ONCE UPON A TIME,

MUAY THAI'S GREATEST CHAMPIONS!

by Serge TRÉFEU (2019)

 



CHAPTER II (YEAR 70)



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

Some great champions of the 70s who could have been in the book "123 All-Time Greatest Muay Thai Fighters of Thailand", Singnoum Petchthanin (Lumpinee Champion, Radja champion), Siyanong Sitbangpradjang (Lumpinee Champion), Seanapha Payaksophon (Lumpinee Champion), Hoeun Silathong (Lumpinee Champion).

 

YEAR 70

 

Huasai Sittiboonlert

Real name: Suracheep Rakthong

Date of birth: June 15, 1948

City of birth: Huasai in Nakhonratchassima region

Title: No. 1 Lumpinee stadium and Radja stadium in 140 lbs

Nickname: "The Hammer Punch"

The best opponents he beat: Apidej Sitthirun (KO), Vicharnoi Porntawee

Fighter Style: Very strong fighter with his fists

Most important purse: 70,000 baht

Particular sign: Owner of a shrimp farm and a financial lending agency

 

Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat

Real name: Kasem Prapaisri

Date of birth: 2 December 1946

City of birth: Chanchoengsao

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

Nickname: "Greatful Fighter"

Best opponents he beat: Kondej Loogbangplasroi (3 times), Vicharnoi Porntawee (3 times), Toshio Fujiwara

Fighter Style: Puncher with a fearful left Leg

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" by His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1973. Associated with Lumpinee No. 1 Promoter Mr. Virat Wachirarattanawong (Petchyindee)

 

Fahsai Taweechai

Real name: Sombat Phuthong

Date of birth: April 16, 1948

City of birth: Varinchamrab in the region of Ubolrajathani

Title: Radja Champion in 112 lbs

Nickname: "The Left Hammer Punch"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharnoi Porntawee (KO), Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat, Saifah Saengmorakot (KO)

Fighter Style: Puncher with a lightning left

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best boxer of the year" in 1970. Owner of a big farm in Ubolrajathani

 

Muangchol Jeeraphan

Real name: Jaruay Coh Cha

Date of birth: July 31, 1946

City of birth: Chonburi

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

Nickname: "Touch Kicker from Chonburi"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharnoi Porntawee, Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat, Nert Saknarong

Fighter Style: Technician with a very fast left leg

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular sign: Promoter stadium Thepprasit Boxing Pattaya

 

Sichang Sakornpitaks

Real name: Veera Srisuk

Date of birth: June 10, 1946

City of birth: Chonburi

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs

Nickname: "Tokyo Dragon"

Best opponents he beat: Khongdej Loogbangplasroi (2 times), Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat (3 times), Fasai Taweechai

Fighter Style: Very strong technician with his right leg

Most important purse: 80,000 baht

Particular sign: Chief of Bangsrai district in Chonburi. Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1971

 

Vicharnoi Porntawee

Real Name: Chucheep Ieam Erb

Date of birth: 25 January 1948

City of birth: Nonthaburi

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs, Radja Champion in 112 lbs, Radja Champion in 130 lbs

Nickname: "The Immortal"

Best opponents he beat: Posai Sittiboonlert (3 times), Dieselnoi Chor Tanasukarn (2 times), Huasai Sittiboonlert (KO), Pud Pad Noi Worawut (KO), Vichit Loogbangplasroi

Fighter Style: Puncher and Technician

Most important purse: 250,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1977. Businessman in Nonthaburi

 

Saensak Muangsurin

Real Name: Boonsong Munsri

Date of birth: August 3, 1951

City of birth: Petchaboon

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 140 lbs, WBC Boxing World Champion in 140 Lbs (2 Times)

Nickname: "The Pain Bud Bomber"

Best opponents he beat: Poot Lorlek, Vicharnoi Porntawee (KO), Thongbai Jarernmuang, Kondej Loogbangplasroi (KO)

Fighter Style: Puncher with terrible low kicks

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1973. Died in 2009 at the age of 58

 

Poot Lorlek

Real name: Taweesak Pipatkul

Date of birth: January 1, 1952

City of birth: Palian in Trang region

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

Nickname: "Top Fighter from Trang"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharnoi Porntawee, Saensak Muangsurin, Khondej Loogbangplasroi (2 times), Fahsai Taweechain, Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat

