Rajadamnern Stadium

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Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
(Sanam Muay Rajadamnern)
Ratchadamnoen Stadium
Location1, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°45′40″N 100°30′32″E / 13.76111°N 100.50889°E / 13.76111; 100.50889
OwnerThe Rajadamnern Co. Ltd
OperatorChuwattana Muay Thai & Boxing camp
Capacity8,000
Construction
Broke ground1 March 1941
Built1941-1945
Opened23 December 1945
Expanded1951
Construction cost258,900 baht
Main contractorsImprese Italiane All' Estero-Oriente
Tenants
Choocharoen Boxing Promotion
Website
rajadamnern.com

Rajadamnern Stadium (Thai: สนามมวยราชดำเนิน; RTGSsanam muai ratchadamnoen), also spelled Ratchadamnoen, is a sporting arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Along with Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Rajadamnern is one of the two main stadiums for modern muay Thai. The stadium has its own ranking system and championship titles up to middleweight (160 lbs).[1]

History[edit]

Rajadamnern stadium in 2009

In 1941, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram gave orders to build a national boxing stadium on Rajadamnern Avenue. Impresse Italiane All' Estero-Oriente won the construction rights, and the 258,900 baht project foundation stone was laid on 1 March 1941.[2]

Due to the lack of construction supplies during the World War II, the project was halted until August 1945. When construction resumed, it took only four months to complete it. The first boxing match was held on 23 December 1945. Tickets were priced at between 70 and 300 baht. Pramote Puengsoonthorn became the first stadium manager and remained in the post until his retirement in 1947.

The original stadium was open-air, resembling a Roman amphitheatre in design. Six years later, in 1951 a concrete roof was added, making it weather-proof.[3] After seven years of government ownership, the stadium was losing money, and on 24 May 1953, Chalerm Cheosakul, the stadium manager at the time, asked permission from the Crown Property Bureau to run the stadium and founded the "Rajadamnern Co, Ltd." Rajadamnern Co., Ltd. operates it to this day, and it has become one of the chief muay Thai boxing stadiums in Thailand.[2]

Chuwattana Muay Thai & Boxing camp is the official promoter for Rajadamnern Stadium, licensed by the Thailand Boxing Commission.[citation needed]

Gambling[edit]

Gambling is legal and takes place at the second level.[citation needed] The betting is done by hand-signals, as on a stock exchange trading floor. Often such signs are misunderstood by one side and fights may erupt outside the ring between gamblers.[citation needed] The security service at Rajadamnern Stadium is managed by armed military police.[citation needed] Foreigners usually occupy the expensive ringside seats, while gamblers and aficionados prefer the second or third ring of seats upstairs.[citation needed]

List of former champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

As of February 2020

Rank Mini flyweight Light Flyweight Flyweight Super Flyweight
C Ryuya Okuwaki Praewprao PetchyindeeAcademy Phetsomjit Jitmuangnon Fahboonmee Birdrangsit
1 Superlek Jitmuangnont Banleurit Sitwatcharachai Den Sorsu Saphankwai City Rungnarai Kiatmoo 9
2 Teplikit SitAor.Chao Olaylek Sor.Kaenjai Phetsommai Sor.Sommai Yodpot Nor.Anuwatgym
3 Yodkra Esan Tractor Phetsila MTM. Academy Chanalert Meenayothin Peunkol Tor.Surat
4 Plaipayak Sor.Tumanin Phetdet Wor.Sangpapai Piraphat Muayded 789 Fahboonmee Birdrangsit
5 Phetpanat Nor.Anuwatgym Kongburapa Tipthamai Tabnar Moopingaroi-Jungboie Phetsuphan Por.Daorungruang
Rank Bantamweight Super Bantamweight Featherweight Super Featherweight
C Saotho Sitchefboonthum Sao-Ek Sitchefboonthum Phetpangan Mor.Rattanabandit Samingdet Nor.Anuwatgym
1 Kumandoi Phetjaroenvit Kompatak Sinbeemuaythai Nawaek Sitchefboonthum Lumnammullek Aor.Atchariya
2 Chatploy Sor.Punsawat Saksri Kiatmoo 9 Kumantong Jitmuangnont Superlek Kiatmuu9
3 Dokmaipa Tor.Surat Pichitchai Mor.Sudpasert Looknimit Singkongsi Detsakda Sor.Jor.Tongpajin
4 Nongyot Sitjekan Kaipa 13 Rian Resort Surachai Sor.Sommai Mongkolphet Petchtindee Academy
5 Muangsab Soonkela Namaipai Samindum Chor.Atjaraboon Kiewpayak Mor.Rattanabandit Gingchanglek Tor.Laksong
Rank Lightweight Super Lightweight Welterweight Junior Middleweight
C N/A Panpayak Sitchefboontham Jomthong Chuwattana Kunsuk Sitchefboonthum
1 Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang Nuenglanlek Jitmuangnon Phetkantas MU.Den Capitan Petchyindee Academy
2 Extra Aor.Bor.Jor.Udon-Thanee Thananchai Aor.Bor.Jor.Udon Saensiri J-Power Roff Puket Pongsiri P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym
3 Kaonar P.K. Saenchai Muaythaigym Kongkrai Ennymuaythai Pon-Ek Aor.Kwanmuang Detrit Sathian Gym
4 Phet Utong Or. Kwanmuang Prabsuk Si-opal Saenpon Phetpachara Academy Denkaosaen Tor.Pirapath
5 Rungkao Wor.Sanprapai Chamucktong Fighter Muaythai Rungrat Pumpanmuang Wanchalerm Nuantong Snooker
Rank Middleweight
C Shinya Ishige
1 Eddy Paci
2 Thaweechai Sor. Prasopchok
3 Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai
4 Siangchai PLS.Gym
5 Sorgraw Petchyindee

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadiums in Thailand". Muay Thai Online. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  2. ^ a b "Rajadamnern Stadium". Muay Thai 2000. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  3. ^ "History of Rajadamnern Stadium". wmtc.nu. Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-01-20.

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