ERAWAN BOXING GYM
by Serge TREFEU (2020)
Erawan Boxing has been around for more than 20 years, it’s located in the Sateng district in the big city of Yala. Yala is a region in the very heart in the south of Thailand that touches the border of Malaysia. The majority of the inhabitants of this region are Muslim, many of whom are of Malaysian origin.
Although this region is very far from the capital, Muay Thai is well developed in Yala, as well as in the other two border regions of Malaysia, Pattani and Narathiwat. Big boxing events often take place in these regions, the famous Thai Fight show was held in Pattani in 2013, in Narathiwat in 2015 and in Yala in 2017. The great promoters of the Lumpinee stadium also regularly organize sumptuous events from Muay Thai to Yala.
THE THAI FIGHT SHOW ORGANIZED IN YALA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Former great champions Saensakdaa Sittikacem (Lumpinee Champion), Sayfon Lukkabu (Radja Champion) and Supernoi Sitchokchai (Thailand Champion) come from Pattani and Yala.
In and around Yala City, there are many famous small gyms like Chor Siwichian and Ban Nikom Kulong Muay Thai Gym. Also, in the city of Yala, a huge complex dedicated to the practice of Muay Thai was created in the city’s main university, the Rattanapanu boxing camp. A gym owned by Mr. Pittaya Rattanapan. The star of the gym is Saifon Rattanapanu who won the prestigious Tiger Cement TV7 N° 16 tournament in 2016, Saifon is now training at the famous PK Saenchai Gym in Bangkok. Saifon of his real name Haseng Wahani was born and raised in Yala.
The Rattanapanu Gym was originally built primarily for young people in the southern border regions to help them escape the problems of drugs, and especially ethnic and political violence that are important in the region. For 40 years, the three Thai border regions of Malaysia have been claimed by several separatist movements, this conflict between the Thai military and the separatists has caused thousands of deaths, mostly civilians.
The most productive boxing gym in the Yala region is undoubtedly the Erawan Boxing Gym. Because this gym includes the largest number of champions in the entire region. In 2018, he received the trophy for “Best Boxing Gym in Southern Thailand”!
THE ERAWAN BOXING GYM OWNER THE LIEUTENANT-COLONEL KIATISAK MOODOR (BLACK JACKET) WITH HIS “BEST SOUTH BOXING GYM” TROPHY
Police Lieutenant-Colonel Kiatisak Moodor nicknamed Bangli Yala is the owner of the Erawan Boxing Gym, he’s an important officer of the Yala Central Police Station. In 2019, Mr. Moodor became the president of the Southern Thailand Professional Boxing Association.
This Muay Thai enthusiast is associated with Rungkanyasak Singthong who is the manager of gym. Rungkanyasak’s own son, Peemai Erawan, is one of the great champions of Erawan Boxing Gym.
THE LIEUTENANT-COLONEL KIATISAK MOODOR
THE MANAGER OF GYM RUNGKANYASAK SINGTHONG WAS A GREAT CHAMPION OF SOUTH THAILAND
THE SINGTHONG FAMILY WITH THE LITTLE PRODIGY PEEMAI ERAWAN
THE PARENTS OF PEEMAI ERAWAN ARE VERY PROUD OF THEIR SON WHICH CONQUERED THE FAMOUS BELT OF STADIUM TV7, ONE OF THE MOST REPUTABLE STADIUMS IN BANGKOK
Since his opening, this gym has produced many champions from Southern Thailand. The first champion of a great stadium was Serthi Erawan. In 2006, just 20 years old, he won the toughest tournament in the country, the Tiger Cement TV7. Serthi conquered the 118 lbs belt of the Tiger Cement tournament at the TV7 stadium. Two years later, he captured the belt of the stadium TV7 in 118 lbs!
SERTHI ERAWAN IS THE FIRST GREAT CHAMPION OF THE ERAWAN BOXING GYM
Today, the Erawan Boxing Gym has 15 professional boxers who are supervised by four coaches.
GYM STRUCTURE COMPLETELY REDONE IN 2017
THE ERAWAN BOXING GYM TEAM
When they have fights in Bangkok, the fighters of the Erawan Boxing Gym finish their preparation in a small gym in the suburbs of Bangkok. Because the city of Yala is 1000 km from the capital.
Six high level boxers fight regularly in the big stadiums of Bangkok, these are Rak Erawan, Peemai Erawan, Saenson Erawan, Phrapipop Erawan, Phetsanguan Erawan and QI Erawan, they all fight for the promoter N ° 1 of the stadium Lumpinee, Mr. Peerapong Theeradejpon (Chun Kietpetch).
SAENSON ERAWAN (TRUEFORYOU CHAMPION), GYM MANAGER M. SINGTHONG, PEEMAI ERAWAN (TV7 CHAMPION), ANUWAT NATKINPA (RADJA CHAMPION, THAIRATV CHAMPION)
Rak is 19 years old, his real name Suparak Somchit, he was born in Pattani. He’s the current little prodigy of Erawan Boxing Gym. He started at the age of 10 in the Wor Watcharit Gym. Then, in 2016, he joined the Erawan Boxing Gym.
Since 2017, he collects victories by knockout in the big stadiums of Bangkok on champions such as Krungthai Deed 99 (KO), Petchangkan Sitkamnunprasert (KO), Fanchan Pakornpornsurin (KO), Offside Huarongnamkeng (KO), Petchamchok Sor Charuwan (KO).
