Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told WBC super-flyweight champion Sisaket Nakhonluang-Promotion or Visaksilp Wang-ek that he would like the boxing champion to retain his title as long as possible to make Thai people happy and to be their idol.
Sisaket who successfully defended his title by a knockout against Roman Gonzales in New York last week paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at the Government House on Wednesday (Sept 13).
The prime minister told Sisaket that he had been following his fight enthusiastically and had been cheering him all along.
In response, the boxing champion said he didn’t want anything special but only wanted to do something for the country. He attributed his successful boxing career to his hard working and training and also to his girlfriend who has always been his inspiration.
He said he would carry on with his boxing career after his marriage with his long-time girlfriend. However, he added that he would like to join the police force after retiring from boxing.
During the brief encounter, the prime minister toyed with Sisaket by delivering a direct punch at the champion who narrowly ducked.