INTERVIEW OF

KULAPDAM SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI

by Serge TREFEU (2019)

 

 

Serge TREFEU: Hello Kulapdam, how are you?

KULAPDAM: I'm doing very well

How old are you ?

I'm 20 years old

Which region of Thailand are you from?

I'm from Surin region (Northeast region). The village where I grew up is called Lekthi

You have brothers and sisters ?

Yes we are five children in my family, I have a brother and three sisters

 

THE KULAPDAM CHAMPION WITH HIS MOTHER, HIS BROTHER AND HIS TWO SISTERS

 

Your brother is a boxer too?

My little brother is a good boxer. His fighter name is Phetmorakot, he's 18 years old. He trains with me in the same gym

 

PHETMORAKOT (ALSO CALLED TAI) FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS BIG BROTHER, HE'S A FORMIDABLE PUNCHER WHO OFTEN FIGHTS AT THE TV7 STADIUM

 

You were a brawler at school?

No, not so much

Are you married, have children?

Yes I have a little boy, he's really young

You started boxing at what age?

I started at 8 years old

At what age did you make your first fight?

From the age of 8, I made my first fight which was a victory in points

How did you discover boxing?

My father is a great lover of boxing, it's him who gave us the taste of boxing to me and my brother

Your father is a former boxer what job does he do?

No, my father is a farmer. My parents worked in the rice fields, it was very hard. Now our family has a small farm with cows. The days are better for our family...

 

KULAPDAM IN HIS PARENTS' FARM

 

It's a little thanks to boxing?

Yes a lot

In which gym did you begin your training?

I started in Sor Kanyanee gym that was in Surin

You did a lot of fighting for this gym?

I fought for this gym for 7 years

 

THE YOUNG KULAPDAM REPRESENTED THE SOR KANYANEE GYM FOR A LONG TIME

 

Today, which camp are you in?

At the age of 15, I joined Mr. Paphavich Buasawadee's Sor Jor Piak Uthai Gym in Uthai Thani Province (Central Region). A camp where I'm still now

 

THE SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI IS A GYM OF CHAMPIONS

 

KULAPDAM WITH MR. PAPHAVICH BUASAWADEE (SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI GYM OWNER)

 

TRAINING IN SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI GYM

 

Who are Sor Jor Piak Uthai fighters currently?

There is my brother, Supapnoi, Chaichana, Sriuthai, Rittichai

Are there foreigners who come to train in this camp?

No, there is no foreigner

In which category do you fight?

I fight in Thailand today in 138 lbs (62 Kg 500)

What are the titles you won?

I won three belts. In 2017, I won the Thailand Champion Belt in 135 lbs against Petchkantat M.U. Den, I beat him by knockout. I kept my title against Muangthai. I won the belt of Lumpinee in 135 lbs in 2018, in Japan, against a Japanese champion (Genji Umeno) that I beat by knockout. In 2019, I beat Ferrari Jakkayanmuaythai for the Lumpinee belt in 140 lbs!

How much did you fight so far?

I made 85 fights for 70 wins 10 losses and 5 draws

Did you win a lot of wins by knockout?

Yes I won 40 wins by KO

What style of fighter are you in the ring?

I'm a fighter who advances strong in fist

What is your favorite technique in fight?

The high kicks and fist combinations

What has been your toughest fight to day?

I don't remember too much of a fight harder than another...

Your best fight memory?

All my big wins are good memories!

What are the known fighters you met?

Petchkantat, Ferrari, Nuanglanlek, Muangthai, Diesellek, many more...

Have you ever fought abroad?

Yes once in Japan, I won by KO

Would you like to come to fight in Europe, in France for example?

Yes of course!

Do you know French fighters?

No, I don't know foreign fighters

You don't know the Lumpinee champion Rafi Singpatong, he's a Frenchman?

Oh yes, I know him (Laugh). He's strong!

Would you like to confront him?

Yes, no problem. But for now we are not in the same category

Who’s the best foreign fighter for you?

I don’t know, I don’t know any foreign fighters

Who do you think is the best Thai fighter right now?

Today, there are many very good ones, I can’t tell you. But I think the best in recent years has been Saenchai!

What’s your purse in Thailand?

My purse in Thailand is 150,000 baht

Who is your promoter?

