KID BOXERS THAILAND

Special report

by Serge TREFEU (2020)

(Thanks to Mack Dimata, an enthusiast of kid's fights in Thailand, for his info on the Boomdeksien Gym and the kid's Dumpans)

 

 

The boxing practiced by children in Thailand is often a subject that is much ink to flow in the country of Muay Thai.

Opinion in Thailand is divided into two parts with those who think that a boxer must start the Muay Thai very early so that he can acquire solid basics. Because this sport is very hard physically and technically difficult to control. He must also build a strong mind from an early age to hope to become a champion. Also, the child has the opportunity to earn an income that can help his family, often from a modest background.

And those who do not accept that a child takes so much danger with this sport at such an early age. Above all, if the blows received have an effect on the child’s developing brain, blows that may negatively affect the young boxer in the long term. And can one day lead to a tragic event...

Several important Thai personalities, doctors, professors, politicians, wanted to strengthen and especially apply to the letter the «Law of 1999» on the sport of boxing (Official law of 1999 on the sport of boxing in Thailand which includes 63 articles, edited by His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej), following the death of the young boxer Petchmongkol Por Peenaphat who died on 10 November 2018 at 13 years after a boxing match.

Petchmongkol started boxing at the age of 8 and fought 174 fights in five years. Coming from a very modest family, raised by his grandmother and grandfather, he gave all the money from his fights to his grandparents. The biggest purse he ever got was 4,000 baht. Statistically, Petchmongkol fought, on average, 34 times a year. That’s about one fight every 11 days.

The rules of the “1999 Act” are clear, a fighter who completes 5 rounds must rest 21 days before the next fight. A boxer who wins 3 rounds must rest 14 days before the next fight. A boxer who loses by knocking or by a TKO technique must rest 30 days before the next fight. A boxer who loses by ko with two concussions must rest for 90 days and must be certified to fight again by a doctor. These obvious rules for the protection of the health of boxers are not always applied in Thailand.

In his last fight in Samut Prakan province, during the fight, after receiving a series of violent punches, Petchmongkol fell knockout. Unconscious, he had to be taken to hospital for first aid. Unfortunately, his brain suffered a fatal brain injury. His death affected many people in the boxing world in Thailand...

 

PETCHMONGKOL POR PEENAPHAT (RIP)

 

Section 29 of the Professional Boxing Act, 1999, stipulates that a registered boxer with a professional license must be at least 15 years old (between 12 and 15 years old). But in reality, there have always been, and more and more in recent years, thousands of boxers under the age of 12 fighting in Thailand. Some fight from the age of 4....

Child rights defenders in Thailand also want to ban professional boxing for children under the age of 15. For ethical reasons, they believe that this sport is child abuse and a game tool for adults who can exploit them financially. And cite articles of the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child”, where it's written that it's forbidden to hire, coerce, induce, to encourage or enable children to take actions that may be harmful to their body and mind, to affect their growth, and to hinder children’s development by having them engage in sport for commercial benefit.

No child in the world should be forced to work to earn money to help their parents. Also, no child should grow up alone, be abandoned, exploited and persecuted. This is far from being the case throughout the world. In countries with a catastrophic health and economic situation unfortunately children suffer with violence social misery. Poor children also hurting in high-income countries...

In Thailand, some children start this sport to have fun, take taste in competition and become professional boxers. This is often the case for foreign child boxers who are now many to fight in Thailand. The parents of his children «Farangs» (Foreigner) have no financial problem, it's really the passion of the sport that pushes their child to learn boxing.

But, most of the time, Thai children from underprivileged backgrounds mostly start boxing to try to get by and earn money quickly to help their families. It’s very hard for a child to take school lessons and train in boxing at the same time early in the morning and after school. These boxing children often end their day around 9 o'clock in the evening.

