Right, we promise to leave Thai boxing icons alone for a while after this one, as we again include a cheesy song from Samart Payakaroon, who is joined by Khaosai Galaxy and Somluck Kamsing, a trio that have previously been included in one of these articles in the past.
The song is called "เมียพี่ไม่รู้", which translates as "I Don't Know" is again pure cheesiness and clearly seems to have had it's video done with the fighters having their tongues well in their cheeks. It's based mostly around a somewhat aging Samart being flanked by women, before talking to Khaosai and Somluck in some speaking segments. Parts of the video wouldn't look out of place on a modern day R'n'B video, but that's juxtaposed against the 3 fighters who are all showing their ages.
The humour here is great and the story of the video is certainly a funny one that ends with Samart sporting a black eye from his wife.
It's silly, it's daft, it's cheesy and it's different. Compared to the other Thai video's we've included this month the is one of the longer ones, but we have no issue with that. Sadly, however, we have no idea what the lyrics mean!
When three of the baddest mofo's in Asia team up you'd expect something brilliant, exciting and hard hitting. Instead we saw Khaosai Galaxy, Samart Payakaroon and Somluck Kamsing give us something that was...unique.
The trio, which are genuine combat sport royalty in Thailand, come together to give us something rather bizarre. We can only assume this has come about from either at the pub or a crazy bet.
Not is the song...not very good musically, but the outfits the three men are wear are just bizarre.
Khaosai Galaxy is often regarded as one of the best Super Flyweights in history, Samart Payakaroon is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters ever, and a damn good boxer as well, and Somluck Kamsing won an Olympic gold medal. This is not a trio of men you can push around, so we really need to wonder who came up with this idea....and whether they are hiding following this mess.
Khaosai Galaxy - "Thank You"
Recently we've shared a few videos of songs that have some connection with boxing but not an an actual fighter being involved. That changes today as we turn to Thailand and the legendary Khaosai Galaxy, and his song "ขอบคุณครับ", pronounced k̄hxbkhuṇ khrạb". The name literally translates as "Thank You".
Given that Galaxy was a notoriously heavy handed boxer with a tough chin and was dubbed the "Thai Tyson" this song is pretty odd. The song is just pure, wonderful, unadulterated, cheese.
Khaosai sounds less like a feared boxer and more like a rising male child star.
This is...certainly a weird one...but one well and truly worthy of a listen. It's so odd to hear this sort of a song come from Khaosai.
Jiro Watanabe Vs Khaosai Galaxy
One of the big "what if's?" of the Super Flyweight division is "What if Khaosai Galaxy had faced Jiro Watanabe?" It was a bout many had wanted to see and it was a bout that would have made a lot of sense with Galaxy beign the #1 contender for Watanabe's WBA title, though Watanabe tried to unify with the WBC champion and was stripped by the WBA. As a result of the WBA's action we never got that fight....or did we?
We never got the two men in the ring in a traditional fight, despite a lot of people wanting it, however Japanese fans did, amazingly, get the chance to see the two fighters trade blows in an exhibition contest in November 1994 at the Korakuen Hall, an exhibition that was also shown on Thai TV.
At the time of the exhibition both men had retired with Watanabe not fighting in 8 years whilst Galaxy had retired in 1992. Despite that the two looked in great shape and took this rather seriously, despite wearing head gear for the first round of the exhibition. If you've never seen this it's well worth a watch and leaves open the question of who would have won had we got this fight in the mid 1980's?
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