Thai Boxing

  • INTERVIEW OF CHADD COLLINS

    By Serge TREFEU (2019)

     

     

     

    Serge TREFEU: Hello Chadd how are you?

    CHADD COLLINS: I’m very good thank you, I’m currently on my last week of fight camp so feeling great and excited

    You were born and grew up in Australia in which city?

    I was born in Queensland, I grew up mainly on the Gold Coast

    How old are you ?

    I'm 23 years old, turning 24 in June this year

    Did you discover boxing with your father who is a coach and who owns a boxing gym?

    Yes, always grew up in Thai boxing gyms as my father owned multiple gyms over the years

    Your father was a boxer before? He practiced which boxing, the Muay Thai?

    Yes, my father was a boxer. He had 39 professional boxing fights with 36 wins and had kickboxing fights and progressed to Thai Boxing once evolved in Australia

    Do you have brothers and sisters who practice boxing too?

    Yes, I do! My eldest brother had two Thai boxing fights and is now one of my mentors and also my little sister who has had three Thai boxing fights

    At what age did you make your first fight?

    I had my first fight at 11 years of age, this was also my first victory for a shower of money. A memory I’ll never forget

    Were you a brawler when you were a kid?

    Yes, I was a straight up brawler. That was all I knew. I would walk forward as soon as the bell goes and would never take a backwards step

    The Muay Thai is well known in Australia, there have been many great Australian champions of Muay Thai, are there any Australian champions who inspired you at the beginning of your career?

    Yes, of course. I have been inspired by John Wayne Parr and also Toby Smith as I got older

    Are there many Muay Thai events in Australia?

    Yes, there are a lot of events regularly around Australia but I still feel as if the sport is struggling to grow...

    How many fights did you have in Australia?

    I think out of my whole career, I’ve had about 30 fights all up in Australia

    What year were you first in Thailand?

    In 2012, I was 16  and went to Phuket, Thailand for a month and had my first elbow fight at Bangla Stadium

    In which gym did you train? How did your first training in Thailand?

    I trained at Dragon Muay Thai in Chalong, Phuket. I remember after every session, feeling my body so exhausted and wanting to sleep and then train again and never felt like this before. I never trained twice a day before

    Today you are in which gym? What are your sparring-partners?

    Today, I'm with Sitsongpeenong Muay Thai gym in Phuket and I have multiple talented sparring partners all with different and dangerous styles to work with. Before I was at Sangtiennoi legend gym

    You work your physical condition a lot, what kind of exercise do you do to get a tireless physical condition in the ring?

    We do a lot cardio and I mean A LOT of cardio. Padwork seems to go on forever, strength and conditioning three times a week. We do flat sprints, stair sprints, tyre sprints and of course, the morning ten kilometre run

    How much did you fight in Thailand?

    I’m not 100% sure but I think I’ve had around 22 fights overall in Thailand

    How many fights in the stadiums of Radja and Lumpinee?

    22 of those fights, I had one in Lumpinee and five at Rajadamnern and maybe six next month

    What do you think about Thai fighters?

    I think they’re all different but very talented

    Who are you the best fighters in your category today?

    I would probably say Rafi Bohic, he’s had 3 of the most prestigious belts that I want and that says a lot about him as a fighter

    So far, how much did you fight, how many wins and losses? Draw ?

    I’ve had 63 fights, 47 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws

    How many wins did you win by knockout?

    24 by the way of knock out

    What are the titles you have won?

    I don’t have any at the moment, I’m still currently waiting on an opportunity to open

    Currently you fighting in which category?

    65-67 kilograms

    What techniques do you like to do in the ring?

    Mainly elbows and punch

    You are famous in Thailand for being a «Muay Bouk» (Fighter which does not move back and durable boxer), you like fighting with violent exchanges, less technical but more in the confrontation style "to you" "to me"?

    Yes, I like to stand there and exchange leather and I enjoy it when people like to stand there and bang, it’s fun and exciting. The rush and feeling is something I can’t describe

    Who gave you the nickname of fighter "Chalam Khao" (The white shark)?

    Sangtiennoi “The Deadly Kisser” gave me the name because of a photo of me spearfishing and there’s a shark in the water behind me

    On December 23, 2016, at the Muay Xtrem, you beat the star Pakorn, a big performance from you, can you go back on this fight against this great champion?

    This fight meant either break it or make up, and in the end it came down to who wanted it more in round three and I pushed forward and defeated him over three solid rounds in a back and forth battle

    In July 2017, you met the legendary Saenchai in southern Thailand, you can tell us about this great fight against Saenchai? (Defeated by points) What do you think of Saenchai?

    I think Saenchai is a very experienced fighter and a very nice guy. The fight itself with Saenchai was an amazing experience being able to fight in infront of 50,000 people and against such a legend. Would love another shot if possible

    In August 2017, at the Radja Stadium, you defeated the terror Seksan, a powerful Muay Bouk, what do you think of this fighter and your fight against him?

    This is my most memorable fight to this day as was my first fight at Radja stadium against the king of the stadium. To this day, seksan and I are good friends and a favourite fighter of mine

     

    SEKSAN AND CHADD COLLINS, TWO GREAT RINGS WARRIORS

     

    In September 2017, at Radja Stadium, you did very well by knocking down the title holder of Radja in 147 lbs, Sakmongkol, an opponent you beat again by KO, a year later, what do you think of this fighter and your fighting against him?

    I personally don’t think he can handle being bullied in the ring. If you fight him at range, you would lose you need to be the bully to win against him. You need to be a bully against the Muay Thai greats

     

    CHADD COLLINS BEAT TWICE BY KO THE RADJA CHAMPION SAKMONGKOL SOR SOMMAI

     

    You’re in the ranking of Radja Stadium, there are not many foreign fighters in the Bangkok big stadium ranking, do you ever want to have the opportunity to fight for a belt of big stadium of Bangkok?

    I had the opportunity to fight for the Lumpinee belt, December 26 2017 but unfortunately I got a blood infection and was forced to fly back home and get treated immediately. There is one reason I moved back to Thailand after my break, and that is to fight for one of the two stadium belts but sadly to politics in this sport, it will not happen

    In your category, in Thailand, there is a foreigner, a Frenchman, Rafi Singpatong, who holds the title of the Lumpinee Stadium, you were supposed to meet him, but the fight was cancelled, will this fight ever happen? And what do you think of Rafi Singpatong?

    I believe Rafi is a very strong fighter and I would love for this fight to happen and also a friend of mine

     

    THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN «THE IMPASSIBLE CRUSHER» AND «THE WHITE SHARK» WAS TO TAKE PLACE ON 26 DECEMBER 2017 AT THE LUMPINEE STADIUM. CANCELLED MATCH. A CLASH THAT ALL MUAY THAI FANS WOULD LIKE TO SEE

     

    Is there a particular opponent you’d like to fight?

    Yes, that would be Manachai for a WBC title, Rafi for a Lumpinee title and Tawananchai for the Thailand or Omnoi belt

    You’ve been living in Thailand for several years, are you able to live well with the purses of your fights or do you have another financial activity too?

    I would not be able to live in Thailand without my good friend and long term sponsor, Steve Hull from QEST Environments. This guy has mentored and believed in me since I first came to Thailand

    Are you interested in Thai culture?

    I’m drawn to the culture and I will respect while I'm here but it's not my culture, I'm open to everything

    What do you like most about Thailand after Muay Thai?

    Thai boxing is the one thing that has introduced me to this beautiful country and brought me to live here, this is the only thing I know and also the cheap massages

    You came to fight the first time in France on December 1, 2018, at the Credissimmo Golden Fight event, you met French champion Azize Hlali against whom you did a draw, what do you think of your performance and your opponent?

    Overall I feel like my performance was not up to standard but was happy I didn’t lose. Azize is a top guy, I have nothing to say about him

    Would you like to come back to fight in a boxing event in France?

    Yes, I would love nothing more but to come back to France. I was treated very well and respected on my trip there. Miss having a fresh baguette every morning with my girlfriend (Laugh)

    You know French champions now and the old generation?

    Yes I know of Jean-Charles Skarbowsky and Damien Alamos and modern champions like Rafi Bohic and Jimmy Vienot

     

    CHADD COLLINS CAME TO THE FAMOUS «SKARBOWSKY GYM» IN PARIS, THE GYM OF THE FORMER STAR OF THE RINGS JEAN-CHARLES SKARBOWSKY

     

    What do you think of French fighters?

    French have always been one of the most strongest Thai boxing countries in the world ,without a doubt

    What is your best boxing memory so far?

    I’d say beating Seksan at Rajadamnern Stadium!

    And the worst ?

    Would be training, because it’s so hard and  treacherous. You have to dig so deep just to get through each and every session. It starts to feel like Groundhog Day until I got to start cutting weight and then fight day

    Your hardest fight in your career?

