Humble Superstar Tawanchai PK Saenchai Staying Grounded Despite Bursting Global Fame

SUMMARY

  • Tawanchai PK Saenchai is set to rematch Jo Nattawut at ONE 167.
  • Before the attack, Tawanchai opens up on his fame.

Tawanchai PK Saenchai has experienced a meteoric rise to fame during his three-year tenure on the ONE Championship roster, but he’s not letting it get to his head.

The ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion prepares to defend his crown for the third time as he faces off with a Thai star and old foe. “Smoking” Jo Nattawut at ONE 167 on Prime Video. The blockbuster takes place at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on June 7.

Before the fight, Tawanchai was in a reflective mood.

“ONE Championship has changed my life in a very good way. My life is better and more comfortable,” he said.

“But I’m still just acting normal. I don’t see myself as a celebrity or someone special. I am still the same Tawanchai who eats street food as usual. It is important not to be blinded by the spotlight and always remember that behind a capable man, there are always other capable men. Fame does not last long. Don’t forget your true self.”

Tawanchai defeated Nattawut by a razor-thin unanimous decision last October after one of the most memorable kickboxing fights of 2023.

Tawanchai reveals the heights of his newfound fame

Ahead of his highly anticipated rematch with Jo Nattawut at ONE 167 on Prime Video, Tawanchai PK Saenchai revealed the heights of his fame back home in Thailand.

The 25-year-old has become a social media sensation with over 760,000 followers on Instagram, and he enjoys plenty of support from local franchises.

As a result, he can barely walk down the street without attention from his fans.

“I feel that what my fans like is my work. When they come to me and ask for a selfie or something, I’ll let them take pictures until they’re satisfied. I don’t feel uncomfortable,” he said.

“Except when I’m training or running. I will ask them to wait for me for a while because I want to complete my training first. When I run, there will be children, women and old people coming and calling my name. And I saw a lot of women who had never watched Muay Thai before coming to watch the fights live.”

Tawanchai is riding a seven-fight winning streak, and he holds the featherweight Muay Thai crown until 2022.

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