Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Interview with mymuaythai.com

Where does all the time go in a day?!!?!....I wake up at 730am...finish with my training at 1030am,home by 11am. Then out the door again for Personal Trainings sessions,then training at BXG with Joe in the evenings...and by the time Im home it's blooody 11pm!!!!!!!!!! So today Ive found a little time away from personal training to reply my emails and do a blog.

Anyways back to the topic title. When I told my buddy Oak from Tuffboxing that I was headed over to London on Holiday he told me that he would introduce me to his friend there and that his friend wanted to interview me for his website. I soon found out the interview was for mymuaythai.com. Oak's friend Nopadon who is a Thai American who is currently living in London. He's been running the site for a good number of years now,coz I remember reading up on latest fights and info on gyms and fighters. Nop Thai and having contacts in Thailand he updates his site regularly with whats happening in the Muay Thai scene and people discuss upcoming events and he uploads recent fights too and people go on and comment about them. It is definetly one of the BEST muaythai info sites around!

So met up with Nop at one of the Tube Stations and also dragged along a good friend and fellow DJ buddy Ex- Juice 2004 Winner DJ Keishi who is now living in London. We walked down the streets of Bricklane to go say HI to another Singaporean DJ living in London,Ex-Zouk resident DJ Sonny. So we sat down out side n the damn COLD where Sonny was doing his early DJ set in the club!!

The interview was just a very informal and cool sorta chat rather than a serious sorta straight laced one. And I was lucky enough to pop mymuaythai.com's cherry by being the FIRST video interview that Nop has ever done in all his years running the site!! Muuahaha!! Who would have thought after all those years of me reading his website I'd be reading and watching about MYSELF on it now?!! CRAZY?!!?!? He's titled it "Interview with Zach Khan"???????????????? Nop, it sounds like you interviewed some BOLLYWOOD ACTOR?!!?!? haha Just Zach or Zig Zach next time pls!! haha

Anyways you can catch my interview here

Online Videos by Veoh.com

or go click here if video isn't working: interview with Zach Khan on Mymuaythai.com

Nop's a cool guy and we had good fun doing the interview. After the interview we walked further up Bricklane for some of Englands National dish!!! Curry!!!!! haha Bricklane is like THE LITTLE INDIA!!!!!!! It is exactly like Boat Quay in Singapore,where they literally stand on the street and harass you to come in to their restaurant. Only thing is in Bricklane they offer you discounts and free stuff with your meal!!

He has recently done another interview with fellow Contender Asia fighter,David Pacquette and also uploaded a recent fight that Naruepol had in France. So make sure you guys check out mymuaythai.com for your regular fix on all things Muay Thai!!!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Asian Invasion Pt 3: Hup Holland Hup!!!

Translation: Here is your Zaak?!?!

Right sorry about the late update.Hope that picture made up for it!?!? haha The flight back on British Airways felt ALOT longer than the flight going there...!! So having been jetlagged from the flight back from Holland and got straight back into training for the fight, also juggling personal training on top of that has left me some what busy!!

Sooo the last part of my holiday I flew from Stockholm to Eindhoven. The weather while I was in Holland was BEAUTIFUL. 32Degrees and no humidity and just only a few days where in the early afternoon it was abit chilly. My Stepdad was there to pick me up and drive me home. Home was in South of Holland,in a little place called Uden. I call it "Kampung" (Village in Bahasa Malay) Uden...coz it really is a smalllll town with no trains in and out of there...and since the Bus services were on STRIKE!!! You were basically STUCK if you don't drive!!! Greeaaaat!!!

So was the first time in 7 years that I was back in Holland and the first time that I've seen the new house!! So mom and my little bro was excited to show me around the place. Mom had already prepared a nice home cooked Asian meal...knowing that Id be craving just rice and veggies and stuff like that after 2 weeks of eating potatoes,meat,sandwiches,pies and all sorts of stodgy food....!!

Nothing beats a home cooked meal!!!

Its been about a year and a half that I've seen my mom and everytime I do,she cooks up a FEAST!!! I always miss her cooking when she's not around!!! My step-dad and bro are lucky she's there to cook for them...She's an awesome cook and I think nothing beats a home cooked meal..all full of love!! =) She now teaches cooking lessons to the people in her neighborhood. Teaching them to make everything from good old Singaporean food to even just how to bake pies,pastries and dutch food...HAH,beating them at their own game!!

