From left: Gai Chon, Geng Gat, Ngatao, Thongchai, Alex, and Mod Ek
This weekend on September 16th, four of our fighters from Petchrungruang Gym will be fighting at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. Fighting at Lumpinee is a big deal for young fighters, it’s where they gain exposure and experience on the bigger stages. At Petchrungruang, we specialize in raising young boys to be Lumpinee, Rajadamnern and Omnoi fighters.
Thongchai (Bank) is the most experienced at the National Stadium out of these 4 boys. He’s had a number of fights at Lumpinee already and as he’s grown in size and reputation his challenges have increased as well. Thongchai had been training for a fight at Omnoi, on TV, but his opponent failed to make weight and the fight was cancelled. So he rolled that last fight training into getting ready for this one a couple weeks later and we’re excited he gets to climb into the ring this time. He’s in good shape and ready to go. Thongchai is the third generation of the Petchrungruang family of fighters; his father Kru Nu is our head trainer and gym manager and his grandfather Khun Bamrung founded the gym in 1986. His name means “victory flag.”
Alex just turned 15 and has been with us at the gym for a few years now. He’s grown into his own recently and this fight at Lumpinee has a bit of spotlight on it as Alex is coming off of a big win at MAX Muay Thai Stadium here in Pattaya, on the televised Sunday show. It was Alex’s first televised fight and he did wonderfully, so the buzz around him at the moment is high.
Geng Gat is the newest addition to Petchrungruang Gym as a contracted fighter. His paperwork went through in Chonburi just a week before this fight and this will be his debut at Lumpinee. He’s still too small in weight to be on the main card (there is a 100 lbs minimum) but he’ll be fighting on the pre-show before the main program starts. It’s a great way for young fighters to gain experience in the big stadium before stepping into the main cards. Geng Gat’s fight name means “brave” and it suits him. He’s had a few fights since coming to the gym at the local Thepprasit Stadium and he is a fearless and menacing fighter in those ropes.
Ngatao’s name means “gray ivory,” and he is managed and signed to the Bor. Woralak Gym, which is technically separate from Petchrungruang but they do not have a gym and they train with us, in the same ropes and under the same roof with the Petchrungruang boys. We also corner for one another and cheer one another on, so we all grow together as a team despite the difference in name. Ngatao has been growing steadily in his reputation and skill (and size) as a fighter and he’s coming off some solid wins at more prestigious cards, including the televised Muay Dee Witee Thai show.
Wishing the best of luck for all these fighters!
Update: Geng Gat, Alex and Thongchai all won their fights decisively. This is Alex’s 6th victory in a row and he’ll be preparing to fight on the televised MAX show again mid-October. Thongchai took a dominant victory over his much-taller opponent and looked very strong. Ngatao fought strong and hard against a tricky, more experienced opponent and he won each round until his opponent narrowly stole the fight midway through the 5th round. It was a disappointing loss but we’re proud of how Ngatao fought. With experience comes knowledge for the next time. Congratulations to all four fighters!
Geng Gat wins his debut fight at Lumpinee
Kru Den, Alex, Alex’s father Mirko, and Kru Nu
Thongchai with his opponent at weigh in Ngatao with his opponent at weigh in
Alex with his opponent at weigh in Thongchai and the team after winning