The hometown of Thailand’s newly crowned WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is planning a lavish homecoming ceremony on Tuesday after his victory on Saturday in New York.
Uthumpornpisai district in eastern Thailand’s Si Sa Ket Province will have 10 elephants lined up to welcome Srisaket on his return from the United States.
The boxer has become a national hero after beating the previously undefeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua at Madison Square Gardens at the weekend to reclaim the crown that he lost three years ago to Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras.
He is only the second Thai boxer to win one of the major world titles, so local officials are eager to give him a fitting reception.
“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,” district chief Surachart Kaewsila told The Nation.
“Our district has arranged a parade of 10 elephants for him to ride in, taking him around Si Sa Ket town.”
Srisaket’s father said he will also prepare his son’s favourite meal – a Thai coconut milk curry – to welcome him.
The judges scorecards for the controversial Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez decision. pic.twitter.com/LcTtJts3Ax
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Meanwhile, Gonzalez’s manager Carlos Blandon is demanding an immediate rematch for his boxer after accusing Srisaket of stealing the fight.
Arriving back in Nicaragua on Monday, Blandon told reporters “Since they stole the fight, we’re going to get the title back. We hope an immediate rematch comes. We’re going to see what’s going to happen.”