Chun Kietpetch, promoter at Lumpinee

 

THE PROMOTER MR. PHIRAPONG THERADEATPONG (CHUN KIETPETCH), KULAPDAM, MR. PAPHAVICH BUASAWADEE

 

You live well thanks to boxing?

Yes I live very well now. I was able to buy a car and even build a house!

 

KULAPDAM BUILT A HOUSE FOR HIS PARENTS AND BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL CAR, A GREAT SUCCESS FOR THIS SMALL POOR FARMER WHO STARTED FROM NOTHING

 

What do you think you’re gonna do after boxing?

I would like to have my own boxing gym and give boxing lessons

A gym in Bangkok?

No, a gym in my home area in Surin

You have another passion after boxing is cock fighting?

Yes I love, I have several roosters, very good fighters, in the style of «Khaitang» they are the best. I have already won several awards!

 

KULAPDAM HAS A DOZEN FIGHTING COCKS

 

Your next fight is for when?

My next fight will be against Shadow Peakmai-Restaurant in South Surat Thani

Your next defense of your Lumpinee belt in 140 lbs?

Normally in one or two months but I don't know who else against...

Thank you very much for the interview and I wish you chookdee for your fight

Thank you so much

 

Kulapdam (Black Rose) of his real name Somboon Misitidee was born on September 24, 1998 in the village of Lekthi in the province of Surin (Northeast Region). His fighter nickname is « Khio Morakot » (The green emerald). His parents are farmers, they work in rice fields. The Misitidee family has five children, the oldest of whom is Kulapdam.

This boxer from a very poor family has become rich today, Kulapdam is currently one of the champions who receive the biggest purses on the circuit of Thai professional boxers. He has already received 300,000 Baht purses.

Young Kulapdam’s idols when he started boxing were puncher Samransak Muangsurin and ring magician Saenchai Sor Kingstar. His dream at 8 was to become Muay Thai World Champion. At the age of 20, he has already realized his dream by becoming twice champion of the legendary Lumpinee stadium and Thailand champion.

On 8 September 2017, at the Lumpinee Stadium, Kulapdam defeated by KO in the third round Petchkantat M.U. Den (Thailand Champion 2018) and won the Thailand Champion’s Belt in 135 lbs.

 

THAILAND CHAMPION

 

KULAPDAM VS PETCHKANKAT

 

He defended his belt of Thailand in 135 lbs against the formidable Muangthai PK Saenchaigym. On June 5, 2018, Kulapdam and Muangthai made a draw, Kulapdam kept his Thailand belt he still holds.

 

MUANGTHAI AND KULAPDAM HAVE FOUND THREE TIMES (1 WIN FOR MUANGTHAI, 1 WIN BY KO FOR KULAPDAM, 1 DRAW)

 

On February 18, 2018, in Japan, at Korakuen Hall, Kulapdam won the Lumpinee stadium belt in 135 lbs. He beat by KO the Japanese champion Genji Umeno who was champion of Radja in 2016.

 

LUMPINEE CHAMPION IN 135 LBS IN JAPAN AGAINST GENJI UMENO

 

KULAPDAM VS GENJI UMENO

 

On March 19, 2019, at the Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam defeated Ferrari Jakkayanmuaythai (TV7 Champion in 135 lbs) and won the Lumpinee belt in 140 lbs. A belt that he still holds today.

 

LUMPINEE CHAMPION IN 140 LBS

 

KULAPDAM VS FERRARI

 

This superb lefty is a very strong boxer with his explosive fist sequences and explosive back leg. Kulapdam has already defeated champions such as Suntos Setsakda (KO), Phet Thor Thepsuthin (KO), Kongkrai Chor Thaiseth (KO), Aikphipop Mor Krungthepthonburi (KO), Chamuakphet Sor Takudtong (KO), Diesellek M.U. Den (KO), Pinphet Sitjedaeng (KO), Petchkantat M.U. Den (KO), Nuanglanlek Jitmuangnont, Muangthai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym (KO), Ferrari Jakkayanmuaythai!

His performance in 2018 was to beat by KO the terrible Muangthai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym (Lumpinee Champion, TV7 champion) and to win the Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs against the Japanese Genji Umeno (Radja Champion). And in 2019, to have won the Lumpinee belt in 140 lbs against Ferrari Jakkayanmuaythai and to beat the strong Nuenglanlek Jitmuangnont who is the current Omnoi champion in 135 lbs.