Also, many poor children in the boxing camps are orphans. Stories of abandoned children, rescued from the streets by boxing, are not lacking in Thailand. As for example, this child who had been abandoned by his father on a dock at the fishing port of Pattaya. Master Yodtong had taken him to his boxing camp, the famous Sityodtong where he had taught him the Art of Muay Thai. The child has built a new life that allowed him to make a great career as a professional boxer and to earn a good life thanks to boxing!

Or the beautiful history of the Wor Watthana Gym in Nakhon Ratchassima province. A camp created by two lovers of boxing, Frances Pettitt and Thanit Watthanaya. They built this boxing camp to help children in difficulty, to keep them away from the bad roads that can lead some to delinquency and drugs that are causing havoc in their area. The couple even adopted an orphan, the young fiery Bpaet (Isaan Champion region, 100 fights) who became today a professional fighter who makes a good living with boxing (For more details see the article on the Wor Watthana Gym in Siamfightmag.com).

 

Wor Watthana Gym:

http://www.siamfightmag.com/en/muaythai-en/reports-en/camps-muaythai-en/north-region-en/1358-wor-watthana-gym

 

There are many in Thailand examples of poor children who made a fortune through boxing. The young people who start this sport dream of becoming stars of the rings, great rich and adored champions like Samart Payakaroon, Jaroenthong Kietbanchong, Buakaw Banchamek, Somrak Kamsing or Saenchai Sor Kingstar!

These Muay Thai icons all started boxing very early and did a lot of fighting, Samart (First fight at 7 years old, 150 fights in Muay Thai, 23 fights in Boxing), Jaroenthong (First fight at 12 years old, 151 fights), Buakaw (First fight at 8 years old, 275 fights), Somrak (First fight at 7 years old, 300 fights in Muay Thai, 200 fights in Boxing), Saenchai (First fight at 8 years old, 345 fights).

All the little beginner nakmuays want to win titles and know the exhilaration of fighting in the big stadiums of Bangkok. There, where the best champions of the country compete. But the way is long to reach the top of glory, only the most determined will become champions...

In Thailand, in Muay Thai, the children make matchs of five rounds or three rounds. The duration of the round is 2 minutes instead of 3 minutes for adults. They have no protection except for amateur fights.

The matchs in 3 rounds of 2 minutes are reserved for beginners who have only a few fights (0 to 20 fights). Then, when the child has more than 20 fights or a good level, he makes matchs in 5 rounds of 2 minutes. Also, it is according to the negotiations between each camp of boxing of the child, some wish that their boxer still makes matchs in 3 rounds, others that it passes to the matchs in 5 rounds.

For children, the matchs made in 5 rounds of 2 minutes or 5 rounds of 3 minutes really depend on the level of the young boxers. There can be 3-minute rounds in a big children’s match in the province with a big Dumpan in game (Bet). In the big stadiums of Bangkok, in the stadium of Lumpinee or Radja, the high level youth, 14/15 years old, make matchs in 5 rounds of 3 minutes.

 

HIGH-LEVEL KID FIGHTING IS AS HARD AS ADULT FIGHTING

 

The best children boxers of the country receive low purses contrary to the fighters of the adult circuits (Between 3000 and 10 000 bahts for the purses of children champions, the purses of the adult champions are between 50 000 and 150 000 bahts).

In the world of small champions, money is made better thanks to matchs with big Dumpans.

The Dumpan, very common in Thailand, is a bet with an agreement between the two gyms (Team) before the fight. The Teams of each boxer agree on a sum bet, for example 100,000 baht and each gym puts half, 50,000 baht for one and 50,000 baht for the other. The boxer who wins the fight wins 100,000 baht for his Team. His gym put 50,000 Baht on game and won 100,000 Baht, paid his bet and won 50,000 Baht (For more details see the Dumpans article in Siamfightmag.com).

 

The Dumpan:

http://www.siamfightmag.com/en/muaythai-en/reports-en/others-reports-muaythai-en/500-the-dumpan

 

 

The biggest fights for children are determined by the values of the Dumpan put in game. More, during matchs, there are also large sums of money circulating with bettors which are many attending children's matchs.

