INTERVIEW OF BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL
by Serge TREFEU (2015)
Serge TREFEU: Hello Ajahn Boonlay, how are you?
BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL: I’m well, thank you!
How old are you?
I’m 45 years old
You come of what region of the Thailand?
I was born in the region of Chachoengsao (Eastern Region from Thailand)
What is that you are married, do you have children?
Yes I’m married and I have five children
Your children practise Muay Thai?
Not still they are too young…
You have brothers and sisters?
A big sister and brother twins
Your brother was a boxer also?
Yes he was a great champion who was called Boonlung but he unfortunately died in a car accident…
You began the boxing at which age?
I began the boxing at the age of 10
You fought at once?
Yes for my first fight I won at points…
How you discovered the boxing?
My father was a big enthusiast of boxing, it’s him who formed us, me and my brother!
In what camp you began your training?
At the beginning we trained with my father then I went to the camp Sitmabon near my home
You fought a lot for this camp?
I have make approximately 50 fights for this camp…
In what age you were in Bangkok and in which camp?
I left to Bangkok to the age of 13 years and the first camp where I went was Sor Ploenchit, I stayed two years in Sor Ploenchit, my brother was with me too, then we went to the camp Sor Thanikul where I have make all my boxer’s career…
THE CAMP SOR THANIKUL, A CAMP OF CHAMPIONS!
BOONLAY WITH HIS TRAINER AJAHN PENG!
In what category you fought?
In 115 lbs, 118 lbs, 122 lbs, and 126 lbs!
What are the titles which you gained?
I gained my first belt of Lumpinee in 115 lbs against Langsuan Phayutaphum, then I gained the belt of Lumpinee in 122 lbs against Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai in 1992, I defended my title triumphantly against Oley Kiatoneway and I lost my belt against Chatchai Paiseethong!
How much have you make of fights?
I have make approximately 400 fights for 300 victories and 5 draws!
You took away many fights by KO?
Not too much, some victories only…
You had which style of boxing?
I was a technical fighter (Fimeu)
What was your technique preferred in fight?
All the techniques of Muay Thai, I liked as well the clinch as the fists or the feet!
What was your hardest fight?
Against Namkabuan, I think that it be one of my hardest fights, he was very technically. My fights against Somrak also were difficult!
So my fight against Silapathai was hard because he beat me by KO!
BOONLAY AGAINST SOMRAK, CLASSIC FIGHT OF 90 YEARS (ONE VICTORY FOR BOONLAY, TWO VICTORIES FOR SOMRAK)!
Your best memory of boxing?
It’s to have beaten Namkabuan because he was the best fighter of my category at that time, we are twice faced to us with a victory each!
What are the known Thai fighters that you faced?
There was a lot Langsuan, Wangchannoi, Somrak, Oley, Chatchai, Silapathai, Namkabuan, Jaroensap, Jongsanan, Karuhat, Lamnamoon, Superlek, Cherry, Thedkiet, Chamophet…
BOONLAY AGAINST JAROENSAP AND KARUHAT AGAINST KEANSAK, FIGHTS SHOCK OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUAY THAI!
You have already fought abroad?
Yes, once in Hong-Kong, I gained my fight at points!
What is according to you the best foreign fighter today and in your time?
Today, I don’t know the foreign fighters, but before most hardly he was the Dutch Ramon Dekkers!
And the best Thai fighter now, it’s who according to you?
There is several, Buakaw, Saenchai, Superbank, Pakorn are very strong…
What was your promoter when you fought?
It was Songchai Ratanasuban
What was your purse in Thailand in the time?
My purses were 200 000 bahts!
Today you became a trainer?
Yes I’m a trainer to the camp Sor Korpilap since five years
Were is this camp?
To Soi 93 of Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok
It’s in the same district as your old camp Sor Thanikul?
Exact, the Sor Thanikul camp which closed is not far from Sor Korpilap
You have many fighters in your camp?
About ten, especially children…
The foreigners can come to train in your camp?
Yes of course, the price is 400 bahts for two trainings…
Thank you for the interview and chookdee!
Boonlay ” The Deserving ” was an exceptional technician, one of the best of his generation, it belongs of legends of ” the age of Gold ” of the muay thai in Thailand!
In the 90s, this immense champion beat all the stars of his time such as Jongsanan Fairtex, Chatchai Paiseethong, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee (KO), Superlek Sor Isan, Oley Kiatoneway, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Langsuan Phayutaphum, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai, Cherry Sor Wanich, Somrak Kamsing and Namkabuan Nongkee Pahuyut!
Boonlay Sor Thanikul and Boonlung Sor Thanikul were the most famous twins in the story of Muay Thai, these magnificent champions have to represent the Sor Thanikul camp during many years!
BOONLAY AND BOONLUNG SOR THANIKUL TWO GREAT CHAMPIONS!
BOONLAY AND BOONLUNG WERE OFTEN IN EVENT OF FAMOUS PROMOTER SONGCHAI!
BOONLAY WAS AMONG “YOD MUAY” (TOP CHAMPION) OF 90 YEARS, SUCH AS WANGCHANNOI, SAMKOR, NUNGUNBON!
Boonlay became from now one “Khru” and teach his knowledge in his camp Sor Korpilap!
BOONLAY LOVE KEEP THE PAOS IN HIS CAMP!
SERGE TREFEU WITH BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL!
BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL
Weight: 59 Kg
Number of fight: 400. 300 Wins. 95 Losses. 5 Draws.
Title: Lumpinee Champion in 115 lbs (1990), Lumpinee Champion in 122 lbs (1992)
THE STAR BOONLAY SOR THANIKUL IN HIS WORKS!