On August 15th 2017 Christian Daghio squared up for a 12 round match in Bangkok’s Ram 100 stadium against the strong Nattapon Plangpimai for the World Boxing Federation International Boxing Championship. The gala started at 19:00 with a few international fights in which Thai fighters fought against Vietnamese, Japanese, or other fighters from around the world. Then came the main event of the night…

Christian Daghio fighting in Boxing
Christian Daghio fighting in Boxing

Plangpimai, a Thai fighter, was considered a war machine who never lost a fight–just like Christian, but with the difference being that he won all of his fights by knockout (KO). Curiously, Thai people believe that Nattapon Plangpimai will be the next world champion! He is 24 years old, physically strong, 185 cm high and has very long upper limbs.

Christian was aware that he needed to pace himself throughout the 12 rounds to keep from tiring himself so that he would have strength and energy in the last few rounds. However, his opponent started off very strong from the first round, bringing combinations and keeping constant pressure on Christian. Christian and his team were certainly expecting such a tactic and were able to respond and adjust his method.

Christian Daghio fighting in Boxing
Christian Daghio fighting in Boxing

Christian, though responding blow for blow, found himself lagging far behind in points after five rounds. Plangpimai would hit from a distance and then always move out of the target range. At this point Joel, Christian’s Filipino coach, asked him to change his tactics: work exclusively at his opponent’s body. Joel was sure that if Plangpimai continued with his same technique he could only be exhausted by working at his body.

The 6th and 7th rounds were a surprise to the Thai fighter who was repeatedly hit on the body; he looked annoyed by Christian’s new tactics and started the 8th round with a burst of anger, as if he wanted to end the match at that exact round. His anger prevented him from thinking clearly so his shots were ineffective and made him waste a lot of breath.