Ratanachai Sor Vorapin

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Ratanachai Sor Vorapin
Real name Chaiya Pothang
Rated at Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality Thailand Thai
Born (1976-11-01) November 1, 1976 (age 40)
Dankhuntod, Thailand
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 87
Wins 75
Wins by KO 50
Losses 12
Draws 0
No contests 0

Ratanachai Sor Vorapin is a professional boxer and a former WBO bantamweight champion. He is the younger brother of Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, a former IBF strawweight champion.

Professional career[edit]

After winning 6 consecutive matches, he fought Ruangroj Kiatkriangkrai for the Thai light flyweight championship where he won by unanimous decision on September 28, 1992. In his first defense of that title 73 days later, he lost to Kompayak Chor Charoen on points and tasted his first defeat. He regained it on March 26, 1994 with TKO victory over Suksawat Torboonlert in two rounds.

Sor Vorapin had his first shot at a world title on April 24, 1999 where he battled Mark Johnson for the vacant IBF super flyweight title. Unsuccessfully, he lost via unanimous decision.

He then moved up in weight where he took on Tim Austin for the IBF bantamweight title on December 15, 2001. Like his previous attempt for a world crown, Sor Vorapin lost the match in a similar fashion.

In his third world title shot, Sor Vorapin finally achieved victory. There, he won the WBO bantamweight title on May 7, 2004 with a unanimous decision win over Cruz Carbajal. Following some wins in seven ordinary matches, Sor Vorapin defended his title by outpointing Mauricio Martinez on August 5, 2005. On his second title defense, however, he was TKO'd in seven rounds by Jhonny Gonzalez on October 29, 2005.

He attempted to regain the title by challenging Gerry Peñalosa who won it from Gonzalez. In the aftermath of the fight, Vorapin was defeated by an 8th round stoppage from Peñalosa on April 6, 2008 in the event "Invasion: Philippines vs. The World" at the Araneta Coliseum. Peñalosa knocked down the Thai thrice, in the 5th, 7th, and earlier in the eighth.[1]

On September 14, 2008, Filipino boxer Michael Domingo scored a 9th-round technical knockout victory over Ratanachai Sor Vorapin at the New Cebu Coliseum to retain the regional World Boxing Organization Oriental bantamweight title.[2][3]


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Preceded by
Abdi Pohan
IBF Inter-Continental Flyweight Champion
1994-05-14 – 1994-08-06
Succeeded by
Abdi Pohan
Preceded by
Pirus Boy
IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight Champion
1995-02-25 – 1995-05-02
Succeeded by
Ricky Matulessy
Preceded by
Danny Romero
WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Champion
2001-09-29 – 2001 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Pramuansak Posuwan
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Kularbdang Kiatkrerin (Vacated)
WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Champion
2003-02-11 – 2004 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Rey Bautista
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Cruz Carbajal
WBO Bantamweight Champion
2004-05-07 – 2005-10-29
Succeeded by
Jhonny Gonzalez