Sangmanee: Muay Thai's New Promise

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06 Jun 2013 15:00

Sangmanee began to fight when he was just a kid to escape the poverty of rural Thailand. At just 16 years has become the golden boy of Muay Thai and possibly he will represent his country at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The life of the Sangmaee’s parents was not easy working in the field and his father fought in the Muay Thai’s fights to earn extra money. Sangmanee 's father did not have a special reputation as a boxer, but had managed to knock over a hundred opponents, and most importantly, to Sangmanee he was like a hero and dreamed up one day to the ring to fight like him.

Sangmanee’s father started training him when he was just six years old and opened a small gym on the farm to make him a true Muay Thai fighter. A few months later his father gotta pay the entrance of a second hand bike to take hin to his first fights, but they used to come home sick and exhausted after traveling many miles to go to the fighting.

Sangmanee was aware of the efforts he was making his father to give him a better future awaited him working the land in the farm, therefore, when he turned 11 and he was more tanned in the fighting, grateful for all the support he said to his father: "You want a car or a house ? I 'll get fighting”.

Uploaded on the bike with his father, Sangmanee toured the provinces of Thailand to go to his first fights and soon managed to win twelve fights and just one defeat. Sangmanee had become invincible child who pull the strings in the Muay Thai soon notice him.

When Sangmanee turned 15 years old the family was packing to go live with him to Bangkok, where they don't need more land tilling or moving with the motorcycle to go to the fighting, Sangmanee now trains in one of the most importants gyms of Bangkok where he has a room that he shares with his parents and a ring where his father still training him. He don’t have to worry about money because his manager, a Thai policeman, bears all costs and he has become the golden boy of Muay Thai who probably will represent his country in the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Sangmanee 1
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is training in the gym (June, 2013). In training Sangmanee raises a 10 kilos iron weighs with his mouth to maintain strong jaw and neck.

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Sangmanee 2
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

The Sangmanee manager puts him the Mongkon in the forehead before combat (June 2013). According to Buddhist belief this amulet serves to shake the negative energy and give the fighter force in combat.

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Sangmanee 3
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee seen the ring before the fight (June, 2013). Sangmanee fights in Muay Thai combats since he was just six years and has managed to get his family out of the poverty in rural Thailand

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Sangmanee 4
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is fighting in the ring (June 2013). The Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and the most popular. This sport began as a form of training in the Army of Siam with the aim of transforming their bodies into weapons to defend against melee enemies.

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Sangmanee 5
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is training with a partner in the ring (June 2013). The contact on the Muay Thai is brutal, however, is more technical than boxing and the goal is not only knock the opponent

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Sangmanee 6
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is preparing to train (June 2013). In Muay Thai, unlike boxing, is used fists, knees, elbows and feet.

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Sangmanee 7
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

The room where lives Sangmanee (June 2013). Sangmanee shares a room with his parents in the resort hotel where he trains daily

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Sangmanee 8
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

The prizes of the combats of Sangmanee (June 2013). Sangmanee has fought in the big stadiums, has won two national titles and has become the new promise of muay thai with only 16 years.

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Sangmanee 9
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is running on the track (June, 2013). Every day before going to school Sangmanee is going to run to keep fit

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Sangmanee 10
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee prays before the combat (June 2013). According to Buddhist tradition, Muay Thai fighters should give gifts to have luck in the combat

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Sangmanee 11
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee prays before the combat with his manager (June 2013). According to Buddhist tradition, Muay Thai fighters should give gifts to have luck in the combat

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Sangmanee 12
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is training in the ring with his father (June 2013). Sangmanee's father is his coach since he was six years old, when he began to fight to escape poverty

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Sangmanee 13
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee, age 16, is training in the ring with his father (June 2013). Sangmanee's father is his coach since he was six years old, when he began to fight to escape poverty

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Sangmanee 14
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is preparing in the ring before the fight. (June, 2013). In Thailand Muay Thai fights have religious and spiritual connotations, that's why the fighters carry amulets and before the fights they perform a dance ritual in honor of Buddha and the teachers.

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Sangmanee 15
Bangkok
By Joan Planas
05 Jun 2013

Sangmanee is training at the gym with one of his colleagues (June 2013). Since he arrived in Bangkok a year ago, Sangmanee has become the golden boy of Muay Thai