Singprasert Kittikasem: The Relentless Thai Boxing Legend

Singprasert Kittikasem was a Thai professional boxer who competed between 1988 and 1999. He is renowned for being the first Thai to become a world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF junior-flyweight title from 1989 to 1990 and the WBC and lineal flyweight title from 1991 to 1992.

Early Life and Muay Thai Career

Born Nattawut Jantaweemol on November 11, 1968, in Tha Chai, Mueang Chainat, Chainat, Thailand, Kittikasem had a passion for combat sports from a young age. He claimed to have fought around forty to fifty Muay Thai fights, using the ring names Jingjok Uvichaiyont and Muangchai Singnonsuan, although he never won any championships in the sport.

Professional Boxing Career

Kittikasem transitioned to professional boxing when a promoter needed a short-term replacement on one of his cards. His relentless pressure fighting style and unwavering determination quickly propelled him to the top of the sport.

In only his seventh professional bout in 1989, Kittikasem won the IBF junior-flyweight title on points against Filipino Tacy Macalos. After two successful defenses, he traveled to the United States to defend his crown against the undefeated amateur star Michael Carbajal in 1990. Despite being knocked down four times and injuring his chin during the seventh round, Kittikasem’s resilience was on full display.

Undeterred by the loss, Kittikasem moved up in weight and won the WBC and lineal flyweight title in 1991, cementing his legacy as a two-division world champion. He successfully defended his titles against notable opponents such as Ratanapol Sor Vorapin and Rosendo Álvarez before retiring in 1999 with an impressive record of 25 wins, 4 losses, and 17 knockouts.

Legacy and Retirement

Kittikasem’s career was marked by his unwavering determination, relentless pressure fighting style, and ability to overcome adversity. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Thai boxers of all time and a true legend of the sport.

After retiring from boxing, Kittikasem pursued a career in politics, running for local elections in Bangkok twice, although he was not successful. He has also been involved in various business ventures, including a production company focused on music recording and promotion.

Singprasert Kittikasem’s legacy as a two-division world champion and the first Thai boxer to achieve such a feat will forever be etched in the annals of boxing history. His relentless spirit and unwavering determination continue to inspire generations of Thai fighters to this day.

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