    I had just moved to Bangkok Thailand at Sangtiennoi’s gym in 2016, six days into training and was asked to be a replacement fighter on Max Muay Thai and I have never been so sore and also so unfit and came away with my first draw of my career

    What are your plans for 2019?

    Belts, belts and more belts because I have none and also maybe a contract... If it’s nice

    Your next fight?

    My next fight is against Fukashi on Knockout in Tokyo, Japan

    Do you want to add something?

    Thank you for this interview and most of all thank you to my sponsor Steve Hull again. There are so many more people and things I could talk about but I would go on for days. Those people know who they are

    Thank you very much for this interview and Chookdee for your fight!

    Thank so much

     

    Chadd Collins nicknamed Chalam Khao (The White Shark) is a 23-year-old Australian boy based in Thailand who is now fighting in Bangkok’s biggest stadiums. He's ranked N°5 at the Bangkok Radja Stadium.

    This phenomenon has already beaten big Thai stars such as Seksan Sor Sommai (TV7 Champion, Radja champion) and Pakorn PK Saenchai (Lumpinee Champion, Radja champion, World champion WMC). Chadd Collins trained at the gym of the legendary Sangtiennoi Sor Runroj, he's now in the famous Sitsongpeenong gym of Phuket.

     

    CHADD COLLINS WITH THE LEGENDARY SANGTIENNOI SOR RUNGROJ

     

    "WHITE SHARK" TRAINING AT SITSONGPEENONG GYM OF PHUKET

     

     

    His aggressive and durable boxer style is very popular with Thai Muay Thai fans. This young warrior’s ambition is to conquer a belt of the Radja or the Lumpinee, and for the moment nothing seems to stop his goal.

     

    THE « WHITE SHARK» IN FRONT OF THE RADJA STADIUM. THE BELT OF THIS MYTHICAL BANGKOK STADIUM IS IN HIS THOUGHTS

     

    In February 2017, he defeated Thai Lampard Sor Jor Piekuthai with a superb uppercut. On July 15, in southern Thailand at Yala at the Thai Fight show, in front of 50,000 people, he faced the legend Saenchai in an epic fight with an honourable defeat at points.

     

    CHADD COLLINS WITH THE LEGEND OF RINGS SAENCHAI

     

     

    A MATCH WHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE THAI FIGHT ORGANIZATION IN FRONT OF 50 000 SPECTATORS

     

     

    CHADD COLLINS AGAINST SAENCHAI PK SAENCHAI GYM

     

     

    In April, in Koh Samui, at the Thai Fight, he lost in points against the champion Manasak Sor Jor Lekmuangnon.

    In August, at the stadium of Radja, he defeated the Thai terror Seksan Sor Sommai.

     

    CHADD COLLINS AGAINST SEKSAN SOR SOMMAI

     

     

    On September 11, 2017, at the Radja Stadium, the white shark knocked the titleholder of Radja, Sakmongkol Sor sommai (Radja’s current champion in 147 lbs), in the third round with a sharp poke. On August 23, 2018, at the Radja stadium, during the show Best Of Siam, the Australian fought again Sakmongkol. Chadd Collins knocked out the Thai champion again in the third round with a terrible series of fists.

     

    CHADD COLLINS AGAINST SAKMONGKOL SOR SOMMAI

     

     

    On September 27, 2018 in the stadium of Radja, he faced the current champion of the stadium of Omnoi in 147 lbs, the solid Ponaik Or Kwanmuang, against which he lost in points.

    In October, at the Top King World Series, he defeated the formidable Pongsiree PK Saenchai (Lumpinee Champion).

     

    CHADD COLLINS AGAINST PONGSIREE PK SAENCHAI

     

    Chadd Collins made his last fight in France. At Credissimmo Golden Fight show, on December 1st, the jaw of the white shark hurt. The Muay Bouk Chadd Collins made a big fight against the rings magician Azize Hlali. The fight is ended in a draw!

     

    CHADD COLLINS AGAINST AZIZE HLALI

     

    On February 11, 2019, in Tokyo, in the big organization Knock Out, Chadd Collins will face the dangerous Japanese champion Fukashi "Wonderbird" Mizutani who is the title holder Knock Out!

     

    CHADD COLLINS IN THE FAMOUS NEWSPAPER MUAY SIAM

     

    CHADD COLLINS WITH YOUSSEF BOUGHANEM, THE ONLY FOREIGN CHAMPION IN THE WORLD THAT WON THREE BELTS OF THE STADIUMS OF BANGKOK, LUMPINEE, RADJA AND OMNOI

     

    AFTER BOXING, THE OTHER PASSION OF CHAMPION CHADD COLLINS IS THE BIG-GAME FISHING



    CHADD COLLINS

     

    Birth date : 9 June 1995 (23)

    Weight:65 Kg

    Height:179 cm

    Number of fights:63. 47 Wins (24 KO). 14 Losses. 2 Draws

    Title:Australian Champion WKN

    Team:Sitsongpeenong Phuket, QEST Environments



  • INTERVIEW DE EKOUÉ

    par Nicholas Read (2014)

     

     

     

    Bonjour  Ekoué, Merci de m’accordez cette interview, tu peux te présenter à nos lecteur qui ne connaissent pas Ekoué du groupe de rap « LA RUMEUR » ?

    Ekoué, 39 ans, je suis né à Villiers-le-Bel. J'ai grandi à Élancourt dans le 78 et cela fait bientôt 20 ans que j'habite dans le 18ème. J’officie au sein du collectif « La Rumeur » depuis 1996.

     

     

     

    Quel est ton métier exactement ?

    Je suis artiste et gérant associé d'une société de production.

    Je sais que tu es un passionné de Muay Thai, comment tu as découvert cet Art martial Thaïlandais ?

    A mon adolescence. J'ai découvert le Muay Thai par un ami breton, Greg et Khalid, un marocain. Nous habitions dans le même quartier. L'un pratiquait la boxe chinoise et l'autre le Kung Fu. Nous nous entraînions dans le parc en face de nos bâtiments après avoir visualisé des K7 VHS des combats de Kerner, Dekkers, Dany Bill, Hoost, Kaman etc… Greg a franchi le pas et s'est inscrit dans un vrai club de Muay...

    D’où te vient cette passion pour le Muay Thai ?

    Des différents combats que j'ai vu en K7 puis en vrai. C'est exactement le genre d'Art martial qui correspondait à mon tempérament !

     

     

     

    Tu as grandi en banlieue parisienne, dans ton quartier il y avait des clubs de Boxe Thai ?

    J'ai grandit à Élancourt dans le 78. Le seul club de Muay était à Plaisir, à une dizaine de kilomètres...

    Avant de découvrir le Muay Thai avais tu déjà fais un autre sport de combat ?

    J'ai fait un peu de judo et de la boxe chinoise, mais vraiment vite fait...

    Tu as pratiqué le Muay Thai, quel souvenir gardes-tu de ce sport ?

    C'est Guillaume Kerner qui m'a transmis l'amour définitif de ce sport. Il a été plus qu'un entraîneur. Il m'a enseigné que cet Art martial découlait d'une histoire séculaire. Il faut avant tout respecter cela avant d'appréhender ce sport !

     

    LE BAVAR, HAMÉ, GUILLAUME KERNER,  EKOUÉ

     

     

    En quelle année tu as commencé le Muay Thai ?

    J'ai commencé vers 16 ans mais à peine un an. C'était précisément à Plaisir. Puis je me suis mis à m’entraîner sérieusement vers l'âge de 21 ans.

    C’était dans quel club, avec quel entraîneur ?

    J'étais au Kajin club avec Guillaume Kerner !

     

     

     

    Comment tu as découvert ce club de Muay Thai ?

    Par hasard, en regardant la revue Karaté Bushido...

     

     

     

    Tu te souviens de tes premiers entraînements ?

    J'ai mesuré le travail à effectuer pour avoir une boxe véloce et maîtrisée... 

    Tu t’entraînais régulièrement ?

    J'essayais de m’entraîner au moins deux fois par semaine. C'était compliqué à gérer avec le « son » et les études...

    Dans le club il y avait des champions ? Est ce que tu les connaissais ?

    Oui mais pour être franc, j'étais plus sensible au parcours des futurs champions. Comme mon ami Dino Adad (Champion de France classe A) ou Mounir Bouti (Champion du Monde Amateur) !

     

    DINO ADAD ET MOUNIR BOUTI


     

    Tu mettais les gants avec les champions ?

    Non, j'étais pas au niveau pour.

    Quelle technique tu aimais le plus travailler à la salle ?

    Le middle aux paos.

    Tu aurais aimé faire une carrière dans la boxe ?

    Non ! Il y a des gens qui ont un don pour cela et il y a les autres… je n'ai pas honte de dire que je n'avais ni ce don et ni le niveau...

    Est ce que tu as eu l'occasion de faire de la compétition, de combattre sur un ring ?

