Actor Name: Manop Maswichean 'Hanarong'
Coming from the same manager as Mardsua, it's no surprise that Thai trainer 'Nong' has the kind of fight record and passion he displays. Growing up surrounded by beaches on the island Koh Samui, The 45 year old trainer was brought up practicing water sports and watching Muaythai in stadiums. As a result, he went onto University to pursue his passion for Muaythai and then went on to represent his country worldwide. Nowadays, you can find Nong as a head trainer in a Muaythai gym in Thailand where he trains as many as 40 people each day.
Nong is one of two trainers this season on The Challenger, however, the only one who is actually of Thai blood. He says, “It’s so important for a Thai coach to be in the house because Muaythai is from Thailand!" and is the national sport. He adds, My fight motto is "70% Training, 30% Luck. Becoming a top fighter is about training hard then you create your own luck in the ring and the skills you have learnt will come naturally". However, it seems they will only come naturally after grueling hours of training with this trainer. Manop also admits to seeing fighter's weaknesses and strengths, he says "I can always see this in any fighter and I can point them in the right direction by changing their style slightly."
His fight motto is 70% Training, 30% Luck. "Becoming a top fighter is about training hard then you create your own luck in the ring and the skills you have learnt will come naturally". Manop is astute when it comes to the fighters' weaknesses and strengths, he says, "I can always see this in any fighter and I can point them in the right direction by changing their style slightly".
Nong also explains to us his fight name "HANARONG" which means "Body Guard of The King" which he says is because of his size and presence within the ring. The fight name also highlights the amount of honor and respect Nong holds as The King is highly respected and admired in The Siam Lands. It's for sure that the fighter looks 10 times more scary than Challenger's other trainer, Nugget from Australia.
To finish, a little food for thought: We all know that occasionally opposites attracts but sometime a similar foundation does better. It will be interesting to see how Mardsua and Nong's relationship unfolds. After all, they are both Buddhist and prefer Asian culture. They are also both Thai, come from the same manager and have names that begin with 'M'.