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Bank Holiday Monday Training

Bank Holiday Training Monday

28th August 2023, there will be a joint class for all ages from 7 pm to 8 pm. That means the adult class and the junior class will both be at 7 pm.

Junior’s book in via the app for 6 pm and come at 7 pm

Adults book in via the app for 7.15 pm and come at 7 pm 



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Thailand’s 16-Year Old “Miracle Child” Picks Up Minor WBC Belt


By Corey Erdman Published On Mon Jul 13, 2020, 02:01 AM EST

If you were to see Sangarthit Looksaikongdin in the ring without any background or context, you wouldn’t guess that he was 16 years old.

Or that he had turned pro at 14 years of age.

Sangarthit was in action on Saturday at The Bazaar Hotel in Bankok, Thailand on Saturday, as he defeated Kulabdam Sor Jor Piekuthai for the WBC Asia light welterweight title. To the casual observer, the bout did not look like a 16-year old fighting a 21-year old Muay Thai convert. Sangarthit was composed well beyond his years, boxing off the back foot and running his southpaw opponent into both lead and counter right hands round after round. The teenager did eat some heavy shots, particularly a flush left hand in the third round, but managed to temper Kulabdam’s fiery aggression particularly in the later stages. Scores were 97-94, 95-94 and 99-92 in favor of Sangarthit.

Outside of the ring, Sangarthit (born Phoobadin Yoohanngoh) is exactly the way you would envision a 16-year old being. His social media is impeccably curated, with well-staged influencer-esque photos and brief captions. He’s dressed in Supreme and accessorized with new jewelry from a local sponsor as he live streams his trip through the mall after his fight to buy a new pair of Adidas Boosts. In an interview posted by his promoter, TL Boxing Promotion, he reveals that he’d like to become a YouTuber as well as a boxer.

Where he would find the time to do that, or where he finds time to take part in normal teenager activity is uncertain. Over the past year, Sangarthit has managed to win the WBC Asia title at 140 pounds, win The Fighter tournament put on in Thailand, and also won the Hilux Revo Marathon in his weight class as a Muay Thai fighter.

Born into a fighting family, he is reportedly the 14th child out of 16 siblings. When he trains at the family gym, an outdoor hut in Bangkok, he is constantly surrounded by children. Sangarthit is young enough to technically be in the same school as many of them, but his life has a drastically different focus. His father and brother train him, and his fellow fighting siblings look on and loiter on the ring apron. Those siblings include women’s minimumweight contender Duangdawnoi Looksaikongdin (born Kanyarat Yoohanngoh), who was also 14 when she made her professional debut in 2014 according to BoxRec.

These stories of teenagers, children in some cases, turning professional are not unprecedented in boxing, but they are most certainly rare. In 1923, Nipper Pat Daly turned pro at the age of 10 (some accounts listed him as being nine), and by September of 1929, was ranked No. 10 by Ring Magazine at bantamweight, by far the most stunning achievement of a child professional boxer ever.

Eventually, rules would be set in place in most countries to prevent such things from happening. One doesn’t have to think hard to figure out why professionally boxing adults would be dangerous for children and teenagers, and how easily it could turn into exploitation, if it wasn’t from the outset.

Mexico still allows fighters under the age of 18—Canelo Alvarez turned pro at 15, and quite often prospects looking to turn pro early pick up early wins in Mexico. In the United States, select states will allow fighters under the age of 18 with significant amateur achievements to box professionally pending parental approval, as was the case with Tristan Kalkreuth for his 2019 bouts on DAZN. On the same day as Sangarthit-Kulabdam, 16-year old super featherweight Yoo Chan Lee had his second pro bout in South Korea as well.


But the phenomenon of teenage boxers is much more prevalent in Thailand than anywhere else.

“There’s often been a feeling that Thailand is the “wild west” of Asian boxing, allowing not just super young kids to turn professional but also allowing world champions to fight stay busy bouts against absolute novices and over-matched opponents,” said Scott Graveson, founder of the indispensable, the best chronicle of the Asian boxing scene for English speakers.

“For some fighters it’s handled safely. They don’t tend to throw the kids in super tough, but overall the safety does look really lax at a lot of Thai shows. Thankfully there does seem to be a growing level of care in how shows are handled. TL Promotions and the WP Boxing shows have higher production standards than what we were accustomed to in Thailand for years. There is, of course, a few bouts that look very out of place, but by and large they are prodigies against novices. I suspect in the US some of the sparring for teenagers are tougher than some of the early bouts for the Thai teens.”

