STORY OF THE MYTHICAL LUMPINEE STADIUM

special report by Serge TREFEU (2017)

(Photos Siamfightmag: Serge TREFEU 2005, 2010, 2012, Nicholas READ 2014, Chana Press)

 

 

 

 

The stadium of Lumpinee opened his doors on December 8th, 1956. His construction was long because first years the stadium had no roof, he was just surrounded with picket fence with a main entrance which led directly to the arena by a narrow staircase.

 

THE LUMPINEE STADIUM IN THE 50S

 

At the beginning of the 60s, the stadium is practically ended, he can welcome 6000 people, it became the biggest stadium of boxing of the country!

 

THE MYTHICAL LUMPINEE STADIUM

 

SEVERAL SHOPS OF EQUIPMENTS OF BOXING BUILT THEMSELVES NEAR THE STADIUM, THE MOST KNOWN WAS THE STORE OF THE BRAND TWINS

 

THE PHOTOS OF THE CHAMPIONS CLASSIFIED BY CATEGORIES ARE POSTED IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE STADIUM

 

THAI AND FOREIGNERS HAVE NO SAME TICKET OFFICES, THE NATIVES PAY THEIR PLACE MUCH CHEAPER THAN THE FOREIGNERS

 

THE USHERETTES OF LUMPINEE SERVENT A TO INFORM ESPECIALLY THE TOURISTS WHO COME ASSSITER TO THE MATCHES

 

THE WEIGHT IS DONE AT MORNING 6H, SAME DAY OF THE FIGHT, THE BOXERS WEIGH THEMSELVES NUS TO BE EXACTLY THE WEIGHT

 

THE OFFICIALS NOTE ORDER OF FIGHTS, THE NAME OF FIGHTERS AND THEIR WEIGHT

 

IN THE STADIUM OF THE LUMPINEE, THERE IS NO OF CLOAKROOM, THE STAFF OF THE BOXERS INSTALL JUST BESIDE THE TOILETS OF THE STADIUM, MUCH OF PEOPLE COME TO SEE BOXERS PREPARING, TO MAKE MASS WITH NAM MUAY (HEATING OIL), TO MAKE HAND WRAP THE HANDS, TO WARM UP

  • KHUNSUK CHAMPION S1 ET N° 1 LUMPINEE
  • LE CHAMPION KONGFAH SE FAIT MASSER 1
  • LE CHAMPION KONGFAH SE FAIT MASSER 2
  • LE CHAMPION MONKONGLCHAI SE FAIT MASSER
  • LE CHAMPION SAKEDDAO SE FAIT MASSER
  • LE CHAMPION TONGCHAI
  • VESTIAIRE LUMPINEE 2
  • VESTIAIRE LUMPINEE 3
  • VESTIAIRE LUMPINEE

 

IN THE CORNER OF THE FIGHTERS, NEAR THE BOXING RING, THE TRAINER, THE BOXERS OF HIS CAMP AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY ARE ALWAYS THERE TO ENCOURAGE IT

 

THE FIGHTS ON THE RING OF LUMPINEE ARE OFTEN VERY HARD, IT'S NOT RARE TO SEE BOXERS LEAVE THE RING IN A WHEELCHAIR AND GO TO HOSPITAL

 

 

A PLACE IS RESERVED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING THE WINNERS OF THE MATCHES OR FOR THE PROMOTION OF FUTURE EVENT

 

 

DURING THE BIG EVENTS, THE STADIUM OF LUMPINEE

IS ALWAYS COMPLETELY FULL

 

The professional nakmuays had from now on one other den important after the stadium of Ratchadamnoen (Opened in 1945) to exercise their talent. And the belt of Lumpinee is going fast to become so developing as that of Ratchadamnoen!

 

THE BELT OF LUMPINEE WHICH MAKES DREAM ABOUT THE NAKMUAYS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

But in the first years, there has been also had a lot matches of Boxing in the stadium of Lumpinee. With in particular the memorable meeting between Pone Kingpetch and the Argentine Pascal Perez for world champion's belt flyweight.

On April 16th, 1960, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Pone Kingpetch was the first Thai has to take away a belt of professional world champion in Boxing!

