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.