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Osbourne is relieved after kneeing a vet & Ozzy, son get their muay Thai kicks in Thailand : On April 29, 2005
"Fighting Jack" Osbourne voiced relief after his knockout win in his first muaythai bout in Pattaya on Wednesday night.
The son of high-profile TV stars Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne said he was "not surprised, but relieved" when he punched and kneed his opponent "The Man" onto the canvass early in the second round.
"I knew that I had an edge in fitness and the tactics were to put the pressure on in the first round and finish off in the second.
"Neither myself or "The Man" had that much conditioning to go the full distance so it was a matter of getting in fast," he said after.
Both Ozzy and Sharon watched anxiously as their son received two powerful kicks to his legs. A heavy exchange in blows in the frantic first round had the celebrities tense with expectation.
"It was some fight. I'm proud of Jack. It's something I will remember," said Ozzie, who embraced his son as he left the ring to the roars of a partisan crowd of local fans.
Jack felt his strength was his powerful punches. "I was as surprised as anyone else when I landed the knee strike. I saw the opportunity and I took it."
Jack's opponent "The Man", a veteran muaythai professional on his comeback fight said he was "taken by surprise" with the ferocity of the first round.
"I kicked him a couple of times hard but he just kept on coming. I tried to control the fight and slow him down but he was a tough nut to crack," the Thai fighter said.
Seconds into the second round the 21-year-old Osbourne let fly with a flurry of punches that staggered "The Man". The end came quickly as Osbourne delivered a powerful knee strike to the solar plexus and the blow followed through to the chest and face.
"I went down and that was it," lamented the Thai stalwart, who said that he would continue to fight despite being "around 40".
The Osbourne fight attracted tight security with special bodyguards assigned to protect the Osbournes, who watched the bout on a VIP ringside lounge.
Jack was sore and limping a little after his first bout. But he described muay Thai fighting as "a buzz".
"It's not easy being a fighter. You have to train hard, carry injuries and never lose your resolve."
"I do appreciate that you have to train hard in muay Thai and my trainers did everything to get me into shape and give me the confidence to fight hard. Without the training, I couldn't have done it. I wouldn't have been a winner and it wouldn't be safe."
Sharon Osbourne admitted to some concerns as a mother watching after two preliminary bouts ended with a knockout and a stopped fight. The atmosphere was "intense", but "Jack did well. I'm so proud of him," she said.
The Osbournes plan to wrap up their stay in Thailand with some touring together.
"I haven't had much time to take in the sights and it will be nice to do this with my mum and dad," Jack said. "I've developed a certain kind of love for Thailand."
Then Jack plans to put his gloves aside and turns his focus to rock climbing. "Muaythai has given me the strength and confidence to take on new challenges. I won't be forgetting what I learnt here in Thailand."
So, is the only son of a megastar family - which rival the Beckhams and Oprah Winfrey in terms of making headlines - looking to a professional career in muay Thai?
"You know, I like to do rock climbing and other sports that test your body, mind and spirit. But yeah, I'd have to say that muay Thai is something special. It's really demanding and it's becoming popular all around the world.
"I can dream of being the WBC Muay-Thai champion of the world."
This is Osbourne's first visit to Thailand. His family rarely travels outside the US and Britain, where they have homes but they make occasional trips to Australia.
The Osbournes have been impressed with their first encounter with Asia and the Thai lifestyle.
"What we like about the Thai people is their attitude to life," enthused Jack. "They are really super-cool people . . . no matter what happens they don't let stress get them down."
Jack says he'll leave Thailand a lot stronger and ready to take on some extreme rock climbing.
"I feel that I've got to a new level in how to live . . . I've learned a lot about myself and what's required to get fit and stay healthy."
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