THE FIGHTS OF ANTHOLOGY

OF GOLDEN AGE OF MUAY THAI

(CHAPTER II)

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 II

 

Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee

ลำน้ำมูล ส.สุมาลี

Date of birth: May 5, 1973

City of Birth: Amnat Jaroen in the province of Ubon Ratchathani (Northeast Region)

Team: Sor Sumalee Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1993), Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs (1996), Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (1997, 1999), WPKL World Champion in 135 lbs (2004)

Opponents he beat: Chatchai Paiseetong, Samkor Kietmontep, Karuhate Sor Supawan, Langsuan Panyuthaphum, Lippidet Sor Ploenchit, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Matee Jedipitak, Rambojiew Don Golf Service, Chookdee Por Pramuk, Kaoponglek Luksuritham, Attachai Por Samranchai, Krekchai Kaewsamrit, Rittichai Lookchaopodam

Particular Sign: His real name is Khukrit Kamolroek. Lamnamoon learns the basics of Muay Thai in camp Sit Pongtap where his big brother was already training. He made about 20 fights for the Sit Pongtap then go to Sor Sumalee gym at Ubon Ratchathani, a camp in which he remained until the end of his career.

Lamnamoon has been trained in the famous Sor Sumalee camp alongside other stars such as Deachkalon, Panomrunglek, Superlek and Jompoblek.

Deachkalon Sor Sumalee won the Lumpinee belt and a WBC belt, he now has his own camp in Phuket. Panomrunglek Chor Sawat was a champion of the Lumpinee, he faced among others the great champion Dany Bill (Victory of Dany Bill) and Sakmongkol Sitchutchok, Panomrunglek died a few years ago. Superlek Sor Sumalee, also known as Superlek Sor Isaan, was a great champion who won two Lumpinee belts, he unfortunately also died in April 2013.

At 16, Lamnamoon made his first fight in the stadium of Lumpinee, he will fight more than 100 times in this mythical stadium of Bangkok.

In 1993, he won his first Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Jaroensap Kiatbanchong. On 21 May 1996, he won the Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs against Matee Jedipitak. In 1997, on December 19, he beat Samkor Kietmontep for the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs. Lamnamoon wins the Lumpinee belt again in 130 lbs in 1999 against Rambojiew Don Golf Service. Finally, on 27 March 2004, he won the WPKL World Champion belt in 135 lbs in Rotterdam against the Dutch Mustapha Ziani.

In all, during his career, Lamnamoon had 200 fights for 150 wins and 4 draws.

In the 90s, this slender fighter mastered the knee-stroke techniques and his clinch techniques were superb. His knee strokes were so dreaded that Muay Thai’s fans had nicknamed him « Khun Khao Weetaan » (The Vampire’s Knee Stroke). Weetaan in Thailand is a kind of mystical ghost that haunts cemeteries, it's the equivalent of vampires for westerners. Weetaan is a mean and clever mind, so Lamnamoon had very vicious knee stroke techniques.

His hardest fights were against Boonlay Sor Thanikul who beat him by knockout, and against the formidable champions Wangchanoi, Kaensak, Karuhat and Chatchai who beat him on points.

Lamnamoon defeated the biggest champions of his time like Chatchai Paiseetong, which he faced five times with three wins for Lamnamoon and two losses, Samkor Kietmontep, which he also faced five times with four wins for Lamnamoon and one loss, Karuhate Sor Supawan (A victory, a defeat), Langsuan Panyuthaphum (A victory, a defeat).

This great champion who was at the time one of the best fighters of the famous promoter Songchai Ratanasuban often received purses of 200,000 baht.

Lamnamoon opened his camp in his hometown of Ubon Ratchathani, a camp called Sor Sumalee Gym in honor of his former camp that formed him, the camp is also called Lamnamoon Muay Thai Gym.

 

Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee vs Langsuan Phayutaphum Lumpinee (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Lamnamoon)

 

Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee vs Jaroensap Kiatbanchong (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Lamnamoon for the Lumpinee belt)

 

Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee vs Samkor Kietmontep (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Lamnamoon)

 

Langsuan Phayutaphum

หลังสวน พันธ์ยุทธภูมิ

Date of birth: 1st of February 1967

City of birth: Ban Tom Dong in Phayao Province (North Region)

Team: Sasiprapa Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 108 lbs (1989), Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1991), Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1992), World Champion in 112 lbs and 115 lbs

Opponents he beat: Samson Isaan, Rambo Pongsiri (KO), Paluhadlek Sitchunthong, Kasemlek Keatsiri, Mickael Sor Ploenchit, Paruhatlek Sitchuchong, Peemai Or Yuthanakorn, Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang, Hippy Singmanee (KO), Thammawit Sakhomsil, Thongsak Fairtex, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchaï, Otnoï Lukprabat, Karuhat Sor Supawan

Sign Particular: Langsuan of his real name Pinthong Wongpanya began his formation in camp Sak Boontham in Chiangmai in the north of the country, he was fighting under the name Pinthongphan Yuthaphum. Then, he went to camp Sasiprapa Gym in Bangkok and fought with the name Langsuan Phayutaphum.

