‘I Didn’t Want To Give Up’ – How Sinsamut Klinmee Found New Motivation After World Title Defeats To Regian Eersel
On November 3 in U.S. primetime, “Aquaman” can take a massive step toward that goal when he squares off with former foe “Lethal” Liam Nolan in a pivotal lightweight Muay Thai showdown at ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Prime Video.
The upcoming bout in Bangkok will be a rematch of their July 2022 clash, which saw Sinsamut score a highlight-reel, one-punch knockout of the Brit.
It was the Thai’s second consecutive KO and propelled him to a World Title showdown with Eersel for the division’s inaugural gold. However, he would drop a narrow split decision in that epic October 2022 battle.
Still, the 27-year-old’s performance was good enough to earn him an immediate rematch five months later, but that time around, he suffered a devastating fourth-round knockout loss to Eersel.
The latter defeat sent Sinsamut back to the ranks of contenders – and it hit him incredibly hard:
“After I lost that second fight, I was down and really sad. I didn’t even want to leave the house. It was a disappointment. It took a while to feel better.”
Rather than wallow in his sadness, Sinsamut picked himself up, returned to the training room, and quickly got back to winning ways.
This past July, he blasted through Brazilian scrapper Victor Teixeira with a sensational knockout, reminding fans that he’s one of Muay Thai’s most powerful pound-for-pound strikers.
Looking back at the difficult time following his second loss to Eersel, “Aquaman” says he found renewed motivation from the children who look up to him:
“It took time, but I eventually came to realize that I didn’t want to give up. I looked at my nephews and the kids at my gym. I tell them all the time to not give up. If I don’t bounce back and try again, who am I to tell them these things? I feel like I have to be a good role model for them.”
‘Eersel Has Become My Motivation’ – Sinsamut Targets World Title Trilogy
Now seven months removed from his second loss to Regian Eersel, Sinsamut Klinmee is in a good mental space and ready to do whatever it takes to earn a World Title trilogy fight.
Despite the crushing defeats, “Aquaman” refuses to live in the past:
“There’s nothing I would have done differently. I gave my best. I shoot my shot. I have no regrets. It’s all about moving forward now.”
Of course, Sinsamut isn’t looking past Liam Nolan and the serious threats he will pose in their rematch.
At that same time, his ultimate goal is another date with Eersel and the opportunity to finally win 26 pounds of ONE Championship gold.
The Thai added:
“Regian Eersel has become my motivation. I want to win against him. I know it’s hard. However, he’s become my goal, my challenge, and my purpose to train hard every day. I’d like to face him again if it’s possible.”