|Real name||Theeraphol Samranklang |
|Nickname(s)||phyạkhḳh̒ h̄n̂ā k̄hrụm (พยัคฆ์หน้าขรึม)|
|Height||5'3 (160 cm)|
|Reach||65in (165 cm)|
|Born||November 16, 1968|
Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand
|Wins by KO||47|
Veerapol Sahaprom or Veerapol Nakornloung (Thai: วีระพล สหพรหม, วีระพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น; born November 16, 1968) is a former WBC and WBA Bantamweight Champion. He is from the Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand. He is nicknamed "Solemn-faced Tiger" or "Deathmask" because he never changes his expression when throwing punches.
Early life & Muay Thai
Sahaprom (nickname: Pol; พล) was born in Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima province, but raised in Amphoe Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi province. He started boxing from Muay Thai since childhood from his brother forced. Around 1990–94, he was a famous Muay Thai fighter under Chucharoen "Ung-mor" Raveearamwong as manager. He has faced many fighters, such as Santos Devy, Sillapathai Jockygym, Langsuan Panyuthaphum, Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang, Duangsompong Por Pongsawang, Berkreak Pinsinchai, and ever lost-won with Saenmuangnoi Lukchaopormahesak (Samson Dutch Boy Gym) two times, his maximum salary is 220,000 baht in fight with Baeber Narupai. He won three different weight classes championships of the Rajadamnern Stadium. His last fight in Muay Thai was to fight with Saengrai Sitkruaod at Lumpinee Stadium.
Veerapol Sahaprom entered professional boxing in 1994 under Suchart Pisitwuttinan of Nakornluang Promotion as promoter and manager. In the debut, where he won the WBC International Super Flyweight Title. He challenged a world title for the first time in only his fourth fight as a professional, defeating fellow thai fighter Daorung Chuvatana. However, Sahaprom lost his first defense against former WBC Super Flyweight Champion Nana Konadu at Kanchanaburi Stadium, losing his title in only four months.
Three years after losing his WBA world title, Sahaprom got his second world title shot against WBC Bantamweight Champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi on December 29, 1998. The fight took place in Osaka, Japan, and Sahaprom won by knockout in the 6th round, becoming world champion for the second time. Sahaprom fought Tatsuyoshi again in August, 1999, knocking him out in the 7th round for his second defense of the title.
Sahaprom defended his title 14 times from 1996 to 2005, winning numerous non-title fights in between. He also fought Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka four times during his reign, retaining his title in every single fight. Sahaprom finally lost his title to Hozumi Hasegawa in a 12-round unanimous decision. He held the WBC Bantamweight Title for over six years.
Sahaprom fought five non-title fights after losing his title to Hasegawa, winning all five, including four by knockout. He challenged Hasegawa on March 25, 2006 in Kobe to avenge his loss, but was knocked down with a right hook in the 9th round, and was unable to pick himself up. This was the second knockout loss of his career, and his eighth fight in Japan.
Sahaprom announced his retirement from boxing at age 39 after a loss to Vusi Malinga in a world title eliminator on June 12 in Bangkok, Thailand. He returned to the ring less than a year later on March 20, 2009 to knockout Yudi Arema.
Muay Thai titles:
- Junior Flyweight Champion of Rajadamnern Stadium (108 lbs)
- Flyweight Champion of Rajadamnern Stadium (112 lbs)
- Junior Bantamweight Champion of Rajadamnern Stadium (115 lbs)
- 1993 Rajadamnern Stadium fighter of the year
- WBC International Super Flyweight Champion (115 lbs)
- WBA Bantamweight World Champion (118 lbs)
- WBC Bantamweight World Champion (118 lbs)
- forex (2006-03-24). ""พยัคฆ์หน้าขรึม" วีระพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น(Veeraphol Nakornluang) ชกเพียง 4 ครั้ง ก็ได้แชมป์โลก" (in Thai). kapook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
- หน้า 128-131, "พระกาฬหน้าขรึม" วีระพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น แชมป์โลกชาวไทยคนที่ยี่สิบสอง รุ่นแบนตั้มเวท WBA.. นิตยสารคนเด็ด ฉบับพิเศษ. "22 แชมป์โลกชาวไทย" โดย ชายพจน์. (สำนักพิมพ์ดวงตา, ตุลาคม 2538) (in Thai)
- "เจาะชีวิต "วีระพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น" SMM Visit - Veeraphol Sahaprom" (in Thai). youtube. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
| WBA Bantamweight Champion
September 17, 1995 - January 28, 1996
| WBC Bantamweight Champion
December 29, 1998 - April 16, 2005