PONE KINGPETCH FIRST WORLD CHAMPION TO LUMPINEE STADIUM

 

The first great champion of the Lumpinee was legendary Apidej Sit Hirun who having gained the belt of Radja conquered then the belt of Lumpinee in 1964 by beating by KO Dejrit Itti Anuchit.

 

LEGENDARY APIDEJ SIT HIRUN DIED ON APRIL 4TH, 2013 AT THE AGE OF 71

 

 

The 60s until our days, the champions of the Lumpinee were many, some people remained champions a few months only but others to leave it's mark on for ever in the story of the Thai boxing, they became real legends of Muay Thai such as Boonlay Sor Thanikul, Buriram Swanmisakwan, Burlek Pinsinchai, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Chanchai Sor Tamrangsi, Coban Lookchaomeasaithong, Dieselnoi Chor Thanasuthan, Hippy Singmanee, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Kongtoranee Payakaroon, Langsuan Phanyuthapun, Namkanbuan Nongkee Phahuyut, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngam, Nungubon Sitletchai, Pud Lao Lek, Pud Pad Noi Worawoot, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Sagad Petchyindee, Samart Payakaroon, Samransak Muangsurin, Saensak Muangsurin, Sirimongkong Luksirapat, Tongchai Thor Silachai, Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai, Wichanoi Pontawee, Wisanutphon Saksamut...

 

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 70S

PUD PAD NOI WORAWOOT "THE GOLDEN LEG"

IS CLASSIFIED AMONG TEN BEST OF ALL TIMES THAI BOXERS

  • BURINONG SAKHONPITAK []
  • HOEUN SILATHONG []
  • KAYROUND LUKDJOMEASAYTHONG []
  • PUD LAO LEK []
  • SEANAPHA PAYAKSOPHON []
  • SEANSAK MUANGSURIN []
  • SIRIMONKONG LUKSIRAPAT []
  • SIYANONG SITBANGPRADJANS []
  • SONARAI LUKMAHALOK []
  • WICHANOI PONTAWEE []

 

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 80S

SAMART PAYAKAROON " THE TIGER " IS PROBABLY THE CHAMPION OF LUMPINEE

THE MOST KNOWN FOR THE STORY OF MUAY THAI

 

  • BANGKLALEK SOR THANIKUL []
  • BURIRAM SWANMISAKWAN []
  • BURLEK PINSINCHAI []
  • CHAMOPHET HA PHALANG []
  • DIESELNOI CHOR THANASUTHAN []
  • HIPPY SINGMANEE []
  • KHAOPONG SITTHICHUCHAI (MÉDAILLE D'ARGENT EN BOXE ANGLAISE AU JO DE 1984) []
  • KHUNPANOY JOTHAI []
  • KONGTORANEE PAYAKAROON []
  • MAFEUANG WEERAPON []
  • NUNGPICHIT SITYODTONG []
  • PRAYUNSAK MUANGSURIN []
  • SAGAD PETCHYINDEE []
  • SEANGSAKDAA KITTIKASAEN []
  • WANPADET SAKROUMAY []
  • WISANUTPHON SAKSAMUT []
  • YOKNOI FAIRTEX []

 

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 90S

WANGCHANOÏ SOR PALANGCHAÏ " WONDERMAN "

