THONGCHAILEK MUAY THAI GYM
by Serge TREFEU (2019)
(Thanks to Frederic JEAN)
The THONGCHAILEK MUAY THAI GYM is located in Nakhon Ratchassima province in the northeastern region of Thailand. He belongs to the great champion Thongchailek.
Thongchailek was trained in the famous Thor Silachai gym, the gym of star Thongchai Thor Silachai (Lumpinee champion in 105 lbs, 108 lbs and 112 lbs, Radja champion in 115 lbs, WMC world champion in 115 lbs, winner of the Mitsubishi Tournament, award Best Boxer of the Year 2001).
THONGCHAI THOR SILACHAI WAS AMONG THE BEST CHAMPIONS IN ANY CATEGORY OF THE 2000S
Thongchailek was a formidable fighter of the 90s, ranked in the stadium of Lumpinee (N ° 3 in 140 lbs), he faced and beat some of the big names of the discipline as well as great French champions.
THONGCHAILEK HAS OFTEN FOUGHT AT THE LUMPINEE STADIUM IN BIG EVENTS
After his career, Thongchailek opened his gym in his home region. Today, he teaches in his own gym. The Thongchailek Muay Thai Gym has a large infrastructure for a provincial camp.
THE GYM IS VERY LARGE AND WELL VENTILATED
Most of Thongchailek’s students are beginners. But the gym also has good professional fighters.
Frenchman Hugo Rémy, from Toulon, who is a professional boxer, has often fought for the gym.
HUGO REMY AT THE LUMPINEE STADIUM
The owner of places Thongchailek presents us his career and his gym:
Hello Thongchailek, can you introduce yourself?
My first name is Teikatok and my last name is Thongchailek. My name of Nak Muay is Thongchailek Thor Silachai from the name of Thor Silachai Gym which was at Nakhon Ratchassima also called Korat.
How old were you when you started Muay Thai?
I started when I was 8, my father taught me about Muay Thai and my uncles. My father fought between 57 and 60 kilos at the Lumpinee stadium and the Rajadamnoen stadium in the 1960s and 1970s. He’s 71 years old and still practices all the shadow boxing gestures today!
Your first fight?
I was eight and a half, I fought in a temple and I won by KO in the second round. I weighed 28 kilos.
Then you joined the Thor Silachai gym?
When I was 14 years old, I fought with the great champion Kaoponglek (Lumpinee Champion, WAKO World Champion and MTA, best boxer of the year 1995), he beat me at points and later he came to my gym the Thor Silachai. Then I prepared my fights with him.
THE THOR SILACHAI IS A GYM THAT HAS FORMED GREAT CHAMPIONS
THE TEAM OF THOR SILACHAI GYM WITH CHAMPIONS (STANDING) THONGCHAILEK, THONGCHAI, KAOPONGLEK
How many fights did you make?
I made 205 fights for 176 wins, 25 losses and 4 draws. I only lost twice by KO against Thais champions, Sadam Kiatyongyut and Ratchawat Looklangsee.
What are the known fighters you faced?
I beat Superlek, Daoloi, Sameu, Littideth, Kapayak, Khanompet, Marvin, Thepvalin, Kaluate (Saksom Chai). I lost by points against Sonlam Sor Udomrson.
THONGCHAILEK FACING THE STAR SUPERLEK SOR ISAAN
You also fought against many foreign champions?
Yes, I beat the champions Dida Diafat, Christian Garros, Karim Saada, Tarik Benfik. I also beat a Scotsman in Manchester.
THONGCHAILEK VS DIDA DIAFAT
THONGCHAILEK VS CHRISTIAN GARROS
In which category did you fight?
I fought between 59 Kg and 65 Kg
What style of boxer you were?
I was a boxer Fimeu (Technique)
You won titles?
In Thailand, I won the Issan Champion Belt
CHAMPION OF THE NORTHEAST REGION
What are your favorite boxers?
Samart Payakaroon, Oley Kiatoneway, Kaluate Sor Supawan, Wangchanoi Sor Palangchai, Therdkiat Sittepitak
You know French champions?
Yes, I know French champions well, Dany Bill, Farid Villaume, Manu N’Tho, Damien Alamos, Fabio Pinca, Rafi Bohic, Guillaume Kerner, Jean-Charles Skarbowsky, Jimmy Vienot
And foreign boxers?
Youssef Boughanem, Gorgio Petrosyan, I do not have all the names in mind…
Have you already been to France?
I have family in Toulon in France. I have friends who are in France like Krongsak, Lamkong, Anoukoun, Wanlop and Frederic Jean.
THONGCHAILEK WITH FREDERIC JEAN
Are you married?
I’m married and have three daughters who are 14, 10 and 5 years old. My 10 year old daughter loves Muay Thai, she has already fought twice and she has won by points!
When did you stop your boxing career?
I stopped boxing in 2007. After stopping my career in 2007, I was coach in China in Beijing and Hong Kong from 2008 to 2010. Then, in Jakarta in Indonesia from 2012 to 2014. And finally, in Hanoi, Vietnam from 2014 to 2015.
Today you have your own gym?
Yeah, when I was 43, I had a hobby boxing gym. But if a student wants to fight here in Thailand, I bring in professional sparrings and I have contacts with promoters. My gym is called Thongchailek Muay Thai Gym and is in Khorat. My wife has a small restaurant in my gym near my house.
Thongchailek Muay Thai Gym
141 Moo 6 Thambon Krokson
Ampheu Muang Nakhon Ratchassima 30310
Phone: 06 32 58 68 61
Facebook: Thongchailek Muaythai Gym
My project is to organize seminars in France in Europe and the USA…
Thank you Thongchailek for this interview
BEFORE STARTING A LESSON A GOOD WARM-UP IS IMPORTANT
WORKS IN THE PUNCH BAG
THONGCHAILEK FAMILY IN FULL