Nice anon! Admittedly, I do favor the previous one as it's not as "pudgy" and has some great detail.
Yours is like a better continuation of Pignite, and it retains the "Chinese Ding" inspiration, in that Emboar was partly based on Chinese cooking Pot which only nobility were allowed.
I'd say the one thing your design is missing is the tail needs to be lit. People overlook that the Tepig line is also based on cartoon bombs, with it starting out as an un-ignited fuse that slowly recedes upon evolution. I'd also make its eyes red like in the BW sprite.
Hope I'm not being too nit picky, I like your takes character, and the flame "collar/mohawk" and face are definitely better.