    J'aurais dû combattre en C mais cela ne s'est pas fait...

     

     

     

    Est ce que tu es déjà partie en Thaïlande pour t’entraîner dans un camp ? 

    Non jamais. Mais j'ai mon meilleur pote Naref qui vit là bas !

    Tu connais des champions thaïlandais ?

    Bien sûr, mais étrangement j'ai toujours plus suivi les boxeurs européens. Que ce soit de l'école hollandaise et naturellement française.

    Que t'apporte la pratique du Muay ?

    Je ne pratique plus depuis 2006 en gros. Mais je compte reprendre en suivant les conseils de mon pote Dino par exemple...

    Le Muay Thai, c'est dur comme boxe, il y a les coups de coudes, les coups de genoux, tu aurais pu choisir une autre forme de boxe, pourquoi le Muay Thai ?

    J’aime les grands classiques de boxe anglaise comme tout le monde. Mais rien ne me fait plus vibrer qu’un combat de Muay thai. Il y a ce respect des traditions que je ne retrouve pas ailleurs.

    Le côté Art martial du Muay Thai c'est ce qui t’intéresse aussi ?

    C'est surtout ce qui m'intéresse !

     

    HAMÉ, EKOUÉ, LE BAVAR

     

    Actuellement tu continues toujours à t’entraîner ?

    Non plus du tout. Je compte reprendre Incha'Allah !

    Tu assistes parfois à des galas de Boxe Thai ?

    Récemment je suis allé voir Dino Adad  à Japy. Il a gagné aux points assez facilement d'ailleurs !

    Tu connais des grands champions d’aujourd’hui ou de l’époque,  quels sont ceux que tu apprécies ?

    De l'époque il y a ceux que je t'ai cité précédemment...

    Est ce qu'il y a des boxeurs qui t’ont marqué ?

    Kerner, Dany Bill, Dekkers, Krongsak, Prestia, Hoost, Kaman !

    Ils m'ont marqué car ils ont démystifié les fantasmes  autour de ce sport dans les années 90. Les médias avaient tendances à parler du muay thai comme des combats de pitbull clandestins. Il a fallu que ces grands champions montrent à la face de l'Europe combien ce sport était noble, professionnel et intense !

    Que penses tu du niveaux du Muay en France aujourd’hui ?

    Il y aura toujours des grands boxeurs en France. Notamment dans les quartiers. Je ne me fais pas de soucis pour la nouvelle génération.

    Quels combats, que tu as vu en direct, t'as fais le plus vibrer ?

    Dekkers VS Dany Bill !

    Tu connais bien Guillaume Kerner ?

    Oui c'est devenu un ami.

     

    GUILLAUME KERNER

     

     

    Si je te dis Kerner, cela évoque quoi pour toi ?

    Humilité, effort et respect des traditions. Un grand Monsieur !

    Si je te dis Dino Adad qu’on aperçoit dans le clip HORS-SUJET , cela te dis quoi ?

    Dino est également un ami. Je le connais depuis au moins 10 ans. C'est un monstre de travail. Il bosse tous le temps. A chaque fois que je le croise, il sort ou il va à l’entraînement ! 


    DINO ADAD



    LE CLIP "HORS SUJET"

     

     

    Tu peux nous parler de ta rencontre avec Dino ?

    Je l'ai rencontré au club Kajin. Nous avons des connaissances en commun du côté de Brochant. Il incarne à mon sens les plus saines valeurs du muay thai et du sport plus largement. Le travail et le dépassement de soi, l'humilité et le respect de l'adversaire. C'est un garçon qui regarde également l'avenir, qui obtient les diplômes adéquats pour transmettre aux jeunes générations. Il a fait et continu une brillante carrière et nous avons des projets en parallèle. Nous vous en parlerons au moment venu mais je crois pouvoir dire que nous regardons, humblement, dans la même direction. Je pense que nos jeunes ont besoin de figures exemplaires, dans le sport et au delà, et Dino en fait parti...

     

    DINO ADAD

     

    Tu es un membre fondateur du groupe LA RUMEUR, un groupe référence dans le milieux du Hip Hop Français, tu peux nous en parler ?

    Il suffit d'aller sur notre site www.laruemeurmag.com. Mais je résumerai La Rumeur en 3 dates. 19 ans de carrières, 8 ans de procès initiés par Sarkozy et 4 albums !

     

     EKOUÉ, HAMÉ, LE BAVAR

     

    Le Hip Hop et le Muay Thai font souvent bon ménage, tu connais d'autres rappeurs qui pratiquent le Muay Thai ou qui aiment cet Art martial ?

    Oui effectivement. Mais chacun doit rester à sa place. La musique c'est du spectacle, le Muay Thai c'est un art martial et une hygiène de vie. Si je dois faire référence à la boxe dans un clip, j'appelle un vrai praticien. Les rappeurs que se font mousser en faisant du sac ou des paos dans leurs clips, j’ai toujours trouvé ça bidon. C’est mon avis !  Il faut accepter d’être spectateur et mettre la lumière uniquement sur les boxeurs qui transpirent pour nous offrir le meilleur.

    Tu m'as parlé d’un projet sur le Muay Thai, tu peux nous en dire un peu plus ?

    Pas pour l'instant ,car rien n'ai encore fait. Mais, l'idée est sortie des cartons. Il faut juste que nous réunissions les bonnes personnes autour de la table pour faire avancer les choses de façon significative. Cela fait un an que nous en parlons avec Dino. Pour l'instant nous avons mis en place un humble partenariat entre La Rumeur et Dino. L'objectif à moyen terme est de développer une infrastructure sportive...

    Quelle est ton actualité dans le Hip-Hop ?

    Des concerts, un disque inédits pour mars 2015 et le tournage d'un long métrage Incha'Allah !

     

     

    LE CLIP "TOUT BRULE DÉJÀ"

     

     

    Aurais tu le titre d’un album Hip Hop américain et français a faire découvrir à nos lecteurs ?

    « New York State of Mind » de Nas, de l'album « Illmatic » et  « Rien d'impossible » de mon pote Rachid La Hyène !

    Tu veux ajouter quelques choses ?

    Bonne continuation à vous !

    Merci beaucoup pour cette interview et bonne chance pour tes projets !

     

    La Rumeur est un groupe de rap français composé de Ekoué, Hamé, le Bavar, Mourad et de deux DJs, Soul G et Kool M. 

    La Rumeur se considère comme un groupe de rap underground hardcore, souhaitant se différencier en cela du milieu du rap français qui, en grande partie selon eux, adapte ses textes aux exigences des radios, quitte à perdre son caractère subversif (Nous sommes les premiers sur... sur l'album Regain de Tension). Aussi, ils refusent d'atténuer leurs textes pour être diffusés sur des radios commerciales telles Skyrock ou Fun Radio. 

    Ekoué est titulaire d'une maîtrise en Sciences Politiques, d'un DEA en Droit public et a soutenu une thèse sur "l'abstention dans les zones urbaines sensibles". Il est également diplômé de l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris. Il a collaboré notamment avec : Assassin, Kalash, Less du Neuf, Vasquez de Less du Neuf, Calbo d'Arsenik, K-reen, Casey (avec entre autres Chacun son raccourci et On ne présente plus la famille) » (Texte Wikipédia Encyclopédie ).

     

    EKOUÉ

     

     

     HAMÉ

     

    LE BAVAR

     

    Albums :

     

    L'Ombre sur la mesure (2002)

    Regain de Tension (2004)

    Du cœur à l'outrage (2007)

    Tout brûle déjà (2012)

     

  • THE FIGHTS OF ANTHOLOGY

    OF GOLDEN AGE OF MUAY THAI

    (CHAPTER I)

    by Serge TREFEU (2019)

     

     

     

    The golden age of Muay Thai in Thailand is between the late 1980s and late 1990s. A time when there were the largest numbers of legends of rings that met in anthology matches. Promotions that were often organized by promoter No. 1 of the time Mr. Songchai Ratanasuban!

     

    CHAPTER I

     

    Anantasak Phanyutaphum

    อนันตศักดิ์ พันธุ์ยุทธภูมิ

    Date of birth: August 7, 1973

    City of birth: Khwao Sinarin in the province of Surin (Northeast Region)

    Team: Phanyutaphum Gym

    Title: Omnoi Champion in 126 lbs (1997), Winner of Isuzu Tournament in 126 lbs (1997), World Champion in 126 lbs

    Opponents he beat: Jaewveha Luktapfah, Tabtimsiam Por Nitiwat, Singdam Or Okrit (KO), Daraeak Sitrungsab (KO), Padejseuk Keatsamran, Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang (KO), Saychon Pichitsuk (KO), Manpachai Singmanasak, Neungsiam Kiatvichan, Saenklai Sitkruhot, Kaengkat Kietkamton, Changnoi Srimongkol , Watcharalek Wongweanyai Plaza (KO), Muengfahlek Kiatvichan, Kukrit Sor Nayayarm (KO), Yodkhunpol Sittripoom (KO), Ithidet Sor Boonya, Komkiet Sor Thanikul

    Sign Particular: Anantasak’s real name Sutthisak Samaksaman started boxing at nine. He began fighting under the name “Anantasak Satawut” in a small camp in the Surin region. Then, when he joined Camp Phanyutaphum in Samut Prakarn, a town 30 km from Bangkok, he took the name of «Anantasak Phanyutaphum».

