Saenchai to retire for football?

By Fatsoking

Saenchai Sor Kingstar is probably one of the most celebrated Thaiboxers out of Thailand in recent history.  Saenchai won the Lumpini Stadium Championship title in three different weight divisions.  Saenchai is also the holder of no less than 5 national titles. Recently Saenchai even fought a unique two on one bout on July 3rd, 2009.  It was at Ratchadamnern Stadium where he defeated Petchboonchu F.A. Group and Saketdao Petphayathai. Saencahi even dabbled in international boxing at his promoter’s prompting and racked up 5 wins with 2 stoppages to his credit. In order to get fights Saenchai would often give up 5 or more pounds in weight (3KG). Saenchai operates with incredible fluidity in the ring and his timing has been regarded as among the best in Thailand. As a result of giving up weight differences in the ring so often Saenchai is regarded as among Muay Thai’s pound for pound best if not the best. But after all this success Saencahi finds himself in a unique position with an equally unique dilemma.

Sanenchai Sor Kingstar

Sanenchai Sor Kingstar

Saenchai for a Thaiboxer fights infrequently at maybe eight times a year.  Saenchai also has purses at a minimum of 100,000 baht.  However this isn’t enough as Saenchai says he requires more to care for his boxers and his own gym. Saenchai has been quoted as saying 8 times a year is not enough since he needs to keep his skills sharp and he wants to represent Thailand well.  Internationally Saenchai could gain purses of 350,000 baht as opposed to the 100,000 baht.

Now here is the quote I found surprising from MuayMag:

“Recently, I have been thinking that I should stop fighting in Thailand and only look to fight overseas, because I probably have no opponents left [in the country] in this era.”

Saenchai also said he wants to learn new things and explore different paths, including devoting more time to soccer practice with Muangthong Nongchok team in Bangkok which he has signed contract with.

It’d be sad for this era’s great to leave the sport but I do actually understand it.  Saenchai has achieved nearly everything there is to in Muay Thai.  Internationally, although the pay is better the fights are less frequent and there is precious little in the way of international competition at superfeather weight.  Saenchai’s best weight is 126lbs/57.15KG.  As an athlete with a competitive heart Saenchai would like to go on competing in a way that he can provide for himself and for his gym. Personally, I’d miss him greatly in Muay Thai but I wouldn’t blame him for leaving it.

What are anyone else’s thoughts on this?

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~ by fatsoking on August 4, 2009.

4 Responses to “Saenchai to retire for football?”

  1. HOW WOULD YOU ALL COMPAIR SANCHAI TO OTHER FIGHTERS SUCH AS
    1)OLE
    2)NAMKABUN
    3)JONSONON
    4)SONGKAMANKOL
    5)SAMKOR
    6)ORONO
    THESE WERE THE GREATS OF THE MID 1980 -1992 THAT TIME PERIOD WAS FULL OF SOME OF THE GREATEST FIGHTERS EVER ..
    IF ANY ONE WANTS TO SEE VIDS OF THESE FIGHTERS LOOK UP GKFROMMTA ON UTUBE AND THERE WILL BE A LONG LIST OF FIGHTS TO VIEW ..

    • Those guys are without questions but the class of the 90s I put in a slightly different era then the one currently occupied by Saenchai.

  2. Saenchai is the legend. He can survive for whatever he doing.

  3. ram ba m16 the crazy dance, mad man has more to offer than the present day fighters!
    MUAY THAI HAS DE-VOLVED IN THE PAST 15 YEARS !!

    WHAT DO YOU SAY IF RAM BA FOUGHT IN HIS PRIME JW PAR ..THIS COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH FUN TO WATCH ..THOUGH RAM BA WAS A CLOWN HE HAD EXCELLENT SKILLS ..

    IN MY PREVIOUS POST I LISTED ONLY 6 OF MY FAVORIST THE LIST IS TOO LONG TO PUT EVER ONE ON THERE ARE AT LEAST 30 FIGHTER IN THE 17 YEAR PERIOD..

    THE SAD BUT REAL STROY IS THAT SO FEW OF THE NEW FIGHTERS COMPAIR IN ANY WAY TO THE STYLE OR SKILL OF THOSE OF OLD…
    SHAMEFUL IS BUT WATCH AND STUDY THE GREATS TON UTUBE .. IS ALL TOO OBVIOUS …IF YOU CAHT SEE THE DIFFERANCE THEN YOU ARE MISSING THE FINE POINTS OF MUAY THAI

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