Ingram is a small camp that is managed by Hideki Suzuki a Japanese expat who used to train and fight out of Kaewsamrit Gym. I originally heard of Ingram, because of Buakaw. Suzuki was the person who was originally responsible for introducing Buakaw to K1. Ultimately one could argue that Buakaw wouldn’t have had his success if it weren’t for Hideki Suzuki.
While I was training at Ingram in ’96 I had met their star fighter Sagetpetch. It was clear to me that Suzuki had ever intention of getting Sagetpetch into max. Sagetpetch had reached the peak of his career. In addition to his Lumpini and Raja title he was also the Mitsubishi 8 man winner, MAX was the next logical step.
That was the plan… I know Sagatpetch and Suzuki had a bit of a falling out. As a result Sagatpetch stopped fighting. Here was a fighter at the peak of his international fighting potential, walking away from it all…
Fast-forward a four years… I’m checking out this years Max lineup and I see 2 Thai’s in the lineup. Pajonsuk and Sagatpetch, Pajonsuk will be fighting in a superfight, while Sagatpetch is a part of the Final 16.
I know he hasn’t been active for a bit, but nonetheless I’m really happy that he’s finally getting his chance.
I was hoping that I would be able to ignore MAX this year, but it looks like i’ve got someone new to pull for.