With regards to Sangarthit, the question is whether the minor title he now holds is merely symbolic or a sign that his brain trust has intentions of maneuvering him into riskier, more challenging fights. While he defeated Kulabdam conclusively, good portions of the fight were fought on relatively even terms, and his opponent in this case was a 2-1 duel sport fighter who had never gone past the third round as a boxer. Nonetheless, the minor belt he captured could theoretically see him enter the WBC’s Top 40 at light welterweight and put him in the neighborhood as far more developed fighters such as Shohjahon Ergashev (most recently ranked 33rd) or former titleholder Argenis Mendez (31st). Educated observers understand that these belts and rankings have little meaning, but their value still exists for promoters and matchmakers who need to play ball with sanctioning bodies. As impressive as he may look, it would be unwise to pay attention to those rankings and maneuver Sangarthit like a regular 9-0 prospect and not like a 16-year old.

“I’m not sure he’ll ever be a global star, but he does tick a lot of boxes to be a notable figure. He’s young, has a great back story, looks very mature for a teenager, has a good boxing brain on his shoulders, can box going forwards or backwards. The issue is going to be his development over the next 2 or 3 years. He’s going to have to be matched well to develop his skills, and I’m not sure if TL Promotions and Thairath have the financial clout to get him either the bouts he needs or the sparring,” said Graveson. “In saying that if they have the money and spend that on getting him experience stateside, getting him training in the US with some American and Mexican fighters at the weight, there’s no reason why he can’t become a star. I think naturally he’s a fighter with a higher ceiling than Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (Kiram Tewa) who fought for a world title at a similar weight, but we’ll have to wait a long time to see him reach that ceiling. The potential is there, but it’s how his team handle and nurture that potential that is going to be the tricky thing.”

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Thai boxing resumes, but audiences stay home

Boxers and referees go back in the ring after months out of work

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now.

Leaders of the sport hailed the return to the ring after the shutdown, which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work, and said they hoped spectators would be allowed to attend matches again soon.

“I’m very happy and excited to get back to the ring … But I feel a bit strange. I was used to the sounds of crowds cheering, but there’s no audience,” said Khathawut Tumthong, a 21-year-old boxer.

Thailand’s government has eased most curbs to try to revive an economy badly hit by the pandemic, with sports competitions among the latest activities to resume. No local transmissions of the virus have been reported for 40 days.

However, authorities have yet to issue rules on when and how audiences will be allowed at sports venues. In March, a spike in virus cases was linked to a boxing match in Bangkok.

“Today is a good start for the boxing industry,” said Viboon Jampa-nguern, head of Thailand’s boxing committee.

“Boxers are in jeopardy, they don’t have alternative jobs. The same goes for those who work as boxing referees, they don’t have second jobs to support them,” he said.

Thailand’s tourism-driven economy could contract a record 8.1% this year, with the number of foreign tourists expected to tumble 80%, the central bank has forecast.

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Muay Thai is helping Parkinson’s patients

How Muay Thai is helping Parkinson’s patients stand up to the disease

At the KF1 Gym in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, a unique initiative has seen a group of Parkinson’s patients take up the Thai martial art

Led by former top-level fighters, the sessions focus on four things Parkinson’s sufferers often lose: confidence, balance, fitness and spirit

Monday, 10 June 2019, 5:00:AM

Michael Leung wasn’t sure what to make of the offer he was given to take part in today’s Muay Thai training session.

Aged 49, he has spent the past 12 months coming to terms with being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His body is still adapting to the doses of medicine he now needs to take daily, as well as the after-effects, while his mind is focusing on the fight ahead.

But after some urging from friends, Leung decided to see what this ancient Thai martial art was all about and, more importantly, what it might do for him. The results – judging by the sweat that stains his shirt and the smile on his face – have been all positive.

“I’ve enjoyed this very much – it’s great,” Leung says. “I feel confident, and it helped my co-ordination because I am usually stiff. But right now, after punching, I feel great. I really like it. I really like this feeling.”

Leung is not his real name. Like many Parkinson’s patients, he is wary of word getting out because of the stigma that surrounds the illness. He is a schoolteacher.

We’re three floors up inside a dusty mixed-use building in Mong Kok that has definitely seen better days. Inside the KF1 Gym, however, there’s an immediate sense of purpose. The walls are lined with gloves, the shelves stacked with tape and other tools of the trade. There are images everywhere of fighters both past and present and there is – as always – anticipation in the air.

