ONCE UPON A TIME,

MUAY THAI'S GREATEST CHAMPIONS!

by Serge TRÉFEU (2019)

 

 

CHAPTER I (YEAR 50, 60)



The greatest champions of Muay Thai have been listed in the magnificent book "123 ALL-TIME GREATEST MUAY THAI FIGHTERS OF THAILAND", a unique book drawn only a few copies in Thailand. Here are the legends that have marked the history of Muay Thai during their heyday!

 

YEAR 50

 

Suk Prasarthinpimai

Real name: Suk Jaadpimai

Date of birth: 1912

City of birth: Pimai in the region of Nakhon Ratchassima

Title: Ranked in the top 10 fighters of Thailand

Nickname: "The Giant Ghost"

The best opponents he beat: Prasit Chomsrimek (KO), Surachai Loogsurin (KO), Taveedej Samaanchant (KO)

Fighter Style: Strong fighter with fists and elbows

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Died in 2000 at the age of 88

 

Chuchai Prakhanchai

Real name: Chuchai Ritluechai

Date of birth: 1925

City of birth: Uttaradit

Title: N ° 1 stadium of Radja

Nickname: "Hero of The Ring"

The best opponents he beat: Surachai Loogsurin (KO), Suk Prasarthinpimai (KO), Hideoh Asano (Japanese) (KO)

Fighter Style: Strong fist puncher

Most important purse: 25,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Cup "8 King of Angles" in the stadium of Radja. Died in 2008 at the age of 83 years

 

Thongbai Yontarakij

Real name: Thongbai Sonsroi

Date of birth: 1922

City of birth: Bangkok in the district of Bangkhen

Title: Suan Jaochet stadium champion in 135 lbs

Nickname: "The strong wheel"

The best opponents he beat: Surachai Loogsurin (KO), Usamarn Sorndaeng

Fighter Style: Strong in combination fists and low kicks

Most important purse: 22,500 baht

Particular Sign: Won the "Army" Cup at the stadium Lak Muang Boxing. Won the Cup "4 Tiger Stripes" in the stadium of Radja. Died in 1999 at the age of 77

 

Usamarn Sorndaeng

Real name: Paitoon Krijthong

Date of birth: 1931

City of birth: Bangkok in the district of Bangrak

Title: Radja champion in Boxing in 147 lbs

Nickname: "The Arab's Heir"

The best opponents he beat: Sodsai Narupai (KO), Prasit Chomsrimek (KO), Plian Kingpetch

Fighter Style: Puncher

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the "6 Goldstars" Cup in the stadium of Radja. Died in 1964 at the age of 33 years

 

Prayuth Udomsak

Real name: Sawad Dokkmanee

Date of birth: 1925

City of birth: Nakhon Ratchassima

Title: Radja Champion in 160 lbs (2 times)

Nickname: "The Gray Horse"

The best opponents he beat: Thongbai Yontarakij, Sakchai Naakpayak

Fighter Style: Technician with superb combination

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Cup "4 Royal Birds" in the stadium of Radja. Died in 1991 at the age of 66

 

Somdej Yontarakij

Real name: Samruay Thanee

Date of birth: June 2nd, 1931

City of birth: Bangplama in the Suphanburi area

Title: Muay Thai Army Champion in 160 lbs, OPBF Boxing Champion in 147 lbs and 160 lbs

Nickname: "Southpaw Thunder"

The best opponents he beat: Prayuth Udomsak (KO 3 times), Suttinun Janenarong (KO)

Fighter Style: Puncher

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Cup "7 Goldenlion" in the stadium of Radja in 1949. Died in 2011 at the age of 87

 

Sakchai Naakpayak

Real name: Sukkasem Pianpakdee

Date of birth: 1927

City of birth: Chonburi

Title: Radja Champion in 160 lbs

Nickname: "Shadow of Tiger"

The best opponents he beat: Surachai Loogsurin (2 times), Suk Prasarthinpimai

Fighter Style: Very fast fighter with both left and right kicks

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Cup "10 Tiger's Shadow" in the stadium of Radja in 1949. Died in 1953 at the age of 26

 