Fighter Style: Technician with a very varied technical tactics

Most important purse: 130,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1974. Opened his own boxing camp the Poot Lorlek Muay Thai Gym in Trang

 

Pud Pad Noi Worawut

Real name: Ponn Ommklin

Date of birth: June 25, 1951

City of birth: Khon Kaen

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs

Nickname: "The Golden Leg"

Best opponents he beat: Huasai Sittiboonlert (KO), Narongnoi Kiatbunditt, Khunpolnoi Kiatsuriya, Vicharnoi Porntaween, Sirimongkol Loogsiriphat

Fighter Style: Technician with exceptional High Kicks

Most important purse: 120,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1975. Won the Cup of Tournament of the 16 fighters in the stadium of Radja, a trophy given by the Prime Minister. Work at the famous stadium TV7 Bangkok. Coach for 20 years in France

 

Klairung Loogjaomaesaithong

Real name: Fuang Boonmee

Date of birth: 16 April 1950

City of birth: Nangroang in Buriram region

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs, Radja Champion in 118 lbs, Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs

Nickname: "The Giant Dwarf"

Best opponents he beat: Wangvon Loogmatulee (KO), Sakpimai Ritviboon (KO), Karnchai Porntawee

Fighter Style: Enduring Fighter and Puncher

Most important purse: 50,000 baht

Particular sign: Manager of the camp Sittklairung Gym in Buriram

 

Orachunnoi Hor Mahachai

Real name: Mitree Netrmanee

Date of birth: 11 November 1950

City of birth: Ubon Ratchassani

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs (2 times)

Nickname: "The Golden Fist"

Best opponents he beat: Rernsak Porntawee, Petchpayao Sittkuthuts, Chainarong Sittpiboon

Fighter Style: Returned Elbow Specialist

Most important purse: 45,000 baht

Particular sign: Owner of a coffee shop in Srimahapoh hospital in Ubon Ratchassani

 

Daotong Sittyodtong

Real name: Daotong Puakpiphat

Date of birth: November 12, 1952

City of birth: Rayong

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 108 lbs

Nickname: "Ferocious Lion from Rayong"

Best opponents he beat: Orachunnoi Hor Mahachai (2 times), Kaosod Sittpraphrom

Fighter Style: Powerful Kick and good Left Kick

Most important purse: 45,000 baht

Particular Sign: Head Coach of the famous Sityodtong camp in Pattaya. Editor to the Siam Nation newspaper

 

Ruanpae Sittwatnhang

Real name: Raywat Immjit

Date of birth: 17 October 1955

City of birth: Bangkok in Jomthong district

Title: Radja Champion in 122 lbs

Nickname: "Magic knee striker"

Best opponents he beat: Klairung Loogjaomaesaithong (2 times), Sakad Petchyindee, Kengklay Sittsoey

Fighter Style: Technical knee strike and good left leg

Most important purse: 45,000 baht

Particular Sign: Monitors Gasoline Stock for Government Bus Transportation in Prapradaeng

 

Paruehus Loh Ngern

Real name: Chalor Khuntharee

Date of birth: 18 October 1956

City of birth: Tanyaburi in the region of Pathumthani

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs

Nickname: "The Bull from Rangsit"

Best opponents he beat: Narongnoi Kiatbunditt, Rernsak Porntawee, Saengsakda Kittikasem

Fighter Style: Strong in Fist with Powerful Kicks

Most important purse: 80,000 baht

Particular Sign: Has opened a restaurant in the United States in New York

 

Samersingh Tianhirun

Real name: Pinij Boonjuang

Date of birth: 14th September 1956

City of birth: Sukhothai

Title: Radja Champion in 112 lbs, Radja Champion in 118 lbs

Nickname: "The Black Mongoose"

Best opponents he beat: Sakad Petchyindee, Klairung Loogjaomaesaithong (2 times), Thanupis Sit Sor Vor

Fighter Style: Technician with powerful elbows

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular Sign: Has opened a restaurant in Sukhothai

 

Fahprakorb Singhsaamliam

Real name: Prakhob Sirilhong

Date of birth: 2 December 1949

City of birth: Nhong Rua in the Khon Kaen area

Title: No. 1 Lumpinee stadium and Radja stadium in 126 lbs

Nickname: "Nuclear knee striker"