WAS THE TERROR OF THE BOXING RINGS OF THE 90S

  • BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL []
  • CHANCHAI SOR THAMRANGSI []
  • CHAOSUT SITPRAPHOM []
  • CHERRY SOR WANICH []
  • COBAN LOOKCHAOMAESAITHONG []
  • HANSEUK PRASATHINPANOMRUNG []
  • JAROENSAP KIETBANCHONG []
  • JAROENTHONG KIETBANCHONG []
  • JOMHOD KIATADISAK []
  • JONGSANON FAIRTEX []
  • KAENSAK SOR PLOENCHIT []
  • KAOLAN KAWICHIT []
  • KARUHAT SOR SUPAWAN []
  • LAMNAMOON SOR SUMALEE []
  • LANGSUAN PHANYUTHAPUN []
  • NAMKANBUAN NONGKEE PHAHUYUT []
  • NAMPHON NONGKEE PHAHUYUT []
  • NAMSAKNOI YUDTHAGARNGAM []
  • NEUNGSIAM FAIRTEX []
  • NUNGUBON SITLETCHAI []
  • OLE KIETWANWEI []
  • ORONO POR MUANG UBON []
  • PAYROT WOR WORAPON []
  • PAYROTNOI SOR SAYAMCHAIP []
  • PHALANOI KIETANA []
  • PHETPANOMRUNG POR CHATCHAI []
  • SAENKLAI SIT KHRUOT []
  • SAKMONGKOL SITCHUCHOK []
  • SAKNARUNGNOI CHOR CHUTIRAT []
  • SAMKOR KIETMONTEP []
  • SAMLYIAM SINGMANEE []
  • SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN []
  • SANGTIENNOI SOR RUNGROJ []
  • SANIT WEECHITKRENKAI []
  • SUPERLEK SOR ISAAN []
  • THERDKIET SITEPITAK []
  • TWEESAKLEK PLOYSAKDAA []
  • YOKHUNPON SITRAYPHUM []

 

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2000S

SAENCHAI SOR KINGSTAR " THE SUPER RATED "

IS A BOXER AS WE SEE THAT ONCE EVERY TWENTY YEARS

 

  • ANUWAT KAEWSAMRIT []
  • ATTACHAI FAIRTEX []
  • CHALEE SOR CHATAMIN []
  • DENKIRI SOR SOMMAI []
  • DETNARONG SITJABOOND []
  • KEAW FAIRTEX []
  • KONGPIPOP PETCHYINDEE []
  • NARUPON FAIRTEX []
  • NONG O KAYANGHADAO []
  • NONGBEE KIATYONGYUT []
  • NOPPARAT KIETKAMTORN []
  • NORASING LUKBANYAI []
  • ORONO WOR PETCHPUN []
  • PANOMRUNGLEK KIATMUU9 []
  • PINSIAM SOR AMNUAYSIRICHOK []
  • POKEAW SOR BUNYA []
  • PORNSANAE SITMONCHAI []
  • SAGAPETCH INGRAM GYM []
  • SANGIRAN LUKBANYAI []
  • SINGDAM KIATMUU9 []
  • TANUSUKLEK OR KWANGMUANG []
  • THAPAOTONG EMINENTAIR []
  • TINTONG SEANSAWANGPHANPLA []
  • TONGCHAI THOR SILACHAI []
  • WISANLEK SOR THUSAPON []
  • YODSAENKLAI FAIRTEX []
  • YUTHAKARN THUNGSONGTAKSIN []

 

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 2010S

PETCHBOONCHU FA GROUP " KNEES KILLER OF THE RIVER KONG "

IS THE MOST TITLED CHAMPION OF THE 2010S WITH 14 BELTS AMONG WHICH FOUR OF LUMPINEE

  • AIKPRACHA MEENAYOTHIN []
  • F16 RAJANONT []
  • KAOTAM LUKPRABAT []
  • KONGFAH AODONMUANG []
  • KONGSAK SITBOONMEE []
  • LEKLA THANASURANAKORN []
  • MEUNGTHAI SOR BUNYIAM []
  • MONDAM SOR WIRAPON []
  • PAKORN SAKYOTHIN []
  • PALUNGPOL PIRIPANYOPANCHAI []
  • PENAIK SITNUMNOI []
  • PENTHAI SITNUMNOI []
  • PETCHMORAKOT PETCHYINDEE []
  • PHANPAYAK JITMUANGNON []
  • PHETMORAKOT TEDEED 99 []
  • RUNGPET WOR RUNGRIRAN []
  • RUNGPHET WOR SANGPRAPAI []
  • SAIYOK PUMPANMUANG []
  • SAKETDAO PHETPAYATHAI []
  • SAM A THOR RATHANAKIAT []
  • SANGMANEE SOR TIENPO []
  • SARAWUT PITAKPHADAENG []
  • SATANMUANGLEK NUMPONTHEP []
  • SENSATAN SOR SURADEJ []
  • SITTICHAI SITSONGPEENONG []
  • SUPERBANK SAKCHAICHOTE []
  • SUPERLEK KIATMUU 9 []
  • THANONGDET PHETPAYATHAI []
  • TONGCHAI SITSONGPEENONG []
  • WANCHALONG SITSORNONG []
  • WANHENG MEENAYOTHIN []
  • WIRACHAI WOR WITANANON []
  • YODWICHA POR BOONSIT []

 

The story of Lumpinee stadium was not still glorious, he even had a bloody period, especially in the 80s when he had several murders with firearm within the stadium.