Langsuan was a formidable fighter who perfectly mastered kneeling techniques, he was nicknamed « Khun Khao Raïnamjay  » (The Majestic Knee).

Langsuan won his first Lumpinee belt in 108 lbs against Paruhatlek Sitchuchong. Then, he won the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs by defeating the great champion Jaroensap Kiatbanchong. And he conquered the Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang. Langsuan also won a world champion belt in 112 lbs against the formidable Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai and a world champion belt in 115 lbs against Otnoi Lukprabat.

Langsuan is one of the few fighters to have beaten by KO the terrible Pongsiree "Rambo" Por Ruamrudee, Langsuan also beat Rambo points and Rambo won once against Langsuan.

Langsuan also knocked out with a series of knees the great champion of the 80s, Hippy Singmanee.

On March 4, 1988, Langsuan met Chamophet in the stadium of Lumpinee. The match could not be end because there were shots in the fourth round.

This 4 March 1988 was the biggest tragedy at the Lumpinee stadium with the assassination of the promoter Chaiwat Palangwattanakit (Gnow Ha Phalang, owner of the famous camp Ha Phalang and close to the mafia). The evening was organized by the promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, and during the star fight between Chamophet Ha Phalang (Best Boxer of the Year 1985) and Langsuan Phayuthapum (Best Boxer of the Year 1987), in the fourth round, shots were fired near the ring.

There were several deaths and many injured in the public following a monstrous rush. A French spectator was even seriously injured and transported to the hospital. People were running away, leaving the bodies of the victims, it was a general panic. Promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, present at this evening, had to flee the tragic scene by climbing the gates of the stadium.

Langsuan and Chamophet met later for a revenge and Chamophet beat Langsuan at the points.

In 1987, Langsuan was elected “Best Boxer of the Year” by The Sport Writers Association of Thailand.

His biggest purse was 250,000 baht against Radja champion, Rajasak Sor Worapin. On November 27, 1989, at the Radja Stadium, Rajasak (Champion title of Raja in 115 lbs) defeated Langsuan, who then held the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs.

After his career Langsuan left for several years in Japan to teach his knowledge to Japanese fighters.

Today, Langsuan is a coach in the Suwannakhiri camp which is located in Ban Maï in the province of Phayao in the north of the country.

 

Langsuan Phayutaphum vs Chamophet Ha Phalang (Lumpinee stadium 1988, no winner, match stopped due to a shootout)

 

Langsuan Phayutaphum vs Samson Isaan (Lumpinee stadium 1991, victory of Langsuan)

 

Langsuan Phayutaphum vs Mickael Sor Ploenchit (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Langsuan)

 

Langsuan Phayutaphum vs Pongsiree «  Rambo » Por Ruamrudee (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Langsuan by KO)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth

นำขบวน หนองกี่พาหุยุทธ

Date of birth: 4 February 1974

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

Team: Nong Kee Pahuyuth Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (1991), WMC World Champion in 130 lbs (1997)

Opponents he beat: Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Oley Kiat Oneway, Matee Jedeeptak (KO), Cherry Sor Wanich, Chatchai Phaiseethong, Robert Kaennorasing, Jomrak Lookprabat, Boonlay Sor Thanikul, Therdkiat Sitthepitak, Samkor Kietmontep, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Jongsanan Fairtex, Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke, Nuathoranee Thongraja, Pairot Wor Wolapon

Particular sign: His real name is Naipure Sidjatheuk. Namkabuan is the youngest of a family of eight children. His older brother Nampon introduced him to boxing by taking him to the famous camp Nong Kee Pahuyuth, the camp of Master Pramote Haymook.

Nampon who was four years older than his little brother was also a great champion. He did not have the same fighting style as his younger brother, Nampon was more of a durable boxer who advanced on his opponents by sending knees and terrible low kicks.

Nampon did a lot of hard fights, too many, matches where he had often opened up in the face. So much so that the fans of Muay had nicknamed him « Khun Khao Nay Peuaiye » (The knee blow rebuilt). Because during his career he had 72 stitches, more he had a serious car accident which earned him extra stitches.

Nampon won the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs and 126 lbs, he twice met the great Samart Payakaroon (2 losses), twice the legendary Dutchman Ramon Dekkers (1 win, 1 defeat), three times the formidable Jaroenthong Kietbanchong (1 win, 1 defeat, 1 draw), twice the bull Neutharonee Tongraja (1 win, 1 draw) and many other great champions like Orono Por Muang Ubon, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Cherry Sor Wanich, Phetdam Lukborai.

