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5 December 1962
(e.g. Handsome Tiger)
|Style||Muay Thai, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Trainer||Yodtong Senanan (Muaythai)
Sukjai Sappalek (Boxing)
Ismael Salas (Boxing)
|Professional boxing record|
Thai Boxing career
Samart has an older brother, Kongtoranee Payakaroon, who induced Samart to start training in Muay Thai. Samart started Muaythai training when he was 11. The First Muaythai teacher of Samart was Yodthong Senanan (Kru Tui) who taught both Samart and Kongtoranee. His first fight name was Samart Lookklongket. After he fought about a dozen fights (orthodox stance), he came to Bangkok to fight at Lumpinee Stadium in 1978.
Muay Thai Honors
- 105 lb Thailand Champion of Lumpinee Stadium in 1980
- 108 lb Thailand Champion of Lumpinee Stadium in 1980
- 115 lb Thailand Champion of Lumpinee Stadium in 1981
- 126 lb Thailand Champion of Lumpinee Stadium in 1981
- 1981 Sports Writers of Thailand fighter of the year
- 1983 Sports Writers of Thailand fighter of the year
- 1988 Sports Writers of Thailand fighter of the year
In 1982, he turned to boxing where he fought from a southpaw stance. In 1986, he won a WBC junior featherweight title with a surprise KO over rock-chinned Lupe Pintor in the fifth round and defended against the respected Juan Meza before being stopped by undefeated Australian Jeff Fenech. He made a comeback in the 1990s and challenged unsuccessfully for another world title.
Between his two stints as boxing champion, Samart signed with a Grammy winning label and released three albums. They are pop music but with his upcountry accent ('"Ner" เหน่อ) as opposed to central Thailand accent. His first album, Peedongmembur. (ร็อคเหน่อๆ) in 1989, contains a famous song On Som (อ่อนซ้อม - not enough practice) talking about him being very proficient in boxing but lacking the same aptitude at getting love from women. His second and third album, Arom Dee (อารมณ์ดี) and Kun Mai Kun Mike (คันไม้คันไมค์) followed in 1990 and 1992 with famous songs Nam Plik Pla Too (น้ำพริกปลาทู) and Kao Ao Eng (เกาเอาเอง) respectively. After the three albums, he went back to boxing.
Samart had a role in the 2001 Thai film, The Legend of Suriyothai. He had a major role in the French drama film, Fureur, and was in the 2004 film, The Bodyguard. In 2006, he co-starred in the Thai martial arts film, Dynamite Warrior. He appeared in Muay Thai Chaiya in 2007.
|WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
18 Jan 1986– 8 May 1987
- Artist Name: Samart Payakaroon, iKey (GMM online music store), accessed December 27, 2007.
- Professional boxing record for Samart Payakaroon from BoxRec
- Samart Payakaroon at the Internet Movie Database