The biggest tragedy was March 4th, 1988 with the murder of the promoter Chaiwat Palangwattanakit (Gnow Ha Phalang, owner of the famous camp Ha Phalang). The evening was organized by the promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, and during the star fight between Chamophet Ha Phalang (Best boxer of year 1985) and Langsuan Phayuthapum (Best boxer of year 1987), in the fourth round, gunshots were fired near the boxing ring. He had several deaths and many wounded persons in the public further to a monstrous jostling. A French spectator was even to hurt seriously and transported at the hospital. People ran away, leaving the corpses of the victims, it was a widespread panic. The promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, present in this evening, had to avoid the tragic scene by climbing the railings of the stadium!

That's why security gates were then settled in the entrance of the stadium to detect the people who could hide a firearm, to avoid again such a slaughter...

 

THE SAD BLOODY NIGHT OF 4 MARCH TO THE STADIUM LUMPINEE

 

The stadium of Lumpinee was always managed by the army contrary to the stadium of Ratchadamnoen which belongs to the national police force.

Twenty two officers of the Thai royal army followed one another at the post of director of the stadium of Lumpinee, from 1957 to 2015. Most stayed in this post approximately three years.

The first director of Lumpinee stadium was Colonel Erb Seangrit who occupied director's post from 1957 till 1961, and last director, today ready, is general Kasem Benjaniratisai who took up his post of director of Lumpinee in October, 2015.

 

GENERAL CHALERMKIAT PHOTONGNAK WAS THE DIRECTOR OF LUMPINEE OF 2008 TO 2010

 

So, the promoters were many since the creation of the stadium. The most renowned were Kleo Sor Thanikul and Songchai Ratanasuban.

Kleo reigned over the promotion of the fights in Lumpinee during the 70s and the beginning of the 80s. Kleo is a little considered as the father of the boxing in Thailand because it was one of the first ones and the more powerful promoter of the country. A promoter important in Thai boxing but also in Boxing, he did numerous events in these two disciplines.

Kleo Thanikul was one of the most important godfathers of the Thai mafia, he was executed on April 5th, 1991. On the avenue Pinklao Nakhon Chaisi, to Sam Phran near Bangkok, his car with his driver and his bodyguards fell in a real ambush. The killers left no luck to the occupants of the vehicle, the car was riddled with ball and exploded with M-16 grenade launcher, Master's Kleo received near about sixty balls!

 

KLEO THANIKUL

 

IN 1983, KLEO THANIKUL ORGANIZED IN STADIUM OF LUMPINEE THE FIGHT OF DECADE BETWEEN BOTH LEGENDS SAMART AND DIESELNOI, THE BIGGEST PURSES OF THE 80S, WITH 350 000 BAHTS FOR SAMART AND 400 000 BAHTS FOR DIESELNOI!

 

Then, it's the exceptional promoter Songchai Ratanasuban who is going to become the promoter N°1 of Lumpinee during more than 20 years, till the beginning of year 2000. Songchai goes innovated the promotion of the fights always by choosing very well-balanced matches between fighters of the same strength, the meetings which are fast going to seduce the aficionados of Muay Thai.

He contributes thus to the evolution of Muay Thai in his country by organizing of prestigious events in the stadium of Lumpinee. Mister Songchai Ratanasuban becomes then the biggest promoter of Thailand and will be nicknamed " the golden hand " or " the promoter in the brain of diamond ".

Songchai was also one of the biggest promoter of organization in Boxing, he went up fabulous events to the stadium of Lumpinee such as the memorable world championship between both terrors in Boxing of the 80s, destroyer Khaosai Galaxy (47 victories, 1 defeat) and the bull Kongtoranee Payakaroon (12 victories, 2 defeats).

