Thai prodigy Stamp Fairtex is planning a dream debut at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.
The 20-year-old will challenge reigning ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chaung on Saturday, 6 October in Bangkok, Thailand.
The veteran of 80-bouts is looking to walk away from her first performance under the ONE Championship banner with a World Title belt.
“I want to show the Thai people that I can do it, and I want to become champion so I can make my parents proud,” she says.
“I also want the world to see that Thai female athletes are good too, not only beautiful.”
A two-weight Northeastern Thailand Champion, Stamp briefly pursued a career in mixed martial arts, but the lure of a ONE Kickboxing World Title proved too much to resist, and she has returned to her striking roots in search of the gold.
Ironically, her attempt to reinvent herself as a mixed martial artist was the catalyst that sent her back into kickboxing.
She tried out for Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series and scored a superb 19-second head-kick knockout at ONE Warrior Series 2 in July.
It underlined her outstanding striking credentials, and opened the door for a chance to compete on the main ONE roster, but instead of a mixed martial arts contract, Stamp was offered the opportunity to compete in ONE Super Series, with a debut bout throwing her into an immediate title challenge.
“My boss, Prem (Busarakamwongs), thought I could compete in kickboxing like Yodcherry (Sityodtong),” she explains.
“He thinks I can win if I prepare myself well.”
In preparation for the bout, Stamp spent hours analysing video of Chuang’s title-winning performance against Yodcherry at ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS.
“She has a boxing style, and that is her strength,” Stamp explains.
“She strikes mostly with punches and has speed. I must focus on kicking instead.”
Stamp’s striking roots are firmly entrenched in the national martial art of her country, Muay Thai.
It has meant she has had to make some adjustments to her kickboxing style to fit the international kickboxing ruleset, but she says she has all the tools she needs to be successful – and become a World Champion.
“I won’t be allowed to use the elbows, but I can use my knees and my fists, and I can still move around to defend myself,” she says.
The clash between former Muay Thai ace Stamp and kickboxing World Champion Chuang looks set to thrill the crowd at the Impact Arena.
And the Thai says she hopes to draw additional power and inspiration from the fans as she competes in front of a home crowd in Bangkok.
“Am I better than her? Maybe I’m not better than her, but I am a hard-working person,” she says.
“I will do my best in this fight, and I will do whatever I can to win the championship.
“Fighting in Thailand, of course, I will hear a lot of cheering.
“I am Thai, they are Thai. It’s Thai power. With this support, I am already halfway to the win.”