A few weeks ago I noticed some chatter on the forums about Sanchai hanging up the gloves. A few of you have also left comments on the matter.
I think part of me was slightly sceptical, especially the part about Sanchai wanting to play football (soccer). Oh yeah for those of you who’re playing catch up… Sanchai said by Dec. he was going to be hanging it up. His hopes and aspirations are to play football professionally in Thailand.
I took it all with a grain of salt, but I came across this footage last night of Sanchai playing a scrimmage (friendly) with MuangThong United. Football is immensely popular in Thailand, but the local leagues and teams struggle for support.
I guess seeing him in this vid made it more real for me. It’s a huge loss to our sport… I would love to see him travelling and fighting more abroad. I’m hoping he’ll continue to be an ambassador for MuayThai abroad.
I’m sure he’s burnt out… I’m sure the idea of beginning a new sport and career must be incredibly exciting for him. I’m looking forward to him whipping out the cartwheel on the pitch…
I’m happy I had the chance to see him fight a couple of times. I doubt I’ll have the opportunity to catch him at Lumpini for his farewell fight. Any of you who are within a 2 hour flight of BKK need to be all over that. I’ll try to post more info on it, when I find out more.