Chatchai Sasakul

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Chatchai Sasakul
Statistics
Real name Chatchai Sasakul
Rated at Flyweight
Super Flyweight
Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 2 12 in (1.59 m)
Reach 63 in (160 cm)
Nationality Thailand Thai
Born (1970-02-05) February 5, 1970 (age 44)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 69
Wins 65
Wins by KO 40
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0
Chatchai Sasakul
Personal information
Born February 5, 1970

Chatchai Sasakul (born February 5, 1970) is a former boxing champion in the flyweight division. Aside of being a professional boxer, Sasakul is also a practitioner in snooker.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Sasakul was an amateur boxing star in Thailand. He had an amateur record of 85 fights, winning 78 of them, and also earned the King's Cup for the Best Boxer.[2]

Olympic career[edit]

He represented Thailand as a Light Flyweight at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The results of his fights were:

  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Luis Rolon (Puerto Rico) 3-2
  • Defeated Maurice Maina (Kenya) 5-0
  • Lost to Róbert Isaszegi (Hungary) 2-3

Professional boxing career[edit]

Sasakul turned pro in 1991 and captured the WBC and Lineal flyweight titles with a win over Yuri Arbachakov in 1997. He defended the titles twice before losing to Manny Pacquiao by knockout in 1998 to earn Pacquiao his first championship titles.

On March 31, 2007, Sasakul knocked out Lito Sisnorio, a Filipino boxer. Sisnorio reportedly sustained brain injuries during the fight. The next day, following unsuccessful brain surgery, Sisnorio was pronounced dead at Piyamin Hospital in Thailand at 9:15 PM.[3][4][5] The controversy over the match arose from the fact that Sisnorio's role in the fight was not officially sanctioned by the Philippine Games and Amusement Board.[6] His death prompted the Board to ban all fights involving Filipino boxers in Thailand starting April 2007.[7][8][9][10][11]

On August 30, 2008, Sasakul challenged Cristian Mijares, the WBA and WBC unified super flyweight champion. However, he stopped in three rounds. According to a doctor who provided him medication after the match, this was the Thai boxer's last career fight. What might have become a disadvantage for Sasakul was that he had to go to a second flight to Mexico through Germany after having problems with the first flight which tried to go through Hong Kong. By the time he got to Mexico, the fight was only three days away and that he experienced jet lag.[12]

Preceded by
Yuri Arbachakov
WBC Flyweight Champion
Lineal Flyweight Champion

12 Nov 1997 – 4 Dec 1998
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FALL OF A GREAT ASIAN WARRIOR". Philboxing.com. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  2. ^ Bangkok Post 07/07/03
  3. ^ Simakajornboon, Damrong (2007-04-01). "Sisnorio passes away!". fightnews.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  4. ^ Lagumbay, Salven (2007-04-01). "Filipino boxer dies in Thailand". Breaking News: Sports (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  5. ^ Lagumbay, Salven (2007-04-02). "RP boxer Sisnorio dies after getting KO’d in Bangkok". Breaking News: Sports (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  6. ^ Maitem, Jeoffrey (2007-04-03). "Requiem for a boxer: Who will cry for Angelito?". Sports Headlines (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  7. ^ Lagumbay, Salven; June Navarro (2007-04-03). "Sisnorio manager under fire: GAB bans all Thailand fights". Breaking News: Sports (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  8. ^ Navarro, June (2007-04-03). "Poverty forced Sisnorio to a life in the ring". Inquirer Headlines: Sports (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  9. ^ Inquirer (2007-04-03). "Pinoy pug’s death a cause for concern, says Pacquiao". Inquirer Headlines: Sports (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  10. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (2007-04-01). "Lito Sisnorio KO'd in Sasakul Mismatch". PhilBoxing.com. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  11. ^ Danseco, Rey (2007-04-02). "The Aftermath of Lito Sisnorio's Death". Boxing Scene: The Source for Boxing News Online. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  12. ^ "SASAKUL SAYS PACQUIAO IS FEARLESS". Philboxing.com. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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