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Over the past month or so, a unique initiative has been regularly taking place here on the mats and around the punching bags as a group of Parkinson’s sufferers have taken to Muay Thai. The initial idea was that these training sessions would focus on balance, concentration and – vitally – confidence, aspects of daily life that are directly affected by the disease.

“This condition cannot be cured,” Leung says. “It’s a long-term fight, and you have to face that. First you have to find out what medicines are comfortable for you, with little side effects. Then I wanted to find ways to do exercise. It’s important to stay active.”

Parkinson’s is a long-term degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. It is most noticeable through the shaking or slowness of movement that emerges in patients. The disease affects an estimated seven to 10 million people around the world, according to the Parkinson’s News Today website.

The cause of the disease remains a mystery but the symptoms arrive following a decrease in the production of one of the brain’s chemical messengers – dopamine – which in turn causes abnormal (or uncontrolled) brain activity.

Medication can control symptoms but the reaction is different for each patient, according to Winnie Chan Yin of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Patients Support Group. The association is run by Parkinson’s sufferers who know first-hand that the effects of the disease, and these medications, can vary.

Chan says there are around 10,000 people in Hong Kong diagnosed with the disease.

“So we organise activities, we encourage and we help each other,” says the 57-year-old, who was diagnosed with the disease 24 years ago. “Overseas, we have seen that Parkinson’s patients do all sorts of things, so we wanted to do this. Through training you can see the change. You can see they can grow in confidence and manage the disease better.”

Chan was one of the initiators of the Hong Kong Muay Thai programme, alongside one of her organisation’s patrons, retired policeman James Elms.

Elms, 75, has a long history of working with charities in Hong Kong, as well as supporting combat sports. He co-founded the Full Contact Boxing Association back in the 1980s. It was there that he first worked with Kong Fu-tak, one of the city’s most fearsome pro fighters, through a career that took in Muay Thai and kick boxing, and just about anything else thrown at the fighter.

After retiring from the ring, Kong, now 62, established the Fu Tak gym chain and has trained tens of thousands of fighters, from pros to enthusiastic amateurs.

“In Muay Thai there are four requirements,” Kong says. “You have to have confidence, good balance, be physically fit and you have to have spirit, or tenacity. Parkinson’s patients lose these four things, so we thought we could build them up in these four areas. We start them slowly and show them that, yes, they can do it. So start slowly, push them a little bit, and get their confidence back. Because of this, things that they thought they might never do again, they can. You can see them become positive.”

Today, about 15 Parkinson’s patients at different stages of the disease have been taking part in a class directed by former Muay Thai champion Chan Kai-tik, who still fights as well as coaches. The 31-year-old coach says that when figuring out what exercises would have the greatest impact, the gym had to take into account that the physical needs and abilities depend on the individual. So there are deep stretches, balance poses – and then they all start hitting the bags. With relish.

“Balance is not good, so we adapt,” coach Chan says. “We use the ropes in the ring, or the punching bags, if they need to jump about, as they have something to lean against to make them more stable.

“We also see what movements everyone is capable of. We are very careful to make sure everyone can join in. You can see their spirits rise as they look at each other. Everyone likes to hit the bags and to learn how to throw a punch because this makes you feel good. You can see that in their eyes, and in their smiles.”

So far, one four-week course has been completed and a new course is being devised. There will also be a charity fight night at Southorn Stadium on June 13, with profits going to support the Parkinson’s Muay Thai initiative.

“There are a lot more people wanting to join us now,” Winnie Chan says. “They are learning that you can do a lot more than just sitting down. They can get a bit of their lives back.”


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Death of young Muay Thai Fighter brings focus on dangers


BANGKOK — The sight of two preteen boys pummeling each other with fists, elbows, knees and feet as a boisterous crowd shouts wagers at each other is considered good, clean sport in Thailand.

However, the death earlier this month of a 13-year-old Muay Thai contender may push forward changes to protect other youngsters in Thai kickboxing.

Anucha Tasako died of a brain hemorrhage two days after he was knocked out in a bout on Nov. 10, his 174th match in a career that began at age 8.

His death was a fluke, said some of the sport’s boosters. They said that the referee did not stop the fight soon enough, and that no doctor was available.

But even those boys who can carry on fighting are almost guaranteed serious long-term health damage, according to a new report by a Thai doctor.

