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LAMNAMOON SOR SUMALEE

LAMNAMOON SOR SUMALEE

« THE VAMPIRE’S KNEES »

Lamnamoon whose real name is Khukrit Kamolroek was born on May 5, 1973 in the village of Baan Nong Kaew near the town of Hua Taphan in the province of Amnat Charoen. A province in the Ubon Ratchathani region in northeastern Thailand.

The parents of the Kamolroek family were farmers, they had four children, three boys and a girl. The three boys practiced boxing because Khukrit’s father was a former professional boxer. Khukrit’s older brother trained in the Sitpongthep camp, he fought under the name of Khom Nontachai. Khukrit wanted to do boxing like his older brother, so he started at the Sitpongthep Gym, a small camp not far from his home. His first teacher was Khru Daeng Chor Thanasukhan, who taught at Sukhon Chaiyaphong’s Sitpongthep camp. Khukrit was a nasty child who often fought at school and sometimes even in the street, boxing channeled the excessive ardour of the young Khukrit.

Khukrit made his first fight at 14 years under the name of Phongtheplek Sitpongthep, he won by KO with a knee in the third round against Nakaenoi Sor Thingam in the stadium Kongbin 21 (Wing 21) of the royal Thai air base of Ubon Ratchathani, he won the sum of 100 baht.

Phongtheplek did 20 fights for the Sitpongthep Gym. A year later, around the age of 15 years, he joined the camp «Sor Sumalee Gym» which was located in Ubon Ratchathani, the camp was also called «Chor Sawat Gym». The owner of the camp Mr. Sakon Wiriya Sunthorn changed the fighter’s name of the young Khukrit, he named him “Lamnamoon” (The fertile river) in reference to a river in the area of Ubon Ratchathani which was called “Lam Tha Klong ”.

Sor Sumalee Gym was a provincial camp but produced big boxing stars of the 90s such as Panomrunglek, Superlek, Jomphoplek and Lamnamoon.

Panomrunglek Chor Sawat was Lumpinee champion, in December 1989 he won the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs against the formidable Terdkiet Sithtappitak (Terdkiet and Panomruglek have clashed 5 times with 3 wins for Terdkiet and 2 wins for Panomrunglek).

Panomrunglek fought on April 6, 1993 against Phetdam Sit Yodthong (Lookborai) for the Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs. It was a controversial match as the title was given to Panomrunglek first and then, following a claim by Master Yodtong, the judges gave the title to Phetdam. Panomrunglek and Petdam have faced each other 6 times with 3 wins each.

Nicknamed “Khun Khao Kanyao” (The long knees), Panomrunglek was a dangerous Muay Khao (Strong in knees), he met the greatest of his time such as Jareonthong Kietbanchong (Victory), Jongsanan Fairtex (Defeat), Sakmongkol Sitchutchok (Defeat), Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai (Defeat), Nuathoranee Thongraja (Win), Nampon Nongkheepahuyut (Defeat), Chirasak Por Pongsawang (Win), Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj (Win), Chanchai Sor Thamrangsee (Defeat), Thamawit Saksamut (Victory), Den Muangsurin (Victory)!

Panomrunglek also faced the great champion Dany Bill who beat him on points in the stadium of Lumpinee. Panomrunglek unfortunately died at 35 years in 2004 from an illness…

Superlek Sor Sumalee also known as Superlek Sor Isaan was a great champion who won two Lumpinee belts, Lumpinee champion in 122 lbs (1989) and Lumpinee champion in 126 lbs (1993).

Nicknamed “Aymat Rimot” (The Correct Punch), Superlek was a terrible hitter with deadly low kicks, he destroyed a lot of opponents with his fists and lumberjack low kicks.

Superlek defeated great champion Cherry Sor Wanich twice by knockout, once in the second round and once in the fifth round.

Superlek has met three times the Dutch terror Ramon Dekkers with two wins and one loss, loss to Lumpinee in 1990, wins to Lumpinee in 1991 and 1994. It is against Ramon Dekkers that Superlek touched the biggest purse of his career which amounted to 250,000 baht.

Superlek also defeated the great French champion Manu N’toh on the King’s Birthday.

Superlek beat the best of his time as Mathee Jedeepitak, Cherry Sor Wanich (KO), Jareonthong Kietbanchong, Nuengsiam Keatwichean (KO), Sirimongkol Kiatbanchong, Dokmai Por Pongsawang, Sanpetch Lukrangsit (KO), Phetsayam Kietsingnoi (KO), Nuathoranee Thongraja, Chandet Sor Prantalay (KO)!

