Filepic shows Saiful Merican training. He will fight against Australia’s Dane “Daddy Kool” Beauchamp at Evolution 27 on May 31.
PETALING JAYA: Saiful “The Vampire” Merican is one to roll with the punches – even when it doesn’t go his way.
The 25-year-old was due to face Thai veteran Rambaa Somdet for the WBC muay thai title in Manila on Sunday.
However, Rambaa has pulled out and, with no stand-in available, the match has been called off.
“Well, I’ve been training for the fight ... so, it is disappointing but it’s out of my control,” said Saiful.
“My guess is he got injured and they couldn’t find anyone to take his place so ... the fight will probably be rescheduled to some other time this year. It’s disappointing, especially having trained hard for it, but that’s how it goes,” said Saiful at the Merican Muay Thai Gym in Solaris Mount Kiara.
Saiful, however, remains upbeat about his fight against Australia’s Dane “Daddy Kool” Beauchamp at Evolution 27 on May 31.
“On the positive side, all the time and effort spent to get prepared for this fight is not lost as I have another muay thai fight at the end of next month,” said Saiful.
“I’ve not faced him (Dane) before ... he’s now the number one in Australia, so it will be an interesting match to say the least.”