So my stay in Holland was more family orientated and not so much late nights and partying with friends!!....So time was spent mainly with my mom catching up and following her around to sort of see what her life was like there now and meeting all her friends there. What was weird was when I met all her Thai friends. Was weird coz they dont speak much english so I had to speak Thai to them and when they spoke to my mom they had to speak in dutch?!?! Also took time to see my "Oma" (Grandma in Dutch),who made me a YUMMMY strawberry cake!!! Mhhhhmmmmm


Also just hanging with the little brother,haven't really been there much for him coz of my busy schedule and my retardedness to keep in touch over phones!! So just had to sorta entertain him abit going with him to some school outings and meeting some of his friends. And of course being the big brother I had to annoy him as much as I can whenever I can....that's what big brothers are for?!?!....Right?...

So over the weekend Kampung Uden was getting to me and I was looking forwad to my trip out of there........So I got my stepdad to drop me off at the S.Hertogenbosch train station and from there I took a train up to Amsterdam which took me about an hour and thirty mins??... The moment the train doors open the smell of burnt vegetables gone wrong hits ya....and thats when ya know you're Amsterdam?!!?!? I can't stand the smell.....but you can't really avoid it as it's sold at the coffee shops and people just walk around smoking it like a normal cigarette!? Coming from Singapore where anything to do with drugs is either a jail term of a DEATH penalty.....you can't really help but find it weird when someone rolls a joint over coffee and chats to you huffing and puffing away like it's nothing??!... Or when a guy on the street corner offers to sell you, "Hashies,Cocaine and Pills."....It's just very very odd!!! One thing I noticed from just having dutch friends and people who live there is that....Dutch people rarely or almost NEVER smoke Marijuana or do drugs even tho it's so accessible to them......it's more the tourist that smoke and do drugs there.

A view of one of the rivers in Amsterdam and Madam Tussaud's Wax Musuem and the other "wax musuem" the red light district.

Whilst in Amsterdam I managed to catch up with a good friend.....a certain K-1 Superstar. Paul "The Sting" Slowinski, who was last year K-1 European Champion!! Was good to see the big guy again. Having lived with him many years ago in Koh Samui and also last seeing him in July where we fought on the same event,so it has been awhile and was good to catch up again! Paul now lives and trains in Amsterdam with 4 Time K-1 World Champion and a LEGEND Ernesto Hoost a.ka "Mr. Perfect". Ernesto set up his own training academy called Team Perfect.

Paul laughing at some guy in a bright green suit and dreadlocks walking by!!

Hung out with Paul walking around Amsterdam and later went back to his place where I met his gf and his housemate,Sammy who also trains with him at Team Perfect. I was treated to a nice home cooked Pasta Bolognese by the champ himself!!! Very UNLIKE Paul to cook & clean!!! Was actually pretty yummy!! (I was under no pressure at all to say that!!!!!!! haha)

Paul's Belt and Throphy he got for winning K-1 Euro GP 2007!!! (AM SOOO JEALOUS!!!!)

The Sting when he's not stiring up trouble in the ring,he's stiring up some beef for his pasta!!
YES!! Even K-1 Champions need to cook and clean!!!!

So after a day of catching up and a funny night out with Paul and the rest of the gang walking through the dodgy streets of the Redlight districts and clubs in Amsterdam,I was on the first train at 6.30am,then getting my stepdad to come get me from the train station. My hair and my clothes wreaking of marijuana from people smoking it in the clubs,I simple couldn't wait to just get out of my clothes and shower!!!

Whilst I was there Euro 2008 kicked off and seriously the Dutch are football crazy!!! The fans are known as the "Oranje Army". They come out dressed in the most ridiculous outfits and they wear everything orange!!.....We watched the game in my town central where they got out a massive screen and everyone just stood around watching the game. It's a really great atmosphere to watch the game with so many people all dressed in Orange singing really silly dutch songs!! Holland won Italy that night 3-0!!!! Hup Holland Hup!!!!

Oranje Straat in Kampung Uden & Game night at the town centre.

