by Serge TREFEU (2020)
Dabransarakham Gym is the largest boxing training camp in the Maha Sarakham area.
Maha Sarakham is a region in the northeast of Thailand, located approximately 470 kilometers from Bangkok. His capital is the city of Maha Sarakham which has 40,000 inhabitants. This region is known for hosting many historic sites and magnificent temples such as the splendid Wat Nong Hu Ling, Wat Phuttha Pradit, Wat Pa Weng Leng, Wat Pa Weng Nam Yen, Wat Pa Nong Chat and the majestic Wat Phra That Na Dun.
WAT NONG HU LING
WAT PHUTTHA PRADIT
WAT PA WENG LENG
WAT PA WENG NAM YEN
WAT PA NONG CHAT
WAT PHRA THAT NA DUN
The Maha Sarakham region has always produced great champions of Muay Thai, the most famous are Saenchai Sor Kingstar (Lumpinee champion, WBC world champion, WMC, WPMF, winner of the Thai Fight and Toyota tournament, Best Boxer of the year 1999 and 2008), Panomtuanglek Ha Phalang (Lumpinee champion, Radja champion, Best Boxer of the year 1986), Khem Fairtex (Radja champion, Thailand champion, WMC and WBC world champion, Isuzu tournament winner, Toyota and Thai Fight), Saketdao Phetpayathai (Lumpinee champion, Radja champion, WBC and WPMF world champion, Best Boxer of the year 2009), Chadet Ponsaknoisichang (Lumpinee champion, Thailand champion), Yodpayak Sitsongpeenong (Lumpinee champion, Omnoi champion).
The Dabransarakham Gym was founded in the late 1990s by Ajarn Taweesil and Mrs. Wiriya. The gym was formerly called the Wiriya Farm Gym. In 2010, Ajarn Taweesil died in an accident and many fighters left the gym after the death of one of the founders. Mrs. Wiriya could no longer manage the gym by herself. She appealed to a member of her family, Mr. Niran Yossapon, to save the gym from permanent closure.
Since 2010, Mr. Niran Yossapon, whose father owned a boxing camp, has become the owner of the Wiriya Farm Gym. As he was nicknamed “Captain Ran San Kham”, he changed the name of the gym to Dabransarakham Gym. A gym that he completely renovated in 2016 by building a larger and better equipped infrastructure with two large rings.
IN 2015, THE STRUCTURE OF THE DABRANSARAKHAM GYM HAS NOT YET BEEN MODIFIED
THE NEW DABRANSARAKHAM GYM ALLOWS BOXERS TO TRAIN IN BETTER CONDITIONS
Mr. Niran Yossapon is a lieutenant colonel at the central police station in the city of Maha Sarakham. It’s a prominent figure in the region of Maha Sarakham who has received several decorations and honours during his long career as a police officer.
THE DABRANSARAKHAM GYM OF MR. YOSSAPON HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL HONORARY AWARDS SINCE 2010
MR. YOSSAPON WITH THE TWO PEARLS FROM HIS GYM, LONGERN AND CHUJAROEN
This man, passionate about boxing, has allowed many poor young children in the Maha Sarakam region to be able to get out by thanks to the practice of Muay Thai. Mr. Niran Yossapon is a very generous but also very strict person, imposing draconian rules on the professional boxers on his gym. No quarrel and fight is tolerated between the boxers, before his fight, the boxer must not go out at night or travel far from the gym, a boxer who is caught with drugs or stealing something is immediately excluded from the gym.
In ten years, the fighters of the Dabransarakham Gym have achieved many important titles and placed this provincial gym in the top 10 of the best gyms in the country. It’s one of the few gyms, with the Sor Samangarment of Bangkok, which had two champions in the final of the famous Tiger Cement Tournament with a winner and a finalist!
