SI SA KET’S Uthumpornpisai district has lined up 10 elephants to welcome newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai upon his return from the United States.
The Thai challenger claimed arguably the biggest scalp of his career when he beat the previously undefeated Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua in New York on Sunday.
The Si Sa Ket native became only the second Thai fighter to win the world title of the sport’s three major organisations on American soil after Saman Sorjaturong. Even more impressive, he achieved the feat on his debut at Madison Square Garden in New York, a venue widely regarded as the cathedral of boxing.
Srisaket, who reclaimed the title that he lost to Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras three years ago, is scheduled to return to Thailand today. And provincial officials want to give him a fitting reception after his historic achievement.
“I would like to congratulate Jiemsak Wang-eak [Srisaket’s father]. His son was able to beat one of the best fighters in the world. He left today to pick up his son at Suvarnabhumi Airport and bring him back to his hometown for all Si Sa Ket people to celebrate the victory,” said Uthumpornpisai district chief Surachart Kaewsila.
“Our district has arranged a parade of 10 elephants for him to ride in, taking him around Si Sa Ket town. He will get the opportunity to pay his respects to the province’s sacred sites such as Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai and Si Sa Ket Pillar Shrine.”
Jiemsak said he would prepare Srisaket’s favourite dish – Thai coconut milk curry with cassia leaves – to welcome his son. “Let’s wait and see when his manager brings him back to his hometown. I will ask him to come to Si Sa Ket on March 29. I don’t know his schedule so let me meet him first. When he gets back home, I will prepare kaeng khilek with pig skin for him.”