INTERVIEW OF SAM-A THOR RATTANAKIAT
by Serge TREFEU (2011)
Hello how’s that go, in shape?
SAM-A THOR RATTANAKIAT: Yes in great shape
How old are you?
I am 27 years old
You come of what region of the Thailand?
I come from Buriram in Isaan (northeast)
Have you brothers and sisters?
We were three children in the family, two boys and a girl
You had a brother who also made of the boxing?
Yes my older brother was a boxer
You began the boxing at which age?
In 9 years
How old was your first fight?
When I was nine, I had never been in a ring, never trained in boxing for my first fight…
Did you win it?
Yes, I won points, more by luck than by technique (Laughter)
How did you find out about boxing?
We often watched boxing matches on TV with my uncle, who was a boxer. My uncle also organized boxing matches in the village parties, I loved to see the fights every weekend
Which camp did you start to train in?
It was not a camp, it was my home, I was training as a family at home with my brother. Then with my uncle, then in Thor Ratanakiat camp in Buriram
How old did you come to Bangkok?
When I was 16, I went to Kaiyanghadao camp in Bangkok, I stayed there for more than ten years. Now, for five months, I am at the Muay Thai Academy camp which is in front of the Lumpinee Stadium
In what category you fight?
In 124 lbs (56 kg)
What titles did you win?
I won four belts. Two belts of the Lumpinee stadium, one in the 115 lbs category and the other in 122 lbs, two belts of champion of Thailand, one belt in 115 lbs and one belt in 122 lbs. Currently, I have the belt of the Lumpinee and the belt of Thailand in 122 lbs!
Your belts you won against whom?
My first belt of the Lumpinee I won against Petch Thor Baengsean in 2004, that of Thailand against Duengpetch Or Siripon in 2006. I beat Detnarong Sitjaboon in 2008 for the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs, I defended my title in 2009 against Lekkla Thanasuranakorn and in 2010 against Tong Puideenaidee. In 2009, I beat Wuttidet Lookprabat for the Thailand belt in 122 lbs, I defended my title in 2010 against Rungruanglek Lookprabat!
How much have you make of fights during your career?
400 fights, 350 wins, 43 losses and 7 draws
400 fights it is a lot, you fights often?
Yes I fought a lot in Isaan, I fought almost every week…
Did you win a lot of fights by KO?
Yes a lot, I won almost 100 fights by knockout!
What style of boxing do you have?
I would say I’m a Toymat and a Fimeuu at the same time (Strong in fist and technique)
What was your hardest fight?
Against Rungruanglek Lookprabat, we met five times, I beat him twice, once by KO in Radja and once in points in Lumpinee he beat me three times. He is a very tough fighter to beat. My fights against Yodsaenklai were also difficult, we met seven times and I only won once…
Your best memory of boxing?
All my victories are good memories. But I would say when I took the belt of Lumpinee to Detnarong because it is a great champion!
What are the known Thai boxers whom you faced?
There was a lot, Yodsaenklai (In 115 lbs), Chatchai, Kaew, Kangwanlek, Pakorn, Singthongnoi, Penaik, Kanchai, Phornsanee, Wuttidet, Detnarong, Rungruanglek, Phetawee, Rungpet, Petchboonchu, Nong O, Kompayak, Manasak, Lekkla…
You have already fought abroad?
You would like to go to fight abroad?
Yes a lot especially in England and in France!
You know French boxers?
Not too much, I know just Chong Skarbowsky because he often fought in the Lumpinee and Radja
For you who is the best nakmuay foreigner today and has the time?
I do not know too much, there are many of farangs (Foreigner) which fight now. In the time, I would say Skarbowsky he was very strong…
The best fighter thai, today it is who for you?
It is Saenchai Sor Kingstar!
What technique you most like making in fight?
The middle of the left leg and the left elbow
Who is your promoter?
Mr. Virat Vichirarattanawong (Petchyindee)
What is your purse?
100 000 Baths
You make a good living thanks to the boxing, you were able to buy one to yourself house, a car?
Yes I win of very good purse thanks to Muay Thai I was able to put some money aside for my family…
When takes place your next fight?
On March 8th against Pokaew Fonjarngchonburi in Lumpinee, it is a super fight with 1 million bahts in game!
What would you like to make after the boxing?
I would like to be a trainer to the new camp Petchyindee, Muay Thai Academy, it is very well here, very beautiful, very clean, I like. Maybe also has my own camp in Isaan or in Bangkok…
Thank you for the interview and Chookdee for your fight in Lumpinee!
Thank you very much
Sam-A (pronounced Sam-ai) won at points against Pokaew in Lumpinee, the fight was one of the most beautiful of the evening. His following fight was against the current champion of the Lumpinee in 126 lbs, Kongsak Sitboonmee who has just received the title from “Best Boxer of the year “. Sam-A made draw in Lumpinee in front of formidable Kongsak!
The left leg and the punch of Sam-A electrocuted a lot of his opponents. This technical fighter in the devastating power makes left at present the Top 10 of the best fighters all categories confused. It is one of the rare boxers to gain purse today so important as Saenchai and Nong O, both current stars of the Thai circuit. Sam-A beat champions as Yodsaenklai Petchyindee, Kaew Fairtex, Chatchai Sor Thanayong, Petch Thor Baengsean, Phetalong Kor Samfai, Detnarong Sitjaboon, Tong Puideenaidee, Penaik Sitnoomnoi (KO), Wuttidet Lookprabat, Rungruanglek Lookprabat (KO), Phornsanee Sitmonchai, Pakorn Sakyothin, Phettawee Sor Kittichai, Rungphet Wor Sungprapai, Manasak Pinsinchai, Kompayak Fairtex, Petchboonchu FA Group!
SAM-A THOR RATTANAKIAT
Weight: 56 Kg
Number of fight: 400. 350 Wins. 43 Losses. 7 Draws
Title: Lumpinee champion in 122 lbs (2008), Lumpinee champion in 115 lbs (2004), Thailand champion in 122 lbs (2009), Thailand champion in 115 lbs (2006)
SAM-A IN ACTION