One of the coaches who contributed to the success of the Dabransarakham Gym is the legendary Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai (Lumpinee Champion, Best Boxer of the Year 1993). Wangchanoi is no longer a coach at the Dabransarakham Gym, he’s now a coach at the 301 Gym camp in the Prachuap Khiri Khan region (250 Km south of Bangkok).
THE TEAM DABRANSARAKHAM IN 2012 WITH MRS WIRIYA, THE FUTURE CHAMPION OF LUMPINEE AND TV7 CHUJAROEN (STANDING IN THE CENTER), THE LEGEND OF RINGS WANGCHANOI (WHITE POLO, STANDING), MR. YOSSAPON (WHITE SHIRT, SITTING)
But another legend will now train the children of Dabransarakham Gym, a specialist in fist techniques, the puncher and immense champion Veerapol Sahaprom (Radja Champion in 108 lbs, 112 lbs and 115 lbs, WBC and WBA Boxing world champion in 118 lbs, Best Boxer of the year in the stadium of Radja in 1993). The future young champions of Dabransarakham Gym will be technically very strong with their fists.
THE LEGEND OF RINGS VEERAPOL SAHAPROM WITH MR. YOSSAPON
In December 2019, six Noble Art legends were invited and honored at Dabransarakham Gym, these are Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (WBC world champion, 97 fights, 90 victories, 47 KO), Napa Kiatwanchai (WBC world champion, 25 fights, 16 victories, 8 KO), Samson Isaan (WBF world champion, 43 fights, 43 victories, 36 KO), Veerapol Sahaprom (WBC and WBA world champion, 72 fights, 66 victories, 46 KO), Chatchai Sasakul (World champion WBC, 68 fights, 63 victories, 38 KO) and Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (IBF world champion, 68 fights, 59 victories, 48 KO)!
THE GREAT BOXING CHAMPIONS PONGSAKLEK, NAPA, SAMSON, VEERAPOL, CHATCHAI, RATANAPOL
The Dabransarakham Gym now has fifteen professional boxers supervised by three coaches. The two stars of the gym are Chujaroen Dabransarakham and Longern Dabransarakham.
Chujaroen was formed at the age of 10 at Dabransarakham Gym, he’s now 26 years old. He’s nicknamed “Khun Khao Muang Maha” (Maha’s knee kick in reference to his native region Maha Sarakham). He won four famous belts, the Fooktien group Tournament belt, the Lumpinee belt, the TV7 belt and the Top King World Series Tournament belt.
On February 22, 2014, in Omnoi stadium, Chujaroen won an important tournament in 130 lbs, the Fooktien group Tournament (The sponsor Fooktien group is a big brand of chemical fertilizer for agriculture). Chujaroen defeated Daoprang Sakniranrat in the final and won the sum of 500,000 baht.
Chujaroen was Lumpinee champion in 135 lbs, a belt which he gained on September 4, 2015 by beating Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon. He lost his title a year later against Sittisak Phetpayathai.
On October 29, 2016, in France, in Paris, at the Best Of Siam show, he knocked out the French champion Rafi Bohic (Lumpinee Champion in 147 lbs). The two champions met in the Lumpinee stadium in February and December 2019 with two points victories for Chujaroen.
On February 12, 2017, Chujaroen won the belt of the stadium TV7 in 140 lbs against Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon, a belt which he successfully defended on December 10, 2017 against Rambo Phetpokaw and which he still holds today.
In 2018, he won the Top King World Series Tournament belt in 154 lbs. In the final, he beat the Swede Magnus Andersson.
Chujaroen has defeated great champions such as Kongsak P.K. Saenchai Gym, Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon, Sangthongnoi Thanasuranakorn, Rambo Phetpokaw (2 times), Chamuaktong FighterMuaythai, Ritheewada Sor Nipapon (2 times), Thananchai Rachanon, Rafi Singpatong (3 times)!