This great champion unfortunately died in 2013 following blood poisoning (Septicemia)…

Jomphoplek Sor Sumalee was for a long time N ° 1 of the Lumpinee stadium, he fought several times for the Lumpinee belt but he always lost in points, in particular against the star Matee Jedeepitak who held the Lumpinee title in 126 lbs.

Jomphoplek was nicknamed “Libwua Fangkem” (The Lotus Flower acupuncture) because his strokes were as precise as an acupuncturist who puts needles on specific points on the body.

This superb technician has beaten the great champions Oley Kiatoneway, Nampon Nongkheepahuyut, Chatchai Phaisithong, Hansuk Prasathin Phanom Rung, Krekchai Kaewsamrit, Tanongsak Sor Prantalay, Samingnoi Kiatkamchai, Prayuth Nakhintorn!

The owner of Sor Sumalee Gym, Mr. Sakon Wiriya Sunthorn was in contact with the biggest promoter of Bangkok, Mr. Songchai Ratanasuban, all the boxers of the Sor Sumalee camp fought for the promoter N ° 1 of the stadium Lumpinee, Songchai Ratanasuban nicknamed ” The golden hand ”.

Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee made his first fight in the stadium of Lumpinee for the promoter Songchai Ratanasuban. Lamnamoon was 16 years old in 1990 and he defeated Kaychonnoi Sor Sukanya in points. His purse was 2,000 baht. Later, when he became a star of the rings, Lamnamoon received purses of more than 100,000 baht, his biggest purse was 200,000 baht for his fight against Cheangnern Sitputthapim in the stadium of Radja. Lamnamoon fought a hundred times in the famous stadium of Lumpinee in Bangkok. During his long career, he made 200 fights for 150 wins and 4 draws.

Lamnamoon is one of the great champions of the «golden age» of Muay Thai in Thailand. In the 90s, this longline fighter mastered perfectly the techniques of kneeling and his clinch techniques were superb.

His knees were so dreaded that Muay Thai’s fans called him «Khun Khao Weetaan» (The Vampire’s Knees). Weetaan in Thailand is a kind of mythical ghost that haunts cemeteries, it is the equivalent of vampires for the Westerners. Weetaan is a wicked and evil spirit, so Lamnamoon had very vicious knees techniques.

Lamnamoon won his first Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs, on April 30, 1993, against Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, his second Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs, on May 21, 1996, against Matee Jedipitak, his third Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs, on 19 December 1997, against Samkor Kietmontep, and in 1999 again the belt of Lumpinee in 130 lbs against Rambojiew Por Thaptin. On March 27, 2004, he won the WPKL World Champion’s belt in 135 lbs in Rotterdam against the Dutchman Mustapha Ziani.

Lamnamoon beat the greatest champions of his time as Chatchai Phaisithong, Samkor Kietmontep, Karuhate Sor Supawan, Langsuan Panyuthaphum, Lippidet Sor Ploenchit, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Matee Jedipitak, Hansuk Prasathinpanomrung, Kaoponglek Luksuratham, Attachai Por Samranchai, Krekchai Kaewsamrit, Rittichai Lookchaopodam, Khunpinit Kiattawan!

In 1990 and 1991, Lamnamoon beat in the stadium of Lumpinee, Kaychonnoi Sor Sukany, Harnchai Kiatrattaphon, Pompet Kiatchatpayak, Dejpanom Por Pao In, Ruengrit Sor Rachen and Sornsueknoi Kiatwichian.

In 1992, Lamnamoon made big fights against the stars Chatchai, Langsuan and Jaroensap.

On April 7, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon met one of the best technicians of the 90s, Chatchai Phaisithong. Chatchai nicknamed “Samart 2” (In reference to the legendary Samart Payakaroon) was Lumpinee champion in 122 lbs. Lamnamoon defeated Chatchai by points, Muay Khao defeated Fimeuu. Chatchai and Lamnamoon have faced each other five times with three wins for Lamnamoon and two wins for Chatchai. Lamnamoon has always made very tough fights against the technician Chatchai, he beat him three times on points. Lamnamoon lost once on points and Chatchai knocked him out with a violent poke. Chatchai Phaisithong sadly passed away in 2002…

On Tuesday, June 9, in the stadium of Lumpinee, the two biggest Muay Khao of the moment clashed. “Khun Khao Weetaan” challenged “Khun Khao Ray Namdjai” (The Heartless Knee Strike), Langsuan Phanyutaphum. Langsuan (Lumpinee Champion in 108 lbs, 112 lbs and 115 lbs, Best Boxer of the Year 1987) was 25 years old and had a lot of ring experience. This formidable champion had beaten ring stars such as Hippy Singmanee (KO), Paruthatlek Sitchunthong, Dokmaipha Por Pongsawan, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai, Weeraphon Sahaprom, Pongsiree Rambo, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Rajasak Sor Vorapin, Orono Por Muang Ubon, Matee Jedipitak, Samson Isaan. Lamnamoon and Langsuan had a titanic knee-kicking battle and Khun Khao Weetaan won this fantastic match!

