The life of a professional boxer is never easy as the path to greatness is typically laden with a myriad of seemingly impossible challenges. For World Boxing Council Super Flyweight Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the hardships came early in life.
Growing up in Sisaket, Thailand is not always like the postcards portray as behind the historical infrastructures and natural wonders of the province are communities filled with poverty and struggle. Born Wisaksil Wangek in real life, Rungvisai left his hometown at the age of 13 to look for odd jobs in the country’s capital of Bangkok.
Rungvisai initially worked as a security guard. But when the money was not enough to buy food, he searched for leftover food from the trash that he collected at a nearby department store.
“On some difficult days, I had to collect the food from trash to cook with my girlfriend at that time and eat to survive because we did not have enough money,” he shared. To augment the family income, Rungvisai moonlighted as a competitor in Muay Thai, which is a revered combat sport in Thailand.
“As a young guy who didn’t have the right qualification to earn decent office jobs, fighting professionally was the only way I could get some money. It was also something I liked, and it was a fun challenge. I saw it as a way to help better my life and future,” he stated.
With his Muay Thai career going nowhere, Rungvisai discovered professional boxing, which gave him the impression that it could be his ticket out of poverty due to the sport’s profitability.
A mixed martial arts organization that was established in 2011, ONE Championship recently announced its partnership with Nakornloung Promotion to co-promote the next title defense of Rungvisai. Rungvisai puts his WBC super flyweight crown on the line against a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” which will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 2018.