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Unlimited potential

This article is based uppon a interview made with the Swedish MuayThai prospect Sanny Dahlbeck 090911.

                Unlimited potential

             A interview with Sanny Dahlbeck


Sanny runs down the long stairs to the gym, he has an electric guitar on his back,
he is breathing heavily and his dark hair is all over his face. He is a few minutes late to our meeting due to a failing subway train, it is not his fault but still he apologizes to us for him being late. Humble and dedicated was my first impression, one hour and allot of questions and laughs later I had learned that sometimes
first impressions are spot on.

Sanny posses a natural charisma that is way beyond average, actually allot about Sanny is way beyond average. He is the current Swedish MuayThai -67 Kg Champion, he holds a prefect 15-0 fighting record and he can handle a guitar like a rock star,
did I mention that he is only 18 years of age? Armed with a big smile and the youthful taste of life Sanny takes a seat on a bench in the gyms locker room, he politely answers my questions and he does it with a modest but still well deserve confidence.
To get to know Sanny a bit better I ask him to tell us about how he came in contact with the sport of Muay Thai.

Sanny - I started out with kick / Thai boxing when I was about 13, I lived in Spain at that time and I just joined a random gym down there for fun.
 It was nothing serious and I did not understand my potential in the sport at all but, I did fight one fight and I won it by knockout one minute in to
the first round. Me and my family moved back to Sweden when I was 15 and this was also when I joined the Slagskeppet Muay Thai club. Apparently the trainers instantly saw potential in me and also gave me the confidence to believe in my own ability. And so now for the past three years I have been training very seriously and I love every part of it.

Besides MuayThai shorts Sannys gym bag also contain books and note sheets, he studies music at a special music high school and his education
is very important to both him and his trainers. Actually so important the he doesn't get to fight if he gets a bad grade. When I heard of this I wondered
how does this affect Sanny and what is most important to him, music or MuayThai?

Sanny - *Laughs* MuayThai 100%, I love music but MuayThai is my passion and what I want to focus on, but I am also well aware that I need a good education
that I can fall back on if necessary. Like a year ago it was difficult for me to get all parts together, social life, school and training but then I realized that it all comes
down to knowing what you need to do. To make it all work I need to have the same discipline in life that I have in the gym. Now when I schedule and plan ahead I get
more free time and I also do better in both School and at the gym. Also it helps me a lot to know that I have support from my family and friends and
they are always there for me when I need them.


There is no question that Sanny is talented, he has come further in three years then most fighters come in their whole career, and when I speak to his trainer Peter Lööf he tells me about the unlimited potential that Sanny possesses. But is that all good or is there a down side to this hype that surrounds him?

Sanny - I actually love it, makes me feel very special * laughs*. As long as I can live up to the expectations that I and my trainers have for me its all good.
You might think that I feel a lot of pressure on me but I don't, I do this for me, not anyone else. I know that I can become much better and I still have a lot to learn,
but I have time on my side and I don't feel any need to rush things. I just enjoy the moment and I like the fact that I am evolving in to a better fighter.

Okay so we know that Sanny has a lot of  talent and that he is aware of it himself but what exactly is it that Sanny needs to improve and what are his strongest assets today?

Sanny - If you ask some of my previous opponents they would probably say my left hand, it is the hand that has knocked them out * laughs*.
I hope that doesn't sound arrogant but that is the honest truth. Since I am a southpaw fighter I have a lot of strength on the left side of my body
but I am not much weaker on the right side. Besides the power I think that I am pretty all round and have a good movement in the ring. And for some reason I have always been able to predict my opponents next move. I takes me about 30 seconds to learn a fighters fighting style and this gives me a big advantage in the ring.

When it comes to the question of improvements Sanny`s  traningparter and promotor of the battle of Sweden event steps in and says.

Michael - Sanny you got weaknesses but its my and Peter`s job to make them disappear by hard work in the gym. I can tell you this though, I have worked with a lot of fighters and with Sanny I see a big difference. He listens and understands, he is not afraid to test new things and if he likes a new technique he makes sure to master it. His movement and footwork is great and he always finds new angels to attack from. He has the total package, all we need to do now is to make the package even better.


In November Sanny will be travelling to Bangkok with the Swedish MuayThai national team and participate at the IFMA World MuayThai Championships.
What does he think about his chances and how will he handle a possible loss considering his perfect 15 -0 (8 KO ) record.

Sanny - I always aim to win no matter what fight it is, but I don't take anything for granted. There will be a lot of great fighters there and I find it very interesting
to see how I will stand against international competition, but off course I want to win the gold medal *laughs* . If I loose I loose, its not a big deal as long as I am
satisfied with my own performance. I have come close to looses before, like the fight against David Teymur in the Swedish Championship final.
If  I had lost that fight I would have raised his hand in the sky and still felt very proud over my own achievement in the ring that night. In this sport all fighters receive
losses sooner or later, it will surly happen to me as well and I can handle it.

