Archive | March, 2005

Fairtex featured on MTV

31 Mar

by FTX (2005-03-31)

Fairtex Muaythai Fitness was featured on MTV Asia’s “Road to Bangkok”, hosted by Tata Young, Thailand’s pop star.

MTV identified Fairtex Muaythai Fitness in Banplee, Samutprakarn, Thailand at “THE PLACE” to train the ancient art of Muaythai.

Tata interviewed the living legend Ajarn Apidej Sit-Hirun and Prem Busarakamwongs, followed by a Muaythai training demonstrations.

Kaew Fairtex – Fighter of the Month

30 Mar

by FTX (2005-03-30)

Real Name: Sarawut Prapraipetch
Born: 9/5/1984
Weight: 61Kgs.
Birth Place: Somdejprapinkhraw 1028 TraksinBukerloThonburi
Family: 3rd son, 2 older and 1 younger sisters
First Fight at: Age 10
Trainer: “Fanta�? Fairtex
Most Famous Fight: Win by T.K.O , Trijak Sitjomtri
Admired Fighters: Neungsiam Fairtex Chanchai Sor Thamarangsri
Fight Statistics: Total 139 – Wins 96 (33 KOs, 2 TKOs) – Losses 38 – Draws 5

Kaew Fairtex fought his first amateur match at the Loykrathong Festival at the New Wanchai Hotel in Pakchong province at the young age of 10 (year 1994), which is not an uncommon age for Muaythai athletes to begin their careers.With his father as his trainer, Kaew fought in the 22kg/48lbs weight division, under the fight name of “Sarawut Lak sor Singsanay�?.In Thailand, it is traditional for Muaythai fighters to adopt a “ring name�? that includes the teacher or camp they represent. The purse for Kaew’s first fight was 1,000 Thai Baht (approx. USD$50 at that time).However, because Kaew lost this fight, he received only 160 Thai Baht (approximately USD$6.50).

A few months later, his aunt took him to Sak-Arunt Muaythai Camp to train for a month before he went back in the ring.The month complete, he changed his fight name to Barbeer Por Prakanphai and fought again, this time winning by knockout in the second round.Kaew became inspired to continue his fighting career, dreaming of one day becoming a Muaythai champion.Training hard, Kaew continued to win his bouts and quickly rose to the top of his weight division.In August of 1997, Kaew received a shot at a championship title sanctioned by the Muay Siam Association in the Central Thailand division named Ratanadaj Aor Yingyong.Fighting bravely in the 31kg/68lbs weight division Kaew narrowly lost the match by decision.

Muaythai is founded on the philosophy of “never giving up�?, and this setback did not stop Kaew’s pursuit of becoming a champion.His father quickly realized that for Kaew to achieve his goal, he would eventually have to fight the best of the best in the world-famous Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.“Lumpinee Champion�? is the most prestigious title a Muaythai fighter can earn in Thailand, in which over 130,000 athletes compete.Kaew and his father consequently set out to find the best training camp in Bangkok. In 1999, they found what they were looking for.Kaew was accepted to the prestigious fighter-training program at the legendary Fairtex Muaythai Camp, producer of over 30 Thai and World Champions and home to the legendary Arjarn Apidej Sit-Hirun, named “Best Muaythai Kicker and Fighter of the Century�? by the Authority King of Thailand.

At the age of 16, now officially under the name of “Kaew Fairtex�?, he fought his first professional fight at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on a fight card promoted by Fairtex founder Mr. Bunjong Busarakamwong (a.k.a. Mr. Philip Wong).He won the fight via second round knockout, earning 6,000 Thai Baht (approx. USD $250) as the newcomer.As a southpaw, Kaew quickly became known for his incredibly powerful left roundhouse kick, staggering left cross, and his vicious elbows.

Under the intense training regimen at Fairtex and strong support from the trainers, his family, Fairtex and Mr. Wong, Kaew rose rapidly to the #1 Contender spot in the Super Bantamweight (122lbs) division at Lumpinee, and ranking second overall in Thailand.In a competitive field of 65,000 registered professional fighters in Thailand, this ranking translates to the top 0.0001 percentile!

In September 1999, Kaew finally received his long-awaited and hard-won Lumpinee Championship Title opportunity, against the champion Doungsompong Por Khumpai.

Misfortune struck one week before the event, however, when a freak accident resulted in Kaew receiving 12 stitches on his left shin.This was especially bad for Kaew, as the shins are heavily used in Muaythai for both kicking attack and defense.As a powerful southpaw, Kaew is particularly feared for his left roundhouse kick.The injury thus damaged his main weapon.Though the fight was delayed by an additional week, more time was needed to heal fully.However, in Muaythai, “the show must go on�? and on September 14th, Kaew Fairtex fought Khumpai for the Lumpinee title.

