9.25.07 - 9.26.07 0 °F
Tuesday night's 8-person elimination format was a first for Bangla Stadium. Hyped as a marathon of muay thai, it started with the usual youth matches. Then they called 8 fighters to the ring and proceeded to hand out free t-shirts and cooling fans. Quite a treat for them I'm sure. Chok drew the 4th fight and won his first match by decision after 3 rounds. In his second match of the night, however, he lost to a much larger opponent from a rival gym. No judgements here, but the other fighter was clearly doing some steroids and should have been two weight classes above the 7 others in the pool. While Chok showed superior technique and speed, the weight advantage of his opponent proved too much. Still a great night, interrupted only briefly by a sloppy match between two overweight and ill-conditioned American and Australian visitors. I want my money back!
Post-fight festivities were spent in the rain in Patong, where there are bars within bars. Go figure. I have no appetite for that town, but it was Rachel's last night so a bunch of us tried to party it up. The highlights of the evening consisted of Boyan and Gareth beating the bartender at connect-four and some shameful dancing at FBI Thailand (Finest Bar In. . .). =P