It’s safe to say that Stamp Fairtex is willing to fight anyone at a moment’s notice, and last week proved that.
The funky Thai fighter saw her fight week turned on its head in the lead-up to ONE Fight Night 6 on 14 January. Stamp was initially scheduled to take on striking expert and arch nemesis Anissa Meksen in the first-ever mixed rules super-fight in ONE’s women’s division.
While the atomweight superstar was ready to make Meksen pay for her words, the French-Algerian adversary was nowhere to be seen on the day of weigh-ins, forcing a cancellation of the historic bout.
“I am not really looking forward to fighting with Anissa because I consider this unprofessional,” Stamp said in a post-fight interview. “I spent a lot of time looking for a new opponent in this event. So I don't really look forward to that again.”
Wanting to keep her place on the card after months of training for the highly anticipated clash, Stamp found herself set for a battle with 19-year-old prodigy Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak in a strawweight kickboxing affair.
The former two-sport ONE World Champion walked away with a split-decision victory and USD$50,000 from ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for her efforts throughout the thrilling three-round encounter.
“There was a lot of pressure for me because I [had] a few disadvantages in terms of the weight class,” Stamp said.
“I [thought] to myself that I [would] just do this and I [would] just have fun. And this [would] be like entertainment. Win or loss, it [didn’t] matter.”
Despite getting her hands raised, there were some who saw the bout in favor of “Supergirl.” As she reflects on the short-notice contest, the Fairtex scrapper gives credit to her youthful opponent for a difficult fight.
Now having started the year off in the win column, Stamp plans to continue in striking fashion. Having held ONE World Titles in the organization’s atomweight kickboxing and Muay Thai divisions, the Bangkok battler is out for vengeance against the two foes who took the crowns from her.
“I called out Allycia Rodrigues and Janet Todd because I want to win the belt for kickboxing and Muay Thai,” Stamp said.
“I would like to use this time to reclaim my title in kickboxing and Muay Thai because I still feel sad about what happened with Angela Lee (her sister Victoria recently passed away) and the Lee family. So that will take a while, and after a while, I'll go back to MMA for Angela Lee.”