Interview With Attachai Fairtex

26 Oct

by Rob Cox for muaythai2000.com (2006-10-26)

Attachai Fairtex has been fighting at the top level of Muaythai for some time now. Starting Muaythai at a very early age, like Most Thai fighters, Attachai soon became a name to watch and became a big star fighting out of Sukonesngchai promotions. Recently Attachai moved to the World famous Fairtex camp with a view to making a name for himself worldwide and not just on the Thailand circuit.

Muaythai2000 : How old were you when you started the sport and what got you into Muaythai?

Attachai : I was 9 years old and started training with some relations back home in Surin province. They were already established fighters, Chaiyai and Chailek Sitkaruhat and Chaiyai is a former Lumpini champion.

Muaythai2000 : Whats your favorite style of opponent to come up against?

Attachai : I like to fight punchers, as they tend to be slower, you don’t need to block kicks so much and it is easier to throw your own kicks against them.

Muaythai2000 : O.k so what about your least favorite style?

Attachai : I don’t like knee fighters as they are the hardest work to fight and make you a lot more tired.
Muaythai2000 : Who’s your most common opponent?

Attachai : Sanchai Sor Kingstar, we have fought 5 times with 4 wins to Sanchai and one draw. We are good friends now.
Muaythai2000 : Do you have any other good friends that are ex opponents?

Attachai : Yes Khunpinit Kiattawan and Orono Majestic gym.

Muaythai2000 : What has been your toughest fight to date?

Attachai : against Singdam Kiatmuu 9

Muaythai2000 : Who would you most like to fight now?

Attachai : I would most like to fight Orono again as I ran out of energy in the last fight.
Muaythai2000 : You seemed to struggle a little bit at first,when you moved to Fairtex with that, was there any specific reason?

Attachai : It just took a little bit of time to get used to the different training regime and diet and weight making. I feel I have adapted now though and beating Kongpipop in my last fight showed that.

Muaythai2000 : How did you feel about the move over to Fairtex?

Attachai : I felt very happy and confident for the future as it is a huge gym with lots of opportunitys to fight overseas.

Muaythai2000 : How did you settle in with the other boxers at Fairtex? They have a big stable of fighters with some big names.

Attachai : I settled in fine. Most of us knew each other already from the fight circuits and we are all pretty close.
Muaythai2000 : What has been your proudest achievment in the sport so far?
Attachai : My title wins and getting the respect of the boxing community.

Muaythai2000 : What is your favorite fight so far in your career?

Muaythai2000 : Every win is good for me, but I suppose the fight with Anuwat, just after he recieved the boxer of the year award for the 2nd time.
Muaythai2000 : Do you study your opponents before hand and work on tactics with your trainer?
Attachai : Yes we will see what his strong points are and work on that in training, for example if he is a good kicker we will work a lot on blocking, if he is a strong puncher we will work on keeping a high guard.
Muaythai2000 : What do you most like about being a boxer?

Attachai : I love the feeling of pride from winning the battle and being able to make a name for myself.

Muaythai2000 : What do you dislike about the life of a boxer?
Attachai : I don’t like the crowd, especially when they get on fighters backs for not performing well enough.
Muaythai2000 : What about making weight before hand, do you lose a lot and how much of a problem is it for you?

Attachai : It is not really a big problem forme anymore im used to it. I usually lose about 10 pounds a fight.
Muaythai2000 : You have a young baby Son, how would you feel about him following in your footsteps and becoming a boxer?

Attachai : I would let him decide, I wouldn’t stand in his way, but I also wouldn’t try and push him into it, it would have to come from his heart.
Muaythai2000 : How much longer do you think you will keep fighting for?

Attachai : I haven’t set a date, I will just keep fighting for as long as my body can compete at a high level.

Muaythai2000 : What do you still want to achieve in the sport?
Attachai : I would like to win at least one more title for my new camp and make some money for my future and my family.
Muaythai2000 : Have you ever fought abroad before?
Attachai : Yes, ive fought in Las Vegas before and in Makau.

Muaythai2000 : Would you like to fight abroad again and if so where?
Attachai : Yes, thats one of the main reasons I was happy to join Fairtex. I don’t mind where in the world, I will fight anywhere.
Muaythai2000 : What about your future outside of boxing, when you retire?

Attachai : I am not sure yet, I am just trying to save as much money as I can now for the future, maybe I will open a small buisness or open my own gym.
Muaythai2000 : What do you do in your free time when you don’t have a fight?
Attachai : Ilike to watch movies and play snooker.
Muaythai2000 : O.k finally what advice can you give to those reading this that want to become a top fighter like yourself?
Attachai : They have to be determined and truly want to be a fighter from their heart. They must work hard and watch as many top fighters as they can to learn from them and also try and spar with as many fighters as they can and try to spar with fighters better than them, so they can learn more.

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