For Thai martial artist Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, he must continue fighting for the people he loves for him to become a true martial artist. Hailing from Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, he is cancer survivor and a multiple-time Muay Thai world champion.
“Throughout my career, it has always been my family that drove me and inspired me,” Singtongnoi stated. “They still do. Doing my best to give them a bright future is what has motivated me from the start.”
After 300 professional bouts, Singtongnoi knows what a real martial artist is. The Thai One Championship athlete explained, “I believe a great martial artist is someone who knows his responsibilities, someone who is disciplined, and can stick to a schedule and work hard.”
Singtongnoi was raised in extreme poverty and experienced the trials and tribulations of going through day-to-day life with very little. The grim reality became the driving force to dig his family out of the trenches and pursue martial arts in the hopes of a brighter future.
“I would help out around the house to lighten my parents’ workload,” Singtongnoi recalled. “After that, I trained hard every single day. It was tiring and torturous, I wanted to quit, but I thought about my future and the people that I love.”
“I couldn’t quit,” the Nakhon Ratchasima native added. “I had to fight for the people that I love.”
Despite the financial obstacles, Singtongnoi still found a way to train and maximize the resources that he had back then. The kind of dedication that he exhibited soon became synonymous with the type of work ethic he showcased as an elite athlete.
“I would train at home, kicking an old sack of rice filled with sand,” the Thai martial artist recalled. “I also trained at the local sala with the other children.”
Success was something that Singtongnoi would build with his own two hands as Singtongnoi became one of the most popular Muay Thai practitioners in Thailand. He won numerous prestigious titles throughout his celebrated career such as the Lumpinee Muay Thai world championship.
However, Singtongnoi valued his second shot at life, awakening his willpower to not only make a full physical recovery but to get back to the sport that he loved. On May 18, 2018, he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” where he defeated World Boxing Council Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Lasiri.
On October 6, 2018, Singtongnoi will compete in the ONE Championship’s striking-only league for the second time. He will fight Masahide Kudo of Japan at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in Bangkok, Thailand.
For Singtongnoi, he does not need any more motivation to capture a victory because all he has to do is reflect on his rough experience two years ago and think about his beloved family back home. He guaranteed, “I will fight for my future the best way I know how, and come 6th of October in Bangkok, I will take on a talented competitor and win.”
Here is a clip featuring Singtongnoi: