Saensak Muangsurin

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Saensak Muangsurin
(แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์)
Real nameBoonsong Mansri
(บุญส่ง มั่นศรี)
Nickname(s)ŝāy thlāy lok (ซ้ายทลายโลก)
"World Collapsing Southpaw"[1]
ŝāy s̄īchmphū (ซ้ายสีชมพู)
"Pink Southpaw"[2]
Weight(s)Light welterweight
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
NationalityThailand Thailand
Born(1950-08-13)August 13, 1950
Tambon Ban Sadiang, Amphoe Mueang Phetchabun, Phetchabun province, Thailand
DiedApril 16, 2009(2009-04-16) (aged 58)
Rajvithi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Boxing record
Total fights20
Wins by KO11
No contests0

Saensak Muangsurin (13 August 1950 – 16 April 2009) was a professional boxer from Phetchabun, Thailand. He was a former WBC light welterweight champion, who set a world record by winning a world title in his 3rd professional fight. He is also Thailand's heaviest world boxing champion to date.


Saensak started fighting in Muay Thai and fought in several Muay Thai matches held in Japan prior to winning the world title. In the beginning, he used the name "Saensaep Petchcharoen" and "Saepsuang Petchcharoen" in his neighborhood.

Later, he became a famous Muay Thai fighter. He has faced many top Muay Thai fighters such as Poot Lorlek, Wicharnnoi Pontawee, Pudpadnoi Worawut, Khunpon Sakornpitak, Wisan Kraigriengyuk, Kongdej Lookbangplasroy, Sirimongkol Looksiripat, and he won the junior welterweight title by knockout from Sorrasak Sor Lukbookalo in just the first round in 1971.[3]

In addition, he was also an amateur boxer at the 7th Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in Singapore in 1973. He made news every time he won by RSC until he won the gold medal.[3]

Saensak made his formal professional boxing debut on November 16, 1974, with a first-round knockout win. He won his second fight in February 1975 by technical knockout in round 7, and challenged Perico Fernandez for the WBC light welterweight title in his third professional fight. He defeated Fernandez by technical knockout in the 8th round on July 15, 1975, to set a world record for taking the shortest time to win the world title; it had been less than a year since he made his debut in 1974.[3]

Saensak lost his world title in his second defense against Miguel Velasquez after being disqualified in the 5th round, but quickly regained it four months later on October 29, 1976, by knocking out Velázquez in two rounds. He successfully defended the WBC belt 7 times (8 total, including his defense prior to the disqualification against Velázquez), most notably against former WBC lightweight champion Guts Ishimatsu, whom he knocked out in six rounds.

He was knocked out by Sang Hyun Kim in the 13th round to lose his world title on December 30, 1978. He fell into relative obscurity from then on, losing both of his fights in 1979, one of which was a third-round knockout loss to Thomas Hearns. His last professional fight was for the OPBF welterweight title, which he lost by decision over 12 rounds. His record was 14–6–0 (11 KOs).

In 2014 Vasyl Lomachenko equaled the record of winning a world title in his third bout. Saensak still has the record for the fastest time though, having taken 11 days less than the Ukrainian.

Awards and accomplisments[edit]

Muay Thai


Professional record[edit]