Dumpans can go from 10,000 baht to over 100,000 baht. The record for a Dumpan for a match with children was in 2018 with the wonder boys Yodpet Ek Boomdeksien and Kreng Teeboonlay who were both 9 years old. They fought for a Dumpan of 600,000 baht. A match broadcast on television with the presence of the most important promoter of Thailand, Mr. Peerapong Theeradejpong (Chun Kietpetch).

 

YODPET EK AGAINST KRENG, KID MATCH WITH A DUMPAN OF 600,000 BAHTS

 

One of the biggest Dumpans between teenage boxer took place on 9 September 2010 at the Radja stadium with the fight The Lek Wor Sangprapai (14 old) against Julong Ekbansai (17 old). The Dumpan was 3 million baht, a match won by The Lek for the WMC World Champion belt in 105 lbs!

 

PROMOTION FOR KID MATCHES WITH DUMPANS OF 100,000 BAHTS AND 200,000 BAHTS

 

The Isaan region (North-East Region) is the region where children's matchs are often organized with big Dumpans. It's a very poor region, the professional circuit of child fights is therefore very important with the provinces of Buriram, Udon Thani, Roi Et, Surin, Chayaphum, Ubon Ratchathani, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchassima, Khon Kaen, Yasothon, Kalasin, Nong Bua Lamphu. Then there is also the Center and Center-East regions of the country with the provinces of Bang Kraso, Talat Kwan, Chainat, Lopburi, Chachoengsao, Kanchanaburi, Chonburi, Rayong. Finally, the southern regions of Thailand such as, Nakhon Si Tammarat, Thung Song, Trang, Yala, Krabi, Phatthalung are also well supply, there are sometimes children’s matchs in the south with Dumpans of 400,000 baht.

 

KID FIGHTER POSTER IN THE NORTHEAST REGION

 

CHAMPIONS OF THE NORTHEAST REGION FROM - 30 KG TO - 60 KG

 

CHAMPIONS OF THE CENTRAL EAST REGION - 25 KG TO 118 LBS (53 KG)

 

The most famous stadiums in the Isaan region for the fighting of Muay Dek (Kid Boxing) are in Roi Et and Nakhon Ratchassima.

One of the most coveted belts of the small champions Muay Dek is the belt of champion of Isaan because it's in this region that exists the largest number of boxers children of all Thailand.

In Bangkok, there are sometimes children's fights in the Rangsit stadium, not long ago, a match in the 22 kg category was organized in this stadium with a Dumpan of 200,000 baht.

One of the few children’s fights organized at the Radja stadium in Bangkok with a large Dumpan (300,000 baht) took place on January 16, 2020, an event organized by influential promoter Mr. Sommai Sakulmetta (Sor Sommai Promotion). The match was Hanuman Pornchimplee against Monkean Boomdeksien in the 77 lbs (35 kg) category, Hanuman beat Monkean by points.

The fights of children are made almost without weighing small boxers. There can be, sometimes, a very strict weighing, for children’s matchs with an important game. The promoters are intransigent with the weight, the weighing is done on the morning of the fight around 6h-8h as for adults. If the little boxer is not overweight, he must lose his excess weight within the hour. In which case, the match can be cancelled. Also, sometimes, financial arrangements can be negotiated if the fighter does not manage to be of the weight...

 

WEIGHING FOR AN IMPORTANT MATCH IN THE ROI ET STADIUM

 

KID FIGHTS MEETING WITHOUT WEIGHING

 

But most children’s fights in Thailand are done without weighing boxers. The medical examination of the boxer before the fight is also very fast, the authorized doctor of the evening looks only if the child does not have significant injuries on the body.

Fights in the North-East or South of the country are often organized in village parties on improvised rings or in an open-air stadium, a stadium composed of large sheets that acts as a wall to surround a ring raised in the center. Every weekend, there are events with children fighting.

