Attachai Muay Thai Gym Bangkok
is a gym that is home to one of the foremost legends of the art, Attachai Fairtex (Por Somranchai). Known in the Muay Thai circles as the man with the ‘Left Hand from God’, he is devastating in the ring.
His intelligence in the ring and his superior understanding of Muay Thai is something that has to be seen and studied to be appreciated. Precision is one of the most important factors that go into a fight and he is the master of balance and poise. His professional record is 185 wins, 5 draws and 15 losses in a career that spanned over 200 bouts.
Attachai was born in Rattanaburi, a poor village in the province of Surin. Muay Thai was a means for him to bring money home for his family. He started training at the age of 8. Muay Thai runs in Attachai’s family and his cousin, Chaiya Sor Supawan, was a champion in Lumpini Boxing Stadium.
When Attachai was 12 years old, his parents could no longer afford to provide for all 4 of their children. Seeing Attachai win all his fights in his hometown, his cousin saw potential in him and decided to bring him to Bangkok to train at Por Somranchai Gym to provide him with a better training environment and ease his family’s financial strain.
Rising through the ranks
While in Bangkok, Attachai trained his hardest and fought his best. His desire to win soon made him a rising star in the Onesongchai promotions. Attachai fought his way up to the highest levels in the Rajadamnern and Lumpini stadiums.
In the long list of fighters that he has defeated in the ring include other legends in Muay Thai such as- Samkor Kiatmontep, Khunpinit Kiattawan, Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Singdam, Diesel Lek, Chalermpon, Therdkiet, Kongpipop, Nopparat, Petmunkonk and many more. He has had draws with SaenChai Sor Kingstar aka Saenchai PKSaenchai Gym and Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn.
In that time, he was named Champion to Lumpini Super-Bantamweight and World Muay Thai Professional Lightweight Champion. He was also awarded The Best Muay Thai Fighter of Lumpini Stadium two years in a row in 1997 and 1998.
Transition to boxing
At 23 years old, Attachai made the switch to boxing. Under the instruction of Somluck Kamsing – the first Thai athlete to win a gold medal in the Olympics, Attachai competed in many Boxing tournaments; notably the Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand under the “Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King”, in which he emerged as the champion. He also represented the Royal Thai Police in the Kings Cup Boxing tournament – winning a silver.
When Attachai was 26 years old, he was bought over by the world-famous Fairtex camp to make his return to fighting in Muay Thai. Alongside training with Attachai were fighters such as Kaew Fairtex, Yodsanklai Fairtex and Narupol Fairtex; who have all grew to become the biggest stars of Fairtex Camp, Pattaya. Attachai represented Fairtex and his work all over the world is well documented and has taken a number of victories in several countries including- Belgium, China, France, Japan and the USA.
His international victories include an illustrious list of names that include- Kamel Jemel in the USA; Fabio Pinca, Ait Bassou, and Farid Khider in France; Suzuki Daiguji in Sakurai Yohei, and Atsushi Suzuki in Japan.
Life after fighting
When time came for him to hang up his gloves and retire from professional fighting at the age of 31, Attachai decided that his life will continue in the gym, if not inside the ring.
Among his first assignments was in the USA where he taught at the Flo Rida Muay Thai Gym in Tampa, Florida.
He then moved back to Asia, he was involved in the training of fighters in Singapore at the largest Mixed Martial Art Gym in the country- Evolve MMA. Attachai had trained several One Championship fighters who were representing Evolve MMA in Asia. He was part of the instructional team there from 2011 to 2015.
Return to Thailand
Wishing to instruct students in his original martial art of Muay Thai, he moved back to Bangkok to fulfill his dream and for the first time, has set up his own gym in his own home, Attachai Muay Thai Gym Bangkok. He now passes on his invaluable knowledge to young, willing fighters through his gym. There is a lot to learn from the master and he is known to be a patient, knowledgeable and proficient teacher.