The revenge between the two champions took place on 7 July at the Lumpinee stadium. This time, Langsuan beat Lamnamoon in the points, once again, in a wild match.

On Friday, August 7, at the Lumpinee Stadium, Lamnamoon lost points to Pompet Naratrikul.

On November 6, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon challenged the star of the moment, Jaroensap Kietbanchong. Jaroensap was at the top of his career, he had beaten all the best in his category and at the beginning of 1993, he received the trophy of “Best boxer of the year 1992” by the prestigious institution “The Sport Writers Association of Thailand ”. Jaroensap was Lumpinee champion in 108 lbs and in 112 lbs, he beat the great champions Deduang Por Pongsawang, Hippy Singmanee, Nungubon Sitlertchai, Phongsiri Por Ruamrudee, Phairojnoi Sor Siamchai, Langsuan Phanyutaphum, Dokmaypha Por Pongsawang, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Lakhin Wassantasit. Lamnamoon and Jaroensap had a superb match, the two champions were so close technically and tactically that they got a draw!

1993 was a great year for Lamnamoon as it won his first Lumpinee belt and beat the monuments of Muay Thai Karuhat and Jaroensap.

On January 19, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon had a fabulous fight against Karuhat Sor Supawan and beat him on points. Karuhat nicknamed Aysiya (The Gifted) was an extraordinary fighter who won the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs and 122 lbs and beat the best champions like Rambo Pongsiree, Hippy Singmanee, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Nungubon Sitlertchai, Weerapol Sahaprom, Langsuan Phanyutaphum, Boonlai Sor Thanikul, Oley Kiatoneway, Phairojnoi Sor Siamchai.

On April 30, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon and Jaroensap met for the rematch with the Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs at stake. Lamnamoon beat the experienced Jaroensap and conquered his first title of Lumpinee champion!

A month after winning his Lumpinee championship, Lamnamoon suffered a big defeat in the stadium of Lumpinee. On Tuesday May 3, Lamnamoon lost by KO against the terrible puncher Yokthai Sit Or who was nicknamed “Aymat Sayklonarok” (The punch of the cyclone of hell). Yokthai was Lumpinee champion in 115 lbs in Muay Thai and WBA World champion in Boxing.

On June 8, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon met the superstar Kaensak Sor Ploenchit. Kaensak was champion in the 112 lbs category in the two biggest stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpinee and Radja. He is one of the few champions who were twice elected “Best Boxer of the Year” by the institution “The Sport Writers Association of Thailand”, Keansak received this trophy in 1989 and 1990. Kaensak defeated Lamnamoon on points. The two champions faced each other three times with two wins for Kaensak and they drew.

On July 13, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon successfully defended his Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Lippidet Sor Ploenchit.

On August 31, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon lost the rematch against the star Karuhat Sor Supawan.

On October 18, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon and Kaensak fought for the second time, they had a very good fight which ended in a draw.

Lamnamoon fought against Kaensak a third time in the stadium of Lumpinee, on December 7th. And Kaensak beat him again on points.

1994 was a hard year for the fighter of Ubon Ratchathani, because he lost by KO against Boonlay (2 times), Saengmorakot and Wangchannoi. But Lamnamoon still defeated the great champions Hansuk, Namtaothong, Samkor and Cheangnern.

On Friday January 28, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon won against Hansuk Prasathinpanomrung. Hansuk was a great technician who won the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs a few months later, he won that title against puncher Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai who had held the Lumpinee title in 122 lbs for four years. Wangchannoi had conquered the Lumpinee belt in 122 lbs against Lamnamoon’s campmate, Superlek Sor Isaan.

