Earlier today the Thai press reported that world ranked fighter Chatpetch Sithmorseng (16-3-2, 10) [ฉัตรเพชร ศิษย์หมอเส็ง] had been involved in a bike accident that could well end his professional boxing career.
The world ranked Super Flyweight, born Buaphan Khamrang, was said to have suffered a fracture to his vertebrae and whilst his life isn't at risk his career is, in fact many are suggesting that his career is already over due to the injury.
The Galaxy promoted fighter had the accident yesterday, August 8th, in Nakhon Pathom and was swiftly taken to hospital where the injuries were diagnosed,however he will have to have a prolonged stay in hospital and will have a long road back to full health.
Chatpetch began his career in 2011 and had quickly fallen to 0-3, losing to one of those bouts to Malcolm Tunacao among others. He then went on an 18 fight unbeaten run claiming the PABA "interim" Super Flyweight title, and later the full version of that title whilst recording wins against the likes of Bimbo Nacionales, Espinos Sabu and Tommy Seran, who he beat this past June.
Sadly it seems his career is over before he got his big fight.
Notably this is the second bike related boxing story of the last few days with Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo also being involved in an accident, just days after he was linked to a fight with WBO Lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and it seems clear that fighters are putting themselves at risk with the 2-wheeled vehicles which have ended the careers of Paul Williams among others. It's perhaps time that fighters thought twice about using them.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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