The former fighter was a multi-time Flyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970's but has sadly been suffering from Parkinson's disease in recent years, with the health issues being attributed to his hard and long career in the ring.
That illness is said to have worsened to the point where Chionoi is now needing Oxygen at hospital and he can hardly breathe on his own.
Given the struggle with Chionoi's battle it was nice to see that promoter Naris Singwancha has began to make a monthly contribution to to Chionoi and his family. The payment is a relatively sizable one, and from comments in the media it seems that the promoter is hoping get others to help support Chionoi whilst his health continues to decline.
The move from Mr Singwancha is a positive one, and whilst it certainly won't reverse the illness it is good to see that the Thai boxing scene hasn't forgotten about the second ever Thai world champion.
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