Namkabuan has always remained faithful to his camp, the Nong Kee Pahuyuth. But when he had to fight in the Bangkok stadiums, he finished his preparation in the famous camp Muang Surin in Bangkok.

This great technician fought 283 wins for 266 wins and only 15 defeats and 2 draws.

Namkabuan was a great champion in the 1990s, he was the undisputed star of all the aficionados of Lumpinee. He ignited the stadium with his breathtaking techniques. Namkabuan was a phenomenal technician who managed to defeat fighters much more powerful than him thanks to his exceptional technical mastery.

His science of the ring and his style of fighting earned him many nicknames. One of the best known is probably “The Ring Genius”, but it was also called « Khun Khao Phanom Rung » (The knee stroke of Phanom Rung) from the famous Phanom Rung temple in the Buriram region.

Muay Thai fans had nicknamed him Djomkaynaa (The Ploughman). Because his speciality was leg grabbing techniques, he seized his opponent’s leg and raised it to unbalance his opponent and bring it down. This technique was reminiscent of a farmer pushing his plow and ploughing his field, Namkabuan was the farmer and legs of his opponents the handles of the plow.

Namkabuan won the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs on May 31, 1991 against Cherry Sor Wanich and kept it for six years. He kept his trophy against many opponents, especially against great champions like Pairot Wor Wolapon and Nuathoranee Thongraja.

In the absence of a challenger, he left his belt vacant to take a title of World Champion WMC in 130 lbs, a title he kept for several years.

The two brothers, after their careers, each opened a restaurant in Nakhon Ratchassima in the northeast region, styles of well-known restaurants in Thailand called “Neua Yang Kaoli” (Korean BBQ) where the specialty is pork grill. Unfortunately, Nampon died in 2016 as a result of a long illness.

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Thedkiat Sitthepitak (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Namkabuan)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Boonlay Sor Thanikul (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Namkabuan)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Cherry Sor Wanich (Lumpinee stadium 1991, victory of Namkabuan for the belt of Lumpinee)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (Lumpinee stadium 1995, victory of Namkabuan)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Namkabuan)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Oley Kiatoneway (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Namkabuan)

 

Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth vs Nuathoranee Thongraja (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Namkabuan for the belt of Lumpinee)

 

Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtor

นำศักดิ์น้อย ยุทธการกำธร

Date of birth: 13 October 1979

City of birth: Chaiya, Surat Thani Province (South Region)

Team: Por Pramuk Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1995), Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (1999), Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (2000), WMC World Champion in 112 lbs (1995), WAKO World Champion in 154 lbs (2010)

Opponents he beat: Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee (KO), Kaolan Kaovichit, Neungpichit Sityodtong, Nontachai Sit O, Samkor Kietmontep, Thongchai Thor Silachai, Pajonsuk Lookprabat, Noppadet Sengsimaigym, Samranchai 96 Peenang, Mangkon Kietsomkoum

Particular sign: Namsaknoi of his real name Muhammud Chaiyamart was born in a small fishing village called Chaiya, in the region of Surat Thani in the south of Thailand.

Namsaknoi is the youngest child in the Chaiyamart family with five boys and two girls. Namsaknoi started boxing with his big brother whose fighter name was Ges.

He made his first fight at the age of 8, he earned 150 baht, a small sum that he gave entirely to his mother.

Namsaknoi was formed in two small camps near his home, Pon Pichit and Sit Kru Pan.

Then, he went to Bangkok and fought for Kiatsingnoi gym for five years. Then he joined the famous camp Por Pramuk in Chachoengsao. He spent eight years at Por Pramuk gym alongside the younger champion Buakaw, who was three years younger than him.

Namsaknoi made his first fight in Bangkok at the age of 13. Most of his fights were made in the stadium of Lumpinee.

He won his first major belts in 1995 by beating Neungpichit Sityodtong for the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs and the WMC World Champion belt in 112 lbs. In 1999, he won the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs against Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee which he beat by knockout.

In 2000, he won the Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs against Kaolan Kaovichit. A Lumpinee belt he retained until 2006, he successfully defended his belt against the great champions Noppadet Sengsimaigym, Nontachai Sit O (Twice) and Samranchai 96 Peenang. In 2010, he also won the WAKO World Champion belt in 154 lbs against the Italian Diego Calzolari he beat by KO.

Namsaknoi made 300 fights for 280 wins, 15 defeats and 5 draws.

His best boxing memory was his fifth fight against the terrible Samkor Kietmontep. In first fights, Samkor had beaten him twice, then Namsaknoi won once and they did one draw. Namsaknoi was therefore very happy to win their fifth confrontation.