    Mr. Yuthaphum Chaengphona’s Phanyutaphum Gym was one of the most renowned camps of the 1990s, with champions such as Rungpichit Phanyutaphum, Singapore Phanyutaphum, Kongphan Phanyutaphum, M-16 Bor Kor Sor, Charnyuth Bor Kor Sor, Amnuayporn Bor Kor Sor and Anantasak Phanyutaphum.

    Anantasak was a formidable technical fighter whose specialty was elbow strokes. His fighter’s nickname was “Sokwan” (Poke like an axe).

    Anantasak won his first title, a world champion belt in 126 lbs against Saenklai Sitkruhot. Then, in 1997, he won the famous Isuzu tournament in the Omnoi stadium and the Omnoi stadium belt in 126 lbs by defeating Singdam Or Okrit. Anantasak defeated Singdam three times, twice by knockout (1 stop of the referee, 1 KO).

    One of his toughest fights was against Jaewveha Luktapfah in the Lumpinee stadium, a match in which both boxers finished their bloody heads with each face opening due to elbows.

    Anantasak was also a formidable puncher, he defeated good numbers of his opponents with his fists. He had a great career in Boxing with an amateur gold medal at the King Cup and an amateur silver medal at the Asian Games. As a professional, he had seven fights with six wins and won the PABA super featherweight title in 2005.

    In 1997, Anantasak received the prestigious "Best Boxer of the Year" award from the prestigious institution "The Sport Writers Association of Thailand".

    After his career, Anantasak was an army boxing coach with the rank of Sergeant Major.

     

    Anantasak Phanyutaphum vsDaraeak Sitrungsab(Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Anantasak)

     

    Anantasak Phanyutaphum vsDokmaipa Por Pongsawang(Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Anantasak by KO)

     

    Anantasak Phanyutaphum vsSingdam Or Okrit(Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Anantasak stop by the referee)

     

    Anantasak Phanyutaphum vsTabtimsiam Por Nitiwat(Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Anantasak)

     

     

    Boonlay Sor Thanikul

    บุญหลาย ส.ธนิกุล

    Date of birth: 1970

    City of birth: Chachoengsao (Center region)

    Team: Sor Thanikul Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1992), Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs (1994)

    Opponents he beat:Jongsanan Fairtex, Chatchai Paiseethong, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (KO), Superlek Sor Isaan, Oley Kiatoneway, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Langsuan Phayutaphum, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai, Cherry Sor Wanich, Namkabuan Nongkee Pahuyut, Nungubon Sitlerchai

    Particular sign: Boonlay has a sister and a twin brother. His brother was a great champion named Boonlung who unfortunately died in a car accident.

    At 13, Boonlay joined the famous Sor Ploenchit camp. For two years he fights for Sor Ploenchit. Then, with his brother, they go to the camp Sor Thanikul. Boonlay will be doing his whole career at Sor Thanikul. A factory to champion where there were champions Chalonsak, Sombat, Colalek, Samingnoi, Banklanoi, Lom Issan, Prathet, Praptoranee, Khomkiat, Kompetch, Saohin, Kitty, Youssop, Daris, Phansaklek, Phayapnoi, Dieselnoi.

    Boonlay earned his first Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Langsuan Phayutaphum in 1992, then he won the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs against Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai in 1994, a title he defended victoriously against Oley Kiatoneway. His number of fights is incredible, he made 400 fights for 300 wins and 5 draws, a real record.

    Boonlay "The Deserving" was an exceptional technician, one of the best of his generation. Boonlay Sor Thanikul and Boonlung Sor Thanikul were the most famous twins in the history of Muay Thai, these great champions have represented the Sor Thanikul camp for many years.

    Boonlay has created his own camp called Sor Korpilap, a small camp that has been open since 2010. The camp is located at Soï 93 on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, in the same area as his former camp, Sor Thanikul.

     

    BoonlaySor ThanikulvsOley Kiatoneway(Lumpinee stadium, victory of Boonlay for the Lumpinee belt)

     

    BoonlaySor Thanikul vs Superlek Sor Isaan (Lumpinee stadium,victory ofBoonlay)

     

    BoonlaySor Thanikul vs Karuhat Sor Supawan (Lumpinee stadium,victory ofBoonlay)

     

    BoonlaySor Thanikul vs Chamophet Ha Phalang (Lumpinee stadium 1992,victory ofBoonlay)

     

    BoonlaySor Thanikul vs Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (Lumpinee stadium 1994,victory of Boonlay by KO)

     

    Boonlay Sor Thanikul vs Jongsanan Fairtex (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Boonlay)

     

    Boonlay Sor Thanikul vs Jaroensap Kiatbanchong ( Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Boonlay)

     

    Chamophet Ha Phalang

    ฉมวกเพชร ห้าพลัง

    Date of birth: 7 October 1962

    City of birth: Chonburi (Central Region)

    Team: Ha Phalang Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 102 lbs (1980), Radja Champion in 104 lbs (1980), Lumpinee Champion in 108 lbs (1981), Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1982), Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs (1983), Radja Champion in 122 lbs (1989, 1994), Radja Champion in 126 lbs (1990, 1994)

    Opponents he beat: Samarth Payakaroon, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Kiophit Chuwattana, Narak Sipkraysi, Kongtoranee Payakaroon, Sonsean Sitnoenpayoon, Wanpichit Keannorasing, Jack Kiatniwat, Paydeang Leusakyim, Chaydet Kietkangsing, Jamphatong Nontachai, Samransak Muangsurin, Manasak Sor Ploenchit, Chanchai Sor Thamrangsi, Oley Kiatoneway, Paruhatlek Sitchunthong, Langsuan Phanyuthapum

    Particular Sign: His birth name is Vichein Butdee. At the age of 15, Chamophet left for Bangkok in the Sor Sirinant camp and finished his career at Ha Phalang camp with his friend, the legendary Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn.

    During his career, Chamophet made 250 fights with 200 wins, 48 losses and 2 draws. This great champion is one of the few boxers in history to have won 9 belts of Bangkok's two most prestigious stadiums, Lumpinee and Ratchadamnoen.

    At only 18, he was already champion of Lumpinee. His first belt of Lumpinee in 102 lbs, he won in 1980 against the legendary Samart Payakaroon, Chamophet faced Samart Payakaroon three times, he only beat the star of the boxing ring once.

    In the same year, he won the Ratchadamnoen belt in 104 lbs against Kiophit Chuwattana. In 1981, the Lumpinee belt in 108 lbs against Narak Sipkraysi. In 1982, the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs against Kongtoranee Payakaroon. In 1983, the belt of Lumpinee in 118 lbs against Sonsean Sitnoenpayoon. In 1989, the Ratchadamnoen belt in 122 lbs against Wanpichit Keannorasing. In 1990, the belt of Ratchadamnoen in 126 lbs against Jack Kiatniwat. In 1994, again the Ratchadamnoen belt in 122 lbs against Paydeang Leusakyim. And his last belt, in 1994, the belt of the Ratchadamnoen in 126 lbs, he won against Chaydet Kietkangsing.

    Nicknamed "Khun Khao Compiuter" (The Computer blow of knees), he was a great fighter who control blow of knees to perfection. His Boxing technical were also feared by his opponents. He has been 6 times PABA Asian champion in professional boxing (10 wins, 1 defeat).

    In 1985, Chamophet was voted "Best Boxer of the Year" by "The Sports Writers Association of Thailand".

    Chamophet started his own gym in Japan and now teaches his knowledge to the Japanese.

     

    Chamophet Ha Phalang vs Samransak Muangsurin (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Chamophet)

     

    Chamophet Ha Phalang vs Oley Kiatoneway (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Chamophet by KO)

     

    Chamophet Ha Phalang vsChaydet Kietkangsing (Radja stadium 1994, victory of Chamophet)

     

    Cherry Sor Wanich

    เชอรี่ ส.วานิช

    Date of birth: June 30, 1969

    Town of birth:Nong Ruea in the province of Khon Kaen (Northeast Region)

    Team:Sor Wanich Gym

    Title:Lumpinee Champion 130 lbs (1988), World Champion in 130 lbs (1989)

    Opponents he beat:Samransak Muangsurin, Nampon Nong Kee Pahuyuth, Saencheung Pinsinchaï, Superlek Sor Isaan (KO), Thedkiet Sitthepikat, Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong, Orono Por Muang Ubon, Buakaw Por Pisichet, Chodhoi Chuchokchaï, Boonchaï Huasaïgym

    Particular Sign: His fighter nickname was "Khun Khao Chalamdam" (Blow of knees of Black Shark) because it was a great "Muay Khao" (Strong Knees).

