The EEL Strikes Again! One of Rajadamnern’s Finest
Lerdsila Chumpairtour 3X Rajadamnern Stadium Champ
Lerdsila Chumpairtour is a three time Rajadamnern Stadium Champion. In Thailand they call him “THE EEL” because he’s very slippery, and hard to hit. I witnessed him defeat Brazilian Sheymon Moreas this summer by a unanimous decision in Pomona. I was impressed with his showmanship. Continuously taunting Moreas, and eluding his strikes. I spoke to him right after he was done filming his instructional video over at Muay Thai America Gym in North Hollywood, CA. A future must have for any Muay Thai enthusiast. He fights out of Jocky Gym in Bangkok, and is a long time friend, and training partner of Saenchai. While watching him hit the heavy bag I was amazed with how agile he is! The temperature that day was about 103 Degrees. His buddy was with him translating for me:
TMT: So how did the instructional video go?
Lerdsila: It was a little hot but it went well.
TMT: Is this what the weather is typically like in Thailand?
Lerdsila: It’s a dry heat over here. It’s a little bit harder to breath. In Thailand it’s more humid. It’s about the same level of hotness, but in Thailand there is a lot more water in the air, and it’s easier to breath. For a lot of Thai people anyways. When Thai fighters come over here they have a loss in stamina because the air is different. It probably works the other way around when people who are used to this weather come over to Thailand to fight.
TMT: I read that you were scheduled to fight Kevin Ross at the WMC World Muay Thai Standoff but you ended up fighting Sheymon Moreas instead.
Lerdsila: As far as we understand, it was Kevin Ross’s decision to fight Saenchai instead this summer, but we wont speak for him.
TMT: Why are Thai fighters generally more dominant than others?
Lerdsila: Thai fighters start training at a very young age so they know a lot of things. They make a lot of mistakes as kids growing up so by the time they’re adults they’re very polished. The Americans generally start at a later age. Maybe when the sport starts growing, American fighters will start training earlier, and getting the hang of things. Maybe then it will even out.
TMT: When did you start training?
Lerdsila: Seven years old, and I fought that year too.
TMT: I hear your father is the owner at Jocky Gym, and in excellent physical shape. Is he a fighter too?
Lerdsila: My father only fought like two or three times. He fought just for fun at temple fairs, and things like that. He wasn’t a serious fighter but developed a passion for the sport. He knows what he sees but he gives it to somebody else.
TMT: Have you guys ever sparred?
Lerdsila: No I never have.
TMT: Do you think if I come to Bangkok sometime you can show me the night life over there?
Lerdsila: Sure, no problem. HA HA
TMT: What do you like best about being here in California?
Lerdsila: I’ve made a lot of friends over here that care about me. They look out for my best interests.
TMT: Do you think you can get me a job at the Jocky Gym sweeping the floor?
Lerdsila: Lerdsila laughs
TMT: Who is better looking, you or Saenchai?
Lerdsila: I am Ha Ha
TMT: What is going on in your mind while your doing your Wai Kru?
Lerdsila: Paying respect to my teachers.
TMT: Have you tried Mexican food Yet?
Lerdsila: I have but I prefer Thai Food. It passes through my body easier.
TMT: Do you enjoy Sriracha Rooster Sauce?
Lerdsila: I love it. Anything Thai I love.
Lerdsila will be doing a seminar at the Old Town Fight Club on Saturday September 20th, from 12 to 3 PM. Be there.