Namsaknoi is a ring legend that marked the history of Muay Thai. He holds the longest reign as Lumpinee champion having remained unbeaten for six years for the title of Lumpinee champion in 135 pounds. This long reign earned him the nickname "The Emperor" by the fans of Muay Thai. But he was also nicknamed “Rachanramuay” (The King of Ramuay) and “Ram Muay Mokii” (The Ram Muay of the sorcerer) in reference to the magnificent Ram Muay/Way Khru he fought in every battle. Namsaknoi received the Best Ramuay/Way Khru of the Year trophy twice in 2001 and 2006.

His fighter name "Namsaknoi" was given to him at the beginning of his career to honour his uncle who was a huge champion and named himself "Namsak Yuntarakit". Namsak was the first fighter to receive the Best Boxer Award by the King of Thailand. “Namsak” means “The mighty”. And “Namsaknoi” means “Powerful Junior (Noi = Small)”.

Namsaknoi beat virtually every great champion of his time and is one of the few fighters to beat the great Japanese champion Satoshi Kobayashi by TKO.

Namsaknoi received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" by the two most prestigious Thai associations. In 1996, he was voted best boxer of the year by "The Sports Writers Association of Thailand" and in 1999 by "The Sports Authority of Thailand".

This huge champion now teaches his knowledge in his camp, the Namsaknoi Muay Thai Gym on the island of Koh Pha Ngan in the south of the country.

 

Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtor vs Thongchai Thor Silachai (Lumpinee stadium 1997, victory of Namsaknoi)

 

Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtor vs Saenchai Sor Kingstar (Lumpinee stadium 1997, victory of Namsaknoi)

 

Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtor vs Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (Lumpinee stadium 1999, victory of Namsaknoi by KO for the belt of Lumpinee)

 

Nuathoranee Thongraja

เหนือธรณี ทองราชา

เหนือธรณี ว.ทวีเกียรติ

Date of birth: 25 October 1971

City of birth: Ban Phai in Khon Kaen Province (Northeast Region)

Team: Wor Thaweekiat Gym

Title: No. 1 of the Lumpinee stadium (1993, 1994)

Opponents he beat: Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Den Muangsurin (TKO), Ritthichai Lookchaomaesaitong, Pomphet Naratreekul, Pairoj Wor Wirapon (KO), Jongsanan Fairtex, Ankaradech Por Pao In, Rajasak Sor Worapin, Chodchoy Chuchokchay, Pomphet Naratrikul, Wangchanoi Sor Palangchaï, Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong

Special sign: Trained at the Wor Thaweekiat Gym, then at Mr. Thongraja, Nuathoranee also fought for Master Yodtong, the owner of Sityodtong. Nuathoranee did a lot of extremely violent battles, he was a steamroller that was very familiar with the techniques of poke.

He often ended his battles with openings in his faces, as well as his adversaries. Like his match against Matee Jedipitak at the Radja Stadium in 1994 where both fighters ended their bloody head (Matee Jedipitak’s Victory). His fight against the strong Den Muangsurin in 1993 was also a bloody match (Victory of Nuathoranee by referee’s stop).

Nuathoranee was nicknamed by Muay Thai fans "Ay Ret Dong" (The Powerful Rhino).

Nuathoranee has been number one in the Lumpinee stadium several times but has never managed to win a belt of a big stadium in Bangkok. He notably fought for the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs against Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth who beat him on points.

In the 90s, in Macao, Nuathoranee tried a challenge by facing two champions at the same time, it was the French champions Manu N'Tho and Eddy Saban. Nuathoranee first met Manu N'Tho and then Eddy Saban. The match was very physical especially against the puncher Manu N'Tho. In the end, the judges declared the two French champion winners in points.

The star Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth had also once faced in a special match in Bangkok these two champions Manu N'Tho and Eddy Saban. Namkabuan won the match in points against the two French champions.

After his career Nuathoranee went to train in a gym in Japan.

 

Nuathoranee Thongraja vs Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Nuathoranee)

 

Nuathoranee Thongraja vs Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Nuathoranee)

 

Nuathoranee Thongraja vs Jongsanan Fairtex (Lumpinee stadium 1992, victory of Nuathoranee)

  

Nungubon Sitlerchai

หนึ่งอุบล ศิษย์เลิศชัย

Date of birth: March 20, 1971

City of Birth: Ubon Ratchathani (Northeast Region)

Team: Por Muang Ubon Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 105 lbs (1990), Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (1991), Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1995), Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs (1999)

Opponents he beat: Kompayak Singmanee, Langsuan Phanyuthapum (TKO), Yodsiam Sor Pranthalai, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Wangchainoi Sor Palangchai (KO), Samkor Kiatmontep (KO), Tongchai Tor Silachai, Hansuk Prasatinpanomrung, Silapathai Jocky Gym, Paluhadlek Sitchuntong, Lipidet Sor Ploenchit, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Phranphet Mueangsurin, Veeraphol Sahaprom, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Duansongpong Por Pongsawan, Ritidhet Kerdphayak

Sign Particular: Nungubon of his real name Samorn Kwamsawat was initiated to boxing by his big brother. Trained by Master Lertchai, a renowned coach who taught him the basics of Muay Thai, Nungubon joined Por Muang Ubon Gym at Ubon Ratchani at the age of 16. A camp that included great champions like Orono and Nungtrakarn.