    Cherry represented the Sor Wanich camp throughout his career. The camp Sor Wanich, created by Mr. Suda Wanich, was in Chonburi, a camp that included champions such as Anajak Sor Wanich, Changnoi Sor Wanich, Mikael Sor Sukonthip (Sor Wanich camp was also known as Sor Sukonthip).

    Cherry won the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs in 1988 against Saencheung Pinsinchaï, a belt he kept for four years, he lost his belt against the star Namkabuan. In his great time, Cherry won purses of 150,000 baht, his largest purse was 250,000 baht.

    Cherry has met five time great champion Nampon (Champion Namkabuan's brother) Nong Kee Pahuyuth with two wins and three draws, he has also faced four time terror Superlek Sor Isaan with two wins and two losses.

    On December 31, 1988, in Paris, at the Carpentier Hall, Cherry faced in a special battle two great French champions of the time, Jo Prestia and Joel Cesar. The Thai man weighing 62 Kg first beat Jo Prestia (65 Kg) in points in three rounds. Then he did the last two rounds with Joel Cesar (63 Kg) who he beat at the points. The fight was broadcast live on a Thai TV channel.

    En 1989, son combat contre Jareonthong Kiatbanchong a été élu « Meilleur combat de l'année ».

    In 1989, his fight against Jareonthong Kiatbanchong was elected Best Fight of the Year.

    Cherry also faced twice the puncher Ramon « Diamond » Dekkers, the Dutch beat the Thai by KO in 1990 in Amsterdam. And Cherry beat the Dutch in 1995 in Bangkok.

    After his career Cherry was a personality bodyguard in China in Macau for several years.

     

    Cherry Sor Wanich vs Jo Prestia et Joel Cesar (Paris Hall Carpentier stadium 1988, victory of Cherry)

     

    Cherry Sor Wanich vs Jareonthong Kiatbanchong (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Cherry)

     

    Cherry Sor Wanich vs Buakaw Por Pisitchet (Radja stadium 1993, victory of Cherry)

     

    Coban Lookchaomaesaitong

    โคบาล ลูกเจ้าแม่ไทรทอง

    Date of birth: 4 August 1966

    City of Birth: Puttaisong in Buriram Province (Northeast Region)

    Team: Lookchaomaesaitong Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (1985), Lumpinee Champion in 140 lbs (1990), World Champion in 140 lbs (1990, 1991, 1992)

    Opponents he beat:Noppadet Sorsamroeng, Samransak Muangsurin (KO), Orono Por Muang Ubon, Ban Don Sitbang Ratjan, Superlek Sor Isaan, Falannoy Kietanan (KO),Sornarin Wennakornpatom (KO), Palannoi Kiatanan (KO), Barndon Sitbangprachan (KO)

    Particular Sign: Coban of his real name Banlu Anwiset, was born in Puttaisong, a village near the city of Buriram in the northeastern region. Very poor, he began his training at Muay Thai at age 11, at home, by tapping a bag of rice hanging from a tree with bandages in hand silkworm thread. Then he joined camp Soh Samrung, a small camp in his village.

    Then, at age 13, he goes to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong in the city of Buriram where he will stay for nearly 10 years. When the camp closes, he goes to Bangkok to train at Khiet Ban Chong camp and will finish his career in the famous Muang Surin camp.

    His number of fights is 270 with 250 wins including 90 won by KO and 20 losses.

    At 19, in 1985, he won his first title of Lumpinee. In 1990, he won a second Lumpinee title, the same year he won two World Champion titles, one in Holland and another in France.

    In 1991, he won three World Championship titles, the first in Bangkok at Lumpinee, the second in England and finally the last in Australia. In 1992, he won another World Champion belt in Thailand against Ramon Dekkers.

    His fighter nickname, Coban, was given to him by one of his college teachers. Because when he was a kid, he used to take care of buffaloes. The Thai buffalo is called “Cowaï”, and his birthname is Banlu, so his teacher combined the two names to give Coban.

    And he did carry his name because he was a real “Buffalo” in the ring. His striking power was phenomenal. With his steel chin, he was also an incredible durable boxer. All the boxers who faced «The Crusher» must remember their fighting against this bone grinder.

    Coban is one of the biggest punchers in the story of Muay Thai, he's a ring legend in Thailand. He won 90 victories by KO on his 270 fights, beat by KO champions like Sornarin Wennakornpatom, Palannoi Kiatanan, Barndon Sitbangprachan (For the Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs) and foreign champions like Tommy Van Der Berg, Hector Pena, Joe Villa, Sul Auc. Coban is one of the few to have beaten twice by KO the terrible Samransak Muangsurin and he's the only one, in the 90s, who beat by KO in the 1st round the legendary Dutch champion Ramon Dekkers, the terror of the rings of the time (2 victories for Coban including one by KO, 2 victories for Ramon including one by KO). Coban also beat foreign champions such as Dany Bill, Dida Diafat (Twice), Tommy Van de Berg (KO), Joao Viera, Hector Pena (KO).

    Coban, the bull of the rings, marked his mark forever in the history of Muay Thai. He's now based in the United States where he teaches at his gym in New York.

     

    Coban Lookchaomaesaitong vs Samransak Muangsurin (Lumpinee stadium 1991, victory of Coban by KO)

     

    Coban Lookchaomaesaitong vs Dany Bill (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Coban)

     

    Jaroensap Kiatbanchong

    เจริญทรัพย์ เกียรติบ้านช่อง

    Date of birth:29 September 1971

    City of birth: Thungsong in Nakhon Si Thamarat province (South Region)

    Team: Kiatbanchong Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1991), Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1992)

    Opponents he beat: Langsuan Phayutaphum (KO),Nungubon Sitlerchai, Hippy Singmanee (KO),Pongsiri Rambo Por Rumrudee, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit,Lakhin Wassantasit, Petchruang Or Bonchay, Petchsila Chor Sampithong, Duangsompong Por Pongsawang, Poemsak Buntawee, Kasemlek Keatsiri

    Special Sign: Jaroensap comes from the same region as his comrades Jaroenthong and Oley, Thungsong in the south of the country. Jaroensap has represented throughout his career the famous Kiatbanchong camp in Bangkok alongside the champions Jaroenthong, Oley, Jokapop, Padmadep, Samranthong.

    Jaroensap won his first Lumpinee belt in the early 1990s, the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs. Then, on August 7, 1992, he beat the legendary Langsuan Phayutaphum by KO for the Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs. Jaroensap had already beaten the formidable Langsuan in 1990. Jaroensap successfully defended his belt in 115 lbs against the great champion Kaensak Sor Ploenchit on 4 December 1992. Jaroensap lost his belt in 115 lbs against the king of the knees, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, at the Lumpinee stadium on April 30, 1993.

    Nicknamed Jayphet (The Diamond Heart), Jaroensap was a superb Fimeuu (Technician) who marked the 1990s with his magnificent fights against the best of the moment.

    In 1992, Jaroensap was elected “Best Boxer of the Year” by “The Sport Writers Association of Thailand”.

    Jaroensap now has his own camp, the Jareonsap Muay Thai Gym which is located in Pathum Thani just after the former Bangkok airport. Jaroensap trains his son and other good boxers. His son is known as the “Fourwill Sitjaroensap” fighter and fights regularly in the Lumpinee and Radja stadiums. In 2018, he won the True4U belt in 108 lbs.

     

    Jaroensap Kiatbanchong vs Langsuan Phayutaphum (Lumpinee stadium, victory ofJaroensap by KO for the belt of Lumpinee)

     

    Jaroensap Kiatbanchong vsNungubon Sitlerchai Lumpinee (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory ofJaroensap)

     

    Jaroensap Kiatbanchong vs Lakhin Wasantasit (Radja stadium 1993,victory ofJaroensap)

     

    Jaroensap Kiatbanchong vs Pongsiri Rambo Por Rumrudee (Lumpinee stadium,victory of Jaroensap)

      

    Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong

    เจริญทอง เกียรติบ้านช่อง

    Date of birth:June 11, 1968

    City of birth: Thung Yai, a village located in Nakhon Si Tammarat province (South Region)

    Team:Kiatbanchong Gym

    Title:Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1988), Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs (1988), Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (1993), WMC World Champion in 135 lbs (1993)

    Opponents he beat:NamponNong Kee Pahuyuth, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai, Panomtuanlek Ha Phalang, Phetdam Lukborai, Payanoi Sor Thasanee, Samransak Muangsurin, Therdkiet Sitepitak, Cherry Sor Wanich, Superlek Sor Isaan, Saencheng Pinsinchai, Rajasak Sor Vorapin, Nopadet Narumon, Chanchaï Sor Thamrangsee

    Particular sign: Jaroenthong of his real name Jaroen Chumanee comes from a large family of nine children of which he's the seventh child of the family. His older brother, Chalamthong Kiatbanchong was a good fighter and his younger brother Samranthong Kiatbanchong was a great champion. Unfortunately Samranthong died tragically in 2008 in a road accident, he was 37 years old.