So was a perfect way to end the night and the holiday as after the game was over, it was back home to pack as I was pretty much leaving the next day!! =(

So it was awesome to have been to London,Stockholm and Holland. I had such an amazing time in all three countries....and I wanna thank everyone who had helped with lodging and taking care of me and showing me around while I was there =) Hopefully it won't take me 7 years again before I visit Europe again.

The holiday was exactly what I needed to get away from Singapore and now I'm back and raring to go!!!!! July 5th here we come!!!!!


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Asian Invasion Pt 2: Stockholm

Wassssup people!!

Am on the last bit of my holiday in the Netherlands now. After an amazing time in Sweden,I sooooooooooo did not want to leave for The Netherlands! Was very very close to changing my flight dates!! =(

Arrived at the smaller Skavsta airport in Sweden only to see my brother from another mother Yukay smiling away!! Always good to see the old man!! =) haha We went straight to his gym,VBC Gym, as he was preparing for battle on the K-1 Scadinavia show in a couple of days. VBC Gym is by the way THE NICEST gym I have seen in awhile!! It's got a fully equipped weights gym,a store that sell all your health supplements,a sauna,a spare room for visiting trainers if they come do seminars or stay for a few months. Was nice to see the swedish trainers and fighters there as I've met a few of them before in Thailand at the World Championships but never really got to chat with them. So this time was nice to finally meet and chat with them. I even got some training done with Ex-WMC Muay Heavy Weight Champion,Jurgen Kruth.

So over the next few days I just pretty much followed Yukay to the gym in the evenings and spent the day walking around the beautiful city!! Checking out the amazing view of the city by the water and also the old town of Gamla Stan. Though everything is in Swedish most people do speak really good english you just gotta initiate it thats all. I was reallly lucky to get good weather for the time that I was there (unlike London)!!! As many of the guys at the gym said,"The nicer the weather the nicer the girls!!" And boy they weren't kidding!!! DAMN!!! Sweden is just full of beautiful people!! I remember looking around and almost never seeing a sort of overweight or unhealthy person?!!

The narrow streets of Gamla Stan and a view of it from a distance.

The Castle in Sweden and another view of Stockholm

Over the next few days,most of the other Contenders arrived,Dzhabar,Yoddi,Bruce and even Pitu. So at the Press Conference for the "Rumble of the Kings", (check out the pics) it was cool to catch up with the boys. We all keep in close touch but it's nothing like hanging out all together!! Eventually we got recognized and had to take loads of pics with people as it was a rare chance to get 5 of the Contenders in a room in Sweden!?! I actually got to meet quite alot of famous fighters there and even hung out with them over the next few days....was super good fun and alot of them are really just bunch of nice guys (who can kick frikkin ass)!!!! Check out the pics and see if you can recognize any of the fighters there.

The Beautiful Boxer,Nongtoom and Yoddi and Jordan Tai

K-1 Superstars,(L-R)Ole laursen,Ray Sefo and Virgil Kalakoda

The Press Conference was just pretty much running through with everyone on whats happening that night,rules,scoring,fight card,check weight and a bit of a photo session. So that everyone was on the same page and that things would run smoothly.

Ole Laursen looking ripped for his fight!!!! He and Virgil had the funniest staredown.

Bruce and Marco Pique had the meanest staredown with no hand shake at the end. IT'S ON BITCH!!

So went out that night after the Press Conference and was crazy coz I met 2 people at two different places who recognized me from The Contender Asia!! They train as well in Muay Thai and have been following the show,but I was out in a club in Stockholm and I mean what are the chances of that happening!?!??! Totally weird but it was nice that they came and said Hi to me!! Very flattered!!

Next day was Fight Night and the fight was held at GLOBEN. I am seriously very impressed with Swedish Muay Thai at the moment. Everything was running soooooo smoothely!! From the Hotel where our passes were distributed,to the Dressing room where there was pasta with chicken for the fighters,the tshirts fighters and corner ppl have to wear,a tv to watch what was going on in the arena while fighters got ready,ice,water,tape,wraps,thai oil...and all that. Seriously it may sound simple but having fought at some events,there have been some realllllly stooooooopid errors that promoters or event people leave out!! Like WATER or ICE for fighters to use in between rounds or just some stupid security errors at ticketing and seating....??!?!?!?!!?!?