Jumrern Throngkitratt

Real name: Samrerng Srimadee

Date of birth: 1926

City of birth: Roi Et

Title: Radja champion in Boxing in 126 lbs, Boxing champion OPBF in 135 lbs

Nickname: "Fire Eguana"

The best opponents he beat: Vihok Tiamkaamhaeng (KO), Promminter Naowaraat, Nikhom Klongpajon (KO)

Fighter Style: Puncher and Technique

Most important purse: 30,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Cup "4 Goldstars" in the stadium of Radja. Died in 2003 at the age of 77

 

YEAR 60

 

Kiewwaan Yontarakij

Real Name: Boonsong Kerdmanee

Date of birth: August 25, 1939

City of birth: Bangkok district Dusit

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 147 lbs

Nickname: "The southpaw lightning"

The best opponents he beat: Charnchai Loogsurin (KO), Srisawad Tiamprasit

Fighter Style: Strong fighter with his fists, puncher

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular Sign: Director of the World Professional Muay Thai Federation. Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" by the King in 1961

 

Adul Srisothorn

Real name: Adul Suksamran

Date of birth: May 30, 1940

City of birth: Baanpoh in Chachoengsao

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs, Radja Champion in 135 lbs

Nickname: "Diamond crown champion"

The best opponents he beat: Sompong Jaroenmuang (KO), Apidej Sitthirun, Kiewwaan Yontarakij

Fighter Style: Technician with great experience

Most important purse: 80,000 baht

Particular Sign: Awarded the "Best Boxer of the Year" trophy by the King in 1963. Died at the age of 36 in a car accident

 

Vicharn Sor Pinijsak

Real name: Pinai Kraikukul

Date of birth: 1940

City of birth: Had Yai in Songkla area

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs, Radja Champion in 135 lbs, Radja Champion in 126 lbs

Nickname: "Champion of 5 Rankings"

The best opponents he beat: Adul Srisothorn (3 times), Sompong Jaroenmuang (2 times), Rakkiat Kiatmuangym

Fighter Style: Good combination with kick and knee

Most important purse: 40,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won the Favorite TV Cup in the Lumpinee stadium and the Master of Earth Cup in the stadium of Radja

 

Sompong Jarernmuang

Real name: Sompong Phongpeeya

Date of birth: 16 November 1940

City of birth: Pranburi of Prachuap Khiri Khan region

Title: N° 1 of Radja stadium in 135 lbs

Nickname: "The Attacker"

Best opponents he beat: Samart Sorndaeng (KO), Ravee Dechachai (6 times), Dejrit Itthianuchit

Fighter Style: Fierce and Aggressive Fighter

Most important purse: 30,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" by His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1965. Technical Advisor in Muay Thai at the prestigious Rangsit Muay Thai Academy

 

Ravee Dechachai

Real name: Sompong Chanpaetrak

Date of birth: 3 September 1942

City of birth: Bangkok in Donmuang district

Title: Radja Champion in 160 lbs (2 times)

Nickname: "Air Force Rocket"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharn Sor Pinijsak (2 times)

Fighter Style: Fighter Enduring Very Strongly in Elbow

Most important purse: 30,000 baht

Particular Sign: Coach at the prestigious Muay Thai Rangsit Academy

 

Apidej Sitthirun

Real name: Narong Throngmanee

Date of birth: September 1st, 1941

City of birth: Bangkontee near Samutsongkram

Title: Radja Champion in 147 lbs (2 times), Lumpinee Champion in 147 lbs (2 times), Thailand Champion in 147 lbs

Nickname: "Top Kicker from Bangnokkwack"

Best opponents he beat: Dejrit Itthianuchit (7 wins), Sompong Jaroenmuang (KO)

Fighter Style: Strong High Kick Technician

Most important purse: 85,000 baht

Particular Sign: The best left leg in the history of Muay Thai. Received the trophy of "Best Fighter of the Century" by His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej. Died at 71 years of cancer in 2013

 

Dejrit Itthianuchit

Real name: Dejrit Srinop

Date of birth: 17 October 1940

City of birth: Bang Nampriew of Chanchoengsao region

Title: Radja Champion in 126 lbs, Radja Champion in 135 lbs, Radja Champion in 147 lbs (2 times)

Nickname: "The Diamond Heart"