The confrontations between children, except for important championships, are negotiated almost at the last moment. The small nakmuay that have about the same number of fights and similar size will meet. Sometimes, long discussions are necessary to get everyone to agree (For more details see the article « Khon Kaen stadium's gladiator's kids » on Siamfightmag).

 

Khon Kaen stadium's gladiator's kids:

http://www.siamfightmag.com/en/muaythai-en/reports-en/others-reports-muaythai-en/478-khon-kaen-stadiums-gladiators-kids

 

There are many little children champions in Thailand, one cannot list them all as it would take a whole book. But here are some seeds of champions of the rings that are talking about them right now!

 

Yodpet Ek Boomdeksien and Yodpet Oh Boomdeksien are two 11-year-old twin brothers. They come from the city of Nong Bua Lamphu in the northeast region, a region which has already provided many great champions like Kapitan Petchyindee (Diesellek Petsiri) the current Lumpinee champion in 154 lbs or the superstar Yodsanklai Fairtex (Lumpinee Champion , WBC, WMC, WPMF world champion).

Yodpet Ek and Yodpet Oh have a very technical and aesthetic fighting style. They total more than 80 fights each and are champions of their provinces, they are among the most famous children's boxers in the country. Yodpet Ek holds the child combat record with a Dumpan of 600,000 baht for his match against Kreng Teeboonlay, July 15, 2018 in Nonthaburi (Kietpetch Promotion) in the 21 Kg category, a match won by Yodpet Ek.

In June 2019, Yodpet Ek beat the fearsome Jamsak Sitsaenchoeng at Rangsit stadium in Bangkok, he received a big purse of 30,000 baht offered in the ring by the former star of the rings Karuhat Sor Supawan.

The wonder boy of the rings fought again for a very important Dumpan, in October 2019, in Isaan, with a Dumpan of 500,000 bahts, Yodpet Ek still won his fight!

His brother, Yodpet Oh is also classified in the Top 10 of the best children boxers of Isaan. He recently fought against Yotfonluang Sitpetchchalukan in Udon Thani for a match with a Dumpan of 200,000 baht in game, victory in points by Yodpet Oh.

These gifted twins in the rings are part of the exceptional children's team of the Boomdeksien Gym located in Udon Thani in the Northeast region of Thailand.

This gym belongs to the 24-year-old Chetuphon Commercial College graduate, Mr. Boom Apiprat, who is passionate about boxing, especially children’s boxing. His gym is one of the best in Isaan for child boxers. He has a dozen child boxers between the ages of 8 and 12.

For example, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, three of the young boxers of the Boomdeksien fought for very important Dumpans in a big boxing event. Yodpet Ek fought with a 500,000 Baht Dumpan, Moonkaen fought with a 30,000 Baht Dumpan, Yodpet Oh fought with a 20,000 Baht Dumpan, and a few days earlier, Sayo fought for the Isaan Champion Belt with a 460,000 Baht Dumpan. All the Boomdeksian fighters have won their fight!

The Boomdeksien also includes as well the twin brothers Khumsaklek and Khumsaknoi who have just been recruited by Mr. Boom Apiprat. The young Khumsaklek's last fight was with a 200,000 baht Dumpan, he beat a small southern boxer by knockout in the second round. Khumsaklek is one of the Top 10 best children fighters in Isaan!

 

THE YODPET EK AND YODPET OH BOOMDEKSIEN TWINS

 

YODPET EK AND YODPET OH WITH YOUNG CHAMPION REMINA

 

YODPET EK BOOMDEKSIEN

 

YODPET EK BOOMDEKSIEN IN ACTION

  

BOOMDEKSIAN GYM IS A CHILD BOXER CHAMPION FACTORY

 

MR. BOOM APIPRAT THE OWNER OF THE BOOMDEKSIAN GYM

 

Moonkaen Boomdeksien of the Boomdeksien Gym is very strong at the moment, he is 13 years old and has made about 80 fights. Moonkaen won the champion's belt of Isaan in - 25 Kg. As well as the belt of the province of Udon Thani.

