Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday advised World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to complete his bachelor’s degree before applying for a police lieutenant job.
Srisaket, who caused a sensation with a historic win over previously unbeaten Roman Gonzalez at the Madison Square in New York a couple of weeks ago, had pleaded for a job immediately after his victory.
Yesterday, the boxer went to the Government House and called on the premier, who complimented him for his remarkable achievement, saying his victory “rejuvenated boxing in the Kingdom and at the same time brought joy to Thais.”
Showing concern, Prayut said Srisaket would not be able to live off boxing forever and suggested he pursue a degree course, which could lead to more career options after his retirement from the ring.
The premier emphatically said that the world champion would not be given a police post unless he finishes his degree. He told Srisaket to continue working hard and wished him success in his title defence.
Labelling Srisaket as the “Thai Pacquaio” (both boxers sport similar style moustache), Prayut left a few words of wisdom. “Winning the title is tough but defending the title is tougher,” he said.