Over the last 24 hours Thai media have reported that former WBA Flyweight world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit [เด่นเก้าแสน เก้าวิชิต] has been hospitalised following an attack in Thailand, which took place late yesterday.
The full details of the attack are unclear but the reports are that the former fighter was in an intensive care unit following the attack and has been left with a section of his little finger, on his left hand, missing along with other injuries.
Some of the reports suggest a knife was used and multiple attackers, others have stated a gun was at the scene.
Denkaosan, birth name Sutep Wangmuk, had an illustrious career that began back in 1996 and ended back in April this year. He amazingly began his career fighting in 12 round bouts claiming the PABA Flyweight title on his debut and would win his first 20 bouts before facing Eric Morel for the WBA Flyweight title in 2002. Despite losing that bout the Thai didn't lose his hunger and would go on to win the belt in 2008, in his third attempt. After 2 he would lose the belt to Daiki Kameda in 2010.
Denkaosan continued to fight with mixed success in the yeards that followed, scoring wins over Rey Megrino and Nobuo Nashiro and losing to the likes of Luis Concepcion, Kohei Kono, Ryo Matsumoto and Kazuki Tanaka. After the loss to Tanaka he announced his retire with an impressive record of 63-7-1 (26).
Although a faded fight in the ring, it does seem like Denkaosan's ability to fight may have saved his life, with reports being that he was trying to fight off his assailants until other came to his aid.
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