14 Wins (11 Knockouts, 3 Decisions), 6 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 14–6 South Korea Chung-Jae Hwang MD 12 1981-04-05 Thailand Roi-Et, Thailand For OPBF welterweight title
Loss 14–5 Spain Andoni Amana UD 10 1980-11-13 Spain Bilbao, País Vasco, Spain
Win 14–4 Philippines Mike DeGuzman TKO 5 (10) 1980-09-30 Thailand Jirapravat Stadium, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
Loss 13–4 United States Thomas Hearns TKO 3 (10) 1979-10-18 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 13–3 Philippines Dan DeGuzman SD 10 1979-07-20 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Loss 13–2 South Korea Sang-Hyun Kim TKO 13 (15) 1978-12-30 South Korea Munhwa Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea Lost WBC super lightweight title
Win 13–1 Venezuela Francisco Moreno TKO 13 (15) 1978-04-08 Thailand Municipality Stadium, Hat Yai, Thailand Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 12–1 France Jo Kimpuani TKO 14 (15) 1977-12-30 Thailand Tung Na-Chai Stadium, Chantaburi, Thailand Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 11–1 United States Saoul Mamby SD 15 1977-10-23 Thailand Open-Air Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 10–1 United States Mike Everett TKO 6 (15) 1977-08-20 Thailand Open-Air Stadium, Roi-Et, Thailand Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 9–1 Spain Perico Fernandez UD 15 1977-06-17 Spain Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Madrid, Spain Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 8–1 Japan Guts Ishimatsu KO 6 (15) 1977-04-02 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 7–1 United States Monroe Brooks TKO 15 (15) 1977-01-15 Thailand Open-Air Stadium, Chiang Mai, Thailand Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 6–1 Spain Miguel Velazquez TKO 2 (15) 1976-10-29 Spain Hermanos Maristas Sports Pavilion, Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain Won WBC super lightweight title
Loss 5–1 Spain Miguel Velasquez DQ 5 (15) 1976-06-30 Spain Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Madrid, Spain Lost WBC super lightweight title
Win 5–0 Japan Lion Furuyama UD 15 1976-01-25 Japan Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBC super lightweight title
Win 4–0 Philippines Ely Yares KO 6 (10) 1975-12-13 Thailand Hua Mark Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Win 3–0 Spain Perico Fernandez KO 8 (15) 1975-07-15 Thailand Hua Mark Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Won WBC super lightweight title
Win 2–0 Japan Lion Furuyama TKO 7 (10) 1975-02-16 Thailand Hua Mark Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Win 1–0 Philippines Rudy Barro KO 1 (10) 1974-11-16 Thailand Hua Mark Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand

Personal life & Death[edit]

During the glory period he was a celebrity or even a superstar. He married a popular actress in that era, Prim Prapaporn. The couple have one son, he named his son Kriangsak "King" Mansri, just like the name of the prime minister at the time Gen. Kriangsak Chamanan.

He ended his boxing career with injuries, especially the right eye. When he retired, he was blind in his right eye. His wife divorced him, and his savings of up to 10 million baht were exhausted. Ever since, his life has been hard. He had a monthly courtesy from the WBC and other authorities in Thailand, but it was not enough to cover costs.[3]

Saensak was admitted to Rajvithi Hospital on April 12, 2009 for liver failure and intestinal blockage. Surgery failed to improve his condition, which was complicated by Saensak being afflicted by various ailments. On April 16, Saensak died while under observation in an intensive care unit.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ พลิกประวัติ แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์ แชมป์มวยโลกผู้ยิ่งใหญ่. (in Thai). 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2015-11-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ ปั้นหุ่น"ไอ้แสบ"แสนศักดิ์ รำลึกซ้ายสีชมพู. Komchadluek (in Thai). 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2015-11-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d หน้า 37-41, "หมัดซ้ายสีชมพู" แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์ แชมป์โลกชาวไทยคนที่ห้า รุ่นซูเปอร์ไลท์เวท WBC. "22 แชมป์โลกชาวไทย" นิตยสารคนเด็ด (เฉพาะกิจพิเศษ) โดย "ชายพจน์": ตุลาคม 38 (in Thai)
  4. ^ Thangarajah, Edward (2009-04-17). "Thai legend Saensak dies at 58". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2009-04-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Preceded by
Perico Fernandez
WBC Light welterweight Champion
July 15, 1975 - June 30, 1976
Succeeded by
Miguel Velasquez
Preceded by
Miguel Velasquez
WBC Light welterweight Champion
October 29, 1976 - December 30, 1978
Succeeded by
Sang Hyun Kim