This great fighter was nicknamed « Tuan Pey » (The lame). This nickname comes from the fact that Nungubon has one leg shorter than the other, his right leg is shorter than his left leg. But this small disability did not prevent Nungubon from possessing phenomenal striking power with his left leg, a precise and powerful left middle that hurt many of his opponents.

Nungubon is one of the few fighters to have beaten by KO the terrible Wangchainoi Sor Palangchai he beat in the second round and the legendary Samkor Kiatmontep, which he knocked down in the third round.

Also, Nungubon laminated the great champion Langsuan Phanyuthapum who bowed to TKO after being opened in the face, for this fight, the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs was in game.

Nungubon won his first Lumpinee belt in 105 lbs against Kompayak Singmanee in 1990, then the belt in 112 lbs against Langsuan Phanyuthapum in 1991, the belt in 115 lbs against Yodsiam Sor Pranthalai in 1995 and finally the belt in 118 lbs against Saenchai Sor Kingstar in 1999.

At the age of 28, in 1999, Nungubon defeated the young Muay Thai prodigy, Saenchai Sor Kingstar and won his last belt of Lumpinee. In this fight, Saenchai was 19 years old, rising, defending champion of Lumpinee in 118 lbs, he had beaten everyone in this category. It was in 1999 that Saenchai received his first trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year". But old Nungubon defeated the young boy boxing ring and took away his belt.

Nungubon made 233 fights for 200 wins, 30 losses and 3 draws, his biggest purse was 180,000 baht.

Nungubon was also very strong in Boxing. He made a remarkable career winning three times the PABA bantamweight title with sixteen professional bouts for fifteen wins.

Nungubon set up his own camp at Sit Nungubon Gym in Ubon Ratchathani.

 

Nungubon Sitlerchai vs Silapathai Jockygym (Lumpinee stadium 1991, victory of Nungubon)

 

Nungubon Sitlerchai vs Kaensak Sor Ploenchit (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Nungubon)

 

Nungubon Sitlerchai vs Samkor Kietmontep (Lumpinee stadium 1995, victory of Nungubon by KO)

  

Oley Kiatoneway

โอเล่ห์ เกียรติวันเวย์

Date of birth: April 13, 1973

City of birth: Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province (South Region)

Team: Kiatbanchong Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs (1990)

Opponents he beat: Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai, Pairojnoi Sor Siamchaï, Detduang Por Pongsawang, Dokmaipah Por Pongsawang, Phanpetch Muangsurin, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Superlek Sor Isaan, Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth, Boonlay Sor Thanikul, Therdkiat Sitthepitak (KO), Ployrungphet Saimunsknooker, Kawao Kor Pongkiat, Peannoi Chuwatthana (KO), Dejrit Sor Ploenchit, Cherry Sor Wanich (KO), Karuhat Sor Supawan, Chainoy Por Somjitair

Particular Sign: His fighter nickname was "Khaimukdam Andaman" (The Black Pearl of Andaman) because he came from the southern region of Thailand. The Andaman Sea is a sea of the Indian Ocean, bordering the coasts of Burma and Thailand.

Oley has represented for years the famous Kiatbanchong camp in Bangkok alongside champions Jareonthong, Jaroensap, Jokapop, Padmadep, Samranthong.

Oley was a Fimeuu (Technician) fighter with great dexterity. His special "knee jump" made many of his opponents wobble. Oley has always made extraordinary matches against the greatest fighters in his category. He fought six times against the star of time Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth with three wins and three losses.

Oley won his Lumpinee belt against the other star of the moment Karuhat Sor Supawan.

Oley Kiatoneway is coaching today in the famous Parunchai Gym (Best Camp of the Year 2015, Best Boxer of the Year TV7 2015 Sing Parunchai, Best Coach of the Year 2015 Ajahn Nouwo) located in Thung Song.

