by Pattaya Mail, Vol. XIII No. 48, December 1-8, 2005 (2005-12-12)
The Pattaya Mail was happy to welcome a team of boxers from the new Pattaya Fairtex sports club & resort, on Friday, 25 November. Included in the group was Thai champion boxer Yodsaenklai Fairtex, who was here to promote his upcoming fight for the first ever WBC sanctioned Muaythai World Championship Title. The fight will take place December 10 at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Australia and Yodsaenklai’s opponent will be hometown boy and champion Muaythai fighter, John Wayne Parr of Australia.
Yodsaenklai, (original name Yodthanong Photiratt) is 20 years old and is a native of Nong Bualampoo. He has been fighting since the age of eight and he has fought 215 times winning 160 of those bouts. He presently holds the Lumpini welterweight title, which he won in sensational fashion earlier this year and was signed up to the Fairtex stable for a contract fee of 1,700,000 baht, the highest amount ever paid for a Thai boxer in Thailand. He is now regarded as the dominant “big man�? in Lumpinee’s heaviest weight division and feels he is ready to test himself against the best of the international competition.
Yodsaenklai’s ring opponent on Decmber 10, John Wayne Parr is no stranger to Thailand himself. Parr, (29 years old) lived and trained in this country for 5 years and fought at all of the major stadiums. He has traveled around the world and is widely regarded by his peers as being one of the greater Muaythai fighters. His record of 57 wins from 77 fights speaks volumes about his caliber.
Despite this, local boy Yodsaeklai is confident that he can claim the first ever WBC sanctioned Muaythai title. In an exclusive interview with the Pattaya Mail he explained: “I’m not worried about fighting Parr. I’ve studied tapes of his fights and I have trained very hard for this fight. The only thing I have to worry about is fighting in Parr’s ‘neck of the woods’ so I will have to make it clear and decisive.�?
Whatever the outcome of the bout, it has clearly caught the imagination of the Australian public and the fight will be broadcast live on Australian national television as well as being carried by other international stations. The fact that the WBC, the world’s most respected boxing authority is giving its full backing to Muaythai is a clear sign that they see this sport rivaling Queensberry Rules boxing in terms of public appeal, in the not too distant future. Already, more World Title fights are being planned for the coming year.
When Yodsaenklai returns from Australia, he will be permanently based and conduct his training at the brand new Fairtex complex in north Pattaya which is currently nearing completion. A full report on the Fairtex Pattaya sports club will be carried in a forthcoming edition of the Pattaya Mail.
In the meantime, we wish our Thai boxer well in his first ever trip overseas and hope to see him return to the Pattaya Mail with the World Championship belt firmly in his possession. We shall leave the final words to the fighter himself as he departed the Pattaya Mail office: “Don’t worry, I will bring the belt back to Thailand�?.