 

SONGCHAI RATANASUBAN « THE GOLDEN HAND » AND HIS DAUGHTER PARIYAKORN



ONESONGCHAI PROMOTION, 1988, AT THE STADIUM LUMPINEE, WBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF – 53 KG BETWEEN KHAOSAI GALAXY AND KONGTORANEE PAYAKAROON, VICTORY BY POINTS OF KHAOSAI GALAXY!

 

 

SONGCHAI IS THE ORGANIZER OF MATCHES OF ANTHOLOGIES IN LUMPINEE SUCH AS CHANCHAI SOR TAMRANGSI VS SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN,

SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN VS JAREONTHONG KIETBANCHONG,

WANGCHANNOI SOR PALANGCHAI VS CHAMOPHET HA PHALANG,

HIPPY SINGMANEE VS PALEUHATLEK SITCHUNTHONG,

PONGSIRI POR RUAMRUEDEE VS PAIROJNOI SOR SIAMCHAI,

SEKSON SITJOENTHONG VS KARUHATE SOR SUPAWAN ,

SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN VS SANIT WICHITKRENGKRAI,

CHANCHAI SOR TAMRANGSI VS JOMWO CHIENGGYM,

JAROENTHONG KIETBANCHONG VS PHAYANOI SOR THASANEE,

WANGCHANNOI SOR PALANGCHAI VS PANOMTUANGLEK HA PHALANG,

JAREONTHONG KIETBANCHONG  VS SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN

 



In the 2000s, the most influential promoter of Lumpinee was Mr Virat Wachirarattanawong nicknamed "Tycoon Nao". But his promoter's nickname was "Petchyindee" (The Happy Diamond).

The best boxers of the Thai circuit fought for Petchyindee who also had a many champions in his famous camp of Bangkok, Petchyindee Gym. Many of the great champions were under contract with Petchyindee, as the star of the country, Saenchai Sor Kingstar. As well as champions such as Yodseanklai, Orono, Samkor, Kaolan, Singdam, Kongpipop, Nopparat, Attachai, Duansomphong, Sakadpetch, Kaew, Supachailak, Sam-A, Kongsak, Nong O, Pornsanae, Singdam, the list of the champions who fought for Petchyindee is very long...

Mr Virat Vichirarattanawong made however WBC Asian Boxing Concil, authority of reference in Boxing in Asia. And it was one of the promoters N°1 in Boxing in South-East Asia. In 2005, he received the title from "Promoter of the year"!

His last promotion took place on December 8th, 2015. The famous promoter has retired, after more than thirty years of career, he makes way for his son Mr. Nuttadej Wachiraratanawong (Petchviset promotion) who is a promoter in the stadium of Radja. But in Lumpinee, the Wachiraratanawong family will still be one foot in the stadium with the nephew of the promoter Mr. Piyarat Wachiraratanawong (Petchpiya promotion).

The farewell evening of the promoter Petchyindee of December 8th in the stadium Lumpinee was unique with 12 belts in game, 8 belts of Thailand and 4 belts of Lumpinee!

 

 

MR. VIRAT VICHIRARATTANAWONG



THE PROMOTER PETCHYINDEE WAS ALWAYS NEAR THE RING WHEN HIS CHAMPIONS FOUGHT IN LUMPINEE



THE EVENT OF DECEMBER 8TH WITH 12 BELTS IN GAME!



Today, the promoter N ° 1 of Lumpinee is without context mister Peerapong Theeradejpon of his promoter Chun Kietpetch's name. In 68 years, in spite of he organizes since 40 years, he's still the strong man in the stadium of Lumpinee. It's at present the biggest promoter in Thailand.

Because Chun Kietpetch is also the promoter N ° 1 in the stadium TV7, the stadium which belongs to him half, the other half belongs to the army. With about 150 events by year including fifty in the stadium TV7, he's still the most requested promoter.

Chun Kietpetch is often to be the cause of major promotions in the stadium of Lumpinee as the event of July 3, 2009 where champions of Radja came face the champions of Lumpinee with Norasing Lookbanyai against Palungpon Piriyanoppachai, Rungruanglek Lookprabat against Kaimookdam Sit O, Mongkonchai Petsupapan against Pettavee Sor Kittichai, Ponsanae Sitmonchai against Wutidet Lookprabat, Kungwanlek Petchyindee against Thongchai Tor Silachai, Nong-O Sit Or against Singtongnoi Por Telakoon, Sam-A Thor Ratanakiat against Pakon Sakyotin, and in main fight Saenchai Sor Kingstar who faced two champions to time Phetboonchu FA Group and Saketdao Phetpayatai!

