Thailand’s Boxers Have So Many Beefed Up Records!
By Ken Hissner: I understand it’s the travel bureau that serves as the boxing commission in Thailand. No wonder they have boxers with beefed-up records.
The following are some examples active today and from the past:
Light Heavyweight Sirimongkhon Iamthuam, 97-5 with 62 stoppages two fights ago, stopped an opponent making his debut. He beat nineteen with losing records and twenty-three making their debut.
In Iamthuam’s last fight in April of 2021, he was stopped by fellow Thailand boxer Tewa Kiram, 44-1, which makes sense as far as competitive in records. In Kiram’s case, he fought only two with losing records and three making their debut being an exception to those with built-up records.
Iamthuam defeated twenty-two with losing records and nineteen making their debut. That is forty-one of his ninety-seven wins against such opposition, which makes no sense.
In February of 1997, Iamthuam won the WBC Bantamweight title defeating Jesus “Chuyin” Sarabia, 24-5-3, of Mexico over 12. After two defenses, he lost to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, 14-4-1, stopped in seven in Japan. In August of 2002, he knocked out Japan’s Kengo Nagashima, 21-1-1, in two rounds in Japan for the vacant WBC World Super Featherweight title. In August 2003, after one defense, he lost to Mexico’s Jesus “El Matador” Chavez, 39-2, in Texas in 12.
Thanomansak Sithaobay, 56-6 with 33 stoppages, was 31-1 when he lost trying to win the WBA Bantamweight title from Filipino Luisito Espinosa, 25-5 over 12 rounds, in Bangkok, in November of 1990. He again failed in April of 1992, losing to Japan’s Katsuya Onizuka, 18-0, over 12 rounds for the vacant WBA World Super Flyweight title in Tokyo, Japan. In November of 1993, in a rematch, he again lost in 12.
He defeated nineteen with losing records and ten in their debut.
Former WBC Minimumweight world champion Chayaphon Moonsri, 55-3 with 19 stoppages, has a similar boxing record defeating sixteen with losing records and two making their debut.
Moonsri won the WBC Minimumweight title in November 2014, stopping Mexico’s Oswaldo Novoa, 14-4-1, in nine rounds in Thailand. He made twelve defenses before losing to current WBC Minimumweight champion Panya Pradabsri, 39-1 (and a rematch) with 23 stoppages is another. On his record, there were fourteen who had losing records and seven making their debut.
WBA World Minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong, 24-0 with nine stoppages, is an exception, having defeated one with losing and one making their debut. In his first fight, he won the vacant WBC Youth World Mini title defending it seven times.
In October of 2014, Niyomtrong won the WBA interim title defeating Nicaragua’s Carlos Buitrago, 27-0-1, and in February 2016, he won their rematch. In his next fight, he won the WBA World title defending it seven times before winning the WBA Super world title defending it three times so far.
Former Super World Flyweight champion Wisaksil Wangsek, 50-6-1 with 43 stoppages, defeated fifteen with losses and twelve making their debuts. In May of 2013, he won the world title. After a pair of defenses, he lost to Mexico’s Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, 29-0, in May of 2014.
In May of 2015, Wangsek won the WBC Silver Super Fly title, Stopping Mexico’s Jose Salgado, 34-2-2. In March of 2017, he defeated Ramon Gonzalez, 46-0, and again in September. In February of 2018, he defeated Juan Estrada, 36-2, but lost the rematch in April 2019. In his last fight, he lost to Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, 15-0, for the WBC World Super Fly title in Texas.
Former WBA Minimum champion Ekkawit Songnui, 50-8-1 with 27 stoppages, beat nineteen with losses, and eleven making their debuts.
In November 2010, he won the WBA Mini title defeating Wicha Phulaikhao, 42-5-2. In his next fight, he was knocked out by Muhammad Rachman, 62-10-5. In September of 2013, he was knocked out by Japan’s Kazuto Ioka, 12-0. He went 9-6 up until March of 2021.
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