Stamp Fairtex is ready to shoot for the stars.
The Thai is set to challenge ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang for the belt in the co-main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES. The blockbuster event takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, 6 October.
For the 20-year-old, this highly-anticipated title bout is the latest milestone in her remarkable martial arts journey.
An Ordinary Girl In A Muay Thai Family
Stamp’s journey began in Rayong, a province on the northeastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand that is well-known for its parks and beaches.
“Rayong is a big city and ideal holiday destination,” Stamp says.
“The locals make a living from farming. My family has rubber, durian, and rambutan farms.”
Her family made a respectable living in the farming industry, but they were also deeply embedded in the local Muay Thai scene.
Her dad was a talented Muay Thai practitioner, and her uncle operated a small gym where her family members would polish their skills.
“My uncle ran a training camp called Kiat Boon Kern. It was like a training camp for our family where our relatives came to train,” she explains.
“My father was really good at the knee strike, and I enjoyed watching him.”
Although several of Stamp’s family members practiced ‘the art of eight limbs,’ she was not rushed into the sport. Instead, she was initially focused on her farming duties and education.
“I was just an ordinary girl, helping my parents on the fruit farms,” she explains. “I went to a big school, which is quite famous. I liked P.E. and music classes.”
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Soon, the Thai’s ordinary life took a sharp turn, and she felt it was necessary to learn her national martial art.
Stamp was frequently picked on at elementary school. Some of her classmates poked fun at her and even roughed her up.
She grew tired of enduring the abuse and was motivated to learn self-defense to keep her tormentors away.
“I was bullied all the time. I always came back home from school with bruises here and there,” she says.
“Because my family had a training camp, I thought I could do something to fight back.”
At first, her mother was hesitant to allow her little girl to train in Muay Thai because she did not want to see her daughter get hurt. However, she quickly came around and gave her support.
Once Stamp started learning Muay Thai, there was no turning back. Just like her family members, she was hooked.
“I got up at 5am every morning to run,” she says. “Then, at around 7am, I came home to have a shower and go to school. I was always too late to participate in the morning activity.”
Before long, Stamp was booked for her first bout at the tender age of 5. Although the adrenaline surge made the details of her debut a little hazy, she remembers the result.
“I won by KO in the first round,” she says. “The bell rang, I attacked my opponent by knee, and I just won.”
Making A Change
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Stamp has amassed a 60-15-5 professional record, claimed multiple titles including a pair of Northeastern Thailand Championships in different weight classes, and starred in the highly acclaimed Buffalo Girls documentary.
Now, she trains out of the world-class Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya alongside elite Muay Thai athletes – and ONE Super Series stars – Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, Saemapetch Fairtex, and Fabrice Fairtex Delannon.
Yet while she has experienced tremendous success, the Thai acknowledges she had to break down gender barriers on her road to success.
“The hardest thing was overcoming female stereotypes,” she says.
“In Thailand, female Muay Thai athletes were not very culturally accepted. Females are viewed as weak and are expected to act ladylike.
“Every female who became a Muay Thai athlete has her passion. They want to be recognized, but in fact, they are not accepted by society.”
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Over the years, that perception has gradually changed. Many women are now competing in the sport – Stamp and Yodcherry Sityodtong are considered two of the very best.
“There are a lot of well-known female fighters these days. These days, it’s normal to have female athletes in this sport,” she says.
Stamp is determined to continue showing that women can be elite-level Muay Thai practitioners.
The Thai will do that on 6 October when she takes on Chuang for the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Title in the evening’s co-main event.
“I haven’t won any big titles yet. I have won titles just from small competitions so far.
“My next title challenge is going to be seen globally. The ONE Super Series World Title is something I want to pursue,” she says.
“I want to show the Thai people that I can do it, and I want to become champion so I can make my parents proud.
“I also want the world to see that Thai female athletes are good too, not only beautiful.”