    Jaroenthong has spent his all career in the famous camp Kiatbanchong. At the time, the Kiatbanchong of Bangkok was one of the most famous camps in the country, there were great champions such as Oley, Samranthong, Jareonsap, Isara and Wangchanoi.

    In 1988, Jaroenthong won his first Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Payanoi Sor Thasanee. Then he went up to the category and won the Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs against the puncher Samransak Muangsurin. He won his third Lumpinee belt against the formidable Therdkiet Sitepitak, the Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs.

    In 1993, on the King's birthday, he defeated the great Ramon Dekkers and won the WMC World Champion belt in 135 lbs.

    Jaroenthong's record is 151 fights for 120 wins, 29 losses and 2 draws.

    His boxing style was technical and he had an intelligent boxing. Moreover, he was very good with his fists because he often fought in Boxing. In Boxing, Jaroenthong won the Gold Medal at the International Games in Surathani and the Bronze Medal at the King’s Cup.

    His hardest fight was against the legendary Samart Payakaroon who beat him by KO.

    His best purse, he touched for his fight against the great champion Saencheng Pinsinchai, a purse of 250,000 baht.

    Jaroenthong was a magnificent fighter, a boxer who mastered the art of dodging. This great champion has often fought hard against champions he has faced several times as Nampon (6 times), Cherry (6 times), Phetdam (6 times), Superlek (4 times), Therdkiet (3 times) and Rajasak (3 times).

    This formidable champion also beat the formidable Dutchman Ramon Dekkers, Tommy Vanderberg and André Masseur (KO).

    Jaroenthong after his boxing career has created his camp which is now famous in Bangkok, the Jaroenthong Gym. It's located in Wang Thong Lang District.

     

    Jareonthong Kiatbanchong vsChamophet Ha Phalang (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Jareonthong)

     

    Jareonthong Kiatbanchong vsRajasak Sor Vorapin (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Jareonthong)

     

    Jareonthong Kiatbanchong vs Nampon Nong Kee Pahuyuth (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Jareonthong. Two-part video)

     

    Jareonthong Kiatbanchong vsChanchaï Sor Thamrangsee (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Jareonthong)

     

    Jongsanan Fairtex

    จงสนั่น แฟร์เท็กซ์

    จงสนั่น ลูกคลองบางแก้ว

    City of birth: July 24, 1974

    Town of birth: Nong Bua Daeng in Chaiyaphum province (Northeast Region)

    Team: Fairtex Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs (1992), IKKC World Champion in 147 lbs (2004), ISKA World Champion in 147 lbs (2005)

    Opponents he beat: Nuathoranee War Tweekeat,Therdkiet Sitthepitak, Superlek Sor Isaan,Pairoj Wor Wolapon, Phetdam Lookprabat (KO), Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke (KO), Cherry Sor Wanich, Panomrunglek Chor Sawad, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang

    Sign Particular: Jongsanan of his real name Anucha Chaiyasen was born into a family of very poor farmers, in a village in the province of Chaiyaphum where there was no running water or electricity. He started boxing at the age of eleven, first fighting at village fairs in his native region.

    At the age of 16, he joined the famous Fairtex camp in Bangkok, a camp he represented for most of his career in Thailand. A camp that opened in 1975 in Bangkok in the Bangplee district and was one of the most luxurious in the country at the time of the 80’s and 90’s. The Fairtex camp belonged to the rich Mr. Bunjong Busarakamwong called Philippe Wong, this millionaire owned several Rolls-Royce cars that he parked in a garage near the Fairtex camp. The Fairtex Gym included champions such as Boonkerd Fairtex (Lumpinee Champion, Radja Champion), Yoknoi Fairtex (Lumpinee Champion), Fahsritong Fairtex (Radja Champion), Neungsiam Fairtex (Lumpinee Champion) and Jongsanan Fairtex (Lumpinee Champion).

    Nicknamed "Manutmay" (The Wood Man), Jongsanan was hard and powerful fighter.

    On February 21, 1992, he won the Lumpinee championship belt in 126 lbs against Therdkiet Sitthepitak, a belt he defended victoriously against Superlek Sor Isaan.

    Jongsanan has made a lot of great fights including against Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke that he has met seven times. Jongsanan beat Sakmongkol four times, twice by knockout. And Sakmongkol has won three matches including two by knockout. In 1993, their fight was voted "Best Fight of the Year" in Lumpinee.

    Jongsanan Fairtex moved to the United States in 1998 to do a second career until 2005, winning two world champion titles in his new career abroad.

    Jongsanan is now a U.S. coach in San Francisco at the Fairtex Gym, a gym that is well-known in the country.

     

    Jongsanan Fairtex vs Superlek Sor Isaan(Lumpinee stadium 1992, Jongsanan's victory for the Lumpinee belt)

     

    Jongsanan Fairtex vsPanomrunglek Chor Sawad (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Jongsanan)

     

    Jongsanan Fairtex vsPairoj Wor Wolapon (Lumpinee stadium 1995, victory of Jongsanan)

     

    Kaensak Sor Ploenchit

    แก่นศักดิ์ ส.เพลินจิต

    Date of birth:April 8, 1971

    City of Birth: Samut Prakarn (Central Region)

    Team: Sor Ploenchit Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1989), Radja Champion in 112 lbs (1989), WCK World Champion in 140 lbs (2000), IKKC World Champion in 140 lbs (2000)

    Opponents he beat:Neungubon Sitlerchai, KaruhatSor Supawan, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Jaroensap Kietbanchong, Langsuan Panyuthaphum, Thaweesaklek Ploysakdaa, Vicharn Sitchuenchon, Pharuehaslek Sitchuntong, Denhnue Denmolee

    Particular Sign: His real name is Pongsak Cheyouchan. Kaensak fought for Bangkok's famous Sor Ploenchit Gym Camp for 15 years.

    In 1989, he won the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs against Pharuehaslek Sitchuntong and the Radja belt in 112 lbs against Denhnue Denmolee.

    At only 18, he became champion in the two largest stadiums in the capital, Lumpinee and Radja.

    Kaensak made about 250 fights during his career with over 200 wins, around 40 losses and 2 draws.

    His hardest fights included Samad, Lamnamoon and Karuhat. Facing Samad Sor Lukidia, in four confrontations, Kaensak was never able to beat him. The three encounters between the legendary Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee and Kaensak were always titanic matches, Kaensak beat Lamnamoon twice in points and they made a draw. Finally, Kaensak and Karuhat Sor Supawan faced each other four times, Kaensak only managed to defeat the superstar once.

    One of his best performances was to beat the great champion of the Lumpinee Taweesaklek Ploysakdaa, it was probably Kaensak’s best memory in his fighting career.

    Kaensak had a very effective boxing that disrupted his opponents with phenomenal foot and fist sequences.

    Kaensak is one of the few fighters to have been twice voted "Best Boxer of the Year" by the prestigious "The Sport Writers Association of Thailand" in 1989 and 1990.

    In the early 2000s, Kaensak left for a second career in the United States where he won two World Champion belts in the WCK and IKKC federations, which he won at the age of 36 and 37.

    In 2007, in the United States, he also fought against the great French champion Fabio Pinca for the WBC Intercontinental belt, Kaensak lost in points.

    Today, Kaensak is an instructor of Muay Thai in one of the most famous gyms in the United States, the AMA Fight Gym in Whippany, New Jersey.

     

    Kaensak Sor Ploenchit vsVicharn Sitchuenchon (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Kaensak)

     

    Kaensak Sor Ploenchit vs Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee(Radja stadium1993, draw)

     

    Karuhat Sor Supawan

    คฤหาสน์ ส.สุภาวรรณ

    Date of birth:May 22, 1968

    City of Birth:Phon in Khon Kaen Province (Northeast Region)

    Team: Sor Supawan Gym

    Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs

    Opponents he beat: Pairojnoi Sor Sayamchai, Chatchai Paiseethong, Meechok Sor Ploenchit, Hippy Singmanee, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Chainoi Muangsurin,  Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Nungubon Sitlerchai, Kruekchai Kaewsamrit (TKO),Matee Jedipitak, Veerapon Sahaprom, Pongsiri Rambo Por Rumrudee, Saengmorakot Sor Ploenchit

    Particular Sign: His real name is Suweet Yuchumphonest. At the age of 15, the young Karuhat joined the prestigious Sor Supawan camp in Bangkok. Karuhat will remain faithful to this camp throughout his career as a fighter.