Or even the same year, in March, one event with three titles of Lumpinee and a title of the stadium TV7 in game with Wirachai Wor Wiwatananon against Thanusuklek Or Kwanmuang (Belt of Lumpinee in 105 lbs), Rungpetch Wor Rungnirant against Singdam Chokganna (Belt of Lumpinee in 115 lbs), Petchboonchu F.A Group against Jomthong Chuwattana (Belt of Lumpinee in 126 lbs) and Rungrat Naratrikun against Farsaeng Petchjaopraya (Belt TV7 in 118 lbs).

The last big promotion of year 2015 organized by Chun Kietpetch was December 22nd with there main fight the current superstar Phanpayak Jitmuangnont (Best boxer of year 2013 and 2014) against Kaonar P.K. Saenchai for the belt of Lumpinee in 126 lbs, victory of the whiz kid Phanpayak!

Chun Kietpetch had under contract of the champions such as Narunart Sengsimaewgym, Rakkiat Kiatprapat, Maneedeang Kiatprapat, Nontachai Sit O, Sakedao Phetpayathai, Mongkolchai Phetpayathai, Noppadeat Sengsimaewgym, today he always has two terrors of the boxing rings which are Yodwicha Kemmuaythai and Wanchalong PK Saenchai Gym.



MR. PEERAPONG THEERADEJPON ALIAS CHUN KIETPETCH



CHUN KIETPETCH WITH SAENCHAI SOR KINGSTAR LUMPINEE CHAMPION BY BEATING SAKEDDAO PHETPAYATHAI, EVENT ORGANIZED BY THE PROMOTER CHUN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PROMOTER PETCHYINDEE



FIGHT IN THE STADIUM LUMPINEE WITH KIATPETCH PROMOTION

MUANGTHAI SOR BOONYIAM VS KONGBUREE WOR SANGPRAPAI (LUMPINEE BELT IN 108 LBS)



PENAIK SITNUMNOI VS WANCHALERM CHOR CHEANKAMON ( LUMPINEE BELT IN 130 LBS)



SAENCHAI SOR KINGSTAR VS SAKETDAO PHETPAYATHAI (LUMPINEE BELT IN 135 LBS)



POKEAW FONJANGCHONBUREE VS TONG PUIDEENAIDEE



SEKSUN OR KWANMUANG VS THONGCHAI SITHONGSAK



SINGDAM KIATMUU 9 VS WANCHALERM AODONMUANG



Chun is always very present but close also to the retirement as his big rival Petchyindee who passed on the torch to his son.

But Chun, as Petchyindee, is soon going to leave the commands of his promotion to his daughter, Miss Phanicha Theeradejpon (Phetkiatphet Promotion). She has already organized of big events in association with his father as that of November 10th, 2015 with Chujaroen Dabrunsarakam against Phetmorakot Wor Sungprapai, Yodwicha Kemmuaythai against Rithevada Sor Nipapon, Muangthai P.K. Saenchai against Seksun Or Kwanmuang (Main Fight), Sen Parunchai against Phanpayak Jitmuangnon (Kaonar P.K. Saenchai replaced Phanpayak).



PHETKIATPHET PROMOTION WITH PHANICHA THEERADEJPON

 

 

Other renowned current promoters of Lumpinee stadium are Mr. Pramuk Roatchanatun (Owner of the camp Por Pramuk who formed the star Buakaw), mister Tidipong Aomanun (Jar Tui, the owner of the famous camp Saengmorakot), Mr. Somboon Niruttimatee (Owner of the camp Eminent Air, camp of the champions Jomhod, Neungtep, Rung Ubon, Satanfaa, Chook), General Sutouch Pumpanmuang (Owner of the camp Fonjang Pumpanmuang to Chonburi, camp of the champions Pokeaw, Satanfaa, Phetmai)...

