Interview of NOPPARAT KEATKHAMTORN
by Serge TREFEU (2012)
NOPPARAT KEATKHAMTORN: Yes well
How old are you?
I am 28 years old
You come of what region of the Thailand?
I am of Nakhon Si Thamarat in the South of the country…
What is what you are to marry, you have children?
Yes and I have a little boy who is 7 years old
You would like that your son is a boxer later?
I teaches him a little the muay thai but is him who will decide if he wants to become a boxer or not…
You have brothers and sisters?
We were five children in the family
My younger brother is a good fighter, he trains in a camp of the South of the Thailand…
Kid you were rather a brawler or at all?
Yes I often fought, almost every day at the school, I was a nasty young (Laughter)
You began the boxing at which age?
In 8 years
You fought at once?
Yes 4 months having begun I have make my first fight which I gained at points, and I gained 150 bahts!
How you discovered the boxing?
A childhood friend is who trained in a camp which made me discover this sport
In a small camp near in my home which was called the Sakalung gym, we were only five boxers to train..
You fought a lot for this camp?
I have make approximately 40 fights for this camp…
In what camp you were then?
In 12 years, I went to the camp Kiatbanchong to Bangkok where I stayed three years then I was in the camp Petsiri Gym where I also stayed three years, and now it makes ten years that I am in the camp Keatkamtorn!
Yes there were many of the great champions in camp as Charoensap, Jaroenthong, Olé, Jaroenwit, Prompitak and Kaolan, and many others, Prompitak and Kaolan was still in the camp when I arrived, they are all of the South as me!
You live in the camp in Keatkamtorn?
No I have my house near the camp, I train and later I go back home…
In what category you fights today?
In 147 lbs
I gained five belts, in 2005, I gained the belt of Lumpinee in 126 lbs, in 2009 the belt of Lumpinee and Thailand in 130 lbs, in 2011 world champion’s belt S1 in 140 lbs and in 2012 world champion’s belt S1 in 160 lbs!
Your belts of Lumpinee you won them against whom?
My belt of Lumpinee in 126 lbs was against Kongpipop Petchyindee and for my belt of Lumpinee in 130 lbs the belt of Lumpinee and Thailand was against Singdam Kiatmuu 9, was in games for the same fight…
How much have you make of fights, how much have you of victory and defeat?
I have make 300 fights for 230 victories, 69 defeats and 1 draw!
Just about ten…
You have which style of boxing?
I am “Muay Khao” (Strong in knees)!
What technique you love most in fight?
Knees is my speciality!
What was your hardest fight in your career?
Final of the Tournament Toyota was against Yodseanklai Petchyindee (Fairtex), in 2003, in Lumpinee, I lost by KO, he broke me the nose with a poke, I was at the hospital after the fight, I was not able to fight during six months later fights…
Was in 126 lbs, we were three times in confrontation in all, I once won and he beat me twice!
Your best memory of boxing until today?
My victories on Seanchai Sor Kingstar, is the best!
You faced several times Seanchai?
Yes we met six times, I beat him three times, he once beat me and we have make two draws!
There was a lot, Kongpipop (1 victory, 1 defeat), Seanchai (3 victories, 1 defeat, 2 draws), Singdam (3 victories, 2 defeats), Anuwat (2 defeats), Keaw (Victory), Seanchainoi (Victory), Bovy (2 defeats), Yodseanklai (1 victory, 2 defeats), Kem (2 victories, 3 defeats), Orono (2 victories), Lerdsila (Victory), Moses (Victory), Dernchonlek (Victory)…
You have already fought abroad?
Yes in Italy and in England
And in France, you have already fought?
Not never but I would like very much going to fight over there, in France I know that there is very good fighters!
No I don’t know too much the foreign fighters…
For you who is the best nakmuay foreigner?
I cannot say to you, I don’t know enough the foreign fighters…
And the best Thai boxer at present it is who for you?
Seanchai of course but I find that it moment Phetawee Sor Kittichai is very strong also!
Who is your promoter?
You made well your living with the boxing?
Yes I gained enough money to buy a house and a car…
What is the amount of your purse?
70 000 bahts
I think that I would be a trainer to the camp Keatkhamtorn, I like to give lesson to the foreigners…
Your next fight takes place when?
In a month to Korat in Isaan against Petsi Jitty Gym!
Thank you and chookdee for fight!
SERGE TREFEU AND NOPPARAT KEATKHAMTORN
Nopparat (” nine jewels ” or ” nine precious of the fate”) is a great champion who beat the best of his category such as Khem Sitsongpeenong (twice), Seanchai Sor Kingstar (3 times), Singdam Kiatmuu 9 (3 times), Orono Wor Petchpun (twice), Yodseanklai Petchyindee, Kongpipop Petchyindee, Lerdsila Chumpairtour, Keaw Fairtex, Seanchainoi Toyotanarong and Dernchonlerk Sor Sor Niyom!
This technician who uses marvelously his knocks of knees practises a beautiful boxing, he feels at ease a little less when he meets puncheurs as Anuwat Kaewsamrit or Bovy Sor Udomson against whom he lost by KO!
So, Nopparat arrived several times in final of prestigious tournaments as the tournament Toyota, in 2003, when he was defeated in front of terrible Yodseanklai Petchyindee or still in the tournament Isuzu, in 2011, when he lost against formidable Kem Sitsongpeenong and in the big tournament 5 Star Fried Chicken (Kay Yang Haadao Tournament), in 2006, a tournament in which he beat Seanchai Sor Kingstar, Orono Wor Petchpun and finally lost in final against Kongpipop Petchyindee!
Real name: Nopparat Chumwong
Date of birth: in April 11th, 1983
Place of birth: Nakhon Si Thamarat
Weight: 67 kg
Number of fight: 300. 230 wins, 69 losses, 1 draw
Title: Lumpinee champion in 126 lbs (2005), Lumpinee Champion in 130 lbs (2009), Thailand Champion in 130 lbs (2009), World champion S1 in 140 lbs (2011), World champion S1 in 160 lbs (2012)
Team: KEATKHAMTORN gym