During the first three rounds, Kaew dominated the champ with his solid left punches, elbows and roundhouse kicks.Towards the end of the third round, however, the cut on Kaew’s shin opened up while blocking a roundhouse.Seeing the damage, the champ took advantage by focusing on kicking Kaew’s bleeding shin.

Fighting through the pain, Kaew gave his best and lasted through two more grueling rounds.The fight was scored very closely, with Kaew losing by only one point on each of the three scorecards.

The unfortunate loss dropped Kaew’s ranking.He would have to fight several other top ranked fighters to get a second chance at the title.

Choosing to be prudent this time, Kaew took a couple months off to recover from his injury before restarting his ascent to the title.

Kaew’s returned to the ring on November 12, 2004.This was to be his 137th fight, and his opponent was Trijak Sitjomtri.Sitjomtri, ranked in the top five, was renowned for his toughness and impressive boxing skills.He had built a fearsome reputation for himself by knocking out many top-ranked fighters.Unbeaten in the last year, Sitjomtri had knocked out his last ten opponents.Sitjomtri was thus regarded as “the man to beat�?.

Fuelled by his frustrating loss and his ongoing desire to become Lumpinee Champion, Kaew entered the ring in top shape and with a calm and focused attitude.Concentrated and cautious in the ring, Kaew was visibly wary of his opponent’s explosive hands.Resting in the corner between the 3d and 4th rounds, Kaew received advice from Fairtex founder Philip Wong: “Why are you holding back? Show them what you’ve got!�?Kaew nodded his head and strode to the center of the ring.

The bell sounded the beginning of the round and Kaew came forward with increased aggressiveness. Combining strategy and skill, Kaew now moved to anticipate and intercept Sitjomtri’s movements. Kaew soon had stunned his opponent with a thunderous counterpunch to the chin, sending a brilliant halo of sweat into the stands.Sitjmotri quickly regained some composure and retaliated with a right roundhouse kick, only to have it deftly caught by Kaew.With Sitjomtri off-balance and vulnerable, Kaew struck hard and fast with a whip-like right roundhouse, striking Sitjomtri on the neck and sending him staggering into unconsciousness.Ecstatic, Kaew leapt up with hands in the air.He then bowed in respect to the audience before attending to the falling Sitjomtri, who was unceremoniously taken away on a stretcher.This time, his purse for the fight was 45,000 Thai Baht (approximately USD $1,125).

Kaew Fairtex’s fame and status rose considerably within the Muaythai community after this awesome win.Kaew Fairtex is still considered to be near the top 5 in his weight division in Thailand and at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.Following the fight, the news media and a number of promoters expressed their opinion that this was a very important fight for Kaew, in that it proved his courage and composure against a fast-rising fighter and rival.Now having bested one of the biggest threats to the Lumpinee title, Kaew’s shot at the championship is perceived as more significant.A title rematch will thus soon re-appear for the soft-spoken fighter.

“I am inspired to win again and to become the next Lumpinee Champion.I know I will succeed.�? stated Kaew simply.

Ozeas Correia Wins Bronze Medal at WMF Tournament in Thailand

30 Mar

by FTX (2005-03-30)

The World Muaythai Federation (WMF) World Championships was held in Bangkok, Thailand this March 19-26, 2005.

Over 25 countries participated in the tournament with close to 200 athletes.

Ozeas Correia was one of those athletes that participated in the event, representing Portugal.He took home the bronze medal at the 71 kg division.

Ozeas is sponsored by Never-Shakes Promotions, Fairtex – Portugal and Fairtex Group – Thailand.

Inspired by Fairtex

30 Mar

by Nick and Robert Rutledge, Australia (2005-03-30)

Hi to everyone at Fairtex!

I have just returned to Sydney and I have to write to thank you all for the wonderful experience my son and I have just had at the Fairtex training camp.

Before I came to Thailand, I did some research into Muay Thai training in Asia, and the Fairtex camp stood out for its apparently professional system of training. I also heard some friends saying good things about the Fairtex camp, and with this information I decided to try two weeks training at Fairtex – and even to take my 7-year-old son along. And I can honestly say that I was not disappointed in any way at all. Fairtex lived up to every expectation, AND MORE!

