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Special report by Serge TREFEU (2024)

The Chor Ha Phayak Gym, nicknamed “the camp of the 5 tigers”, belongs to Mr. Pattanchanin Meechan, better known in the boxing world as «Sia Chai Sukhothai». This passionate Muay Thai businessman founded this camp about fifteen years ago, investing 100 million baht to erect a superb training center in Lam Luk Ka, in the province of Pathumthani, 40 km from Bangkok.

Mr. Pattanchanin Meechan aka “Sia Chai Sukhothai”

During the difficult period of the covid pandemic, the Chor Ha Phayak Gym almost closed its doors permanently. Sia Chai was forced to send his fighters back to their families because without fighting, they could not support themselves. The camp was temporarily closed during this trying time.

Fortunately, after the pandemic ended, boxing competitions resumed in the country, and Chor Ha Phayak Gym fighters were able to return to the ring.

The structure of the Chor Ha Phayak camp is huge

The Chor Ha Phayak Gym has about fifteen fighters, under the guidance of four experienced coaches. The head coach is none other than the legendary champion of the 90s, Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai, nicknamed Wonderman.

Wangchannoi (black T-shirt) was elected “Best boxer of the year 1993” and won the Lumpinee belt in 108 lbs and 122 lbs, he is one of the rare champions to have beaten the monuments of Muay Thai which are Samart Payakaroon and Kongtoranee Payakaroon, he also defeated the super stars of the rings Samransak Muangsurin, Langsuan Panyuthaphum, Namphon Nongkee Pahuyuth, Dennuea Denmolee, Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong, Chamophet Ha Phalang, Samransak Muangsurin, Namkabuan Nongkee Pahuyuth, Oley Kiatoneway, Superlek Sorn E-Sarn, Cherry Sor Wanich, Jongsanan Fairtex, Karuhat Sor Supawan, Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Jaroensap Kiatbanchong, Boonlai Sor Thanikul!

Another coach, specialized in Boxing, also distinguished himself by his fighting skills. Bangsaen Yodmuaydong, famous for his striking power in the 80s and 90s in Muay Thai, won several knockout victories against renowned opponents such as star Cherry Sor Wanich, as well as champions Dejsakda Kittikasem, Chandet Chor Danthong, Pinphet Sor Sawamipak, Khao Sanit Sor Ploenchit and Samadhi Klongphonjon. With 150 fights to his credit in Muay Thai, he also had a professional career in Boxing, winning 17 out of 19 fights, including 10 by knockout. In 1990, in a match in England, he claimed the WBC International 122 lbs title against English champion John Davison, but was defeated by TKO. Originally from the same village in the Khon Kaen region as the legendary Krongsak Boranrat, who became a coach in France, Bangsaen also taught there for several years.

Boxing Lesson with Boxing Specialist Trainer, Khru Bangsaen Yodmuaydong
These two coaches held the paos in many large boxing camps before being at Chor Ha Phayak, including two renowned camps, Kietpetch Gym and Sor Sommai Gym

Since its inception, this camp has produced great champions such as Seuayai, Taksila, Phet Tuan Pae, Teeradej, Singdam, Satangthong, Nopadej, Yodsila, Sornkhao, Nong O and Phetjakchan.

Seuayai Chor Ha Phayak was a rising star of the camp, winning the belt of the stadium of Omnoi in 105 lbs in 2014, as well as the belt of champion Muay Thai Rat in 108 lbs
Taksila Chor Ha Phayak defeated the formidable Brazilian champion Julio Lobo for the belt of world champion Phoenix in 140 lbs at the stadium of Radja on April 28, 2018
Phet Tuan Pae Chor Ha Phayak won the Thai champion belt in 108 lbs in April 2023, beating Thanukit Sityodthanu at the Royal Thai Air Force boxing stadium
In July 2021, Phet Tuan Pae also won the title of Omnoi stadium champion in 100 lbs
Teeradej Chor Ha Phayak won the Radja stadium championship belt in 140 lbs in August 2023, defeating Tongsayam Kiatsongrit by decision
Singdam Chor Ha Phayak won the title of Thailand champion in 108 lbs at only 17 years old, in September 2022
Satangthong Chor Ha Phayak won the Thailand champion belt in 108 lbs in November 2023, defeating Khunsuknoi Boomdeksian
Nopadej Chor Ha Phayak, at 20 years old, won the “Maa Bin N°10” tournament in 125 lbs at the Omnoi stadium in 2022
Yodsila Chor Ha Phayak, aged 21 years, won the “Maa Bin N°9” tournament in 118 lbs at the Omnoi stadium in 2021
Sornkhao Chor Ha Phayak won the IBF Muay Thai super middleweight world title by knocking out Japanese champion Konikuma Kai in Japan, Yokohama, November 2023
Nong O Chor Ha Phayak is the big winner of the famous Thai Fight 2023 tournament in the – 70 Kg category, on December 24, 2023, he beat the Iranian champion Arman Moradi
Phetjakchan Chor Ha Phayak won the Omnoi stadium championship belt in 122 lbs

Phetjakchan was voted “Best Boxer of the Year” in 2023 by the prestigious institution “The Sports Authority of Thailand”!

Very few foreign fighters have trained at Chor Ha Phayak Gym. The siblings of the “Nak Muay Brothers”, the French fighters Petchnung Petch Muay Thai, Petchsong Petch Muay Thai, Petchsam Petch Muay Thai, who have their boxing camp in Hua Hin in the south, when they have fights in Bangkok, come finish their preparation at Chor Ha Phayak Gym.

The two coaches of Chor Ha Phayak with Petchnung Petch Muay Thai alias Isaac Mohamed (Radja Champion in 108 lbs in 2023) and Petchsong Petch Muay Thai alias Kaïs Mohamed (Fighter in the Radja stadium)
Because of the scorching heat, the boxers take a warm-up run in the shade inside the boxing camp
Boxers do 15 minutes of jumping rope just after their short run
Boxers in preparation for fight make five rounds of paos
The 12 punching bags of Chor Ha Phayak Gym allow several boxers to work at the same time without jostling
Many Chor Ha Phayak boxers wear beautiful tattoos