So, here we have a young, talented, clever and ambitious fighter, I instinctively start to think in terms of K-1. Sanny has all of the attributes needed for the K-1 Max scene but is that what he wants?

Sanny - Yeah *laughs*, I definatly want to fight in K-1, but I am a bit worried about going a fight without the classic Thai music in the background,
I have never done that. Or, well a few months ago I fought at a MuayThai event in Kristianstad and between the second and third round the event DJ played techno music
and he forgot to turn it off as the third round started. This resulted in both me and my opponent got totally stressed out and just shook our bodies to the rhythm of the music and it looked hilarious *laughs*! They actually stopped the fight until the DJ put on the Thai music again * laughs* . But yes, I would love to fight in K-1, there are a lot of fighters there that I look up to and Gevorg Petrosyan is just amazing. Perhaps in a few years when I have a bit more experience and fights behind me I could take him on *laughs* .


As I am running out of questions my cameraman Oskal sneaks in with one of his own. He ask Sanny what the trainers and the Slagskeppet gym means to him. The emotional expression on Sannys face when he hears the question lets us know exactly what he is going to answer.

Sanny - Everything! For me the trainers and the friends at the gym is like a second family. This is my sanctuary and second home. I can have a bad day or feel down but when I am here nothing can touch me. I love this gym and I am proud to be a part of it. The trainers took me on three years ago and without them I would not be where I am today. 

The interview is over, I pack down my pen and paper and shake Sanny`s hand. He has made a big impact on me and as I shake his hand I get the feeling that I am holding the hand of a future superstar. Moments later I am standing in the gym watching Sanny as he kicks and beats the pads that Michael is holding for him. There is about 30 other pupils in the room and I notice that they all stand still and watches the 18 year old boy with the unlimited potential.


On the 26th of September Sanny will be stepping in to the ring again at the Battle Of Sweden 2 event. He has been matched up against the technical striker Genc Uka at one of the events super fights. Ticets to the event can be purchased at ticnet.se and more information about the event can be read www.battleofsweden.com


Written by Daniel Hol 
Photos taken by Oskal Rojas.


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Pablo (795 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 10:05
Interesting stuff about a young fighter I didn't know about and will be glad to follow in the future, his views are pretty realistic and his attitude toward his art and life seems a sound one. I wish him a good performance on Spt 26th
ihannos (108 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 10:52
I can only agree. This guy really has "It". He loves what he is doing, got the talent, gives all in the ring (wich usually results in KO:) and have that carisma wich i think many people in combination with the rest will love him for.
When i think of it he is in about the same position as Hiroya (Plus he´s got it ;) agewice etc. A fight between these two would be Great!
Enough rambling!
Hope to see some videos of the event the 26 th.
(539 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 11:32
So young and so disiplined. He has a very mature view about planning, scheduling, getting the time to balance all the elements in his life. I was 25 before I realized how structured I have to be to get time enough for all I want to do. Sounds like he could go very far indeed, seeing as he is so good allready, and only 18. The pairing of natural talent, structure, and dedication is a winning combination. Imagine Ignashov if he had just been a bit wiser in his younger years......
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 01:34
Very interesting read. Daniel keeps surprising us with better material every time. Congratulations!

I don't know Sanny Dahlbeck yet, but I will surely keep an eye out for him in the near future. He seems very promising.
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 04:32
This article made a great impression on me. Really interesting to know more about our promising fighters in an interview like this and I will definitely remember Sanny. Good job once again Daniel and Oskal!
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-15 at: 08:11
Hey, thanks for the nice comments!

I must say I am totaly blown away by Sanny, ( think you noticed by the article =) )
He is such a nice guy and the talent that he posses is just scary.

I have aded a bunch of Oskal`s photos to the gallery in this article, including the one where Sanny teaches Oskal a lesson for talking about his sister haha...

I hope and think that we will be seeing alot of Sanny in the near future.
Dennis, Administrator (1174 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-16 at: 10:45
Great article as usual!
Balint (199 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-18 at: 09:58
nice one, thanks !
Hera (343 posts)
Posted: 2009-09-19 at: 04:59
He is very clever as i read interview. Taking Muay Thai serious but still keep some distance and taking good look for other important ascpects in life. Really in future he can become really big deal in Muay Thai/K-1 World. I hope he will manage to do it and i wish him the best :-).
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2010-03-01 at: 09:39
Worth to know after reading the article.

Sanny lost the fight against Genc Uka at the Battle of Sweden 2 event. After a very impressive first round Sanny stepped in to a solid punch and was downed in the opening of the second, Sanny got up and fought back but the referee stopped the fight moments later. h ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9bzwXD7Phc
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A few weeks after the loss to Genc Uka Sanny travelled to Thailand and competed at the Muay Thai World Championships. And guess what. He won the gold medal!!
Sanny proved that the unlucky loss to Uka only made him better
and with lessons learnd and experince gaind he is now a even more complete and dangerous fighter.
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