Ozzy, son get their muay Thai kicks in Pattaya

30 Apr

by Patrick Cusick, Special to The Nation (2005-04-30)

Superstars Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – stars of the popular reality television series “The Osbournes�?– watched from ringside yesterday as their only son fought in his first muay-Thai bout in Pattaya.

“Fighting Jack�? Osbourne donned the muay-Thai mongkon (traditional headband) and boxing gloves to fight against veteran muay-Thai professional “The Man�? at the Pattaya Stadium last night.

Ozzy and Sharon cheered as their son scored a sensational knockout eight seconds into the second round.

Although he had been training at the elite Fairtex Muaythai Fitness Camp in Bang Plee Yai for barely three weeks, Jack Osbourne impressed his personal trainers who gave the young celebrity a crash course in the basics of Thai combat.

“His strength is his punches. He also has a fighter’s heart,�? said Philip Wong, chairman of Fairtex and manager of several muay-Thai world champions.

After putting on excess weight and running himself down to a critical level as a result of an indulgent Californian lifestyle, Jack decided to give up all alcohol and drugs and get healthy.

His dad Ozzy, who also quit drinking a year ago, gave his full support for Jack’s new direction – though he was a little concerned at the physical rigors of muay Thai.

“At first mum and dad were a little concerned. But once they came here and saw the training programs – and saw for themselves that I was mentally and physically well prepared – they were very cool about it all,�? Jack said.

The British star said he underwent a detox program on Koh Phangan to cleanse his body and reduce weight.

“Yeah, I’ve lost a lot of poundage, but the trainers tell me my fighting weight is still another 10 pounds lighter,�? he said. “I should be down to a super welterweight – but that will have to wait for another day, another fight.�?

So, is the only son of a megastar family – which rival the Beckhams and Oprah Winfrey in terms of making headlines – looking to a professional career in muay Thai?

“You know, I like to do rock climbing and other sports that test your body, mind and spirit. But yeah, I’d have to say that muay Thai is something special. It’s really demanding and it’s becoming popular all around the world.

“I can dream of being the WBC Muay-Thai champion of the world.�?

This is Osbourne’s first visit to Thailand. His family rarely travels outside the US and Britain, where they have homes but they make occasional trips to Australia.

The Osbournes have been impressed with their first encounter with Asia and the Thai lifestyle.

“What we like about the Thai people is their attitude to life,�? enthused Jack. “They are really super-cool people . . . no matter what happens they don’t let stress get them down.�?

Jack says he’ll leave Thailand a lot stronger and ready to take on some extreme rock climbing.

“I feel that I’ve got to a new level in how to live . . . I’ve learned a lot about myself and what’s required to get fit and stay healthy.�?

Picture: Mr. Philip Wong presenting Jack Osbourne the winning trophy.

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