Since his creation, many foreign boxers fought in the Lumpinee stadium. But little foreigner was able to fight for a belt of Lumpinee and even less to gain it. So far, ten fighters not Thai had the honor to compete for a match for the belt of Lumpinee and only three were able to take down the Grail!

The first one was the Dutch puncher Ramon Dekkers (Rest in Peace) which faced the Thai Issara in 1992, Dekkers was defeated in points after a very close match...

 

« THE DIAMOND » DEKKERS IS ONE OF THE RARE FOREIGNERS TO HAVE FOUGHT FOR THE BELT OF LUMPINEE. AND FIGHT SEVERAL TIMES IN " MAIN EVENT " IN THE STADIUM OF LUMPINEE

 

In April, 1999, two French challenged Thai champions for the belt of Lumpinee, Mourad Sari and Stephan Nikiema. Sari gained the belt in 140 lbs against the Thai Somchaï. The champion Stephan Nikiema, the same day, had fought against Neungtrakan Por Muang Ubon for the belt of Lumpinee in 147 lbs. Nikiema had fallen in a trap, Thai did not allow him to gain the trophy so desired...

 

THE MATCHES FOR THE BELT OF LUMPINEE BETWEEN SARI AND SOMCHAI, AND NIKIEMA AGAINST NEUNGTRAKARN WERE ORGANIZED BY THE FAMOUS PROMOTER SONGCHAI RATANASUBAN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FRENCH PROMOTER SAMY KEBCHI

 

MOURAD SARI LUMPINEE CHAMPION IN 140 LBS IN 1999

 

On February 26th, 2010, it's the French champions Farid Villaume and Kamel Jemel that tried to take away the supreme title. This meeting France against Thailand in Lumpinee was organized by the promoter Chun Kietpetch in association with the French promoter Denis-Marie Cintura. Villaume will be defeated in points against Saiyok Pumpanmuang for the belt of Lumpinee in 154 lbs and Kamel Jemel is going to lose on TKO against Kongfah Auddomuang for the belt of Lumpinee in 140 lbs.

 

FARID VILLAUME AGAINST SAIYOK PUMPANMUANG

 

 

KAMEL JEMEL AGAINST KONGFAH AUDDOMUANG

 

THEY ARE NOT MANY THE FOREIGNERS WHO HAD THEIR POSTER ON THE WALL OF LUMPINEE STADIUM, FARID VILLAUME AND KAMEL JEMEL ARE A MEMBER OF IT

 

 

Finally, thing exceptional in the annals of Muay Thai, on October 29th, 2010, in Paris, a fight for a belt of Lumpinee was organized. It's the first time when a belt of this stadium is competed in Europe. The French champion Abdallah Mabel faces the titleholder, Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Mabel is going to lose in points against formidable Saiyok …

 

 

On February 10th, 2012, the young phenomenon Damien Alamos is going to try the exploit to rob his belt to the champion of the Lumpinee 140 lbs, Kongfah Auddomuang, the one who had brought down Kamel Jemel in 2010. After a relentless fight where the Thai Kongfah will be counted and opened on a poke, the judges give their verdict, Alamos wins at points and becomes the new Champion of Lumpinee in 140 lbs in only 21 years!

 

DAMIEN « SINGKHAO » ALAMOS LUMPINEE CHAMPION IN 140 LBS IN 2012



 

DAMIEN ALAMOS IS THE ONLY FOREIGN CHAMPION A WINNING AND KEPT HIS BELT OF LUMPINEE (ONE DEFENSE VICTORIOUS AGAINST ARUNCHAI PRAN 26)


 

 

In 2014, once again, a belt of Lumpinee was competed outside the Thailand. March 9th, 2014, Thai Dechsakda Sitsongpeenong won a belt of Lumpinee in Japan. Dechsakda beat in points Japanese Kunitaka Fujiwara for the belt of Lumpinee in 122 lbs.

But Dechsakda left vacant his belt because he had to be in the armed forces in Thailand.

On May 11th, in Japan, the Thai Nutaphon Nachuakvitayakom beat Japanese Ito Nakatake for the vacant belt of Lumpinee in 122 lbs. Nutaphon kept his title, again in Japan, on April 19th, 2015, against Nakatake.

In 2016, it's still French fighter who is lucky has the opportunity to compete for a belt of the stadium of Lumpinee.