From the first moment when Robert and I arrived at Bangkok airport to be met by your driver, this ‘training holiday’ was an immensely exciting and enjoyable experience. The administration personnel showed themselves to be well organised and efficient, the camp staff were friendly – and the trainers … well, you clearly have the very best trainers! They teach clearly and accurately all the skills of the ancient fighting art, as well as helping students to bring out their best in fitness.

Perhaps more than anything, Robert and I appreciated the opportunity to train right beside professional Thai fighters, many of them already champions in the world of Muay Thai. Seeing what these ‘real’ fighters achieve is incredible. No wonder your overseas students are inspired to reach their own maximum potential, no matter how skilled or unskilled, how fit or unfit they were to start.

The Fairtex slogan is ‘Be Inspired’. Well, my son and I were certainly inspired during our stay – so inspired that we are already planning to return next year for a second stay!

See you all then, and THANKS again!

Nick and Robert Rutledge
Sydney, Australia

Lars “Bad Boy” Besand wins at the MFN Cage Fight

30 Mar

by Keith Mills, Full Contact Fighter, Germany (2005-03-30)

Lars ‘Bad Boy’ Besand of Skagen Fight Gym (Denmark) unleashed strikes to a TKO win in the first round over Andre Baltschmieter of Energy Gym Eschwege (Germany) at the MFN (Masters Fight Night) Cage Fight on March 26, 2005 at Duisburg, Germany.Lars “Bad Boy�? Besand is sponsored by Fairtex Group.

MFN Cage Fight results are as follow:

Fight #1
Andrzej Kulik (PL) MMA Team Poland v.s.
Jacoub Ünül (GER) Masters-Gym

Andrzej Kulik wins by Submission in R. 1

Fight #2
Maik Sturmbries (GER) La Onda Gym Magdeburg
v.s. Nordin Asrih (GER) Taifun Luta Livre Masters-Gym

Nordin Asrih wins by Guillotine in R. 2

Fight #3
Lars ‘Bad Boy’ Besand (DK) Skagen Fight Gym
v.s. Andre Baltschmieter (GER)Energy Gym Eschwege

Lars Besand wins by Strikes in R. 1

Fight #4
Cengiz Dana (GER) Mocambo Gym
v.s. Rafal Lasota (PL) MMA Team Poland

Cengiz Dana wins by Doctor Stop in R. 2

Fight #5
Maciek Luczak (PL) MMA Team Poland
v.s. Dennis Siver (GER) Team Kiboju – Mannheim

Dennis Siver wins by Strikes in R. 2

Fight #6
Rafal Dabrowski (PL)
MMA Team Poland
Ramo Durmic (GER)
Taifun Luta Livre

Rafal Dabrowski wins by Strikes in R. 1

Fight #7
Raouf Omar (GER)
Gorilla Team Sopper
Marc Wisniewski (GER)
Team Fenriz – Berlin

Marc Wisniewski wins by Triangle in R. 1

Fight #8
Malte Janssen (GER)
Taifun Luta Livre
Gary Kono (FRA)
Free Fight Academy

Malte Janssen wins by Strikes in R. 2

Fight #9
Alex Wiebe (GER)
Fight Center – Minden
Fatih Balci (GER)
Gorilla Team Sopper

Fatih Balci wins by Armbar in R. 1

Fight #10
Stephan Holtmann (GER)
Fight Center – Minden
Thomas Hinrichsen (DK)
Skagen Fight Gym

Thomas Hinrichsen wins by Decision

For other info on MFN Fight Cage, please vist

Jongsanan Fairtex Defends his IKKC Title

30 Mar

by Lynda Loyce, Fairtex Muaythai Fitness, San Francis (2005-03-30)

Congratulations to Jongsanan “The Woodenman�? Fairtex who continues his 7year win streak.On February 5th, 2005 IKKC Junior Middleweight Champion Jongsanan Fairtex stopped Dutch Champion Marco Pique by 3rd round knockout.

Pique a highly skilled opponent, was the taller and larger of the two but no match for the superior ring intelligence of Jongsanan.The first round was very close, difficult for the judges to score as both fighters cautiously tested one another.

The second round showed greater action and more confidence by both athletes.The fans were not disappointed as the tempo in round 3 increased with some very powerful exchanges.Pique tried to use his reach advantage but not to be deterred, The Woodenman closed the distance and worked the clinch very effectively.

Pique appeared uncomfortable in the clinch even turning his back to Jongsanan and in an effort to escape threw a wild elbow opening a slight cut on the left eye of the Woodenman.Referee John Shorley broke the action briefly.As the athlete’s reset and action resumed Jongsanan landed a flush overhand right sending Pique to the canvas for the 10 count ending the bout.