On Friday March 25, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon (20 years old) met the immense champion Boonlay Sor Thanikul (24 years old). Boonlay was an exceptional technician, one of the best of his generation, he was Lumpinee champion in 115 lbs and in 122 lbs and beat all the stars of his time such as Jongsanan Fairtex, Chatchai Phaisithong, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Superlek Sor Isaan, Oley Kiatoneway, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Langsuan Phanyutaphum, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai, Cherry Sor Wanich, Somrak Kamsing, Namkabuan Nongkee Pahuyut, Nungubon Sitlerchai. Boonlay beat Lamnamoon by KO in the second round with a right uppercut followed by a left hook…

On Friday June 10, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon (20 years old) faced the Radja champion in 112 lbs Namtaothong Sor Sirikul (21 years old), Namtaothong won his Radja belt in 1991 by beating Samernoi Tor Boonlert. Namtaothong had beaten Lamnamoon a few months before. Lamnamoon won the rematch!

On July 19, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon was challenged by the young Samkor Kietmontep who was 19 years old. Samkor won the Lumpinee belt the year after in 122 lbs, then he was Lumpinee champion in 130 lbs and 135 lbs and Thailand champion in 135 lbs. Nicknamed “Batman”, this formidable fighter was a real war machine who sent his left middle repeatedly like a machine gun, he beat the greatest fighters of the 90s and 2000s as Wangchainnoi Sor Palangchai, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Khaoponglek Luksuritam, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Nungubon Sitlerchai, Namsaknoi Yutthakarnkamtorn, Terdkiat Siththeppitak, Attachai Por Samranchai. Muay Khao Lamnamoon neutralized Samkor’s terrible left leg and won a fine points victory. Lamnamoon and Samkor have faced each other five times with four wins for Lamnamoon and one win for Samkor.

On August 8, the star Boonlay beat Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee again by KO, this time in the stadium of Radja. In the third round, Boonlay knocked out Lamnamoon with a stunning combination of right hook, left hook.

Two months later, Lamnamoon had a good performance, beating the No.1 Radja. On October 17, in the stadium of Radja, Lamnamoon defeated the solid Cheangnern Sitputthapim.

The end of 1994 was difficult for Khun Khao Weetaan as he lost twice hard by KO.

On Tuesday, November 29, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon lost by KO against Saengmorakot Sor Ploenchit. Saengmorakot was a powerful fighter, a month before, on October 10, in the stadium of Radja, he had just beaten by KO the puncher Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai!

On December 4, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon faced Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai nicknamed “Aymat 33 Wee” (The dazzling punch in 33 seconds). Wangchannoi (Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs and in 122 lbs, Best boxer of the year 1993) was a terror of the rings of the 90s, he had beaten Chamuakpetch Haphalang, Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyut (KO), Cherry Sor Wanich (KO), Samransak Muangsurin, Samart Payakaroon, Oley Kiatoneway, Superlek Sor Isaan, Kaensak Sor Ploenchit, Karuhat Sor Supawan. Lamnamoon scored his points at the start of the fight with his beautiful knee kick techniques. But in the second round, the puncher Wangchannoi made a right hook-left hook followed by a lightning low kick right leg which electrocuted Lamnamoon…

In 1995, February 27, in the stadium of Radja, Lamnamoon defeated the great champion Matee Jedipitak (Lumpinee Champion in 126 lbs, WMC World champion in 126 lbs) who was nicknamed “Keng Mangkon” (The Dragon’s tibia) and “Say Mongkon” (The left-handed dragon). Lamnamoon and Matee have met three times and Lamnamoon has beaten Matee twice on points and once by KO!

On April 4, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon again beat Samkor Kietmontep by points.

On Friday May 5th, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamanmoon lost against his old rival Chatchai Phaisithong.

On Saturday June 10, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon won by points Krekchai Kaewsamrit.

On 22 August, at the Lumpinee stadium, Lamnamoon (22 years) made a violent match against Matee Jedipitak (23 years). In the third round, Lamnamoon sent a terrible Middle Kick to the body followed by a left-right combination that smashed Matee’s jaw, Keng Mangkon lost by knockout with a broken tooth!

In the stadium of Lumpinee, on Tuesday October 31, Lamnamoon and Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyut carried out a great battle which excited the public of Lumpinee. Lamnamoon lost in points against the super fimeuu Namkabuan (Lumpinee champion in 130 lbs, WMC world champion in 130 lbs). Nicknamed “The Ring Genius”, Namkabuan was a phenomenal technician who managed to defeat fighters far more powerful than himself thanks to his exceptional technical control he beat Oley Kiatoneway, Matee Jedeepitak (KO), Cherry Sor Wanich, Chatchai Phaisithong, Robert Kaennorasing, Jomrak Lookprabat, Boonlai Sor Thanikul, Therdkiat Sittepak, Samkor Kietmontep, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Jongsanan Fairtex, Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke. Lamnamoon and Namkabuan have faced each other three times and Lamnamoon has lost each time on points.