    Karuhat makes his first arms in the 112 lbs category where he wins the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs against the terror of the moment Pairojnoi Sor Sayamchai. Then, he climbs up category to fight in 115 lbs, he meets the great champion Langsuan Panyuthaphum for the Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs, Karuhat lose to the points against Langsuan.

    Karuhat moves directly to the 122 lbs category, a category where he will excel for the rest of his career. He won the Lumpinee belt twice in 122 lbs, first against the great champion Chatchai Paiseethong and then against Meechok Sor Ploenchit. Karuhat will also fight for the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs against the legendary Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai and against the formidable Oley Kiatoneway, Karuhat will lose in points his two fights.

    Karuhat totaled 190 fights for 165 victories (20 KO), 23 losses and 2 draws.

    His hardest fights, he faced them with Boonlay, Wangchannoi and Hippy. His fight against the great champion Boonlay Sor Thanikul was difficult because Boonlay was tall and very technical. His battles against Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai also marked him because in three confrontations, Karuhat never managed to beat the star Wangchannoi.

    Finally, Hippy Singmanee was also a dangerous opponent for Karuhat. The two men fought four times with a win for Karuhat, two wins for Hippy and a draw.

    In the 90s, this exceptional champion was feared. Being small for his category, Karuhat had to deploy a very skilful boxing to beat his opponents often bigger than him.

    This magnificent technician perfected the techniques of counter and poke. In a match with Karuhat, his opponents were almost sure to finish the fight with a wound to the face.

    Karuhat had several fighter nicknames because Muay Thai fans in Thailand loved his clean boxing style. For his fame he was called “YodSiyan” (The Superstar), for his intelligent boxing he was nicknamed “Yodmuayechriya” (The Genius of Boxing) and “Aysiyan” (The wonder kid).

    Karuhat won big purses when he was at the top of his career, one of his biggest purses he won was 300,000 baht for his fight against Kaensak Sor Ploenchit on May 21, 1993 in Lumpinee, a fight won by Karuhat.

    This great champion was considered by many specialists to be the best fighter in the 122-pound class of the 1990s.

    Today, this champion has become a coach and has his own camp, the Sitkaruhat Gym which is located in the district of Nong Kheam in Bangkok.

     

    Karuhat Sor Supawan vs Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Karuhat)

     

    KaruhatSor Supawan vs Kaensak Sor Ploenchit (Radja stadium1994,victory ofKaruhat)

     

    Karuhat Sor Supawan vsNungubonSitlerchai (Lumpinee stadium1993,victory ofKaruhat)

     

    Karuhat Sor Supawan vsVeeraphol Sahaprom (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Karuhat)

     

    Lakhin Wassantasit

    หลักหิน วสันต์สิทธิ์

    หลักหิน ส.สาหร่ายทอง

    Date of birth: 17 April 1972

    City of birth: Khanom in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat (South Region)

    Team:Galaxy Gym

    Title: Radja Champion in 115 lbs, Isuzu Tournament Winner in 115 lbs, Omnoi Champion in 140 lbs, Winner of Tam Jai Tournament in 140 lbs, WMC World Champion in 140 lbs

    Opponents he beat:Wichan Sitchutchoi (KO), Singnoi Sor Prakasan (KO), Sayoknoi Sakphetarun (KO), Daoden Sor Sakasem (KO), Supernoi Sor Talingchan (KO), Chamnan Saknarin (KO), Dejrit Sor Ploenchit (KO), Daeneuha Daenmolee (KO), Piteelek Chaiphiphat, Malakeau Sor Thosaphon, Petcharat Sor Worapin (KO), Chatchainoi Chawraiaoy (KO), Burlek Pinsinchai (KO), Samson Isaan

    Particular sign: Lakhin of his real name Wichit Lapmee was nicknamed "Mat Phayayom" (The puncher of hell). He was one of the most formidable punchers of the nineties. With his destructive strike, he executed many opponents by KO such as the great champions Wichan Sitchutchoi, Singnoi Sor Prakasan (For the belt of the Radja), Sayoknoi Sakphetarun (For the belt of Omnoi and the final of the tournament Tam Jai), Daoden Sor Sakasem, Supernoi Sor Talingchan, Chamnan Saknarin, Dejrit Sor Ploenchit, Daeneuha Daenmolee, Chainoi Chawy.

    Lakhin is one of the few boxers to beat KO in the first round, the legendary Burlek Pinsinchai. Lakhin was a terror of the rings, especially at the Ratchadamnoen stadium where he won many victories, he was twice elected «Best Fighter of the Year» from the Radja stadium.

    Lakhin also had a great career in Boxing with 29 professional fights for 27 victories including 18 won by KO and 2 draws, no one managed to defeat the puncher of Nakhon Si Tamarat. Lakhin won in Boxing the PABA and OPBF belt and he made a WBA World Championship against title holder Daorung Chuwattana who kept his belt after a draw.

     

    Lakhin Wasantasit vs Samson Isaan (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Lakhin)

     

    Lakhin Wasantasit vsWichan Sitchutchoi (Radja stadium 1992, victory of Lakhin by KO)

     

    Lakhin Wasantasit vsPetcharat Sor Worapin (Radja stadium, victory of Lakhin)

     

    Lakhin Wasantasit vsSingnoi Sor Prakasan (Radja stadium, victory of Lakhin by KO for the Radja belt)

     

  • Interview de Yoann BROET

    by Nicholas READ (2019)



    LA VISION D'UN JEUNE NAKMUAY AU PAYS DU SIAM


     

     

    Bonjour Yoann, Merci de m’accorder cette interview pour SIAM FIGHT MAG ?

    Le plaisir est pour moi. Merci à toi pour ton intérêt.

    Pour commencer cette interview, est ce que tu vis actuellement en Thaïlande ?

    Cela fait trois mois que j’ai repris l’entraînement ici. Je n’y étais pas retourné depuis septembre dernier.

    Dans quel coin ?

    Je suis à Nakhon Ratchassima (Korat), la capitale de la région Issan qui est situé à 4 H au Nord-Est de Bangkok.

    Tu as grandi dans le sud de la France ?

    Oui, je suis originaire de la Haute Garonne.

    Dans quelle ville ?

    Je suis de Castelnau d’Estretefonds, un village situé à 25 Km au nord de Toulouse.

    Comment tu as découvert cet Art martial Thaïlandais, le Muay Thai ?

    A l’âge de 13 ans, mon cousin m’a fait découvrir en vidéo les combats de Buakaw et Ramon Dekkers. C’est à ce moment là que ma curiosité pour ce sport a commencé.

    Tu avais quel âge lorsque tu as débuté ce sport ?

    La saison suivante, j’ai décidé de trouver un club près de chez moi.

    Est ce qu'il y avait des clubs de Muay Thai dans ta région ?

    Oui, il y en avait sur Toulouse et ses environs.


    C’était dans quel club et avec quel entraîneur que tu as commencé ? C’était en pur Muay Thai ?

    J’ai commencé à l’association de kick de mon village qui donnait essentiellement des cours « loisir ». Étant le seul adhérent à vouloir faire de la compétition, un entraîneur de Auch, David Gazquez, qui avait été muté près de chez moi, s’est occupé de moi personnellement. Par la suite, j'ai fait mes premières compétitions en représentant le club Ausci-Thai de Max Dansan, tout en m’entraînant dans mon village.

    Tu te souviens de ton premier entraînement ?

    Je n’ai pas de souvenir du premier entraînement, mais mon premier mois de pratique m’a conforté dans l’idée de vouloir en apprendre plus sur cet art martial.

    Qu'est ce qui t'a plus dans le Muay ?

    Le fait de pouvoir se servir des coups de coude et du corps à corps, ce qui faisait la différence avec les autres sports pieds poings, le nombre de combinaisons possible en attaque et l’efficacité des techniques de défense.

    Dans ton premier club, est ce qu'il y avait des champions ?

    Dans mon club, j’étais le seul compétiteur. Seulement lorsque j’allais m’entraîner à Auch, j’avais la possibilité de tourner avec Max Dansan, qui était champion d’Europe, durant cette période.


     

    Tu le connaissais ?

    Je ne l’avais jamais vu combattre avant de me rendre dans son club.

    Tu mettais les gants avec lui ?

    Oui avec Max, à de rares occasions.

    Qu'est ce qui t'a donné l'envie de monter sur un ring et de vouloir faire de la compétition ?

    Je m’étais rendu à plusieurs événements et l’idée de combattre me trottait de plus en plus dans la tête. Lorsque la première proposition de monter sur le ring m’a été faite, j’ai accepté sur le champs.

    Combien as-tu de combats à ton actif ? (En France et en Thaïlande, toutes disciplines confondus)

    J’ai fait une vingtaine d’assauts en France avant de m’envoler pour la Thaïlande où j’y ai fait mon premier combat sans protection. A ce jour, j’ai effectué 12 combats en Thaïlande, dont un en Kard Chuak (Sans les gants) et deux autres en Chine dans les règles du K1.