Never-Shake Brazil Powered by Fairtex

30 Mar

by Jaime Neves, Never-Shake Promotions, Brazil (2005-03-30)

More than 120 guests where at the opening ceremony of the new Never-Shake Training Center in Sao Paulo – Brazil, a place were the Brazilian experienced fighters and beginners can find the true spirit of Muay-Thai.

Idealized by Mr. Jaime Neves and Augusto Nasser the owners of Never-Shake Promotions & Management, Inc and Mr. Paulo Zorello (President of Brazilian Kick-Boxing Confederation) with the full support of Sao Paulo Sports Government, the city is now the only place in Brazil with one Thai trainer working full-time – Mr. Thamniab Thaworn (Pirojnoi).

The Training Center started on March, 14th with the professional fighters training session from Team Never-Shake Brazil witch includes Muay-Thai, MMA, Kick-Boxing, Submission and Jiu-Jitsu fighters already with Brazilian and World Champions there like Vitor Viana (Jiu-Jitsu World Champion); Eduardo Pamplona (Shooto Brazil Champion); GIBI (World Champion); and many others.

The goal in the future is to build more training centers like this one, and increase Muay-Thai, Fairtex and Never-Shake spirit in Brazil.

Please visit our website to learn more about Never-Shake,

Korean fighter Hong-Man Choi wins the Asian Grand Prix in Seoul, Korea

30 Mar

by FTX (2005-03-30)

Asian Grand Prix in Seoul, Korea (March 19, 2005)

The final bout was about as ‘David vs Goliath’ as it gets, Choi more than doubling Kaoklai, stands at 218cm (7’2″) and tipping the scales at 157kg (346lbs) while Kaoklai’s height is merely 189cm (5’11�?) and weighs only 78kg (172lbs). If that wasn’t enough, Choi was relatively fresh, having fought scarcely two minutes on the night, whereas Kaoklai had logged full six rounds.

The fight was something of a physics experiment.Choi’s size and power prevented the Thai Wonder kid from doing any damage to the giant.Kaoklai attacked by darting in with low kicks and high kicks, but despite his best efforts he could not get under Choi’s reach to connect with the Korean’s legs.Choi was capable at backing out of harm’s way.

The decision was a draw after three rounds so the fight went to an extra round. Kaoklai finally connected with a low kick here, and landed a right to the head — but, again, Choi was able to corral his opponent into the corner and threw punches and knees, leaving Kaoklai little choice but to duck out and run away.

At the end the judges gave it to Choi.

Mike Tyson’s School

30 Mar

by Promporn Pramualratana, The Nation (2005-03-30)

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been invited by the World Boxing Council to train in Bangkok as a traditional Muay Thai boxer. An official of the council is now in the US talking to Tyson’s managers about the offer.

If he accepts, he will be training at the Fairtex Muay Thai Camp in Samut Prakan. It is understood that Tyson’s representatives have already scouted the camp to make sure it has the right facilities needed for Iron Mike.

It’s also probable that Tyson may be staying at the camp or in its vicinity if he does come because the days of traveling with a big entourage and living in luxury hotels seem to have come to an end – unless he can get somebody else to pick up the tab.

Raging Bull – Train like a Thai, Fight like a Thai

25 Mar

by Promporn Pramualratana, The Nation (2005-03-25)

During the past five years, more women have become interested in Muay Thai, flying in from all over the world to train at the Fairtex Muay Thai Camp in Samut Prakan, according to Apidej Sit-Hirun, a former Muay Thai champion and the camp’s headmaster.

Lessons with the master, room and board with facilities – gym and swimming pool – are Bt8,000 a month and Bt10,000 for an air-conditioned room.

Asked what the difference is between Thai and foreign students, Apidej says: “Thais practise at the age of three or four, while many farangs begin at 20. So in the ring, the Thais are faster. Not that I hold back any tricks from my foreign students, but Thai boxers have been at it for longer.�?

Back in 1993, Apidej journeyed to Arizona with Bunjong Busarakumwong, the Fairtex garment magnate and founder of the camp, to open a Muay Thai camp in Arizona.
Apidej taught in Arizona for three years after which his lead Muay Thai boxers managed the camp. “Forty per cent of the Fairtex students in Arizona were women,�? he notes.

In 1996, the camp was relocated to San Francisco where it became extremely popular with students from all over America and Europe.
Four years later, the third Fairtex Muay Thai Camp was opened at Daly City (now San Francisco), California. Tens of thousands of male and female combatants have been trained in the Fairtex camps.

