By Damrong Simakajornboon
Nakornloung Boxing Promotion is a famous Thai boxing promotional company which produced three Thai world champions, former WBC/WBA bantamweight champion Veerapol Nakornloung, former WBC super featherweight champion Sirimongkol Singmanasak and former WBC super flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. This week, its new generation Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, age of 24, will promote the WBC super flyweight championship fight between Japan’s Yota Sato and Thai prospect Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Friday at Khonmuangsri Boxing Stadium in Sisaket Province, Thailand. He is fully confident that his boxer will defeat the Japanese champion and becomes the 47th Thai fighter who win a world professional boxing title.
Here is the interview between your Fightnews correspondent and this youngest Thailand promoter.
Srisaket is your fighter, how do you feel about having the Sato-Srisaket fight on May 3 in Thailand?
The Sato fight is a very big thing for us for several reasons.
First, Srisaket is our home grown talent that we raised up from the very beginning. For us, he is the symbol of total dedication and faith. Not too long ago, he was a trash collector with the love for boxing. We accidentally found him for the first time as a follower of an external trainer who brought sparring partners to spar with our boxers. He showed his unbeatable dedication in training during the time he was in our gym. When he requested to join us, we did not hesitate in welcoming this hardworking young man. From then on, he has always been the one who would run the extra miles and train the extra rounds in the gym. Boxing helped him out of the poverty he suffered, and he knew that he will be able to get a better life and provide it to his beloved ones if he succeeds in Boxing, becoming a world champion. His record was spectacular, he knocked everyone in front of him out including those with more experience or bigger size. With all of these qualities, we rewarded him with a well-deserved world title fight, and we are very confident that he will not disappoint us and the Thai people.
Second, now is the first time in several decades that Thailand, the land of boxing, does not have any world champion at all. Only a few months ago, we had 4 world champions at the same time, ranging from WBC 115lb champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, WBC 112lb champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, WBA 115lb champion Teeparith Kokietgym and WBC 108lb champion Kompayak Porpramook. Within a year, we lost all the titles. Thai people, especially the boxing fans, are upset, and we are in an urgent need for a hero. This is why we decided to invest a lot of money in organizing this world title fight for our greatest prospect, Srisaket. He will get to challenge the title, which used to be ours (during the time of Suriyan), in his home ground, Srisaket. It is not a coincident that his name is similar to the province this event is going to be taking place at. Srisaket was born and raised in the province of Srisaket and he was named after his birth place. He will get to fight in front of his people, and it will be an epic!
Third, this is going to be the first time in 50 years for a Japanese world champion to defend his title in Thailand. For the past 50 years, all Japanese champions resisted to come to Thailand to face a different environment that they used to in comfortable Japan. With the monetary power that they have due to huge gap in profitability from organizing boxing events in the two countries, Japanese promoters have always been able to attract Thai challengers (both mandatory and voluntary) to fight on their home ground. This Srisaket-Sato event is an opportunity for us to show the world our capability to attract champions from a prominent country like Japan to fight in Thailand. It is also an opportunity for us to show our warm hospitality to Sato’s team, so that hopefully we Thai promoters will get chances to welcome more Japanese champions in the near future.
How is the training of Srisaket? Where does he train and who is main trainer? Srisaket feels good about this important opportunity in his boxing career?
Srisaket is in the best condition in his life as this is the life changing opportunity that he has been waiting for. He trains in Nakornloung Boxing Promotion Gym in Nonthaburi. It is the same place where many world champions were made, ranging from the legendary WBC-WBA bantam king Veerapol Nakornloung, Sirimongkol Singmanasak and Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. The main trainer is Mr. Chokchai Pisitwuttinan, a former Thai National boxing team and a trainer of the three world champions mentioned above. Srisaket is feeling great about this opportunity, he knows how important it is to his life and the life of his love ones, and he cannot wait for the day, May 3rd, to come.
Srisaket is WBC ABCO champion and WBC #7, but not the WBC mandatory challenger. Was it difficult to convince Mr. Keiichiro Kanehira for Sato to defend world title in Thailand? Kanehira is a famous promoter in Japan who has promoted all of Sato’s fights.
It was a very long and intense negotiation between us and Mr. Kanehira, our respectable friend. And, we would like to thank him for this opportunity that he has given us and Srisaket. Mr. Kanehira and Yota Sato have made an agreement and signed an option contract with us before the Suriyan-Sato fight that Sato would defend his title with our selected boxer if Sato wins the title from Suriyan. However, both Mr. Kanehira and Mr. Yota Sato prefer to defend the title in Japan, and they put their best efforts in taking us there. This includes offering a highly attractive offer which can potentially be the highest offer for a Thai boxer in a world title match ever. Given our strong determination to host the title fight for our beloved Thai boxing fans, especially Srisaket’s people, we rejected the offers several times. In return, we followed every request from their side and addressed all of their concerns. As requested, we are hosting the event in the “indoor boxing gym” even though this is against our boxing norms in Thailand which prevented us from maximizing our sponsorship. Even though we sincerely believe the highest standard of all WBC officials from every country around the world, all judges, referee, and supervisors will be only from Europe and America as they requested. In addition, we accepted to take the best care of them with the best hotels inside and outside of Bangkok, Business class tickets, etc. We put our best effort to provide them with the most fair and warmest welcome, this is how we successfully convinced Mr. Kanehira. We also appreciate their trust in us. Most importantly, we would like to show our deepest appreciation to Mr. Srisuk Rungvisai, our main supporter, and the WBC for allowing this fight to happen.
The fight will be in the afternoon or evening? (Sato has never fought in the afternoon). Will it televised LIVE to Japan or only in Thailand?
The fight will be in the afternoon Thailand time which will be late afternoon Japan time. We strongly believe that this will not have any impact on Sato’s ability to fight as he is a great warrior. The event will be broadcasted live in both Japan (TV Tokyo) and Thailand (Channel 7), during 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7).