    Dans quelle catégorie tu combats ?

    Je combat entre 56 Kg et 58 Kg.

    En quelle année tu as été la première fois au pays du Siam ?

    J’ai fait mon premier voyage en juin 2015.

    Tu as fait des entraînements dans plusieurs camps ? Quels camps ?

    J’ai commencé par m’entraîner un mois à Pattaya, au camp de Youssef Boughanem. Puis, je suis remonté sur Bangkok pour m’entraîner chez Charlton Henri, que j’ai suivi lorsqu’il a déménagé à Korat.



    Peux tu nous dire ce qui t'a motivé à faire une carrière en Thaïlande ?

    J’ai boxé plusieurs fois en stadium et dans de grosses organisations en Chine. Mais ce que je préfère, ce sont l’atmosphère, l’ambiance et la manière de faire dans les villages, comme partout en Issan. Une authenticité, et un engouement pour le Muay, que je n’ai retrouvé nul part ailleurs...

    Pourquoi tu n'es pas resté en France pour pratiquer le Muay Thai ?

    Mon mode de vie en France, ne me permettait pas de pouvoir m’immerger à 100% dans mon objectif de progression.

    Maintenant, tu t’entraînes dans le camp Look Yamo, comment tu as connu ce camp ?

    Je me suis rendu au Look Yamo sur le conseil de Mohammed Larabi qui y voyait un camp répondant à mes attentes.



    Il se situe où exactement en Thaïlande ?

    Le camp est à 1 Km du centre de la ville de Nakhon Ratchassima.

    En quelques mots, tu peux nous dire, pour un jeune qui voudrait venir s’entraîner en Thaïlande, qu'est ce qu'il pourra trouver en venant dans le camp de Charlton Henri au niveau Muay Thai par rapport à un autre camp ?

    Tout dépendra de son niveau d’engagement. S’il est motivé et travaille dur, Charlton sera à deux cents pour cent sur lui à l’entraînement et en dehors. La différence ici, c’est que chacun à un suivi personnalisé, ce qui permet de progresser plus vite et selon ses attentes. Les entraînements sont très physiques et on apprend beaucoup de techniques. On nous enseigne les tactiques et les stratégies à mettre en place suivant le type d’adversaire. Le fait que l’on nous emmène ou que Charlton nous amène des boxeurs Thaïs d’autres camps pour tourner, permet de jauger notre niveau sans copinage...

    Tu peux nous décrire une journée type d'entraînement ?

    Nous nous entraînons du lundi au samedi. Les deux séances quotidienne durent entre 3h et 4h chacune. Bien que l’entraînement est accès essentiellement sur la boxe, les ateliers proposés varient jours après jours afin de ne pas rentrer dans une routine et de garder une motivation à vouloir en faire plus. Pour résumer, le travail du matin est technique, celui de l’après midi est plus physique, jonglant un jour sur l’autre sur du travail de vitesse et d’endurance. En dehors du travail collectif, chacun dispose d’un programme individuel journalier mis en place par Charlton, suivant les besoins des boxeurs.

    Tu combats souvent dans des organisations Thaïlandaises en province où il n'y a pas de Farang (Étranger) ?

    En Issan (Région Nord-Est), des combats sont organisés tous les soirs, ce qui permet aux boxeurs de pouvoir monter sur le ring quand ils le désirent. J’ai donc la chance de pouvoir combattre souvent. Mais il ne m’est encore jamais arrivé de partager l’affiche avec un étranger.



    Tu as combattu en Kard Chuek (Combat sans les gants), est ce que tu as senti une différence au niveau des impacts au visage en boxant sans les gants ?

    Je n’ai combattu qu’une seule fois en Kard Chuek, sans avoir pris de coup au visage. Mais j’ai ouvert mon adversaire sur un coup de poing, ce qui ne m’était pas encore arrivé avec des gants. Lors d’une défense avec mon coude sur l'un de ses directs, mon adversaire s’est cassé la main. L’impact des coups de poings en Kard Chuek est sûrement plus dur. Mais il peut aussi être dangereux pour les membres de l’attaquant s’il frappe avec la mauvaise partie du poing. Néanmoins, le fait que le combat se termine par un match nul au bout des 5 rounds, s’il n’y a pas de KO, permet de ne pas avoir à débiter pour marquer ses points, et donc de pouvoir rester concentré sur le coup juste, ce qui restreint tout de même le risque de blessure...



    Parlons un peu de ton entraîneur Charlton, qu'est ce qu'il t'a enseigné en Muay ? Peux tu nous le décrire en quelques mots ?

    L’exigence qu’il a envers ses compétiteurs et malgré sa pédagogie, est à double tranchant. Soit le travail demandé est trop élevé pour certains, soit ils transcendent les autres. Il nous met directement hors de notre zone de confort, ce qui est dur pour chacun au départ. Mais c'est ce qui fait la différence très vite par la suite. En dehors du côté mental et du dépassement physique, il est très technique. Il m’a repris de zéro, et appris des techniques et un sens tactique que je n’avais jamais vu nulle part. En dehors de la salle, il est très proche de ses boxeurs. Il ne fait pas de différence entre les champions et les débutants, pour lui seul l’engagement compte. Ici, quelques soit son niveau, il faut faire sa place !



    Quelle technique tu aimes le plus travailler à l’entraînement ?

    J’aime les balayages, les projections, avec ou sans saisies.

    Quelle technique tu aimes le plus passer sur le ring ?

    J’aime feinter le coup de genou, afin de faire monter la jambe de mon adversaire, et casser la distance pour balayer directement sa jambe d’appuie.

    Ton meilleur souvenir de boxe jusqu'à aujourd'hui sur le ring ? Niveau ambiance avec le publique ? Et niveau organisation ?

    Mon meilleur souvenir reste un combat à Nava Nakorn, une ville aux alentours de Bangkok. Le combat était à l’extérieur, l’ambiance au bord du ring était phénoménale. J’ai remporté le combat face à un bon combattant et j’avais pour la première fois boxé de la manière que je voulais. A la sortie du ring, j'ai mis 30 minutes pour regagner les vestiaires tant les Thaïlandais me stoppaient pour me féliciter et prendre des photos !

    As tu déjà boxé en professionnel en France ?

    Non, je n’en ai jamais eu l’occasion.

    Tu suis l’actualité du Muay Thai en France ?

    Oui via les réseaux sociaux.

    Aimerais tu combattre contre des nakmuay Français en France ?

    Si l’occasion se présente, je serais fier de pouvoir boxer dans ma région.

    Tu connais des grands champions d’aujourd’hui ou de l’époque, quels sont ceux que tu apprécies ?

    Pour les boxeurs actuels, j’aime regarder les combats de Superbank, Sangmanee, Superlek, Yodlekphet, ou encore Muangthai.

    Est ce que certains t'ont inspiré ?

    Concernant les boxeurs de l’époque, je m’inspire beaucoup de Karuhat Sor Supawan et Kaensak Sor Ploenjit.



    Ta première expérience de combat en Thaïlande s'est bien passée ?

    Oui, c’était une victoire aux points au Max Muaythai, contre un Thaïlandais. Le Thaï m’avait ouvert à la pommette au deuxième round avec son coude et j’avais rattrapé mon retard grâce à de nombreuses projections.



    Combien tu as fait de combats en Thaïlande ?

    12 en tout.

    Quelle sensation tu as ressenti lorsque tu as su que tu allais boxer en Thaïlande contre un boxeur Thaï pour la première fois ?

    J’ai su la date de mon combat 3 jours avant, j’étais plutôt motivé qu'anxieux.

    Est ce qu'il y a des nakmuay que tu aimerais rencontrer en particulier (Thaï ou Français) ?

    J’ai encore beaucoup à apprendre. Je me fixe mes objectifs combat après combat...

    Comment se fait-il que les organisateurs Français ne te contactent pas pour te faire boxer ?

    Parce que je suis inconnu au bataillon !



    Tu as déjà combattu aussi en style K1, tu aimes cette forme de combat ?

    Je peux adapter mon style au K1 mais le Muay reste ma discipline de prédilection.

    Tu combats uniquement en Muay Thai ?

    Il m’arrive aussi de combattre en style K1, et si d’autres propositions intéressantes me sont faites, je combattrai de nouveau avec plaisir.

    Si des promoteurs lisent cette interview, qu’elle message tu veux leur faire passer ?

    Que le jour où je serai connu au bataillon, mon téléphone sera allumé pour répondre à leurs appels.



    Tu veux rajouter quelque chose pour nos lecteurs ?

    Je suis à la recherche de Mécènes pouvant m’aider à financer mon projet sportif en Thaïlande. Je serais ravis d’échanger avec les personnes intéressées. Pour finir, j’aimerais aussi remercier Siam Fight Mag pour cette interview et ses beaux reportages que vous nous offrez depuis plusieurs années maintenant. Longue vie à vous, longue vie au Muay !

     

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