Rafi Singpatong (World champion WBC and WMC, Winner of the Tournament Muay Thai Fury, Winner of the Tournament Max Muay Thai Silver) is a member of the last adventurers of boxing rings, become very rare, who make their career in the Kingdom of the Siam by facing the best Thai fighters of moment. For years, Rafi trains and fights for the famous camp of Phuket, the Singpatong Gym.

Step by step, he made his way by standing out hard in the Thai circuit and by beating the Thai champions in the ranking of the stadium of Lumpinee.

On September 3rd, 2016, Rafi had the honor to compete for a belt of the stadium Lumpinee in 147 lbs. For this belt of Lumpinee in the face of Pongsiri Por Siripong (TV7 Champion) Rafi lost by points after a terrible battle in which his opponent ended the stained with blood head, opened by several centimeters on the top of the crane. The Thai had 15 stitches after his match against French!

 

PONGSIRI AGAINST RAFI FOR BELT LUMPINEE IN 147 LBS (WEIGHT IN 142 LBS)

 

Eight months later, June 20th, 2017, both boxers find themselves to compete again for a title of the stadium of Lumpinee, the belt of Lumpinee in 147 lbs. Rafi makes an epic fight and beats Pongsiri in points. French enters the history of Muay Thai by becoming third foreign to the world to take away a belt of the mythical stadium!

 

RAFI WITH THE LUMPINEE BELT IN 147 LBS IN THE SIDE OF HIS TRAINER NUM NOI (OWNER OF THE CAMP SINGPATONG)



LUMPINEE CHAMPION IN 147 LBS

 

At the beginning of 2010s, the stadium of Lumpinee begins little to decay, especially his roof which is in very bad state. But rather than to renovate completely the stadium, the persons in charge and the shareholders of the stadium decide to build an other one, a "high-tech" stadium which will replace the old stadium...

The construction of the new stadium of Lumpinee began in 2012, this immense stadium cost the paltry sum of 380 million baht.

 

 

TAKE IT TWO YEARS TO BUILD THE NEW STADIUM OF LUMPINEE


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The new stadium opened in February 2014.



THE STADIUM OF LUMPINEE RESEMBLE NOW SOME FAMOUS TOKYO DOME IN JAPAN



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The former stadium was in city center, near of districts very tourist but now it is situated in twenty kilometers from his location of origin.

The new stadium of Lumpinee is on the Ramintra Road, just next to the Thai Royal golf course Army. in the north suburb of Bangkok, not far from the former airport Don Muang today.

To reach this new stadium it's more complicated because he's completely ou of the way. The closest subway station " Phahon Yothin " is three kilometers of the stadium. Furthermore, the price of admission tickets considerably raise, especially for the foreigners. Since his opening, the promoters of this new stadium have difficulty in filling all their events...

The stadium can contain up to 5000 spectators and it is completely air-conditioned.

 

FOR THE BIG EVENTS THE STADIUM IS STILL FULL

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Within this quite new stadium champion's belts of the Lumpinee and the Thailand are competed always piercingly, but there is from now on a new belt for a tournament which is specially organized in the stadium of Lumpinee!



THE BELT OF TOURNAMENT LUMPINEE



 

It became a comfortable place for the boxers who were used rougher conditions of the old stadium...



THE CHAMPIONS PAKORN AND PRAJANCHAY PREPARE

IN CHANGING ROOMS NEWMADE





THE CHAMPION SINGDAM KIATMUU 9 IS MASSED BEFORE HIS FIGHT



 

THE YOUNG PHENOMENON SANGMANEE SOR TIENPO ENTERS

IN THE NEW ARENA OF MUAY THAI



 

SANGMANEE SOR TIENPO IN ACTION

IN THE NEW STADIUM OF LUMPINEE



 

A page has been turned with the antique and memorable stadium of Lumpinee, the story of this mythical stadium continues with this new ultra modern stadium...



LUMPINEE STADIUM

Soi 6 Ramintra Road

Bang Khen

Bangkok 10220

 

Opening hours:

On Tuesday and Friday: 6:30 pm at 11:00 pm

On Saturday: 4:00 pm at 8:00 pm and 8:15 pm at 12:00 pm