Yodsanklai Fairtex Interview

8 May

by Rob Cox (2005-05-08)

Yodsanklai Fairtex is one of the star fighters of Lumpini stadiums Petchyindee promotions, already having packed more into his career at the tender age of 19, than many fighters manage in their whole career. Yodsanklai comes from Khorat province in Thailands Northeast, a real hotbed of Muaythai and Muaythai runs in the family with his older brother Yodkangwan Petchindee introducing him to the sport at a young age.

Yodsanklai is a former Lumpini stadium Flyweight champion and winner of the 2003 Toyota D4D commonrail tournament. Yodsanklai is renowned for his technical style which earnt him the knickname ‘the boxing computer’ and also has feared punching power and dangerous elbows. Fighters managed to catch up with Yodsanklai recently after he won in devastating fashion against Tuanthoung Chartchatrii, by 3 round elbow k.o.

Firstly you are 19 years old now, how old were you when you started your Muaythai career?
I started out after watching my older brother fight, when I was 8 years old.

How many fights have you had so far in your career?
I can’t remember exactly to be honest, but it would be somewhere between 150-200 fights.

Why did you decide to start fighting?
I first started because I enjoyed watching my brother fight, but also because where I am from is a very poor part of Thailand and I wanted to help my family.

Who is your favorite fighter that inspired you to be the fighter you are today?
That would be my current trainer and former Lumpini stadium champion and Petchyindee promotions star, Sanklai Sitkruu-od

You have already packed a lot into your career at an early age, how long do you think you will carry on for?
Well it will depend on if I can still fight at a competitive level and how long my promoter is willing to match me. But I hope to carry on for at least another 6 years.

What has made you most proud so far in your career?
Winning the Toyota D4D commonrail tournament.

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