Having introduced the deadly yet beautiful art of Muay Thai to the world, Thailand is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighting nations on the planet. And while most fight fans would think of devastating elbows, kicks and knees when they think of the term “Thai fighter”, the Land of Smiles has actually produced a long list of exceptional fighters in other combat sports as well; most notably, in the sweet science of Boxing.
Known for their crushing punching power and incredible technique, Thai boxers have been largely successful in boxing over the years; entertaining fans around the world with their exciting fighting styles, becoming huge stars and even some of the sport’s most respected legends.
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at 5 Of Thailand’s Greatest Boxers:
1) Khaosai Galaxy
Perhaps one of, if not the most revered boxer in Thailand, is former WBA Super Flyweight Champion, Khaosai Galaxy. At the beginning of his career, Galaxy relied heavily on his toughness and devastating punching power to get the better of his opponents as he lacked the amateur boxing experience his western counterparts usually had.
However, once he started adding on technique to compliment his fearsome power, Galaxy became virtually unstoppable. After suffering his first and only loss in his 7th pro fight, Galaxy then went on to a 42-0 undefeated streak with 37 KOs over the next decade. During this streak, Galaxy won the WBA Super Flyweight Title and defended it 19 times, with 16 of those by knockout, before finally retiring as the champion.
Today, Galaxy is a member of the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame alongside the likes of the late great Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong, Joe Louis and more. He is also currently listed #19 on Ring Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time. His left hand, in which all of his knockouts came by, is considered to be the hardest single punch in the history of the lower weight classes.
2) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Flyweight sensation Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is one of the most accomplished Thai boxers of all time. A multiple-time WBC Flyweight Champion and two-time The Ring Flyweight Champion, Pongsaklek also once held the longest consecutive win streak in boxing with 55 wins over the span of 9 years.
Known for his beautiful footwork and masterful technique in the ring, Pongsaklek also possesses one of the most extensive records in modern day boxing with a total of 97 fights, with 47 knockouts and only 5 losses. Today, he is regarded by fans and experts alike as one of the greatest flyweights in the history of the sport, and one of the most skillful and intelligent fighters to ever step foot in the ring.
Pongsaklek is currently a full-time instructor at Evolve MMA.
3) Pone Kingpetch
As Thailand’s first boxing world champion, Pone Kingpetch is undoubtedly the man who inspired and paved the way for all the great Thai boxers that came after him. In fact, the legendary fighter is so revered that Thai people even erected a statue of him in his hometown of Hua Hin, Thailand.
Trained by Hall-of-fame trainer Al Silvani, Pone Kingpetch was known for his heart and relentless style. And with only a total of 35 professional bouts, Pone Kingpetch managed to capture the WBC, WBA, and The Ring flyweight titles, making him one of the most accomplished boxers that Thailand has ever produced.
4) Yodsanan Sityodtong
Arguably one of the most well-known Thai boxers today is Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai Sityodtong, also known during his career as Yodsanan 3-K Battery. Yodsanan’s punching power was so frightening that many started dubbing him “Little Tyson” or “Thai Tyson”. His record is one of the most impressive in all of boxing, with 47 knockouts in a total of 58 wins and just 3 losses. A skilled southpaw who never backed down from a fight, Yodsanan held the WBA Super Featherweight title for 3 years.
Yodsanan is currently a full-time instructor at Evolve MMA.
5) Veeraphol Sahaprom
Veeraphol Sahaprom is definitely one of the most intimidating fighters to ever grace the boxing ring. Having already obtained championships in three different weight classes as a Muay Thai fighter, Veeraphol won his first boxing world title in only his fourth professional boxing bout; claiming the WBA Bantamweight title from a fellow Thai boxer. He then captured the WBC Bantamweight title a few years later and defended it 14 times.
Nicknamed “Solemn-faced Tiger” or “Deathmask” due to his stern and unchanging facial expression when throwing punches, Veeraphol amassed an impressive record of 72 fights with 66 wins and 47 knockouts.
Two of the greatest boxers to have ever emerged from Thailand, Pongsaklek Wongjongkam and Yodsanan Sityodtong, are now passing on their knowledge of the sweet science as instructors under the Evolve MMA academy in Singapore.