On December 6, 2019, Rak beat Singhalek Sor Chokmeechai at points for the Lumpinee belt in 108 lbs.
On March 6, 2020, at the Lumpinee Stadium, Rak conquered the Thai championship belt in 108 lbs. He played a superb match and was defeated by KO with a hard pokes in round three, Domtong Lukjaoporongtom. Rak is now, in the 108 lbs category, reigning champion of Lumpinee and Thailand!
RAK ERAWAN IS THE CURRENT CHAMPION OF LUMPINEE AND THAILAND IN 108 LBS
THE RAK ERAWAN CHAMPION AND THE ERAWAN BOXING MANAGER GYM MR.SINGTHONG
Peemai is 22 years old, he grew up in the city of Chana which is 100 km from Yala, he’s the son of the gym manager Erawan Boxing, Rungkanyasak Singthong. Formed by his father, a former professional boxer, Peemai was a wonder boy for the Muay Thai. At the age of 14, he had already won five Southern Provincial Champion belts. He has been fighting under the colours of Erawan Boxing for several years.
At 18, on September 6, 2015, he won the belt of the TV7 stadium in 102 lbs against Phetchek Por Chalat. His rise was dazzling in 2015 and 2016, he beat great champions such as Ongree Sor Dechaphan (Lumpinee Champion, Radja champion), Tawanchai PK Saenchai Gym (Thailand Champion), Petchsomchit Jitmuangnon (TV7 Champion), Petchputhai Sitsarawatseua (Lumpinee champion, TV7 champion).
But since he changed category, his results have been worse in recent years. Peemai now fights in the 118 lbs category, he often still fights in the stadiums of Lumpinee and TV7.
PEEMAI ERAWAN TV7 CHAMPION
PEEMAI ERAWAN WAS A MAKINGS OF CHAMPION WHO WON FIVE PROVINCIAL BELTS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE
Saenson is 21 years old, he comes from the Songkhla region. This young boxing prodigy was formed in Erawan Boxing Gym.
At 15 years old, on February 1, 2015, at Rangsit stadium in Bangkok, Saenson won the belt of Champion King Fighter Kid in 100 lbs against Rungpanomlek STD Transport.
At 18, on February 17, 2017, in Rangsit stadium, he won the TrueForYou champion belt in 112 lbs by defeating the title holder the terrible Japanese Eze Wor Wanchai (IBF and WPMF World Champion).
Saenson has gained weight and is now fighting in the 122 lbs category.
KING FIGHTER KID CHAMPION
SAENSON ERAWAN WITH HIS BELT TRUE4YOU
Phrapipop is 20 years old, he comes from Songkhla. He’s the fighter who up and comin in 118 lbs, in 2018 and 2019, he beat the best in his category such as Yakmongkhon STV Transport, Petchchainat Sitkamnaneng (KO), Mongkolchai Weerabanpho (KO), Kaimukdam Chor Ruengram (KO), Samkor Sor Boonyiam (KO), Kaensak Sor Tienpo (KO).
Phrapipop fights regularly in the stadiums of Lumpinee and TV7, he’s engaged in the famous tournament Tiger Cement TV7 N ° 20, a tournament which started in February 2020.
PHRAPIPOP IS PART OF THE PEUN SEUA (TIGER CEMENT) TOURNAMENT FIGHTERS N° 20 OF 2020
Phetsanguan is 20 years old, he’s from the Satun region. It’s a formidable Toymat (Strong in fist) which was ranked N° 1 in stadium TV7 in 105 lbs in 2016. Currently, he’s in ranking N° 4 in stadium TV7 in 122 lbs.
In 2019, Phetsanguan knocked out the big champion Rungphet Petcharoen (Winner of the 2013 Tiger Cement Tournament), he also defeated by knockout Chamophet Petsimeuu, Mario Kor Saengjan, Singdam Sitnayokanong, Phayakchumphon Kiatchamroon!
IQ is 20 years old, he comes from Pattani. He’s a rising star, a technician with a formidable fist. Since 2018, he has won almost all of his fights by beating boxers like Chuthong Kiatchatchai (KO), Tengneung Sor Rungarun (KO), Kaichon Muaythaijalamchong (KO), Charoenchai J.Power Roof Samui, Thepmangkon Kiatphattanaphon (KO), Forwee Sitjaroensap, Petchmueangtak Sor Jitpattana. He’s ranked in the top 5 of the Radja stadium in 112 lbs and aims at the Radja belt!
IQ ERAWAN AT THE RADJA STADIUM WITH THE ERAWAN BOXING GYM OWNER MR. MOODOR
Anuwat Natkinpa, also represented the Erawan Boxing Gym until 2017. He’s 22 years old and comes from Phattalung, he’s a superb technician who has won three important belts.
Anuwat won his first belt in 2015, the S1 World Champion belt in 105 lbs.
On August 27, 2016, at the stadium Montri Studio in Bangkok, Anuwat beat by KO Kumarnthong Chor Hapayak and won the champion belt ThairatTV in 105 lbs.
On October 13, 2016, he won the Radja Champion belt in 105 lbs against Khaodeng Sujibamikeiw. Five months later, in March 2017, he defended his title against Saengtawan Chor Hapayak who beat him in points.
Anuwat is now fighting in 115 lbs, he’s no longer in the Erawan Boxing Gym. In 2017, he went to Sinbi Muay Thai Gym in Phuket where he’s still today.
ANUWAT NATKINPA IN SPECIALTY MAGAZINES