Best opponents he beat: Apidej Sitthirun (4 times), Sompong Jarernmuang (KO)

Fighter Style: Great combination with his fists and feet

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular sign: Officer in the army. Became singer in the famous Elizabeth Hotel in Bangkok

 

Danchai Yontarakij

Real name: Pulsak Parnsuwan

Date of birth: 18 October 1941

City of birth: Bangkok in the district of Bangsue

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs, Radja Champion in 135 lbs

Nickname: "The Great Earth"

Best opponents he beat: Adul Srisothorn (3 times), Ravee Dechachai (2 times), Prabthoranee Muangsurin

Fighter Style: Strong fighter with fists, dangerous with hooks and uppercuts

Most important purse: 65,000 baht

Particular sign: Won the "Great Earth Cup" at the Lumpinee Stadium

 

Payap Skulsuek

Real name: Payap Viboolratt

Date of birth: 28 December 1941

City of birth: Bangkok in the district of Bangsue

Title: Radja Champion in 135 lbs, Thailand Champion in 135 lbs

Nickname: "Top Kicker of Tao Poon"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharn Sor Pinijsak (2 times), Sompong Jaroenmuang (2 times), Kraismut Jantarapis (KO)

Fighter Style: Technician with quick kicks

Most important purse: 45,000 baht

Particular sign: Won the Mitsubishi Cup in 126 lbs. Died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 54

 

Prabthoranee Muangsurin

Real name: Poonsawad Mulsartsathorn

Date of birth: December 11, 1939

City of birth: Surin

Title: No. 1 Lumpinee stadium and Radja stadium in 135 lbs

Nickname: "The Spirit Punch"

Best opponents he beat: Danchai Yontarakij, Den Srisothorn (KO)

Fighter Style: Fighter with a powerful straight, puncher

Most important purse: 20,000 baht

Particular sign: First fighter to win "The Great Earth Cup" at the Lumpinee Stadium. Become a Deputy Miniser of Labour

 

Thongbai Jarernmuang

Real name: Thongbai Munkhong

Date of birth: May 16, 1946

City of birth: Taphanhin

Title: No. 1 Lumpinee stadium and Radja stadium in 135 lbs

Nickname: "The Incredible"

Best opponents he beat: Adul Srisothorn (2 times), Den Srisothorn (3 times), Sonthaya Kessongkram

Fighter Style: Fighter tough Strong Fist

Most important purse: 25,000 baht

Particular Sign: Owned several houses he rents in the district of Lad Prao in Bangkok

 

Anantasak Raw For Thor

Real name: Anan Charnkla

Date of birth: April 29, 1942

City of birth: Phrae in North Region

Title: Radja Champion in 118 lbs, Radja Champion in 126 lbs (2 times)

Nickname: "The Train Knee Striker"

Best opponents he beat: Suvitnoi Loogbangplasroi (KO), Denthoranee Muangsurin, Praedum Muangsurin

Fighter Style: Dreadful knee and lightning elbows

Most important purse: 18,000 baht

Particular Sign: Treasurer of the Thai Association of Muay Thai Fighters

 

Den Srisothorn

Real name: Den Suksamrarn

Date of birth: November 10, 1942

City of birth: Baan Poh in Chanchoengsao area

Title: Radja Champion in 126 lbs, Radja Champion in 130 lbs, Radja Champion in 135 lbs (3 times)

Nickname: "The Red Bull"

Best opponents he beat: Suvitnoi Loogbangplasroi (2 times), Sornnakrob Kiatvayupak, Salehmarn Itthianuchit

Fighter Style: Very fast knee strike

Most important purse: 25,000 baht

Particular sign: Winner of the "Red Bull Cup" at the stadium of Radja. President of Titsara Travel Company and many other transport companies

 

Khondej Loogbangplasroi

Real name: Somdej Katanyoo

Date of birth: November 1949

City of birth: Tai Mai in the Chantaburi region

Title: Radja Champion in 140 lbs, TV7 Champion in 140 lbs

Nickname: "Dangerous Shark"

Best opponents he beat: Apidej Sitthirun (3 times), Dejrit Itthianuchit (2 times), Huasai Sitthiboonlert

Fighter Style: Very strong technician with circular kicks

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular sign: Died at the age of 55

 

 

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