January 5, 2016 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya I’d expected to be rematching Rungnapa Por. Muangpet again, but two days before this fight Pi Nu said (with some disappointment in his voice) that she hadn’t been training and that I’d be fighting someone else instead. I call bullshit on that story. You must know prior to two days before a fight whether or not your fighter has been training. But it didn’t matter to me. They had this other opponent in mind but she was 55 kg, Pi Nu said. This was kind of amazing though, because for a very long
November 17, 2015 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pi Nu’s Birthday and my brother John’s Birthday – full fight video above The Day of the Fight – Pi Nu’s Birthday The gym had been transformed from a haven for sweating, shouting teenagers slamming their limbs into bags and pads, into a series of rooms filled with elders and the kids dressed in their best shirts and long pants, tending to the tables after tables of food. Bank was tasked with waving an electric mosquito racket over the fruit trays. I looked at all the men wearing pink polo shirts, the kids in
October 20, 2015 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya – full fight video above This was more or less a face-saving fight opportunity. I’d looked poorly against Gaewdaa the month before and, while I fought hard and pretty well, I lost a fight where there were barely any actual points scored. I lost because I looked bad. So Pi Nu got me on another card at the same stadium in a quick way, which was really good. Rungnapa is from the same gym as Gaewdaa but they’re very different fighters. So, yeah, I felt a little pressure to make sure I did much
September 29, 2015 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya – full fight video above This was the first time I fought for the Petchrungruang gym in a long-ass time. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for me to fight in Pattaya, so I got Pi Nu’s blessing to be booked through other means and he happily lets me go do what I want/need to do to fight more often. But fighting on the “home turf” is definitely a pressure situation, since I’m representing the gym in what is essentially our backyard. Added to this, Petchrungruang associates were co-promoters of this event, so
December 15, 2014 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya (ching champ 47 kg) – full fight video above This fight is dedicated to Dana Hoey, who is an awesome woman and supporter of my GoFundMe campaign to get me to fights. My 100th fight was to be in Buriram, but for various reasons that fight fell through – it’s part of it all to have this happen – so I got to rededicate to Dana this fight. Thanks very much! Phetjee Jaa is wearing the red and white striped shirt that Kevin and I got it for her on our last trip
December 1, 2014 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya – full fight video above This fight is a rematch against the “Iron Shark,” Chalaamlek, who I fought for a Loi Krathong Festival fight just under a month prior. Our first fight resulted in a draw, although my corner and a lot of the crowd was adamant I’d won. It didn’t matter, a rematch was scheduled for a few weeks later and ended up being pushed back just a week or so because a different promoter wanted it on his show. I’m not sure why; I’d assumed it was because it was a
September 29, 2014 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya – full fight (above) There is something somewhat un-Kosher about me fighting The Star, as was true the first time we fought about 7 months ago here in Pattaya. The issue is that I train at Petchrungruang Gym, which has a very close personal relationship with the Sor. Klinmee Gym out of which Star has been fighting and was raised up as a fighter. The first time, I got the fight booked through WKO, which was my second gym back in February and Kru Mutt from WKO cornered all my three fights then.
June 13, 2014 – Thepprasit Stadium, Pattaya Back in the Saddle My last fight in Chiang Mai was unfortunately my 79th and I missed the chance to have one more before moving down to Pattaya on June 1st. I received six stitches in my forehead from an elbow cut and that prevented me from fighting again right away and then a military coup and subsequent curfew made fights difficult to schedule. All this is to say that my last fight was quite some time ago and I was eager to get into the ring as soon as possible upon our