Nothing to hide
I wake up every day speaking to Jesus, and I go to bed speaking to him as well. I am very thankful to Him and everyone who supports me and the way I fight. (Just for the record, I respect all religions and hate no one.) I get all types of support, from sponsorship to gyms bringing me out for seminars. I am even thankful to those that simply
enjoy my style of fighting enough that they request my friendship and chat to me about it. It’s all been worth it up to this point. I will continue to push further and harder in pursuit of my goals, no matter who tries to stop me. I’ve come too far and worked too hard to be stopped, honestly. I have nothing to hide.
I showed up in Thailand with seven or eight pro fights and four amateur fights. I fought low-class opponents like anyone else at that level. A class opponent would be someone with low experience level in prior competition ,not many fights ,or just not a very good fighter. That was almost four years ago. I trained my butt off two times every day (although now I train three times a day: basic Thai program twice a day with strength and conditioning or Russian boxing in between), knowing I came here to fight and accomplish my goals as a fighter and learn more about myself as a man. I came here for the sole purpose to fight, not to see local attractions or party or get with ladies. I had goals that have been accomplished, and I have others that I am in the process of accomplishing.
I fought guys from all over the world,
and my professional record states that I have lost 17 times with 47 wins. I have fought in China five times; I lost two fights and won three there, but there is no video of those wins except for one, because no one with a camera was sent with me by the camp I was sponsored by at that time. The same thing happened in Myanmar (I have a championship bout there this year). Which is okay – I know all my losses – they are what I use to improve upon the most. I use my wins as well, knowing that all my losses weren’t rightful decisions.
There is a video online when I fought Harold Olsen, Robert Thanawett and Chris Garner who are all good fighter‘s, but in these fight‘s, although they were close, it’s obvious who fought better being me. Because of my fighting style, the Thai judges penalized me for using techniques of Muay Boran and other martial arts that I learned to blend with Muay Thai, so in these fights the judges awarded them the decision.. Even at the end of the video you see them cut the recording because of the bad decision. I fought Cosmo and lost to a decision in a great fight. Cosmo is the #1 fighter in the world and quite a bit bigger than me, so no shame in losing any of those fights.
Winning and losing is a part of my life because Muay Thai is a part of my life. I wish all I did was win, but honestly and realistically, that’s not how it is, so I make the best of a loss by learning from it and getting stronger. That’s part of why I am where I am today. I know I am not indestructible nor invincible, but I also know that I am more than a respectable fighter: I am a dangerous fighter, and that’s part of why I am respected. I have been KO’ed, and I have KO’ed fighters as well. I have to be honest, even with this next fight and all the others setup after it. I might lose, but in my mind, I will enter the ring to fight and win. I know I must win my next fight.
Whether I do or not, haters will continue to speak in a jealous rage, and I will continue to do what I’m doing. I have my country on my shoulders in this sport of Muay Thai, and from what Miss Liberty has been saying, I have been representing well and I will continue to do so. Maybe I will bring Muay Thai into the mainstream for America to see; maybe not. But chances are, I’ll do it. Besides, I’m not the only that knows I’m a rare breed of fighter and man. As Bovy Sor Udomsom told me, “You are a great fighter. Fight until the end.” That’s been the plan since the beginning. Below is the highlite reel of Bovy or as the thai’s pronounce it BO-WEEEEEEEEEEE.He will be fighting on July 23rd in Bangkok as well.
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Reader- well said,I’m glad I came across you, thanks to kwonkicker,keep it up. I’m a lil bit older than you, and have observed over the years people are uneasy with someone with focus,purpose and direction, these qualities I have observed you have. So keep doing what your doing.Most never see the sacrifices that are made(bumps bruises,early training times etc)
@Reader-Thankyou for you comment.Yeah I do sacrifice alot and not to get praise ffrom anyone just to recieve the benefits of the sacrifice itself,no matter what it is.I sacrifice not seeing my family,having un,eating good foods,my body,health(in terms of fighting and train hard so often),being social on a regular basis,and so so much more.People don’t understand nor take the time to think before they comment on a situation or circumstance.Yes I am a christian and that fact that I am a sinner isn’t an excuse for me to do wrong or make “mistakes”,it’s just the fact of why I slip up.Period.Thanks again Maurice Fighting Kaoklai saturday.It will be another history making fight.