What an interesting night. I had an opportunity to accompany a few of our fighters back stage. Things sort of came full circle for me as one of the fighters who I was accompanying was Mariuz Cieslinski. I was actually at his fight 4 or 5 years ago when he made his Muay Thai debut against my trainer Bunkerd Faphimai. When I told Mariuz the story, he gave a nod and said “Bunkerd is great man”. I couldn’t agree more.
Lots of great fights… One of the fights that stood out in my mind was with Danny Taylor of Lumpini Thai boxing vs. Jonathan Fabian of RZ Team Madrid. It was a fast paced fight and Fabian built a decent lead. Fabian has great hand speed and has clearly worked a lot on his boxing combination’s; he showcased his technical ability with some nice spinning and leaping elbows. You could imagine the crowds surprise when Danny Taylor’s hand was raised in victory. Actually I wouldn’t really call the reaction “surprise” it was more like disgust, with plenty of booing.
Afterwords I saw him in the dressing room and let him he know it was a total shit call. He walked away and came up to me a few min. later and said in broken English “you are the guy from the internet… yes?” Yes, I guess I am from the internet. Anyway, Jonathan great fight and I hope to see you in action again soon.
Our fighter Greg Walton was on form and pulled out a win. I’m not sure what Greg hit is opponent with maybe it was a knee? Anyway his camp decided to throw in the towel. I was with Greg before his fight and I was impressed with how calm he was. He’s young and he’s only been training about year… I really think he’s going to go far.
As you can see from the promo pic, one of the highlights of my evening was meeting… Rob Cox! For those of you who don’t know, Rob is a MT Journalist who runs his own camp and Muay Thai Focus. Rob is someone whom I hold in high regards. He’s been living, breathing and reporting on Muay Thai for over a decade. Rob is a walking encyclopedia of modern MT knowledge, I don’t think there is anyone who knows more about the Muay Thai scene in Thailand then Rob.
Rob was called in last minute when Sanchai’s trainer was denied a visa. In fact Sanchai and Rob had only arrived the night before, apparently it was all very last minute. I spoke with Sanchai briefly and he was looking pretty rough. I was slightly concerned as all he was really interested in was sleeping. I looked at Rob, ”he going to be ok…? He looks like shit…” “Sanchai? Oh he’ll be fine…”
Big ups to LuvMuay for taking the time to record and share this with the rest of us.
I was pretty impressed with Liam, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fighter sweep Sanchai. I felt Sanchai fought pretty conservatively compared to what we’re used to seeing. I think it was a combination of him being tired and him taking Liam seriously. Thoughts?