Loving the VIP treatment!! Me with one of the girls selling a Tshirt to promote the event.

Yukay and Me at the walkway where fighters walk in to the ring with fireworks and their own choice of music!! Very cool!!

Well the whole night was amazing!! Me and Pitu did the cornering for Jabba. Was awesome to be in the corner of my brother!! Yukay had his own gym and team around him so there was no point for me to interfere as his team that he has been with for so long know him better than I do. Watching the other guys get ready especially Marco Pique & Yukay with their Teams was just amazing. Everyone was designated something and very organized and all wore a team Tshirt. Looked very sharp and very PROFESSIONAL!!

First fight on the night to kick off the 8man Contender Asia/K-1 Max Grand Prix was Yukay, and he knocked Daniel Elias out with an awesome Uppercut and Right Hook in the 3rd round putting him in the Semi Finals. Watching Daniel Elias's legs buckle in and collapse was just a reminder of Pitu!!! Pitu was like..."In all my fights I've NEVER been knocked out like what Yukay do to me man!!"

Next up Bruce McFie vs Marco Pique,I was looking forward to this fight as they had the meanest stare down and was hoping for a total WAR!! The fight was pretty evenly matched right up til the last round. Marco Pique then caught Bruce with a knee to his cheekbone and Bruce was OUT!!! After the fight both fighters shook hands and bowed to each other...No matter what there's always RESPECT in Muay Thai.

Jabba was up against K-1 Fighter Jordan Tai in the next bout....And what a fight this was. In the room Jabba told us already what he wanted me and Pitu to do and instructed us so that we dont waste precious time. Walked in with Jabba to his selected music....and the fire blowing out and all that...Very cool!!! They did their announcenment,fight records,weight and all that and then it was SHOW TIME!! I said my prayers for Jabba and removed his Arabheadress and off he went. Jabba from the bell just seemed the hungrier fighter of the two. Round 1 was both fast paced with fighters coming out with strong punches.....Remember that Jabba was punching at one point and Jordan Tai threw a knee and it literally just missed Jabbas jaw by 1cm and slipped to the side of his head!!! Jabba landed some HEAVY punches tho and he landed an AWESOME spinning kick on Jordan. The fight was stopped in Round 2 when Jabba landed quite a few punches and Jordans right eye was swelling up really badly. So the ref had to call it off. Jabba is in the SEMIFINALS!!!

The Beautiful Boxer,Nongtoom vs Pernilla (Sweden) was quite a highlight for the event. I just gotta say that no one does the Make Up Wai Kru like Nongtoom....She does it very beautifully!! Was glad I got to catch it live!! Nongtoom is no longer the Nongtoom he was...OBVIOUSLY?!?!?! but it does show that she no longer fights or trains hard?!?... Pernilla did well landing some strong punches and kicks but I think because of her Tae Kwon Do background her jumping around didn't do her any good either. Decsicion went to NongToom after 4 rounds.

Back to the 8man Tournament,Yukay vs Marcus Öberg,fight started well with Yukay working both punches and kicks. But Marcus was on top of his game and kept his distance with kicks and followed up with punches and left knees whenever Yukay came near. Yukay came in the extra round pushing hard to knock Marcus out and giving him a bloody nose. Marcus wins the fight and moves on to the Final!

Once again it was Jabba's turn to shine and this time he was gonna have a WAR with Marco Pique. Jabba once again came out with all guns firing and landed some heavy hands on Marco....Not backing down and showing him that height and size doesn't always matter. Marco landed some very good leg kicks on Jabba but Jabba blocked and came back with strong punches and even caught Marco's leg and swept him off the ground having him land HARD on the canvas.
In the 3rd Round,Marco caught Jabba with a knee to the head and that split Jabba just above the eyebrow and it bled a fair bit but doctor managed to stop the bleeding. Jabba pressed on for points and still never backed down even with blood gushing down his face. The bell went and I honestly thought that there was no need for an extra round as Jabba had won ...but judges scored a draw....one to the red corner and one to the blue....So we got busy trying to stop the bleeding. We told Jabba got busy again and stay out of trouble moving in and out to get points, the tactic works a charm and Jabba is in the FINALS!!! Sweeeeeeeeeeeettt!!!!

