NAMKABUAN NONGKEE PAHUYUTH
INTERVIEW OF NAMKABUAN NONGKEE PAHUYUTH
by Serge TREFEU (2013)
Serge TREFEU: Hello Namkabuan, and thank you for grant me this interview, how are you?
NAMKABUAN NONGKEE PAHUYUTH: Hello, I’m feel good very well !
How old are you?
I am 40 years old
What is that you are married?
Yes I am married
You have children?
Yes I have two girls!
You come of what region of the Thailand?
I am of the village of Nong Kee in the region of Buriram (northeast)
Do you have brothers and sisters?
I have seven brothers and sisters and I am the youngest of the family!
Do you had brothers who also fought ?
My older brother was a good boxer, a great champion (Namphon Nongkeepayayuth, Lumpinee Champion in 112 lbs and 126 lbs)!
NAMKABUAN WITH HIS BROTHER NAMPHON
You were a brawler when you were a child?
No I never fought
You began the boxing at which age?
I began the boxing in 10 years
In what age you have make your first fight?
In 10 years but I was not well prepared, not trained, I began only my formation…
NAMKABUAN HAS 15 YEARS!
How you discovered the boxing?
I knew the Muay Thai thanks to my older brother it’s him who made me discover sport…
You began Muay Thai in which camp?
I began my formation to the camp Nongkee Pahuyuth Gym to Nongkee in Isaan with Master Pramote Haymook!
NAMKABUAN HAS 16 YEARS TO THE CAMP NONGKEE PAHUYUTH GYM!
NAMKABUAN ALWAYS WAS FAITHFUL TO HIS CAMP THE NONGKEE PAHUYUTH GYM!
MASTER PRAMOTE HAYMOOK!
You always stayed in this camp?
I always fought for Nongkee Pahuyuth but when I was going to fight in Bangkok, just before the fight I finished my preparation in the camp Muang Surin, I stayed one week in the camp, the first time when I went there I was 12 years old…
In what category you fought?
I fought in 130 lbs
What are the titles which you gained?
I gained the belt of Lumpinee in 130 lbs which I kept during six years, I don’t remember any more exactly all my opponents against whom I have to win, then I did not have a challenger anymore then I have to leave my vacant belt to gain world champion’s belt that I kept several years then…
How much have you make of fights, how much have you of victory and defeat?
I have make 283 fights for 266 victories, 15 defeats and 2 draws!
You gained many fights by KO?
Not little, only two victories by KO
You had which style of boxing?
I was strong in knees and technique, a mixture of technique, but it’s difficult to explain with words…
What was your favorite technique?
The grab of leg to strike then the leg or make my opponent fall over !
What was your hardest fight so far?
Against Ramon Dekkers (RIP), in 1997, for fights I was very sick, I had lost 10 kilos in the year, the fight was very hard but I gained the match…
Your best memory of boxing?
My victory on Cherry Sor Wanich, a great champion!
What are the known fighters that you faced?
There was a lot, Wang Chai Noi (1 defeat by points, 1defeat by Ko), Cherry (Victory), Lamnamoon (Victory), Somrak (Defeat), Neutharonee (Victory), Oley (1 victory, 1 defeat), Sakmongkol (1 victory, 1 defeat), Boonlai (1 victory, 1 defeat), Samkor (Victory), Chatchai (Victory), Orono (Defeat), Sangtiennoi (1 Defeat, 1 victory), Jongsanan (Victory)…
NAMKABUAN VS CHATCHAI
NAMKABUAN VS OLEY
NAMKABUAN VS SAMKOR
NAMKABUAN VS SOMRAK
You have already fought abroad?
Yes in Japan, in Hong-Kong, in Australia, in Morocco!
You know French boxers?
Yes I knew it, old champions, but it was 20 years ago…
What is according to you the best foreign fighter in Muay Thai, before and today?
For me it was Ramon Dekkers, the best!
And the best Thai fighter today, it’s who for you?
I would say Buakaw!
BUAKAW AND NAMKABUAN TWO LEGENDS OF BOXING RINGS!
You made well your living thanks to Muay Thai?
Yes of course my life was much better thanks to Muay Thai!
What was your promoter when you fought?
THE GREAT PROMOTER MR. SONGCHAI RATANASUBAN WITH HIS BEST CHAMPIONS OF TIME!
( FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, NAMPHON NONGKEE PAHUYUTH, SAMRANSAK MUANGSURIN, SONGCHAI RATANASUBAN, NAMKABUAN NONGKEE PAHUYUTH AND SAMART PAYAKAROON)
You gained good purses in the time?
Yes of very good purses 250 000-baht!
NAMKABUAN IN THE 90’S WAS A MEMBER OF CHAMPIONS WHO GAINED THE BIGGEST PURSES!
After your boxer’s career what you have make?
I have make of the business, I opened restaurants, today I have a restaurant with my wife…
You did not want to open your camp of boxing in Bangkok for example, to become a trainer?
No I am happy like that with my family, I live in Korat in Isaan, I am good…
Thank you for the interview and chookdee for your business!
Thank you and chookdee to you!
