When Wausau native Sam Thao found out he was picked for a CFA flyweight title fight, the 31 year-olds daily schedule changed dramatically.
"I would train in the morning, swim and sauna. And then I go to work 2:30-11, second shift and then after that I would train til about 2:30 am" said Thao.
Long days that come with a price.
"It is hard because you don't get to see your family. My son and my two daughters I hardly get to see them..and my lady. That makes me hurt inside."
On Saturday October 12th the Wausau community gathered to see Sam live his dream. Including his Father, who had a little advice.
"He knows what he is doing but I told him to do the best he can. It doesnt matter if he looses or wins, what matters is that he goes all the way through to the end (of the fight)" remarked Nou Vang Thao.
And Sam did go all the way to the end.
The judges even scored the first round in thao's favor. Helping gain the reigning champs respect.
"He did an amazing job, my hats off to him, let's all give him a round of applause" Josh Sampo said after the fight.
So now that Sam is back in Wausau to his normal life he will have to decide if another fight is in his future, which would mean more training. But, for his biggest fan...that would be quite alright.
"My son is turning six at the end of October, when he sees me on the posters and on TV he says 'Daddy is that you? Is this the bad guy?' and I tell him there are no bad guys were just going in there (the cage) and throwing down." Thao said with a smile.
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