1st Super Fight of the night was Virgil Kalakoda vs Ole Laursen!! Another fight that I wanted to catch. Having known Ole for a while he is a top top guy!! All the fighters just dont get how lean he can get!?? Never going to the beach with him!! Coz all the ladies gonna go for him instead!!!!!!! hahah Never met Virgil before but at the press conference I asked for a picture with him and he was like..."Oh gotta get a picture with a celebrity too!!" hahahah I'd rather be famous fighting in K-1 then on a TV show to be honest?!?! haha!! Watching the fight was awesome...Virgil I've seen fight before and his hands are just AWESOME having been a champion boxer before moving to K-1...Remember watching Virgil land some punches and I just went Owwwwwwwwww!!! Ole Laursen landed some awesome kicks to Virgil tho and really taking the fight to him. At one point Ole was limping and I was hoping that his broken foot injury didn''t reoccur...coz there's nothing worse for a Pro fighter to be injured and not be able to train and fight to make money. He walked it off and carried on...but Virgil's punches proved too much and he took the fight on Points.


Main fight of the night....Artem Levin vs Yodsaenklai for the WMC Middleweight Title! I remember watching Artem a year or two ago and he is a very cocky style kinda fighter dropping his hands bobbing and weaving....but he can definetly back it up!! However Yodsaenklai is just a machine and he is just in a class of his own at the moment. I remmeber meeting guys who have seen Artem fight and they said if anyone can beat Yoddi it's Artem Levin.....I was rather doubtful even though Artem is like 1.92m tall and 72kgs?!?!?!?!? Artem started the fight coming out strong and troubling Yoddi....but I think after the 2nd mintue things turned when Yoddi finally found his ground. Landing some awesome left kicks of his and a few good punches. Bell went and it was evenly fought with Yoddi being the more counter fighter. In Round 2....the tables turned and Yoddi just walked in and press Artem with some good punches and finally landing a HARD RIGHT HOOK on Artem putting him down and OUT!!! He didn't know what hit him. So there we go Yoddi proving that it'll take more than a giant to stop him!!!!


Last fight of the night Marcus Öberg vs Dzhabar Askerovvvvvvvvv!!! Jabba controlled the fight moving in and out perfectly to get his points and staying out of trouble to avoid getting his cut opened again. When Jabba got punched or kicked he just put his gloves out and goes..." Cmon kick harder!! Punch harder" taunting Marcus....Jabba was just on FIRE. But all good things come to an end.......................................................

In the 3rd round with maybe 1min 30seconds to go Jabbas cut wouldn't stop bleeding.....Jabba pleaded and begged the Doctor,but his pleas fell on deaf ears and the Dr called off the fight.................We were alll soooooooooooooooooo upset....No one in the stadium cheered the desicion.......Jabba fell on his knees crying.......everyone felt so sad for him..........But everyone knew that night that the real winner and the star of the night was Dzhabar "Chengis Khan" Askerov.......a name that will not be forgotten and a name that will only go further and further after this event. If only I had an OUNCE of what Jabba has in his heart,mind and power that drives him to be the fighter that he is.... I would be extremely happy!!!!!! Stars are shining bright for you bro!! Keep your chin up enjoy your holiday with you family and I'll see you again soon!!!

Thank you to Yukay my brother for life,Tanya and Sebastian for letting me stay over at his place and Kasra the promoter of Rumble of the Kings for being such an awesome host and taking care of me whilst I was there. Peter,Jurgen,Mats,Sasha,Abbe.....you guys are awesome good fun and thanks to you guys I had an awesome time in Sweden!! I really hope to make it back again soon and hopefully be get a chance to fight at one of the events there!!! For more pics of the amazing "Rumble of the Kings" event check out this forum http://www.k-1fans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=41993

Right with that note Im signing off and going to enjoy the last few days in Holland catching up with my family and some yummy home cooked food!!!! Mhhhmmm nothing beats my mom's home cooked food!! Shes been spoiling me with all my favourite stuff!! Am gonna be very overweight and struggle to make weight for my next fight!!! Which is July 5th in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia against South American Champion Leonardo "Amendoim" Monteiro. Should be good fun!!! Check out, www.muaythaisuperfights.com for more info!!!

LaterZ people!!!