NAMKABUAN NONGKEE PAHUYUTH
Real Name: Naipure Sidjatheuk
Date of birth: 04/02/1973
Weight: 63 Kg
Number of fight: 283. 266 wins.15 Losses. 2 Draws
Title: Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs, WMC World Champion in 130 lbs
Formed by Master Pramot Hoymook, from famous camp Nongkee Pahuyuth, Namkabuan and his brother Namphon are among the legends of the “golden age” of Muay Thai in Thailand!
Namkabuan in the 90s was a great champion, was the undisputed star of all aficionados because he inflamed the Lumpinee stadium with his wonderful techniques. Namkabuan was a phenomenal technician who has defeat fighters much more powerful than him thanks to his exceptional technical mastery.
His knowledge of the ring and how to fight earned him many nicknames, one of the best known is probably “The Ring Genius” but it was also called “Khun Khao Phanom Rung” (Stroke knee Phanom Rung) from famous temple Phanom Rung in Buriram region. And fans of Muay Thai was nicknamed Djomkaynaa (The plowman) because his specialty was technical grab legs, he caught the leg of his opponent and rose to unbalance his opponent and make him fall. This technique was riminded of a farmer who grows his plow and plowing his field, the farmer was Namkabuan and legs of his opponents, the handles of the plow…
Namkabuan gained his belt of Lumpinee at the beginning of the 90s and kept him for six years, he has to keep his trophy face has numerous opponents, in particular against great champions as Pairot Wor Wolapon and Neutharonee Tongraja!
Namkabuan beat the best champions of his generation such as Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Oley Kiat Oneway, Matee Jedeeptak (KO), Cherry Sor Wanich, Chatchai Phaiseethong, Robert Kaennorasing, Jomrak Lookprabat, Boonlai Sor Thanikul, Therdkiat Sittepak, Samkor Kietmontep, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Jongsanan Fairtex, Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke!
NAMKABUAN MADE “FRONT PAGE” OF MAGAZINES SPECIALIZED DURING SEVERAL YEARS!
NAMKABUAN WAS A CHAMPION WHO LIKED THE CHALLENGES, IN 1996, IN BANGKOK HE FACE TWO FRENCH CHAMPIONS IN THE SAME MATCH, MANU N’THO DURING THREE ROUNDS THEN EDDY SABAN FOR THE LAST TWO ROUNDS, THE GREAT CHAMPION DANNY BILL WAS IN THE FRENCH CORNER, THE FIGHT WAS VERY HARD FOR THE THAI BUT NAMKABUAN GAINED THE FIGHT BY POINTS !
Namphon who was four years old more than Namkabuan, was also an immense champion, he had no same style of fight as his young brother, Namphon was more a durable boxer who moved forward on his opponents by sending knocks of knees and terrible low kick. Namphon made many hard fights, too much, matches where he was often cut to the face, insomuch that the fans of Muay Thai had nicknamed him “Khun Khao Nay Peuaiye” (The blow of knee reconstructed) because during his career he had 72 stitches, furthermore he had a serious accident of car what was worth to him additional stitches!
Namphon has to gain the belt of Lumpinee in 112 lbs and 126 lbs, he met twice great Samart Payakaroon (2 defeats), twice legendary Ramon Dekkers (1 victory, 1 defeat), three times formidable Jaroenthong Kietbanchong (1 victory, 1 defeat, 1 draw), twice the bull Neutharonee Tongraja (1 victory, 1 draw) and many other great champions as Orono Por Muang Ubon, Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Cherry Sor Wanich, Phetdam Lukborai…
Namphon often fought in Europe where he met in particular Ramon Dekkers in Holland and Pascal Scalp in France. In Amsterdam, in 1990, for world champion’s belt, Dekkers had beaten him in points. But the Thai had taken his revenge on the Dutch by beating him then in Bangkok, Namphon had received a 100 000-baht to have beaten the Dutch, in the time Namphon gained purses between 200 000 and 250 000 bahts!
In Paris, in 1989, Namphon had to meet the champion of Europe Pascal Scalp, the Thai had to win by Technical knock-out by breaking the shin of French…
NAMPHON NONGKEE PAHUYUTH
THE MATCH BETWEEN NAMPHON NONGKEE PAHUYUTH AND SAMART PAYAKAROON WAS TERRIBLE !
Both brothers after their career each opened a restaurant to Nakhon Ratchassima in the region of the northeast, the styles of very known restaurants in Thailand which are called “Neua Yang Kaoli” (Korean Barbecue) where the speciality are pork’s grills. The restaurants of Namkabuan and Namphon is recognizable in their sign because they each put above a logo with boxing gloves. The restaurant of Namkabuan is situated on Suebsiri Road to Nakhon Ratchassima and that of Namphon on Changpeuak Road to Nakhon Ratchassima, his restaurants are every day opened…
RESTAURANT OF NAMKABUAN « NAMKABUAN BBQ KOREA » (นำขบวน เนื้อย่างเกาหลี)
RESTAURANT OF NAMPHON « NAMPHON BBQ KOREA » (นำพล เนื้อย่างเกาหลี )
The great champions Somrak Khamsing (Golden medal in the Games Olympic of 1996) and Phajol Moolsan (Bronze medal in the Games Olympic of 1988) also opened the same types of restaurants “Korean Barbecue”, Somrak in Bangkok in the district Wat Bang Toei and Phajol to Bang Bua Thong near Bangkok…