WINNER OF THE FOOKTIEN GROUP TOURNAMENT
MR. YOSSAPON WITH THE TV7 CHAMPION
Longern is 20 years old, he comes from the town of Sam Sip in the province of Ubon Ratchathani (North-East Region). This fearsome puncher was in 2017 the great winner of the famous Tiger Cement N ° 17 Tournament in 122 lbs. Of his six fights made at the stadium TV7 for the Tiger Cement Tournament, he won four by KO and two at the points, he defeated Denmeechai Sor Phet Udon (KO 4 th round), Mayek Sitkamnanyokrek (KO First round), Yodsingh Sakniranrat (KO 2nd round), Yutachai Somsakosan (KO 4th round), Petchpanakon Sawangchai and in the final, he defeated Samsing Sor Samangarment (Por Peenapath Gym).
In 2019, Longern beat twice by KO Chiapkat Por Pongsawang, Daosueayai Sor Dechapan (KO) and in points the terrible Satanfaa Eminentair (TV7 Champion)!
WINNER OF THE TIGER CEMENT TOURNAMENT N ° 17
LONGERN DABRANSARAKHAM WITH THE FAMOUS POUN SEUA THONG TROPHY (TIGER CEMENT GOLD)
Also, the gym includes excellent fighters such as Fahpratan Dabransarakham, Petchyaso Dabransarakham, Petchniran Dabransarakham and Denkhongchai Dabransarakham.
Fahpratan comes from Kalasin (Northeast Region), he’s 20 years old, his nickname is “Djaobaï” (The dumb) because he’s dumb from birth.
On November 4, 2018, Fahpratan arrived in the final of the Tiger Cement N° 18 tournament in 118 lbs, losing to points against Ekalak Sor Samangarment.
This year 2018, for the final of the Tiger Cement tournament, it was again the two camps Dabransarakarm and Sor Samangarment who faced each other. At Tiger Cement N° 17 in 2017, Longern Dabransarakarm beat Samsing Sor Samangarment (Por Peenapath Gym).
The year 2018 was good for Fahpratan, out of his seven fights, he won four and beat boxers like Terdkiat Sor Sor Pakorn, Thanachat Sor Sakulasen, Chalongchai Siachor Roi-Et (KO) and Thaicom Nayoketasala. On the other hand, the year 2019 was very bad for the fighter of Maha Sarakham because he practically lost all his fights…
FINAL OF THE TIGER CEMENT TOURNAMENT N ° 18 BETWEEN FAHPRATAN AND EKALAK WITH THE PROMOTER OF STADIUM TV7 MR. CHUN KIETPECH (POLO BLUE)
Petchyaso is from Yasothon (Northeast Region), he is 25 years old. Petchyaso fights a lot on the Max Muay Thai circuit. On May 5, 2018, at Max Muay Thai stadium, Petchyaso won the Champion Hero belt in 122 lbs, he beat Dekroboet Lukantanon and kept his belt three months later against Komphet Sor Nakae. In 2019, he defeated the reigning champions of Max Muay Thai, Petchpataya Petchasira and Panpetch Sitsangprab.
HERO MAX MUAY THAI CHAMPION
Petchniran is 26 years old, he comes from the village of Borabeu near the city of Maha Sarakham. This fimeuu (Technician) fights a lot in the stadium of Lumpinee in the category of 126 lbs where he beat fighters such as Petch Petchbancha, Mongkonthong Sakburiram, Jaoseuhayai Sor Dechapan, Hong Pranchai, Saengmorakot Por Jareonphet, Wanchana Or Boonchuay.
Denkhongchai is 25 years old, he comes from Kalasin (Northeast Region). It is a Muaymat (Strong in fist) who fights regularly in the stadium of Lumpinee and in the circuit MX Extreme in the category of 130 lbs. Denkhongchai has beaten fighters like Charoenphon Power Phuket, Petchkaew Sitdabpling29, Petchninnarat Sor Sommai, Chontalat Kiatpoolphol, Petchkhemraj Sid Chef Boontham (KO), Petchklangdong Thor Paopiemsab (KO).