by BOA (2008-02-27)
Yodsankalai Fairtex Interview on the eve of Andy Souwer Main event 03-02-08
Real life Muay Thai “assassins” don’t come any better than the “Hero” Yodsanklai Fairtex. Just weeks before he made easy work and a near mockery of two Kiwi pro’s- blitzing home to take the KO World Series 72.5 Kg class. In a division where most of the “assassins” are known for their in your face style, Yod’s brings a stealth like feel. Before you know it – a count is on, your body is hurting and the world around you is reeling! That dear friend is how the “Hero” destroys you…
Known to possess one of the most lethal (left) kicks- being a south paw and not to mention a complete Muay Thai arsenal, it is truly a case of the ROGUE assassin. Yod makes every shot count and it stings like a Bee with the venom of a Rattlesnake. His most recent opponents Shannon Foreman and Dimitri Simikouv felt the full brunt of his capabilities, especially the crippling effect of his power-kicks. The scary part is that he didn’t shift into the top gears, and never needed to. Yod’s who is a draw card where ever he goes, is truly deceptive with his diminutive yet humble style.
A true star in every facet, he is the ROGUE feature fighter who will never decline an invitation to capture his moves and thoughts. No wonder a man of his stature and quiet nature gets all the attention with a smile the size of Africa . The real beauty of “Super-Yoda” is that you sense the inevitable attacks about to come, and the covert approach can have you in awe when his opponent hits the canvas. The sort of stuff the French Foreign Legion looks for in their recruits.
The truly media and crowds darling, he won over a nation when he visited New Zealand and let his fighting do the talking. He took some time out from his gruelling training at the Fairtex facility in Pattaya to speak to us about his upcoming adventure, when he travels to Holland to face K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer- on the SLAMM 4 Main event.
His best “running mate” for this campaign Naruepol “Mr. GQ” Fairtex isn’t far away, where ever he goes, Naruepol is there. It’s kind of like Starsky and Hutch- Thailand version. We at ROGUE are honoured to be part of this menacing tag-team, who are true entertainers where ever they go.
It’s funny how some of the best fighters who take apart the home grown crop in such decimating fashion, are loved and revered in fight immortality. Hopefully Yod graces the Kiwi shores more often than not- who knows maybe a possible super fight with John Wayne Parr?
Q. So what did you really think of the New Zealand guys- honestly, were they any competition at all?
This was my first time in New Zealand and I was really excited. Everybody was really nice and happy to see me, they were great!
In the first fight the guy (Shannon) punched a lot but it was not really powerful. He is a good fighter and was tough though. In the second fight, he was better than the first one. But I think he was thinking too much, maybe he was a bit scared of me and I got inside and KO him. But he also a very good fighter! And all the respect to them, and thanks for the opportunity to fight in New Zealand . It was great experience and help for me…
Q. What’s the game plan for Andy Souwer in Holland ? KO or see how the fight goes and win on points?
Andy Souwer is good in his punches and low kicks, good fighter. But I have been training so hard everyday, that to make (100%) sure I will win by KO!!! That’s the game plan and I will do it…
Q. What is the secret to your super-power left kicks? Do you eat Spinach like Popeye?
I have not really got a secret. I just train hard twice a day, jogging twice a day and training for a lot of kicks. Everyday– more and harder, always harder and smarter.
Sometimes I eat Spinach… not as much as Popeye though… (LOL)
Q. Who do you see as a real challenge in your league at the moment? Are there any particular fighters you want to mention…?
Yeah those fighters are John Wayne Parr and Farid Villaume. They are good fighters and always a challenge for me to fight them.
Q. Do you think you will fight in the K-1 Max in the future?
Yes for (100%) sure- I will fight in the K-1. I really want it! I would love to be in the K-1!!!
Q. What does “Super-Yoda” do to relax when he is not training? What kind of music/girls/magazines do you like to read etc?
After my training I like to watch TV and play snooker. When I read magazines it’s about Muay Thai/martial arts. When I can I check out ROGUE on the internet, I do like music a lot and listen to Thai music. As for girls, all girls are beautiful and anyone with a smile is great! (I like the ROGUE ring girls too- they are great!)