Last week I visited Samui International Muay Thai Stadium. My goal was to introduce myself and Awakening Fighters, and ask for a kind of lifetime press pass. My intent was, and still is, to film as many female fights as I can for the Awakening YouTube channel and athlete profile fight records.
There are a lot of international fighters that pass through Ko Samui to fight, so really I feel I owe it to the fighters, myself, and Awakening to be there as much as possible. Another huge reason for me wanting to do so is to raise the profiles for female fighters here in Thailand - and I mean the Thai ladies.
So I took a translator with me and spoke to the manager, who happened to be female. That always makes discussions easier for me because women instantly understand what it is the Awakening does. Men seem to struggle with the concept for some reason. She was happy for me to come back any time, but suggested I meet with the owner later that night.
Later that night, I arrived, slightly nervous, and was introduced to the owner. As luck would have it, another female. An added bonus for me was that she was European and spoke perfect English. Not only did she welcome me any time, but also started suggesting other venues I should go to. We are now in contact via social media and WhatsApp, and she very kindly sends me updates.
I will talk about her more in the coming weeks. I plan to interview her in the near future!
I thank all the staff at Samui International Muay Thai Stadium for being so very welcoming to me. I hope to film many fights there!
Here is the full fight card videoed by yours truly in the sweltering heat.
Kulhabphet Sornpichai vs. Taphetchlek Junmuaythai
Kulhabphet Sornpichai vs. Taphetchlek Junmuaythai was the second bout on the fight card at Samui International Muay Thai Stadium. As you know, Awakening Fighters puts the female fights ahead of the male fights in terms of interest and importance. For this reason I have listed this fight ahead of the others.
It was the first female fight I had the pleasure to film here in Thailand. Good practice for me dealing with the heat inside these stadiums. I'll be honest, it wasn't the best fight I've seen. It was good however to see Kulhabphet fight again, and to also see Taphetchlek for the first time.
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Phetwanchai Pinyomuaythai vs. Yutya Samuiteam
Phetwanchai Pinyomuaythai vs. Yutya Samuiteam was the first bout on the fight card. I watched this fight over and over again, trying to work out if it was fake. By fake I mean: did the fighter throw the fight? Did he have enough. I can tell by the skillsets of the fighters that they are relatively new to fighting. It is possible that he had had enough and pretended. to be hurt. It's also possible that I could be completely wrong, I wasn't the one getting hit! If it was staged, I blame the referee for not seeming to care a fighter had been knocked out.
I have heard rumours that sometimes fights in Thailand are staged somewhat. This is the first time I've experienced that possibility. The rumour has it, that these fights fights happen to get the crowd going and make foreigners happy. If this is true, then I understand why they do it - but I don't think it's necessary at all.
Pinsiam Super 8 MT vs. Ratchasri Soonkilabanlay
Pinsiam Super 8 MT vs. Ratchasri Soonkilabanlay was the third bout of the evening at Samui International Muay Thai Stadium, Thailand. I happened to enjoy this fight quite a lot. There was fair bit of gambling going on behind me.
Phettangloung Sitmuatboon vs. Chalamphet Sornpichai
Phettangloung Sitmuatboon vs. Chalamphet Sornpichai was the forth bout on the card and probably my personal favourite of the night. Yes, it pains me to say that when I had hoped much more for the women's fight.
Pon Pinyomuaythai vs. Phellipe Super 8 Muay Thai
Pon Pinyomuaythai vs. Phellipe Super 8 Muay Thai was the night's fifth bout on the fight card. What struck me most about this fight was seeing Western fighters competing at the same pace as Thai fighters. I'd never seen this live before. A very enjoyable fight!
Rungrave Nayokaetasara vs. Anuchon Sakwichien
Rungrave Nayokaetasara vs. Anuchon Sakwichien, the final fight on the Samui International Muay Thai Stadium card. For me, this fight would have been fight of the night if the miss-hap of the groin strike hadn't caused a 2-3 minute pause. These things happen, and groin strikes are not pleasant in the slightest for the fighter - and for the audience it ruins the action and pace. Still, a good fight.
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