Kaensak is one of a very select few fighters to earn championship titles at both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums in Bangkok. Kaensak was the first fighter to be named fighter of the year in Thailand for two consecutive years (1989 and 1990). He went undefeated in those two years, in fifteen contests. He was also involved in the 1993 Fight of the Year.
Kaensak was born with the name Pongsak Cheawchan. He was given the name Kaensak which translates into the meaning “core strength.” This is because he was known for his power which belied his size. Kaensak moved into a muay Thai camp at age 9. Kaensak had his first fight at age 10 and won by knockout. At age 13, he fought his first bout at Rajadamnern and won a decision.
The veteran of 250 powerful contests was known as a powerful striker with all-around skills. ”I think my style was the best because I used everything. If you just have a strong punch but can’t hit your opponent with it, that’s no good. I liked to use kicks, punches, knees, elbows, clinches, combinations, everything. There is one thing that is even more important than technique. Heart is number one. If you get hurt and say, Oh no, I’m going to die, and just go home, you cannot win You have to want to fight.”
He fought at a time where the Muay Thai in Thailand was unsurpassed, where the fighters were unquestionably the best. The 1990’s will likely be remembered as one of Thailand’s “Golden Era’s” of Sport Muay Thai. Kaensak is a legend in the sport of Muay Thai. A recent article rated Kaensak the 5th best Muay Thai fighter in the history of the sport.
Kaensak resides in New Jersey and serves as a licensed kick boxing Judge with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He serves as the agency’s head kick boxing Judge. He has scored fights for the State agency at StrikeZone, TakeOn and Warriors Cup events. He has judged every sanctioned Title bout that has taken place in New Jersey.