Tepparith Singwancha Interview: "I will knock Kohei Kono out"
By Anson Wainwright (Dec 29, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Siraphop Ratanasuban)
On New Year’s Eve, Tepparith Singwancha (also known as
Kokietgym) heads to Japan for his fourth consecutive fight when he defends his
WBA super flyweight crown against hardnosed Kohei Kono, 27-7 (10), who will be
making his third attempt at winning a world title. The 24-year-old Tepparith
has previously gone to the Orient and dispatched of Daiki Kameda (UD12) and Tomonobu
Shimizu (TKO9) and won a closely fought contest with Nobuo Nashiro (MD12) as
recently as September. The Thai
fighter currently boasts a 21-2 (13) record and over the past year, has
arguably stepped into the role as the premier fighter in his homeland with
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam's career demise and subsequent retirement. In the
recent “The Ring 100,” Tepparith was
rated at 61.
Anson Wainwright - You fight Kohei
Kono on 31st December what are your thoughts on fighting Kono?
Tepparith Singwancha - I am very well. I will
knock Kono out. Kono changes his style all the time. Therefore I have to watch
his style again. I have to listen to my coach and always change plans.
AW - It's the fourth consecutive fight you will be having in Japan. What are
your thoughts on fighting there?
TS - I think fighting in Japan is the same as
Thailand, just weather and crowd cheering are different.
AW - Tell us about your last fight when you fought Nobuo Nashiro in
TS - That time when I fought Nashiro, I had to lose too much weight. This time,
I am good.
AW - Who are the people in your team, manager, trainer and promoter? Also,
what gym do you fight out of?
TS – Mr. Vinai is my manager and trainer. Mr. Kokiet is my promoter. I train in
Nakornpathom Sampan province. My gym’s name is Vor Singsanae.
AW - The training in Thailand is supposed to be very tough. Can you tell us
about your training? How many hours a day do you train and what sort of things
do you do like sparring, weights, running, etc.?
TS - Every day I wake up 5.30 a.m. and run 15 km, shadowboxing exercises at 9 a.m.,
then rest, eat breakfast, wake up at 2 p.m., start 3 o'clock run for 6 km,
sparring 12 rounds or 18 or more, exercise at 6 p.m. I like all machines for
weight lifting and punching bags.
AW - What were your younger days like growing
up in Maha Sarakham, Thailand?
TS - My family is very poor. My village loves Muay Thai and
AW - Many Thai boxers come from a Muay Thai
background. Was this the case with you?
TS - Yes, I had 200 professional Muay Thai fights and won 160.
AW - What do you think of the other champions at 115 like the WBC’s Yota
Sato, the IBF’s Juan Carlos Sanchez and the WBO’s Omar Narvaez?
TS - I think Sato is tall. I want to fight him; it would be a good fight. I
don't know Sanchez or Narvaez.
AW - Tell us about your life away from boxing. What do you like to do?
TS - In my free time, I like to sleep and Facebook. I love being a professional
boxer. I want my son to be a boxer if he wants.
AW - Now that you are a world champion, what more do you want to achieve?
TS - I want to continue defending title many times and win the WBA and WBC
titles. I want to feed my family well. I want to go fight in the U.S.A.
AW – Finally, do you have a message for the
TS - I want to please the fans and for the people to cheer for me.
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