THE SURANAREE GYM
Special report by Serge TREFEU (2013)
This camp is located in the town of Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat),
in the North-East of Thailand.
Called Khorat this city is one of most important of the area of the North-East, an authentic city, very far from the many invaded places tourists whom one frequently finds in Thailand…
The Suranaree Gym exist since 15 years and is in “Boxing Stadium Suranaree” which makes party of the University of Suranaree Technology, a great complex which include the buildings of the university, a soccer stadium and the stadium Suranaree.
The town of Nakhon Ratchasima has also a large stadium, the VPP BOXING STADIUM which is in the center of Khorat in the Mittaphap-Nongkai road, matches are organized there all the monday and wednesday evening!
The Suranaree Gym belongs to the promoter Ponkrit Bounsian. The General Bounsian is a big shot of the army of Nakhon Ratchasima, Korat is the seat of the second military region of the Royal army of Thailand!
Mister Bounsian organizes every month matches of Thai boxing and Boxing in his stadium…
SURANAREE STADIUM (VÉTI MUAY SURANAREE) !
THE POSTERS FOR THE NEXT EVENT ARE ALREADY PLACES IN THE STADIUM!
The stadium is vast but there are only two punch bags in a corner of stadium for the training of the boxers…
THE BOXERS WAIT EACH ONE THEIR TURN FOR UNWIND TO THE PUNCH BAGS !
The fighters train outside, open air, the lessons with the paos and the session of clinch is also on the boxing ring of stadium. The duration of the round to the paos here is very long, five minutes instead of the three minutes usual. In general, in period of fight, the fighters make five to six rounds with the paos for their preparation…
WARM-UP AND TRAINING IN OPEN AIR!
SMALLER FROM LARGEST, NOBODY ESCAPES THE TRADITIONAL SESSION OF CLINCH!
IN SPITE OF THE VERY PHYSICAL LESSON WITH THE PAOS THE TRAINERS ALWAYS KEEP THE SMILE!
The boxers make their daily jogging on the track which surrounds the soccer field, the jogging of after noon is testing because the track is full sun, without the slightest plot of land of shade..
The camp does not possess a room in the stadium to accommodate the boxers, the fighters thus live all in the district where is the stadium. Several trainers supervise the fighters of whom Harnsuk Prasarthinpanomluk who was before in the camp of the star Namkabuan, he was Lumpinee champion and made more than 200 fights. This former champion beat great champions as Chalunlap and Wangchainoi. Harnsuk also train in other camps, as the Max Sport Gym in Bangkok…
HARNSUK IN PAOS !
MAGNIFICENT TÉI KAN KO SAI (HIGH KICK LEFT LEG) OF HARNSUK!
Old “Master” also gives invaluable advice to the young fighters…
THE SAGE “AJAHN” (MASTER) RULE WITH AN IRON FIST HIS STUDENTS!
THIS CHILD SEEMS SCEPTICAL IN FRONT OF MASTER WHO REST IMPASSIVE!
A dozen boxers trains for the camp Suranaree Gym, most are the children but there are some good fighters as Siangsakda, Senrit, Koto and Siridet.
Siangsakda Thor Morsri who is 17 years old is the young promising fighter of the camp, he often fights in Lumpinee in the category 115 lbs, Senrit Suranaree Gym is rough fighter, Muay Bouk (Fighter who moves forward) who is 24 years old and fights regularly in the stadium of Radja and Lumpinee in 122 lbs, then there is both brother Koto and Siridet, Koto Suranaree Gym is 23 years old and fights especially in the stadium of Radja when to his younger brother Siridet Suranaree Gym who is 19 years old, he has to gain champion’s belt of Isaan in 17 years!
Very few foreign fighters came to train in camp of Isaan, only French and Japanese. But for the moderate 200-baht sum you can test the paos of Suranaree Gym…
AFTER FOUGHT IN MUAY THAI FRENCH BOXER TRIES A PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN BOXING!
SURANAREE GYM !