 

Oley Kiatoneway vs Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Oley)

 

Oley Kiatoneway vs Chamophet Ha Phalang (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Oley )

 

Oley Kiatoneway vs Superlek Sor Isaan (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Oley )

  

Orono Por Muang Ubon

โอโรโน่ พ.เมืองอุบล

Date of birth: 14th January 1973

City of Birth: Ubon Ratchathani (Northeast Region)

Team: Por Muang Ubon Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (1994, 1995), World Champion in 140 lbs (1995), World Champion in 147 lbs (2000)

Opponents he beat: Jongsanan Fairtex, Pichai Wor Wolapon, Pairoj Wor Wolapon (KO), Krekchai Sor Khettalingchan, Tuktathong Por Pongsawang, Neunthong Singkiri, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Sakmongkol Sitchuchok, Rodtang Wor Thaweekiet, Nuathoranee Wor Thaweekiet, Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth, Den Muangsurin, Namphon Nong Kee Pahuyuth, Somchaï Sor Nanthana (KO), Dejpitak Sityodtong, Saenchai Kiatworawut, Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong, Suriya Sor Ploenchit, Kompayak Singmanee, Praphayree Sitphraphom, Jirasak Por Pongsawang

Particular Sign: Orono of his real name Somkid Deomprakon was born to a Thai mother and an American father. He was trained at Muay Thai in the famous Por Muang Ubon Gym which included great champions like Nungtrakarn and Nungubon.

The origin of his name «Orono» comes from the former Venezuelan boxing champion, Raphael Orono who won the WBC World Champion Belt in 1980 in 115 lbs. Raphael Orono lost to the WBA World Championship in 1985 at the Radja Stadium against the biggest Thai puncher of story, Khaosai Galaxy. It was after seeing this match between these two legends of the noble Art that the coach of the Por Muang Ubon gym gave the name of fighter «Orono» to Somkid Deomprakon. Because he thought that Boxing champion Raphael Orono had an incredible physical resemblance to the young nakmuay Somkid.

Nicknamed « Sam O » (3 O), Orono was a fighter with a particular style, a southpaw very hard to beat. An exceptional durable boxer who sometimes took too many blows during his long professional career. At the age of 40, Orono was still fighting. He fought more than 250 fights.

In October 1993, Orono lost to Phetdam Sityodthong for the Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs. But he then won this Lumpinee belt in 135 lbs in 1994, a belt he defended three times victorious notably against the legendary Jongsanan Fairtex, on March 28 in 1995.

Orono also won a world champion belt in 140 lbs against Sangtiennoi and Nuathoranee. As well as a belt of World Champion in 147 lbs against the great French champion Stephane Nikiema in Tokyo in 2000.

Orono did a lot of hard fights, especially against Sakmongkol Sitchuchok, they met seven times, Orono won once, Sakmongkol won five times and they did a draw. The two champions received in 1998 for their memorable confrontation the trophy of "Hardest Match of the Year in Lumpinee".

In 1994, on 24 October, at the Radja Stadium, after the decision of the match between Orono Por Muang Ubon and Pairoj wor Wolapon, the gamblers triggered a riot in the stadium that nearly degenerated. Pairoj Wor Wolapon had been given the winning points to the great surprise of the audience. To calm the crowd, the official manager had to announce to the microphone the cancellation of the verdict, the result was a match without winner. Orono and Pairoj found themselves a year later, on 24 December 1995, at the Lumpinee stadium, and Orono won the match by KO. The match was voted “Best Fight of the Year” by the The Sport Writers Association of Thailand.

In 1994, Orono was also voted "Best Boxer of the Year" by "The Sports Writers Association of Thailand".

Orono is without a doubt one of the Thai champions of the 90s who has met the most foreign fighters.

At the age of 19, in 1993, Orono defeated the legendary Dutchman Ramon Dekkers in Bangkok. He won again against the Dutchman in 1995.

Orono has faced champions such as Farid Villaume (Defeat), Mickael Lieuwfat (Victory by KO), Morad Sari (1 win, 1 loss), Soren Eminentair (Defeat), John Wayne Parr (1 win by TKO, 1 loss), Dany Bill (2 defeats), Stephane Nikiema (Victory), Jean-Charles Skarbowsky (2 defeats including one by TKO, 1 draw), Vlad Malko (Victory by TKO).

Orono is now a coach at 13 Coins Resort gym in Bangkok.

 

Orono Por Muang Ubon vs Jareonthong Kiatbanchong (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Orono)

 

Orono Por Muang Ubon vs Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth (Lumpinee stadium 1995, victory of Orono)

 

Orono Por Muang Ubon vs Nuathoranee Thongraja (Lumpinee stadium 1997, victory of Orono)

 

Orono Por Muang Ubon vs Sakmongkol Sitchuchok (Lumpinee stadium 1998, draw)

  

Rajasak Sor Vorapin

ราชศักดิ์ ส.วรพิน

Date of birth: 23 February 1967

City of birth: Chamni in the province of Buriram (Northeast Region)

Team: Sor Vorapin Gym

Title: Champion of Radja in 115 lbs (1989), Champion of Radja in 122 lbs (1990), Champion of Radja in 126 lbs (1991)

Opponents he beat: Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong, Pannarin Sor Suwanphakdi, Padedseuk Kietphayathai, Banluedej Lookprabaht, Jongrak Lookprabaht, Saenpetch Chor Waikon, Samernoi Tor Boonlert, Padphon Dejritta, Langsuan Phanyutaphum, Thedkiet Sitthepikat, Ekapol Chuwatthana, Jack Kiatniwat (KO), Robert Kaennorasing, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Neungsiam Kiatvichan, Wanghin Por Chaiwat

Particular Sign: Rajasak of his real name Phusak Kerdrum was a formidable fighter who mastered the knocks to perfection. He was nicknamed "Khun Khao Laweeyan" (The deadly knee stroke) and "Khun Khao Kmer" (The Khmer knee stroke).

