Chartchai Chionoi

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Chartchai Chionoi
ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย
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Born Naris Chionoi
(1942-10-10) October 10, 1942 (age 72)
Pathum Wan District
Bangkok, Thailand
Native name ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย
Other names Little Marciano of Asia
Marciano of Oriental
Nationality Thailand Thailand
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb; 8.0 st)
Reach 166 cm (65.4 in)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand
Years active 1959–1975
Professional boxing record
Total 82
Wins 61
By knockout 36
Losses 18
By knockout 5
Draws 3
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec

Chartchai Chionoi a.k.a. Chartchai Laemfapha (Thai: ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย หรือ ชาติชาย แหลมฟ้าผ่า; born October 10, 1942 in Pathum Wan District Bangkok, Thailand as Naris Chionoi) is a former professional Thai boxer and WBC World champion in Flyweight division.

Professional career[edit]

Chartchai Chionoi was the second ever World Champion from Thailand, following his Idol Pone Kingpetch. Unlike most Thai fighters, Chartchai was never involved in Muay Thai unlike so many other professional boxers from Thailand.

Chartchai Chionoi turned pro on March 27, 1959 with a second round knockout victory over Somsak Kritsanasuwan. Chionoi would go 7-0-1 in his first 8 pro fights, a 6 round draw against Sala Kampuch the only blemish. In his 9th professional fight, Chionoi would lose a 6 round decision to Singtong Por Tor, Chionoi would avenge this loss 5 years later with a 10 round decision victory.

Chartchai traveled to Japan for his next 11 fights, going 8 and 3 in the process. All three of his losses were by 10 round decision, including a loss at the hands of the reigning OPBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Haruo Sakamoto. The other two fighters that defeated Chionoi during this time, Mitsunori Seki and Akira Oguchi, would go on to lose rematches to Chionoi in the future.

After fighting in Japan for a year, Chionoi returned to his native Thailand for his next 4 fights, winning 3 of 4, his only loss to Ernesto Miranda would later by avenged.

On September 22, 1962 in Quezon City in the Philippines, Chionoi would face Primo Famiro for the vacant OPBF Flyweight Title. Chionoi decisioned Famiro over 12 rounds to capture the vacant title. In July of the following year, Chionoi would lose the OPBF Flyweight Title in his first defense, dropping a decision to Tsuyoshi Nakamura in Osaka, Japan. Nakamura would go on to make 10 successful defenses of the OPBF Title, before finally losing it in October 1969.

Chartchai Chionoi would go 19-2-1 over the next three years to earn his first world title shot. During that stretch Chionoi won a 10 round decision over former WBA & WBC Flyweight Champion Salvatore Burruni. Burruni had captured his world titles by defeating Chionoi's predecessor, Pone Kingpetch, in April 1965.

On December 30, 1966 Chartchai Chionoi challenged WBC Flyweight Champion Walter McGowan. Chionoi would stop McGowan in the 9th round to capture his first world title. Chionoi would make four successful title defenses during this first reign as champion, including victories over McGowan in their rematch, Efren Torres and future WBA Flyweight Champion Bernabe Villacampo.

On February 23, 1969 Chionoi would lose his title to Efren Torres in a rematch. The fight was stopped in the 8th round because Chionoi's left eye had swollen shut. Chionoi would win two out of three fights to earn a rematch with Efren Torres. In March 1970 in front of over 40,000 of his countrymen, Chionoi would win a 15 round unanimous decision over Torres in their rubber match, to once again claim the WBC Flyweight Title. Chionoi won by scores of 148-142, 147-144 and 145-141. The second title reign of Chartchai Chionoi would be short lived, in his first title defense Chionoi would be knocked out by Erbito Salavarria in the second round. Salavarria would go on to make several successful title defenses before losing the WBC Flyweight Title, he would later reign as WBA Flyweight Champion as well.

Undeterred by losing the WBC Flyweight Title for a second time, Chionoi would go undefeated in his next 6 fights to secure a title shot against long time WBA Flyweight Champion Masao Ohba. On January 2, 1973 Chionoi would face off against Ohba in a very memorable fight. Chionoi put Ohba on the canvas early, but the champion would rebound and stop Chionoi in the 12th round. Tragically Ohba would die in an auto accident 22 days after this fight. As a result of this tragic event, Chionoi would be paired against Fritz Chervet in May 1973 for the vacant title. Chionoi would knock out Chervet in the 5th round to capture his third World Flyweight Title.

Two successful defenses of his WBA Flyweight Title would follow, before Chionoi would lose his title on the scales in October 1974. Despite being stripped of the title, Chartchai Chionoi would still fight Susumu Hanagata in a fight that was for the vacant WBA Flyweight Title, at least on Hanagata's part. Susumu Hanagata would stop Chionoi in the 6th round to walk away the WBA Flyweight Champion.

After losing his third World title, Chionoi would win a 10 round decision over Willie Asuncion, then suffer a knockout loss to Rodolfo Francis in August 1975. Chartchai Chionoi would retire from boxing after the loss to Francis, finishing with a career record of 61-18-3 (36).

Retirement[edit]

Chionoi is now living a very comfortable life in retirement with his wife of over 45 years Oot, spending as much time as possible with their four children. Despite some lasting ill effects from his years as a boxer, Chionoi only has fond memories of his career, and lives with no regrets.

Preceded by
Walter McGowan
WBC Flyweight Champion
30 Dec 1966– 23 Feb 1969
Succeeded by
Efren Torres
Preceded by
Efren Torres
WBC Flyweight Champion
20 Mar 1970– 7 Dec 1970
Succeeded by
Erbito Salavarria
Preceded by
Masao Ohba
Dies in auto accident
WBA Flyweight Champion
17 May 1973– 18 Oct 1974
Succeeded by
Susumu Hanagata

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