He is a boxer much appreciated by punters for his very offensive style and his mentality.

In October 2019, in Nakhon Sawan, Moonkaen beat by KO Phayaknoi Songphol KNC in a match with a Dumpan of 30,000 baht.

In December 2019, at Rayong Boxing Stadium, Moonkaen beat Thirapong Dabres for a Dumpan of 70,000 baht.

On January 16, 2020, Monkaen fought with a Dumpan of 300,000 baht in the stadium of Radja in Bangkok. He met the technique Hanuman Pornchimplee which beat him on points.

 

MOONKAEN BOOMDEKSIEN CHAMPION OF THE NORTHEAST REGION

 

MOONKAEN BOOMDEKSIEN CHAMPION OF UDON THANI PROVINCE

 

The young Teerapong (13 years old) is very strong now. He has totaled more than 80 fights with a champion belt from the Center region. In december 2019, he beat by points Moonkaen Boomdeksien!

 

TEERAPONG 

 

Kompech Chanphirom, nicknamed Nong Thew, is the youngest Thai amateur world champion boxer. Now 12 years old, on August 8, 2018, at 10 years old, he won the Gold Medal of the World Junior Championships (IFMA Youth World Championships) in the 34 Kg category. A competition, organized by the prestigious international federation of amateur muay-thai the IFMA, which took place at the stadium Nimibutr in Bangkok.

Nong Thew defeated Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Komar in the semi-finals and the Kuwaiti Meshal Alsaeed in the final. Proud of this historic victory, Nong Thew presented his precious gold medal to his mother on Mother's Day.

Nong Thew was trained by his uncle who owns the Wandee Thawichai gym, a small gym located in the village of Ban Khokkapet in the Surin region. He started boxing at the age of 8 and made 18 fights with 18 wins, won the title of Surin Regional Champion before being selected for the 2018 IFMA Junior World Championships.

 

NONG THEW WITH HIS MOM, A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY

 

NONG THEW WAS CHAMPION OF THE SURIN REGION

 

NONG THEW POSES PROUDLY WITH HIS GOLD MEDAL

 

AFTER HIS VICTORY, NONG THEW WAS WELCOMED AS A STAR IN HIS NATURAL REGION

 

Shokun Kiatibunkern at 12 years old, his nickname of fighter is «Rodtank Phanbu Junior» (Le tank féroce junior) because he's a fierce Muay Bouk, strong with his fists. His fighter name refers to ring star Rodtank Jitmuangnon (ONE Championship World Champion, Omnoi Champion) who is engaged to Shokun’s big sister, Stamp Fairtex.

Stamp Fairtex is the current female superstar of the famous One Championship organization, she is the current ONE Championship Muay Thai World Champion in 115 lbs, a belt she won in February 2019 by defeating American Janet Todd and successfully defended in June 2019 against Australian Alma Juniku. Stamp was also the ONE Championship Kick Boxing World Champion in 2018, a belt she lost in February 2020 to American Janet Todd. She also won a Muay Thai World Champion belt in 2017 and a Provincial TV7 Champion belt in 2015. Stamp is a great champion who has performed nearly 90 fights including 4 in MMA.

Shokun and Stamp were formed by their father, a former champion of the 90s named Wisanlek Lookbangplasoy. Shokun started boxing at the age of 8 in Kiatibunkern Gym in Rayong Province, which is his native region.

He is now training with his sister in the luxurious Fairtex Gym in Pattaya. Rodtank Phanbu Junior has 50 fights with practically only victories and only a handful of defeats. At 9 years old, Shokun won the TV7 belt of Rayong province!