On December 8, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon lost the rematch against Namkabuan.

1996 was also a big year for Khun Khao Weetaan, that year he won the Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs and beat Matee, Chatchai and Rittichai.

On January 26, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat Prapsuk Sitnarong (Radja Champion).

In February, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon lost by KO in the fourth round against the young Kaoponglek Luksuratham. This match counted for the title of champion of Lumpinee in 130 lbs. Kaoponglek was 21 years old and was voted “Best Boxer of the Year in 1995”. Nicknamed Black Mamba, he has beaten a lot of big champions like Orono Por Muang Ubon, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyut. Lamnamoon and Kaoponglek have faced each other three times with one win for Lamnamoon and two wins for Kaoponglek.

On April 19, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon met, again, Chatchai Phaisithong. Lamnamoon took a nice revenge on Chatchai who had beaten him by KO in the third round with a vicious poke a few months before.

On May 21, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon found the great champion Matee Jedipitak. The Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs was put into play for this sulphurous match. Lamnamoon won the match on points and won his second Lumpinee title!

On August 23, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat Chatchai Phaisithong by points for the third time.

On November 26, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat the young champion Rittichai Lookchaopodam (18 years old). Rittichai, nicknamed Phayak Song Peandin (The Tiger of the Two Stones), a month before this meeting, on October 11, had won the Lumpinee title in 122 lbs by beating star Nungubon Sitlerchai.

On Friday, December 27, at the Lumpinee stadium, Lamnamoon had a terrible fight against the solid Keng Singnakhon. In the fourth round, Lamnamoon hit Keng with a series of about twenty body knee shots, Keng resisted valiantly, then, he collapsed KO and took a long time to recover from this smashing series of knee shots from Khun Khao Weetaan!

1997 was another great year for Lamnamoon who won another Lumpinee title and beat champions Hansuk, Samkor and Sakmongkol.

In January, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat Hansuk Prasathinpanomrung a second time.

On Saturday February 15, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat Samkor Kietmontep for the third time.

In April, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon again lost in points against the technician Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyut.

On September 29, in the stadium of Radja, Lamnamoon had a fiery fight against Rambojiew Por Thaptin who beat him on points. Lamnamoon was weighed at 128 lbs and Rambojiew at 132 lbs, Rambojiew was a bit heavier than Lamnamoon at 4 lbs. The two fighters received the prize for “best fight in the stadium of Radja” for this explosive match. Rambojiew (Mitsubishi L 200 Tournament Winner) was a big durable boxer, a powerful fighter who was nicknamed “Rambo Hot Korat” (Rambo the bully of Korat), he beat the champions Kaolan Kaowichit, Matee Jedeepitak, Samkor Kietmontep, Chatchai Phaisithong, Attachai Por Samranchai and draw against the legendary Saenchai Sor Kingstar. Lamnamoon and Rambojiew have faced each other five times, Lamnamoon has beaten Rambojiew three times and he has lost twice in points.

In November, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat Sakmongkol Mongsaichol.

On December 19, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Batman and Khun Khao Weetaan met for the fourth time. The Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs was put into play between these two great champions. Lamnamoon beat Samkor and won his third Lumpinee title!

In 1998, February 27, two years after his defeat by KO against Kaoponglek, Lamnamoon found “Black Mamba” in the stadium of Lumpinee. This time it was Khun Khao Weetan who defeated Kaoponglek!

Tuesday, September 29, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon defended his title of Lumpinee in 130 lbs against the powerful Rambojiew Por Thaptin who had beaten him in 1997. Lamnamoon took his revenge by beating Rambojiew on points and kept his belt of Lumpinee !

On Friday October 30, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon lost against Kaolan Kaowichit who was at the top of his career. Kaolan (Lumpinee Champion in 118 lbs and 147 lbs) beat everyone in 1998, he was voted “Best Boxer of the Year 1998”.

On Wednesday February 10, 1999, in the stadium of Ratchadamnoen, Lamnamoon beat the young Khunsuk Sitporamet in points. Khunsuk was later winner of the S1 tournament in 2004 and notably made five big fights against the French star Chong Skarbowsky (1 victory for Khunsuk, 4 victories for Skarbowsky).

