November 8, 2016 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – full fight video above This fight required a lot of back and forth with the promoter. On October 13, 2016 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama 9, passed away and the country fell into a period of mourning. It was a huge shock and has been a very sad time. As part of paying respect to His Majesty there was a moratorium on all celebratory events, no music, television was only Royal News with no entertainment programs, and fights in Bangkok were all cancelled for a 30 day period. There are
October 6, 2015 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – full fight video below full fight video, above Because my hand is still broken (although doing SO much better), I’m very diligent about having that side wrapped well for fights. So I sent some messages to Tor, with whom I trained at Lanna, and he agreed to come down and wrap my hands for the fight. Which was a good call, I tell you – he gave me an awesome professional wrap that he said is great for clinchers because it’s lightweight on the hands. Tor is a clinch fighter also;
May 18th, 2014 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – I actually set this fight up on my own, which is a first and hopefully unusual – if not last – for me. Since Den has gone to Scotland it has proved difficult to get a fight scheduled because he’s the manager with all the contacts and even though Daeng can contact all the same people he’s not accustomed to, or perhaps interested in, doing so. Daeng did set me up a fight but it wasn’t until the 30th, which would be more than two weeks from when I’d asked for
May 5, 2014 – Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – I had to wait for one stitch to come out of my head from my fight before this, so there were about two weeks between them. I showed up at the venue with no idea who I would be fighting and upon looking at the program I still didn’t recognize the name. I looked around at the other fighters and couldn’t see anyone who would be reasonable. I didn’t feel that it mattered. I was a bit nervous because it felt like a long stretch between my fights and my last
Thapae Stadium, Chiang Mai – April 21, 2014 This was my first fight back at Thapae Stadium in many months. I’d asked Den for a fight here and it took a while to actually get one booked, although not really because of any difficulty in scheduling a fight for me, just the promoter at Loi Khro being who Den generally works with and that promoter continually wanting me for his shows. It felt really nice to be at Thapae. It’s a cool venue and I like it. Where we set up in the back is a training area during the
October 10, 2013 – Thapae Stadium I had a bit of a rough week of training leading up to this fight. I managed to ding up my right shin when I kicked pads on the first day back after my last fight. Incidentally, I told Daeng that I didn’t want to kick on my left shin because I knew it was tender from blocking a gazillion times against Cherry, but I thought my right shin was fine because I didn’t feel anything on it at all. Within a few kicks on the pads I had a big bubble that hurt
This night of fights was held in benefit of Khem, a former Lanna champion who a year ago suffered waist-down paralysis in a motorcycle accident. We are all trying to help Khem and his family recover financially and Thapae Stadium with Muay Siam magazine set up this night as a charity event for them. You can read more about Khem and our efforts to help him here: Help Khem Recover from Paralysis, and here in my original introduction on him: Khem Lanna Muay Thai. Through generosity from people around the world who have met Khem or are part of the
September 16, 2013 – Thapae Boxing Stadium – It’s been a few weeks since my last fight, which allowed for some of the changes in my training to really settle into a rhythm, but I’m also not a fan of having more than 14 days between fights. This was about 17 days, so not a huge span, but it felt long. We’re having some difficulties with promoters at our usual two stadiums, so this was the first time in about five years (according to Den) that a fighter from Lanna has fought at Thapae Stadium. I’m happy to reintroduce us.