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Superlek Kiatmuu 9 was born on November 6, 1995 in the village of Tako Tapi in the Buriram region, in the northeast of the country. His real name is Manachai Yiamsiri.
Young Manachai’s father left just before his birth. His mother, who lived in great poverty, had to leave her child with her parents. Alone, she went to the country’s capital Bangkok to find work.
Manachai was raised by his grandparents, he only met his father at the age of 23 years when he had to do his military service. According to government regulations, Manachai had to present his father’s ID card. He therefore asked the police for help in finding his father using the name registered in the civil registry.
Police eventually tracked down his father, and Manachai met his biological father in Chonburi province. He had the opportunity to pay tribute to his for the first time in his life after 23 years of separation…
It was Manachai’s grandfather who took him to the Kiatmuu 9 boxing camp to learn the basics of the sport in order to become a professional boxer. He had hope that his grandson would help ease the burden on the Yiamsiri family..
Manachai took the fighting name of “Superlek Kiatmuu9”. Young Superlek (Little Super) began his Muay Thai training at the age of 7 years, and just a few months after starting, he won his first fight on points.
In this camp, Superlek was also introduced to boxing thanks to his uncles who are professional boxers. One of his uncles is none other than the ring star Singdam Kiatmuu 9 (Lumpinee champion, Thai champion, winner of the Toyota Cup Tournament, “Best fighter of the year 2002”), and the other is Seuadam Kiatmuu 9 who later fought under the name Seuadam Khongsittha.
Superlek spent his entire career in the Kiatmuu 9 camp, a camp which has today become very famous with the champions Singdam, Panomrunglek, Phetpanomrung, Wanchaï and Rungnaraï.
In the world of Muay Thai, in Thailand, everyone knows the exceptional reputation of the fighters from the Kiatmuu 9 camp (Pronounced Kiatmou Kao, 9 in Thai = Kao). This small country camp has become one of the best camps in the country. It was created by Mr. Sutjai Pumprakhon who succeeded in the audacious challenge of transforming young provincial boxers into stars of the rings. The camp is located in village No. 9 in the Takothapi district, 30 km from the large city of Buriram in the northeast region.
Open for around twenty years, Kiatmuu 9 Gym has been twice voted “Best Camp of the Year”, in 2002 and 2013, by the prestigious institution “Sports Writers Association of Thailand”!
At just 16 years old, Superlek won his first belt, the Thailand belt in 105 lbs against Phetsakon F.A. Group in 2011.
In 2012, at age 17 years, he beat Palangphon Watcharachai Gym for the Thailand belt in 112 lbs. Then, he won the Lumpinee belt in 115 lbs against Muangthai Sor Bounyiam.
In 2013, he won the Lumpinee belt in 118 lbs against Mondam Sor Weerapon and the Thailand belt in 126 lbs against Thanonchai Tor Sangtiennoi.
In 2013, he lost on points against the terrible Wanchalong and lost twice to star Sam-A Kaiyanghaddao. But in 2014, on March 30, in the province of Songkla, in the south, he beat on points the new title holder of the Lumpinee belt in 126 lbs, Superbank Sackchaichote.
On September 23, 2016, the young Superlek won the WBC world champion belt in 130 lbs by beating the bull Seksan Sor Sommai.
Three years later, on July 11, 2019, in the Radja stadium, Superlek met Rangkhao Wor Sangprapai for the Radja title in 130 lbs and he lost on points to Rangkhao…
In 2020, Superlek signed to fight in the One Championship organization in which he defeated Laotian Lao Chetra, Spaniard Rui Botelho, prodigy Phanpayak Jitmuangnon and Tunisian Fahdi Khaled. He lost on points for the title of world champion One Championship in – 61 Kg in Kick Boxing style against the Dutch-Moroccan Ilias Ennahachi.
On April 7, 2022, at the Radja stadium, Superlek won the Tru4You belt in 140 lbs by beating Superball Teded99 (Thailand Champion).
On January 14, 2023, against the Spaniard Daniel Puertas Gallardo (ISKA World Champion), Superlek became One Championship world champion in Kick Boxing style in 135 lbs, a belt that he brilliantly defended against the Australian Danial Williams (Victory by KO)!
His last fight, on September 22, 2023, raised the public at the Bangkok Arena. Superlek fought a terrible battle against the terror of the current rings, the Rodtank Jitmuangnon tank. Superlek finished the match with a bloody head. He beat Rodtank in points (Superlek had nearly 3 kg more than Rodtang for this match in the rules of Muay Thai)…
Superlek totaled 169 fights for 136 wins, 29 losses and 4 draws. He is a magnificent fighter, very technical, he is one of the young prodigies of the new generation 2010.
In 2012, Superlek was awarded the «Best Boxer of the Year» by the Sports Authority of Thailand.
Superlek received this trophy thanks to his great performance during the year 2012, because out of his 12 fights, he won 9, and beat formidable champions like Palangpon Watcharachai, Mondam Sor Weerapon, Muangthai Sor Bounyiam and Sangmanee Sor Tienpho.
For his fight against young star Sangmanee, Superlek retained his Lumpinee 115 lbs belt and won his camp a million baht dumpan!
Superlek defeated champions such as Sarawut Phitaphadeang, Wanchai Rambo Isaan, Palangpon Watcharachai, Mondam Sor Weerapon (KO), Hongtonglek Chor Faplaengsi, Muangthai Sor Boonyiam, Thanonchai Tor Sangtiennoi, Phetsakon F.A. Group, Sangmanee Sor Tienpho, Rungphet Kaiyanghadao (KO), Fonluang Sitboonmee, Tong Puideenaidee, Wanpichit Meenayothin, Superbank Sackchaichote, Pornsanae Sitmonchai, Bangpleenoi 96 Peenang, Seksan Sor Sommai, Phanpayak Jitmuangnon, Phet Utong Or Kwanmuang, Rodtang Jitmuangnon!
After boxing, Superlek’s other passion is football. A sport he plays every day after boxing training. He plays in an amateur team of his village and his favorite team in Thailand, it is of course the famous team of his region, the Buriram United F.C. He is also a big fan of the famous English club, Chelsea FC.
Superlek is married to Baitoey Chisanucha (high school teacher) who is the daughter of the great champion of the 80s, Peunthai Pinsinchaï. Baitoey’s older sister, Tangmo Chisanucha, is also married to a One Championship ring star, Superlek’s former opponent, the legendary Sam-A Kaiyanghadao.
Superlek met his wife at the age of 18, they have been together for 10 years. At that time, Superlek did not earn as much money and he was even very indebted because of his vice for gambling. It is thanks to his future wife, who has always been at his side during all these years, that he managed to repay his significant debts and to finally say goodbye to the vice of the game…
Today, Superlek wins purses of several million baht!
BY SERGE TREFEU