Singtongnoi’s story is all about fighting. In the ring, he is a top nak muay, deadly with all eight limbs. Outside of it, he’s just as vulnerable to threats as the rest of us. Check out this story of inspiration and heart. . .
SINGTONGNOI WON THE TOUGHEST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE
The biggest fight of a fighter’s life will often be for a title. These are the fights where you can win all the glory and prestige, or watch greatness slip through your fingers.
For Singtongnoi Por Telakun, however, the biggest fight of his life was simply to live. His opponent was Stage 3 cancer.
Though a lifetime of Muay Thai had prepared his body for combat, the physical tolls of chemotherapy were unlike anything he had ever faced before. He lost his ability to taste, he was lethargic day and night, and felt like puking all the time.
Yet he soldiered on. After some time, after long, arduous sessions of chemotherapy, he went back to the doctor for a checkup. He was cancer-free.
Unbelievable? Hear the full story from the legend himself in this Evolve MMA video:
SINGTONGNOI POR TELAKUN: NO QUIT
FIGHT FOR LOVE, FIGHT FOR LIFE
Singtongnoi’s story is one of pure grit. It is also a story about love – love for Muay Thai, and love of family and friends.
Hopefully, none of us will have to face something as dangerous as what Singtongnoi has faced, but if we do, we know where we can draw inspiration from. Even if we don’t face anything as terrifying, we can still take his example.
Singtongnoi fought not simply for survival, but to live. He concentrated on the things that made his life special. He wanted not simply to live, but to continue doing the things he loves with the people he loves.
This is crucial. If you want the grit to fight through adversity, make sure what you’re fighting for is something that excites you! What would be more exciting, fighting for 10,000 dollars… or a million dollars? Which one would you push yourself harder for?
Keep that goal in mind. As Colonel William Reeder, a POW during the Vietnam War, wrote:
“Do not give up the fight to stay alive. No matter how sick you are, how serious your wounds are, or how hopeless the situation, there is always a chance you can make it. Take that chance and, with your deepest courage, fight for it.”
KICKING FOR MUAY THAI by Sean “Muay Thai Guy” Fagan
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.