Shinichi Ihara, the president of SNKA, announced that SNKA is going to promote rematch in Thailand. Later, the rematch was canceled, and it was promoted next year in Japan.[6][7]

On March 30, 2003, Kaoklai fought against Lamsongkram Sauna-Harnjawe currently known as Lamsongkram Chuwattana. He won by TKO.

On October 12, Kaoklai had a rematch against Toshio Matsumoto in Japan. During 1R, he knocked down Matsumoto with right cross, but he was knocked out with punches at 2R .[8]

Winning K-1 Asia GP 2004[edit]

Kaoklai made his K-1 debut on July 17, 2004 at the Asian qualification Grand Prix, held in Seoul, Korea. He started the night with a quick right punch knockout win over Denis Kang in the quarterfinals. In the semis, he met Tsuyoshi Nakasako from Japan and earned a unanimous decision victory, sending him to the finals against Shingo Koyasu. Kaoklai won the evenly fought battle in the extra round, collected 60 million and advanced to K-1 World GP 2004 Final Elimination, held in Nippon Budokan Arena, Tokyo, Japan .[2]

His opponent at the Final Elimination was Belarusian kickboxer Alexey Ignashov. Having to overcome 80 lb (36 kg) weight and 8 in height disadvantage Kaoklai's quick, hit-and-run strategy started to paying off at the end of second round. Ignashov was issued two yellow cards for inactiveness throughout the fight, and the judges scored the fight after one extra round by a split decision in Kaoklai's favor.[9] Kaoklai is being called "Matrix defense" because his defense skills looked like Neo from the movie of The Matrix.

On December 4, 2004, Kaoklai was the youngest and the lightest fighter ever to compete in the 12th annual K-1 World GP Championships, held in Tokyo Dome, Japan. His opponent, American slugger Mighty Mo, the winner of Las Vegas GP, was the heaviest at 280 lb (130 kg). Kaoklai started the fight cautiously circling the American, tossing in hard low kicks. At the end of the first round Kaoklai landed a lightning-quick jumping right high kick which connected flush to the head of Mo sending him unconscious to the canvas. This KO win over MO would not only send Kaoklai to the semifinals but earn him the nickname "Giant Killer". His amazing run in K-1 Finals came to an end however against Musashi by a closely contested extra round unanimous decision.[10]

On March 19, 2005, Kaoklai entered the Korean World GP as a defending champion. He beat Qing Jun Zhang in quarterfinals and Hiraku Hori in semis, before facing a 7'2" and 346 lb (2.18 m, 157 kg) former Korean Ssireum wrestling champion, Hong-Man Choi in finals. Choi more than doubled Kaoklai's weight and towering a 1'3" (0.38 m) above the defending champion. Kaoklai was unable to overcome the disadvantage this time and lost the fight by unanimous decision after an extra round.[11] After this loss, Kaoklai started suffering more losses than wins.

On December 18, 2005, Kaoklai participated local event of SNKA in Yamanashi to fight against Moroccan kickboxer "Prince" Hamid Boujaoub who live in Australia. He won by the unanimous decision with 30-26.[12]

On February 9, 2006, Kaolai challenged Lamsongkram Chuwattana for his Rajadamnern Stadium at Middleweight. He was in the lead from the start until 3R, but he suddenly lost his stamina during 4R. In result, Lamsongkram came from behind and won the bout because he made up his score at 4R and 5R.

Winning world titles[edit]

On June 20, 2008, Kaoklai participated kickboxing event in Jamaica to fight against Clifton Brown from Canada for the vacant title of IKKC Muay Thai World Cruiserweight Championship. Kaoklai won by the split decision after 5R, and won the first world title in his career even if it was nameless title.

Kaoklai was rated as #7 at Light heavyweight of WBC Muay Thai in 2010. On March 14, 2010, Kaoklai fought against Magnum Sakai who was rated as #16 from Japan for the vacant title of WBC Muay Thai World Light heavyweight championship in El Monte, California, United States. Kaoklai knocked down Sakai twice with left hook and left elbow strike at 2R, and knocked out Sakai with right elbow strike at 3R.

Kaoklai was expected to rematch Simon Marcus at Muaythai Superfight on May 13, 2013[13][14] and was replaced by Suriya Prasarthinphimai.[15]

Kaoklai has not fought since December 31, 2012.


  • International Karate Kickboxing Council (IKKC)
    • 2008 IKKC Muay Thai World Cruiserweight (200 lbs) Champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
Professional boxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


  • Kaoklai has fought against Chalermsak Chuwatthana 9 times, with Kaoklai picking up 4 wins and 5 losses

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Japanese)K-1 OFFICIAL WEBSITE[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b DiPietro, Monty. "Kaoklai Takes K-1 Asia GP". www.k-1.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Kaoklai Kaennorsing: Kru, Muay Thai". Evolve MMA. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. ^ "Kaoklai Interview". www.muaythaionline.org. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2008-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ (in Japanese)Toshio Matsumoto The Phantom Victory Against Thai Champion
  7. ^ (in Japanese)SNKA “Road To Mauy-Thai 2002” Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ (in Japanese)SNKA 10.12 Korakuen, Matsumoto comes from behind and wins by KO at a preliminary skirmish of K-1
  9. ^ DiPietro, Monty. "Kaoklai Shocks Ignashov at the Budokan". www.k-1.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ DiPietro, Monty. "Bonjasky Defends Title at K-1 World GP". www.k-1.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ DiPietro, Monty. "Choi Wins K-1 Asian GP". www.k-1.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2008-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ (in Japanese)Kofu Event -Miyagawa Dojo Final 2005-
  13. ^ American Chike Lindsay Set to Take on Saiyok Pumpanmuang in One of the Most Unusual Cards This Year
  14. ^ Riddick Bowe set to make Muay Thai debut on stacked card featuring Simon Marcus, Chike Lindsay, Saiyok, Kaoklai, and more Archived 2013-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Updated fight card for Muaythai Superfight on June 14 in Bangkok Archived 2013-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "WBC Muay Thai World Championship Muay Thai results". www.thefightgame.tv. Retrieved 2008-06-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bassam Chahrour
2nd WBC Muay Thai World Light heavyweight Champion
March 14, 2010 – February 23, 2011
Succeeded by
Artem Levin