In the 90s, Rajasak made famous of the famous camp Sor Vorapin whose owners were Surapon and Vorapin Rungsikulpipat.

The couple Surapon and Vorapin Rungsikulpipat held a restaurant near the famous Khao San Road street in Bangkok. After their business in catering, they began to promote boxing by creating Sor Vorapin gym in 1984. This camp produced many champions until the late 90s, Rajasak was one of the last great champions of Sor Vorapin gym. The camp Sor Vorapin included champions like Pornthep, Phonnoi, Runfaa, Maneua, Pornchai, Sakchai, Somchai, Chaïchana, Thepchaï, Rungsak, Ketpetch, Ratanapol, Ratanachaï, Kaïchon, Kosol, Jaiphet, Tanongsak, Kriengkai and Rajasak.

In 1989, Rajasak won his first Radja belt against Ekapol Chuwatthana, the Radja belt in 115 lbs. Rajasak then won the Radja belt in 122 lbs in 1990 and the Radja belt in 126 lbs in 1991.

On 27 November 1989 at the Rajasak stadium, Rajasak met Langsuan Phanyutaphum. Rajasak held the title of the Radja in 115 lbs and Langsuan held the title of the Lumpinee in 112 lbs. After an epic match, Rajasak beat the great champion Langsuan.

On January 30, 1991, Rajasak clashed with star Jareonthong Kiatbanchong. Rajasak who was champion of Radja beat Jaroenthong by points in the stadium of Radja. The two champions met in 1991 and 1992 in the Lumpinee stadium and Jareonthong twice beat Rajasak by points. In 1991, on Dec. 20, in the Radja stadium, Rajasak also beat Lumpinee champion Thedkiet Sitthepikat. Previously, at Samut Prakarn, he had defeated the legendary Chamophet Ha Phalang.

When Rajasak finished his career, he was a coach at Sor Vorapin gym, then in other camps in Bangkok.

  

Rajasak Sor Vorapin vs Banluedej Lookprabaht (Radja stadium 1993, victory of Rajasak)

 

Rajasak Sor Vorapin vs Jongrak Lookprabaht (Radja stadium 1994, victory of Rajasak)

 

Sakmongkol Sitchuchok

ศักดิ์มงคล ศิษย์ชูโชค

Date of birth: 6 July 1973

City of birth: Prachin Buri (East Region)

Team: Sitchuchok Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (1994), WMTC World Champion in 160 lbs (1996), WPKL World Champion in 160 lbs (1998, 1999)

Opponents he beat: Panomrunglek Chor Siwat, Jongsanan Fairtex (KO), Orono Por Muang Ubon, Namkabuan Nongkee Pahuyut, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Chanchai Sor Tamrangsee, Cherry Sor Wanich, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong, Nuanthoranee Thongraja, Nungubon Sitleartchai

Sign Particular: Sakmongkol begins boxing very early, at the age of 6 and he makes his first fight at 8. His birth name is Kalek Mongkhon. His father, a boxing enthusiast, taught him the basics of Muay Thai. Then Sakmongkol entered the Sitchuchok camp in the Trat region of the village of Bo Rai. He’ll be doing most of his career at Sitchuchok. When he was 12, he had his first fight at a big stadium in Bangkok.

Sakmongkol won his first belt in 1994, the belt of Lumpinee in 135 lbs. He beat Panomrunglek Chor Siwat and became champion of Lumpinee in 135 lbs, a title he will defend victoriously several times.

In 1996, he faced the formidable Dutchman Ivan Hippolyte and won the WMTC World Champion belt in 160 lbs.

In 1998, Sakmongkol won the WPKL World Champion belt in 160 lbs against Dutchman Jerry Morris and again the WPKL World Champion belt in 160 lbs against Dutchman Hassan Etakki in 1999.

Sakmongkol made 254 fights during his career for 231 wins, 19 defeats and 4 draws.

His toughest fights have been against Jongsanan Fairtex and Ramon Dekkers. Jongsanan and Sakmongkol have faced each other seven times with four wins for Jongsanan and three wins for Sakmongkol.