 

SHOKUN KIATIBUNKERN

 

SHOKUN IN ACTION

 

SHOKUN, BEFORE HIS FIGHT, GETS MASSAGED BY HIS FATHER AND BIG SISTER

 

SHOKUN WITH HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BIG SISTER

 

STAMP FAIRTEX DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPION ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

THE TWO STARS OF ONE CHAMPIONSHIP, RODTANK JITMUANGNON AND STAMP FAIRTEX

 

Chamuakaw Kor Samphaothong is one of the current little stars of children boxers. This wonder boy of rings of 13-year-old has several names of fighters such as Chamuakaw Petchburapha or Nongphou Superten. His most famous nickname is «Buakawnoi» (The little Buakaw). Because he resembles the legend of the rings Buakaw Banchamek. Chamuakaw also demonstrated Muay Thai with the star Buakaw when he was 10 years old on the famous TV show Super Ten (Program on discovering the talents of young prodigies).

Buakawnoi’s career had begun badly. His father absolutely did not want him boxing. Having been a boxer himself, a fighter who had suffered a lot of nasty injuries during his athletic career, he was afraid that his son would be seriously injured like him. To disgust him with boxing, his father did not hesitate to hit his child. His father’s violent blows did not discourage the young Chamuakaw. On the contrary, he ran away from home many times to train for boxing. Faced with such determination, his father resigned himself to accepting his son’s destiny in the rings, and today he even became his coach.

Buakawnoi trains and fights for the small gym Kor Samphaothong located in the suburbs of Bangkok in the district of Saimai at Soi Chatuchot 20, Chamuakaw grew up in Bangkok. He also sometimes trains in the prestigious Petchyindee Gym in Bangkok, the gym of his current promoter, Mr. Nuttadaj Vachirarattanawong (Petchyindee Promotion).

This fierce fighter has already won several belts such as the belts of Champion Red Bull, champion of Central Province and the Thai Champion Junior!

His Ram Muay of the Hanuman warrior who executes his opponent with a machine gun is spectacular, the young Buakawnoi already has a sense of show in the ring.

On January 31, 2020, Chamuakaw made his first fight in the legendary Lumpinee stadium in Bangkok, he bowed in points against Promlikit Saengmorakot, an opponent bigger than him (In size). But this rising star is just starting his career in the big stadiums of Bangkok!

 

CHAMUAKAW KOR SAMPHAOTHONG CHAMPION OF THE CENTER REGION

 

CHAMUAKAW WITH HIS FATHER

 

THE YOUNG CHAMPION WITH HIS LITTLE SISTER

 

CHAMUAKAW ON THE SUPER TEN TV SHOW

 

THE TEAM OF KOR SAMPHAOTHONG

 

Female children thai boxers are also formidable, here are some little princesses of Thai rings!

 

Nina Liam Thanawat is 13 years old, her weight is 45 kg, she is champion of several stadiums in the South such as Hat Yai International Boxing Stadium, Patong Boxing stadium and champion of the provinces of Songkhla and Phattalung. She was formed at Thanawat Gym in Hat Yai, Nina now fights for Jaroenthong Muay Thai gym in Phuket.

Nina started boxing at the age of 5, this child prodigy of boxing fought to have money to be able take care her mother who was paralyzed. His dream is to become Muay Thai World Champion.

On February 5, 2020, Nina fought for the Thai Champion belt in 100 lbs, she lost points to the fearsome Phimpha Phor Mueangphet!

 

NINA LIAM THANAWAT

 

NINA WITH HER CHAMPION BELT IS THE PRIDE OF HER MOM

 

NINA WITH THE PROMOTER M. SOMNUEK PHATBURI (NUMNOI) THE OWNER OF SINGPATONG GYM

 

The two little prodigy sisters of the Kaennorasing Muay Thai Gym in Udonthani, Remina, 8 years old and Riina, 6 years, are making a lot of talk about them at the moment.

They are half Thai by their father who is the head coach of Kaennorasing Muay Thai Gym and half Japanese by their mother who worked in the world of fashion in Japan.

Their father is a former boxing champion, his fighter name was Boonthung Kaennorasing, he was trained in boxing from the age of 9 in the famous Kaennorasing Gym in Khon Kaen. A gym where came out the stars Ningmonkon (TV7 Champion), Kaoklaï (Radja Champion), Robert (Radja Champion), Rolek (Radja Champion) and Wanvisep (Radja Champion). Boonthung then represented the famous Jocky Gym in Bangkok for a long time.