Best opponents he beat: Klairung Lookjaomaesaithong, Muangsurin Denthoranee, Charndej Veerapol

Fighter Style: Knee strike formidable at a distance and in clinch

Most important purse: 60,000 baht

Particular Sign: Chief monk of the temple "Wat Fahsomjainuek" in the province of Nhongbualampoo

 

Vichit Loogbangplasroi

Real name: Vichit Praianan

Date of birth: October 16, 1951

City of birth: Chonburi

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs

Nickname: "The White Shark"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharnnoi Porntawee, Pud Pad Noi Worawut, Permsiri Rungrit

Fighter Style: Fast and technical fighter with a powerful left kick

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Director of Praianan Gym and Principal Member of Chonburi Municipality

 

Jockey Sittgunpai

Real name: Putta Naree

Date of birth: May 14, 1954

City of birth: Naamphong in Khon Kaen area

Title: Radja Champion in 118 lbs, PMC World Champion in 118 lbs

Nickname: "Horse power knee striker"

Best opponents he beat: Nhongkhay Sor Prapassorn (KO), Padejsuek Pissanurachan (2 times), Pud Pad Noi Worawut, Sakad Petchyindee

Fighter Style: Powerful and fast with knee strike

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Defeated the great American Champion of Full Contact and Karate Linsey Ferguson by KO. Become a farmer in Khon Kaen

 

Rerngsak Porntavee

Real name: Samrerng Manaying

Date of birth: 17 December 1956

City of birth: Lumplimas in the Buriram region

Title: 112 lbs Lumpinee Champion, 112 lbs Radja Champion, 130 lbs Lumpinee Champion

Nickname: "The Rocky Man"

Best opponents he beat: Padejsuek Pissanurachan (3 times), Neth Saknarong, Kaew Sittpordaeng

Fighter Style: Hard and resistant fighter with powerful Kick

Most important purse: 150,000 baht

Particular Sign: Commercial van driver in Nonthaburi

 

Khunpolnoi Kiatsuriya

Real name: Thawatchai Prasartsilp

Date of birth: August 24, 1953

City of birth: Saiburi in the Pattani region

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs

Nickname: "Young fighter from Saiburi"

Best opponents he beat: Pud Pad Noi Worawut (2 times), Narongnoi Kiatbunditt (2 times)

Fighter Style: Fast and technical fighter as strong with his left leg as his right leg

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Coach in several boxing camps

 

Bunditt Singhprakarn

Real name: Praditt Yoo Klud

Date of birth: 14th August 1956

City of birth: Samut Prakarn

Title: Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs

Nickname: "Fighter of Bangduan"

Best opponents he beat: Vicharnoi Porntawee (2 times), Jockey Sittgunpai, Fahsai Taweechai

Fighter Style: Strong right-handed fighter with powerful Kicks

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Has opened a family restaurant in Samut Prakarn

 

Posai Sittiboonlert

Real name: Prayong Makkhong

Date of birth: February 12, 1956

City of birth: Taklee in the Nakornsawan area

Title: No. 1 Lumpinee Stadium in 135 lbs

Nickname: "Electric Pole knee striker"

Best opponents he beat: Poot Lorlek, Sakad Petchyindee

Fighter Style: Fighter with good knee stroke combinations

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Received the trophy of "Best Boxer of the Year" in 1976. Coach in several boxing camps

 

Neth Saknarong

Real name: Viraneth Nakainn

Date of birth: 6 November 1955

City of birth: Pangkone in Sakolnakorn region

Title: No. 1 Stadium of Lumpinee and Stadium of Radja in 135 lbs

Nickname: "Superstar of Pangkone"

Best opponents he beat: Poot Lorlek, Pud Pad Noi Worawut, Vicharnoi Porntawee, Porsai Sitibunlert

Fighter Style: Technical southpaw fighter with powerful punches and feet

Most important purse: 100,000 baht

Particular Sign: Won by KO the great champion of Full Contact and Karate "Earnest Heart" in the United States in Los Angeles in 1977. At his own boxing club in France since 1995, the Neth Gym in Normandy

 

 

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