In 1991, young Sakmongkol (17 years old) meets the Dutchman Ramon Dekkers (22 years old) in the stadium of Lumpinee. Ramon Dekkers is then a terror of the rings that beat several Thai champions by knockout. Sakmongkol beats the Dutchman in points after a terrible battle where Ramon Dekkers will end the match with a bloody head. This will probably be one of the bloodiest fights of the legendary Dutchman.

In the 90s, Sakmongkol was considered by Muay Thai fans as one of the most powerful boxers with the "left leg" of the Thai circuit.

This formidable fighter has always made memorable fights against the best in his category, many of his dantesque matches, such as his clashes against Jongsanan Fairtex, Orono Por Muang Ubon, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Namkabuan Nongkeepahuyut and Chanchai Sor Tamrangsee, are now part of the fighting cults in the history of Muay Thai.

These fights against Orono Por Muang Ubon and Namkabuan Nongkeepahuyut are great classics of the 90s. Sakmongkol has beaten five times the "bull" Orono, he lost once to him and they made a draw. The clashes between these two fighters have always been titanic matches. The two champions have also received the trophy of the "Hardest fight of the year in Lumpinee".

Sakmongkol and Namkabuan met six times. Sakmongkol has won three victories including one by KO and Namkabuan has won three victories. It's against Namkabuan that Sakmongkol won his biggest fight bonus, a purse of 160,000 baht.

Today, Sakmongkol became a coach at the World Kumite Organization gym, a fitness center in Pattaya on Central Road. Within this center, Karate, K1, MMA and Muay Thai are taught.

 

Sakmongkol Sitchuchok vs Jongsanan Fairtex (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Sakmongkol)

 

Sakmongkol Sitchuchok vs Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyuth (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Sakmongkol)

 

Sakmongkol Sitchuchok vs Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Sakmongkol)

 

Sakmongkol Sitchuchok vs Cherry Sor Wanich (Lumpinee stadium, victory of Sakmongkol)

  

Samkor Kietmontep

สามกอ เกียรติมนต์เทพ

Date of birth: 2 April 1975

City of birth: Buriram (Northeast Region)

Team: Kietmontep Gym

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs (1995), Lumpinee Champion in 135 lbs (1997), Thailand Champion in 130 lbs (1997), Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (2000), WMC World Champion in 154 lbs ( 2011)

Opponents he beat: Wangchainoi Sor Palangchai, Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Jareonsap Kiatbanchong, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Khaoponglek Luksuritam, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Nungubon Sitlerchai, Chernung Sit Yutapoon, Rambojew Dongolf Service, Nontachai Kiatwanlop, Namsaknoi Yutthakarnkamtorn, Terdkiat Siththeppitak, Thongthai Por Burapa, Jompoplek Sor Sumalee, Attachai Por Samranchai, Khunsuk Petsuphapaan

Sign Particular: Trained at Kietmontep Gym (Sitboonmee Gym) in Buriram at the age of 16, he made his first fight in the Lumpinee stadium, training at Chor Rachatasupak gym in Buriram. His real name is Somsak Nuasai.

Samkor has changed many camp during his career, Dirak Gym, Carryboy Gym, Sangtiennoi Gym, Ingram Gym and Muaythai Plaza 2004.

Samkor won his first belt in 1995 against Chernung Sit Yutapoon, the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs.

In 1997, he faced Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj for the 135 lbs Lumpinee belt that he won. Then, he defeated Thongthai Por Burapa for the Thailand belt in 130 lbs.

In 2000, he won the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs against Rambojew. Five years later, on the King's birthday, Samkor won the famous Marathon tournament in the category of 154 lbs, a category in which he fought then until the end of his career.

His last belt, the WMC World Champion belt in 154 lbs, he won in 2011, in Hong Kong, against the Russian Varaxa.

Samkor made a total of 300 fights for 248 wins, 50 losses and 2 draws.

His hardest fights were against Pichitnoi Sithbangrajan (WBA Boxing World Champion) and Nungubon Sitlerchai (Lumpinee Champion in 4 different categories).

At just 17 years old, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Samkor met the young champion Pichitnoi who knocked him out with an uppercut thunderbolt.

Nungubon was also a formidable puncher who put Samkor knockout in their rematch, Samkor had won the points in the first confrontation against this great champion.

Samkor dominated the Thai circuit in the late 90s and early 2000s. This formidable fighter was a real war machine that sent his middle left repeatedly like a machine gun. His famous "Left Leg" hurt many of his opponents.

The greatest fighters of the 90s and the 2000s all bowed to the phenomenal "Batman".

 

Samkor Kietmontep vs Jaroensap Kiatbanchong (Lumpinee stadium 1993, victory of Samkor)

 

Samkor Kietmontep vs Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai (Lumpinee stadium 1994, victory of Samkor)

 

Samkor Kietmontep vs Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj (Lumpinee stadium 1999, victory of Samkor for the belt of Lumpinee)

 

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