Monday, 30 August 2010
Legacy Gym Fighter Phillip Wins by KO, Ubon Ratchathani Thailand.
Just over a week ago I ventured out to watch a muay Thai fight. One of the guys, Phillip who trains are Legacy Gym here in Ubon Ratchathani, owned by Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen was having a fight. This is Ajarn Kong one of the trainers at Legacy. He is fighting tomorrow night (Tuesday) and I would love to go and watch but it may be too late by the time he fights.
I had been told Phillip was fighting a Japanese guy and that is what he thought until arriving at the destination. A fighter pulling out at the last minute isn’t uncommon and I have seen in some of the rural areas, where they have asked people in the crowd if they want to jump into the ring.
Phillip did have another opponent and it was rumoured and then confirmed that it was a Thai guy who had knocked out a guy who had trained at Legacy Gym in his last fight. Everybody from the gym were keen to see this fight as they believed Phillip was more experienced and would beat this guy.
Phillip was told he wasn’t far off fighting, he was tapped up, given a rub down to loosen his muscles up and did some shadow boxing, being Thailand where time does not matter he had to wait and wait and had to go through the whole process again as he had waited so long.
Eventually he jumped into the ring, and right from the word go he looked the dominate fighter. If you watch the video you will see him do a spinning elbow that misses by millimetres and if it connected the Thai fighter would have been getting carried out of the ring.
Sorry for the poor quality video, my camera a Sony DCR-DVD 610 wasn't real cheap at around $500 Australian dollars a few years ago but again maybe it is the idiot using it.
Only 10 seconds after the elbow, Phillip landed and excellent kick, flush on the other guy’s jaw, sending him to the canvas and his lights were out. If you watch when the guy eventually gets up, he is still very wobbly, even when he leaves the ring.
So well done to Phillip and Legacy Gym for another win and if you head over to the Training at Legacy Gym blog, you can watch videos of a Thai fighter who still is just a kid but very experienced called Siam Kim. He is an incredibly talented young kid. Also you can watch another youngster’s fight called Leeyam, who lost after going 5 rounds on points in a very close decision.
After Phillip’s fight I was luckily invited back to Legacy Gym as it was Ole’s birthday. There was plenty of cold beer and food for all invited. And when all the other members of Legacy headed off to watch Kim Siam’s fight, there was only, Ole, Vaughn “Blud” Anderson, Marcus Waters (The BJJ coach at Legacy and I am currently doing a post on him), and I was lucky to sit around and chat, hear some great stories about their backgrounds.
In the end what was going to be an early night but turned out to be a late night and was well worth the lack of sleep the next day. So thanks to Ole for the cold beer and food and well done to Phillip and Kim Siam.