 

NUENGLANLEK AND KULAPDAM FACED EACH OTHER THREE TIMES (2 WINS BY POINTS FOR KULAPDAM, 1 WIN BY KO FOR NUENGLANLEK)

 

His pet peeve in 2018 was the young prodigy Tawanchai PK Saenchaigym (2018 Best Boxer of the Year Siamkilaa Trophy, Thailand Champion) whom he met three times in 2018 and who beat him three times in points. The last confrontation between these two stars of the current rings was on November 9, 2018 at the Lumpinee stadium, an event match with a 6 million baht dumpan won by the PK Saenchaigym Team. On October 5, Tawanchai won the Kila Sport Muay Thai belt in 140 lbs, beating Kulapdam in points at Buriram. And on September 7, at the Lumpinee Stadium, Tawanchai defeated Kulapdam.

 

TAWANCHAI AND KULAPDAM ARE CURRENTLY THE TOP-RANKED CHAMPIONS. THEY HAVE FACED EACH OTHER THREE TIMES (3 WINS BY POINTS FOR TAWANCHAI)

 

Kulapdam was named “Best Boxer of the Year” in 2017 by the prestigious Sport Writers Association.

 

KULAPDAM RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS 2017 BEST BOXER OF THE YEAR AWARD (AWARD THE SPORT WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND)

 

Kulapdam received this precious trophy thanks in particular to his good results at the TV7 stadium. In 2017, at the TV7 stadium, he won two wins by KO, one victory in point and a draw. And won the Thailand Belt at the Lumpinee Stadium against Petchkantat M.U. Den (Win by KO).

In 2016, he received the special award "Art Martial from TV7 stadium". This year, in this famous stadium, he had won four wins by KO, one win by point and once lost to points.

 

KULAPDAM WITH HIS ART MARTIAL TV7 STADIUM AWARD

 

In March 2019, he received the Golden Glove Trophy for the "Most Aggressive Boxer Award of the Year 2018".

 

KULAPDAM WITH HIS GOLDEN TROPHY GLOVE ALONGSIDE THE FAMOUS PROMOTER CHUN KIETPETCH AND STAR MUANGTHAI

 

KULAPDAM IN SPECIALIZED NEWSPAPERS

 

The last fights of Kulapdam in 2018:

 

  • On February 18, in Japan, at Korakuen Hall, Kulapdam won the Lumpinee stadium belt in 135 lbs against the Japanese Genji Umeno (Radja Champion) by beating him by KO

  • On April 1, in stadium TV7, he beat by points Darky Sawansangmanja (IBF World Champion)

  • On May 1, in Lumpinee stadium, he defeated Nuanglanlek Jitmuangnont (Omnoi Champion)

  • On June 5, in Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam fought against Muangthai PK Saenchaigym (Lumpinee Champion, TV7 Champion, Best Boxer of the Year 2014, The Sport Authority of Thailand) for his 135-pound Thailand belt. Kulapdam kept his belt after a draw

  • On July 6, in Koh Samui, in the third round, he beat by KO with a sequence of fists and a poke, Muangthai PK Saenchaigym!

  • On Sept. 7, in Lumpinee stadium, he lost to Tawanchai PK Saenchaigym (Best Boxer of the Year 2018 Siamkilaa Trophy, Thailand Champion)

  • On October 5, in Buriram, Kulapdam fought against Tawanchai PK Saenchaigym for the Kila Sport Muay Thai belt in 140 lbs, he lost to points

  • On November 9, at the Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam lost in points against Tawanchai PK Saenchaigym

 

In 2019:

 

  • On February 12, in Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam lost by KO in the fourth round against Nuanglanlek Jitmuangnont after a magnificent High Kick

  • On March 19, 2019, in Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam defeated champion Ferrari Jakkayanmuaythai (TV7 Champion) and won the Lumpinee belt in 140 lbs.

  • On May 10, in Lumpinee stadium, Kulapdam beat at points Nuanglanlek Jitmuangnont

 

KULAPDAM SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI

Birth name: Somboon Misitidee

Nickname: Khio Morakot (The Green Emerald)

Date of birth: 24 September 1998

Weight: 63 Kg

Height: 1m75

Number of fight: 85. 70 wins (40 KO). 10 defeats. 5 draws

Title: Thailand Champion in 135 lbs (2017), Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (2018), Lumpinee Champion in 140 lbs (2019)

Team: SOR JOR PIAK UTHAI GYM

 

 

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