On August 10, 1999, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon (27 years old) beat the young champion Chokdee Por Pramuk (18 years old) who was N ° 1 of Lumpinee in 126 lbs, Chokdee became, three years later, champion of Lumpinee in 140 lbs.

On Tuesday 25 September, at the Lumpinee stadium, Lamnamoon found Rambojiew Por Thaptin for the third time. For this match, the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs was put into play. The Lumpinee title was vacant, Lamnamoon no longer had the Lumpinee belt in 130 lbs he had won in 1997. Lamnamoon had a great fight and beat at Rambojiew points. He won the Lumpinee belt a second time in 130 lbs, Khun Khao Weetaan got his trophy back!

On October 31, in a big show in Ubon Ratchathani, Lamnamoon (27 years) faced the young rising star Attachai Por Samranchai (Fairtex) who was 19 years old. Attachai nicknamed “Say Theowadaa” (The Left Handed Angel) was Lumpinee champion in 122 lbs and WMC world champion in 108 lbs, he beat the great champions Namkabuan Nong Kee Pahuyut, Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Matee Jedipitak, Samkor Kietmontep, Kongpipope Petchyindee. It was one of Lamnamoon’s toughest battles against the powerful and technical Attachai. Lamnamoon won the match in points. He made Attachai suffer with his knee strokes. But he ended the bleeding face with the right eye completely closed following Attachai’s precise elbow strokes. The two champions met on June 2, 2000 at the Lumpinee stadium and Attachai beat by KO Lamnamoon thanks to a magnificent poke. Lamnamoon and Attachai have met four times and Attachai has beaten Lamnamoon three times.

For his last fight of 1999, Lamnamoon was challenged by the young star Namsaknoi. Lamnamoon defended his Lumpinee title in 130 lbs. The two fighters had a crazy match, Lamnamoon, with his violent knees, to martyrize Namsaknoi’s ribs. But in the third round, Namsaknoi found the opening thanks to his pokes which sounded well Lamnamoon, tired, the king of the knees was hit in the chin with a precise jab of the right which knocked him out. Namsaknoi was a superb technician who was 19 years old, he had already won the Lumpinee belt in 112 lbs and the WMC World Champion belt in 112 lbs in 1995. This young prodigy had beaten the stars Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Thongchai Tor Silachai and Nungpichit Sityodthong, He was voted “Best Boxer of the Year 1996”. Namsaknoi became Lumpinee champion in 130 lbs, then Lumpinee champion in 135 lbs and WAKO world champion in 154 lbs. Namsaknoi had a lot of respect for Lamnamoon because he was one of his idols when he started boxing. But boxing is a ruthless sport, and despite the great respect that reigns between the champions, there can only remain one in the ring…

In 2000, Lamnamoon still fought some great battles, on Tuesday February 29, in the stadium of Lumpinee, he found his eternal opponent Samkor Kietmontep who beat him in points for their fifth confrontation.

On April 8, 2000, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon (28 years old) had one of his bloodiest fights against Huasai Mor Payakaroon (22 years old). Huasai was the little protege of legend Samart Payakaroon, in this match he did a lot of damage to Lamnamoon’s face which was cut open badly on his forehead and skull. Khun Khao Weetaan lost on points.

On March 7, 2001, in the stadium of Lumpinee, Lamnamoon beat on points the great champion Khunpinit Kiattawan (Lumpinee champion in 112 lbs, Lumpinee champion in 122 lbs) nicknamed “Kolayait” (Tigerfish Goliath). For the rematch on September 6, 2001, Lamnamoon (28 years) lost on points to young Khunpinit, who was 22 years at the time.

Lamnamoon made his last fight in a big stadium of Bangkok against Wanpichit Sitjamlong, Lamnamoon beat young Wanpichit by points!

On March 27, 2004, at 31 years, Lamnamoon came to Europe to face the young Dutch champion Mustapha Ziani. In Holland, in Rotterdam, Lamnamoon had a good fight against the Dutch hitter, he won the match on points and won the title of WPKL World champion in 135 lbs!

Lamnamoon also had a fight in Japan which he won on points against a Japanese champion.

This legend of the rings opened in 2014 his own camp in his native region of Ubon Ratchathani, a camp called the Sor Sumalee Gym in tribute to his former camp which formed him, the camp is also called the Lamnamoon Muay Thai Gym. The camp is located in Ban Nonhongtong village near Ubon Ratchathani. Kneeling master Khun Khao Weetaan welcomes all fighters who want to perfect their knee kicking technique!

BY SERGE TREFEU