Then he made a second career in Japan. He married a Japanese girl named Hiyoshi and had three daughters with them. The Hiyoshi family came to settle in Thailand in the northeast region of Udonthani. Boonthung opened his boxing camp and named it Kaennorasing Muay Thai Gym in honor of the camp which had formed him.

Trained by their father, Remina started boxing at the age of 5 and Riina at the age of 4. These two little boxers became in spite of themselves, a bit of a media phenomenon by being invited on several television sets in the country.

Remina is a formidable boxer, she is champion of her province, her dexterity in the ring is so impressive that she has even already faced small male boxers with success. As for her little sister, she follows the same way as her elder!

 

REMINA KAENNORASING MUAY THAI GYM

 

REMINA AND RIINA WITH THEIR FATHER BOONTHUNG KAENNORASING

 

REMINA AND RIINA ON THAILAND TV SETS

 

REMINA AND RIINA FIGHT AGAINST MALE BOXERS

 

Sayfon Bunmaphat won the gold medal at the 2019 World Junior Championships (IFMA Youth World Championships) in Antalya, Turkey, from September 28 to October 6 at the age of 11. In the 34 Kg category, in the semi-final, the young Thai beat Russian Daria Tkachenko and in the final, Turkey’s Serra Ecrin Sonmez.

In June 2019, Sayfon won the National Amateur Championships in his category, allowing him to be selected for the IFMA Junior Amateur World Championships in Turkey.

Nicknamed "Saonoi Sayhut" (The Brutal Little Girl), Sayfon fights in amateur Muay Thai with protection but also without professional protection, she was once champion of the province of Ubon Ratchathani. She has about thirty fights for a single defeat, this wonder girl boxer even fought against a boxer she beat on points. Her shins are so hard and sharp that she cuts plastic water bottles in half and smashes hard watermelons like stone. The phenomenal Sayfon was featured on the famous TV show Super 10 (Work Station TV Channel 23) dedicated to the incredible talent of young prodigies.

Sayfon lives in the village of Pathum which is located near the town of Ubon Ratchathani in northeast Thailand. This little girl with exceptional courage, gets up every day of the week at 6 am, runs 8 Km in the park of the city center of Ubon Ratchathani in the company of her big sister (Champion of the province of Ubon Ratchathani). Then, at 8:00, she starts her school day. After school, around 5 p.m., she trains with determination for two hours at Muay Thai, five times a week. On weekends, on Saturday mornings, she helps her aunt who works in a glass bottle sorting centre. On Saturday nights, once a month, she fights in small provincial boxing organizations.

Since the age of 8, Sayfon has been practicing Muay Thai in the Phetnakhorn Ubon Muay Thai Gym. Her father, a gym coach, prepares her for her future fights. This former champion, named Rambaa Sit Sianbo, raised his three daughters alone.

For two hours, Sayfon trains hard, his father loves his daughter but does not give her a gift in training. When she finished her hard training, Sayfon still has the strength to go help his father on the night market of Ubon Ratchathani where he sells grilled squid on a small stall worn by a motorcycle. His father, his big sister and Sayfon work until 10 o'clock, a skewer of squid costs only 20 baht, it is necessary to sell many to make a good turnover. At 11 o'clock in the evening, Sayfon, tired, falls asleep and dreams of many wins in the rings and a well deserved glory!

 

SAYFON GOLD MEDAL AT JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

SAYFON AFTER HER VICTORY AT THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TURKEY WAS ROYALLY WELCOMED IN HER REGION

 

THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF UBON RATCHTATHANI, SAYFON BUNMAPHAT, THE FATHER OF SAYFON, THE OWNER OF PHETNAKORN UBON MUAY THAI GYM

 

SAYFON IN THE FAMEUSE TV SHOW SUPER 10

 

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