Coming off his recent victory against Albert Xavier on YOKKAO 40 in Sydney Australia, Brown is set to face another tough challenge. Istvan Korodi stylistically is very different from Xavier and so will test Brown’s ability to adapt to the new challenge. Both fighters have spent their recent careers training and fighting in Thailand so their return to Europe for YOKKAO 41 looks to be an interesting clash.
Jabs to body shots
Brown has adopted a longer stance than most Nak Muays, like any stance choice there are pros and cons which the fighter must balance. The obvious disadvantage is how a longer stance forces the lead leg to be heavier on the ground. This limits the ability for the fighter to raise it and check incoming low kicks.
The benefit of this stance suits Brown’s style that the disadvantages are worth the trade off. Brown’s lengthy stance allows him to use one of his best weapons, the jab. Brown has developed excellent accuracy and timing with the jab. Using it to jam opponent as they try to begin a combination or otherwise using it to sting and bother them.
In his bout with Xavier, Brown established the jab early. Once Xavier had begun to react to the strike, Brown started to work in his feints, switching his lead shoulder causing his opponent to overact by either covering up or backing off. Xavier’s overreactions can be seen most clearly midway through the second round where he throws a counter left hook to right straight following a shoulder feint by Brown.
Whilst he had an excellent stinging jab. Brown heavily utilises a pawing jab which opens up one of his favourite tricks. Ideally he gets his opponent against the ropes and begins to paw at his opponent with the jab. Eventually his opponent opens up and tries to counter else they risk being kept pinned in position. When the opponent reacts, Brown uses his long stance to lean back whilst keeping his feet planted. As the feet don’t move, Brown can counter the first attempted strike by the opponent as they attempt to bring it back when it falls short. Brown does an excellent job of attacking both the body and head whilst it is exposed by his opponent’s attempted offence.
The end of the bout came when Brown used this trick and countered Xavier with a right cross to left body shot which crumpled his opponent and ended the fight.
The pressure cooker
Korodi currently has a record of 13 wins with just a single loss, an impressive feet in the sport of Thai boxing. A key factor in many of his victories is his relentless pressure, wilting even the toughest opponents with his relentless aggression. When he fought Daryl Flood, his bread and butter was the constant matching 1-2 combinations into knees or engaging the clinch. Flood never got an opportunity to set and strike effectively. Instead he was forced to constantly circle to try to avoid Korodi’s pressure.
Flood did however reveal a glaring weakness in Korodi’s style. As Korodi was so aggressive in his marching forward, Flood was able to use a trip by knocking the lead foot of his opponent out. In the first round you see Flood execute this then immediately run around the grounded Korodi back into the space in the centre of the ring. Flood also managed on a number of occasions to disengage the clinch pulling down with his left hand on Korodi’s bicep whilst lifting the opposite arm and turning him onto the floor. Despite these victories, Korodi’s aggression wilted Flood who was finished in the second round.
A more recent fight of Korodi in Thailand revealed a new side to the fighter. Whilst still the aggressor, he appeared more measured in his approach against Superbig Sitnayokanong. Korodi did a better job of keeping his base under him by keeping hid feet under him rather than leading with his momentum. It minimised the opportunities the Thai had to trip him as Flood had done and also allowed him to execute a few more evasions such as the lean back to avoid a high kick.
Whilst Brown has many tools at his disposal, it will prove difficult for him to execute his favoured counter against such an aggressive pressure fighter such as Korodi. It doesn’t seem likely that Korodi will allow himself to be herded against the ropes for the probing jab to counter to be as effective.
That being said, Brown could have success leading an overly aggressive Korodi onto strikes, especially if Korodi chases Brown rather than cutting the ring. Brown is also experienced enough to utilise the tools Flood used against Korodi such as the instead trip and limiting the clinch exchanges if he feels Korodi is relying on it to score.
Korodi will almost certainly want to be the aggressor, however he needs to show a more measured approach like he did his recent bout rather than the chasing strategy he used against Flood. This will deny the trips and turns in the clinch that Flood had such success with. Brown has also proved to be more vulnerable against the ropes, especially when leaning back to avoid strikes. If Korodi can keep the pressure on Brown and get him toward the ropes, it could be a long night for Brown.