This has been a rollercoaster of a day for the world of kickboxing with the craziness that went down at GLORY 42 Paris and now Yodsanklai Fairtex has announced his retirement from the ring. The announcement was made via Yodsanklai’s social media accounts; the statement in Thai on Facebook and English on his Instagram (embedded below).
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"Greeting to all my friends brothers and sisters and my fans. I wanted lets everyone know that i am retiring from fighting. I have been fighting for a long time, I have been suffering from many injuries and most recent one that i took a year off from was a knee injury that i has gotten surgery for. From that point I have fought 4 fights. I don't feel like my body is performing to my expectance. The pain have multiply even in training and i know what is best for my body. I want to thanks everyone for always supporting and cheering for me so I wanted to let everyone know directly from me.
Yodsanklai was on the shelf for well over a year, sidelined with a knee injury, only to make his return in 2017 for Kunlun Fight. Since his return he’s fought four times, but the injury has plagued him since his return and he has made the tough decision to retire as opposed to continuing forth when he doesn’t feel like he’s living up to his full potential.
This is a huge blow for both kickboxing and muay thai considering he’s one of the very best in the world and there were still a good number of dream fights left for Yodsanklai, namely a huge fight with Buakaw Banchamek that was unlikely to materialize regardless of the money being tossed around.
As you can see, for someone who believes that he’s lost his step he was still pretty damned good after his return.