Oleydong Sithsamerchai: Thailand’s Deadly Candy Conquers Boxing World

Oleydong Sithsamerchai, nicknamed “The Deadly Candy,” etched his name in boxing history as the first Thai world champion from southern Thailand. Born on July 17, 1985, in Huai Yot District, Trang Province, Sithsamerchai’s journey to the top was nothing short of remarkable.

His professional career began in 2002, and within five years, he had already captured the WBC Youth and Asian mini flyweight titles. Sithsamerchai’s relentless determination and punching power propelled him to new heights, culminating in his crowning achievement on November 29, 2007, when he defeated Eagle Den Janlaphan to become the WBC strawweight world champion.

Sithsamerchai’s reign as the WBC strawweight champion was marked by three successful title defenses. He showcased his skills against formidable opponents, including a majority decision victory over Juan Palacios on November 28, 2009. However, his reign came to an end on February 11, 2011, when he suffered a knockout loss to Kazuto Ioka, relinquishing the coveted title.

Throughout his illustrious career, Sithsamerchai amassed an impressive record of 69 wins, 29 of which came by way of knockout, against just 2 losses and 1 draw. His achievements extended beyond the ring, as he became a source of pride and inspiration for aspiring boxers from southern Thailand, a region that had long awaited its first world champion.

Sithsamerchai’s journey was not without challenges, but his unwavering spirit and dedication to the sport propelled him to the pinnacle of success. His legacy as the “Deadly Candy” will forever be etched in the annals of Thai boxing history, serving as a testament to the power of perseverance and the indomitable spirit of a true champion.


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