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Thai Transgender Fighter Nong Rose Fights for Thairath TV Stadium Title

This is Nong Rose Banjaroensuk (น้องโรส บ้านเจริญสุข):

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Taylor Weidman/Getty Images

Those who have no idea who she is may start laughing because she wears mascara and lipstick when she fights. They may think it’s a joke and that it’s “cute” a kathoey (Thai for transgender) is getting in the ring.

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But those laughs are silenced as soon as she starts fighting. Nong Rose has fought over 200-300 times and that is no laughing matter. She is often severely underestimated by her opponents and the gamblers, which can often work to her advantage. In an article done by Vice, Nong Rose recounts of how opponents sometimes refuse to fight her, and some of those who choose to fight her will make fun of her.

This Saturday at Thairath TV, Nong Rose will fight Sayanlek Sayangym (สายันต์เล็ก สายันต์ยิม) for the 115 pound Thairath title. Sayanlek won last month over Denmechai Tedsababaansong at Rajadamnern Stadium and is pretty active in the Thai stadiums.

Thairath TV is on channel 32 if you wish to view in Thailand. For those outside of Thailand, you can watch easily from many sites that stream Thai TV channels, including the Thairath’s own website. The show starts at 2:00 pm Bangkok time on April 29,2017.

Watch some of Nong Rose’s fights
March 26, 2017 vs Kongsanan Sakhomsin
November 7, 2015 vs Suriyanlek Or Por Tor Kaphi

Watch some of Sayanlek’s fights
March 23, 2017 vs Denmechai Tedsababaansong
December 24, 2016 vs Cherry Duangjaiphor

Fighter, social media manager, content creator and writer. Currently training and fighting full time in Bangkok. Originally from NYC.

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