Foreign students at Samut Prakan say that it is better to train in Thailand because they are taught one-on-one as opposed to larger classes in the US, Apidej says.
So, how did Apidej come to work with Bunjong?
“After my glory days as champion, I retired from the ring and took up my stepfather’s coconut business. But floods destroyed the plantations and many buyers did not pay. I went bankrupt and was about to lose my house. At the age of 39, I didn’t have money to feed my kids,�? he says.

When the newspapers ran a story on the former champion’s sorry state, Bunjong – who had been running his Muay Thai camp on Soi Suan Phlu since 1971 to help street children – paid for the Apidej’s mortgage and took care of his family.
In 1983, Bunjong relocated the camp to Samut Prakan, appointing Apidej as headmaster. The former champion has now been working with Bunjong for 24 years.

His achievements are now on show at the National Stadium (Hua Mark) museum as a world-class boxer along with Pone Kingpetch, another international boxing great.

Born on September 1941, in Samut Songkhram province, Thailand’s welterweight Muay Thai champion for almost 10 consecutive years, and one-time world welterweight first-runner-up, Apidej’s life is so colourful it once ran as a Thai TV drama series.

“Most Muay Thai boxers have the word ‘dej’ [literally translated as great and powerful] in their stage names, while the surname comes from the name of the camp where they trained,�? says Apidej, who trained at Camp Sit-Hirun operated by Muay Thai trainer Kasem Yiempinyo, known for producing many of Thailand’s champion boxers.

Narong Yaenprateep, as Apidej was known before he took up boxing, lived with his mother, Sangiem Yaenprateep, and his ethnic Chinese stepfather, Payom Yaenprateep. Payom was a well-to-do merchant who bought coconuts from the orchards of Samut Songkhram to sell in Bangkok. Apidej attended school in Samut Songkhram, and developed a passion for sports, namely football, basketball and Muay Thai.
One day at the age of 12, he sneaked out of school to fight in a boxing match at a temple fair in nearby Damnoen Saduak. When his name was announced on the loudspeaker, Apidej’s stepfather rushed to the ring and ordered him to stop.

He didn’t want his stepson to be a boxer, preferring him to study and to run the family business. Apidej’s relatives and villagers at the temple fair pleaded with Payom to allow the fight to continue. Consequently the young Apidej got his first taste of victory.

By the time Apidej had completed Mathayom 6 (High School), he had fought in at least 100 Muay Thai matches at numerous temple fairs in Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Nakhon Pathom and Suphan Buri provinces – and he always won, bringing home the prize money.

By now he had changed his last name from Yaenprateep to that of Songmanee, his real father’s last name. At 17, he was already quite a famous lad and caught the eye of Kasem Yiempinyo, the owner of Sit-Hirun Camp, who was at the time was training 12 potential champions.
Weighing 66 kilograms, Apidej kicked and punched his way to championships at Lumpini and Rajdamnoen stadiums. At the age of 20, he became the national Muay Thai champion and the national international boxing champion of Thailand in the welterweight class – holding on to the title for almost a decade.

He became Southeast Asia’s welterweight champion at the age of 22 when he defeated his Filipino opponent in the first round at Rajdamnoen Stadium.

In the same year, he journeyed to Kyoto to accept a challenge from Japan’s welterweight boxing champion. This victory established him as the world’s international boxing welterweight first runner-up, a position that he maintained for about two years. This was the time when Sugar Ray Robinson, one of the world’s greatest boxers, held the welterweight championship.
In the following year, Apidej was again challenged by the Japanese welterweight champion in Yokohama, but this time he was knocked out in the first round, which automatically stripped him of all his championships, including his Muay Thai championship.

He was 23 and determined to become champion once again. Within about two years, he had regained his championships. He was national champion for the rest of the decade until he approached 30. One more match to go, he thought. This was at Hua Mark Stadium against a South Korean boxer in a match presided over by His Majesty.

The date for his wedding with long-time girlfriend, Pranthip Uthaisaen, had already been set the very next day. Apidej lost in the first round.
“The referee started counting… I was seeing stars… but I got up to fight 11 more rounds before losing.�?

The next day, his face swollen and patched, a semi-conscious Apidej wed his bride in a ceremony that he can hardly recall. Pranthip and Apidej have three children.

“Muay Thai is the safest of martial arts,�? he says. “You usually win or lose by knock-outs that blank you out for about 15 minutes. But in international boxing, you get hit on the head again and again. It doesn’t knock you out but slowly damages your brain. I have slight memory loss on account of it.�?

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