Thai lawmakers recently suggested barring children younger than 12 from competitive boxing, but boxing enthusiasts strongly oppose the change. They say the sport is part of Thai culture and gives poor families the opportunity to raise a champion that will lift their economic circumstances.

Anucha was born in the poor northeastern province of Kalasin and raised by his grandparents since his parents split up when he was 3. Anucha was already becoming his family’s breadwinner when his uncle, a physical education teacher and boxing trainer, brought him to the Bangkok suburb of Samut Prakarn around a year ago to pursue a big-time boxing career.

Anucha’s days started at 4:30 a.m. with a run and light training at the boxing gym. He attended school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. before heading back to the gym for more training until 8 p.m. Bedtime was 10 p.m.

Tapakorn Takimnok, 15, a fellow boxer and a friend of Anucha, said he woke up the younger boy every day and never once heard him complain.

“He’d spring right out of bed every time I woke him up,” said Tapakorn. “He always trained hard and kept any emotions to himself.”

Anucha could occasionally earn as much as 10,000 to 40,000 baht ($300 to $1,200) for each fight he won, which he would give to his grandparents, siblings and uncles, Tapakorn said, adding that Anucha earned more than other young fighters because he fought often and was considered a gifted boxer. Young amateur boxers typically earn around 500 to 1,000 baht ($15 to 30) a fight.

“I told him to stop boxing,” said Anucha’s 75-year-old grandmother, Subin Tasako. “He told me: Grandma, what else can I do? I’m young and I can’t work. If I stop boxing, how would I earn money to pay for school or support you? That’s what he said.” Subin said she didn’t know how to respond.

Footage of Anucha’s fatal fight, posted online by Thai media outlets, show him briefly stumbling to the floor after taking a knee to his leg from his opponent. He picks himself back up, and the referee promptly allows the fight to resume, but Anucha appears to have had the fight knocked out of him.

Moments later, he is staggering and defenseless against the ropes, as his opponent lands at least four hard punches to Anucha’s head, leaving him dazed, and perhaps even unconscious before he hits the floor and bangs his head hard on the mat.

Dr. Witaya Sungkarat, a doctor from Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok, spent five years conducting a study published last month that compared brain development between young boxers and children not involved with the sport.

The study’s results clearly show that boxing causes irreparable damage to a young child’s developing brain, he said, adding that the longer each participant had boxed, the worse their condition became.

“If we keep letting children box and injure their brains without implementing measures to protect them, their futures are predictable,” Witaya said.

Witaya understands part of the sport’s appeal. “People like to watch children box because they don’t lose on purpose and they genuinely fight each other,” he said, referring to the common perception that many professional boxing matches are fixed to accommodate bookies.

But Anucha’s case, he said, shows how inadequate oversight in the Thai boxing industry had led young boxers to be overworked.

“It’s the system that abused him. The system allowed him to fight this much and this often at such a young age,” Witaya said. “There’s a loophole in the system that allowed him to become a professional fighter without any preventive measures.”

Witaya referenced a provision allowing children to be paid “rewards” rather than being paid compensation for work. And while professional Muay Thai titles are only open to competitors age 15 or older and two major Bangkok stadiums have weight minimums, children can fight in unofficial matches outside the World Muay Thai Council supervision with a guardian’s permission.

Sukrit Parekrithawet, a lawyer who represents several boxing camps, said the recently proposed legislation to regulate the sport was conceived by outsiders who do not understand it.

He cited the success of former Thai boxing Olympic gold medalists such as Somluck Kamsing, who began his boxing career at the tender age of 7. Like many top-tier Muay Thai boxers, he made a transition to more lucrative conventional boxing, and became the first Thai athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, in the featherweight boxing competition in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

“If these guys did not start fighting at a young age would they be world champions today?” Sukrit said, adding his opinion that allowing children to box is not dangerous because the blows are not as forceful.

At the Jitmuangnon Gym in Bangkok, 10-year-old Chaichana Saengngern rises every day at around 4 a.m. to train before going to school, then returning to work out some more. He has 20 bouts under his belt since first stepping into the ring at the age of 8.

“He needs to fight in real matches to be a good fighter,” said Chaichana’s uncle, Suthep Saengngern, speaking days after Anucha’s death. “He can’t just dance around in the gym.”

Suthep said he doesn’t support banning children from boxing because it would rob many poor Thai families of the chance for their offspring to become professional athletes.

“Every family’s economic background is different. People with money send their kids to play golf, tennis, swimming or shooting. But poor people can’t do that. We can only do boxing. This is our option,” Suthep said.