We've been informed by a reliable Thai source that Thailand's Saenmuangloei Kokietgym (19-5-2, 3), also known as Saenmuangloei Sor Kingstar, has been arrested near the Laos border for smuggling.
The 28 year old, who was born Sooksan Chaichana in the Loei province, last fought in February when he won the WBC Asia Silver Flyweight Title. Unfortunately however the poor pay he was receiving as a fighter and the lack of activity, his next bout was scheduled for August, has left him as the next casualty of the Thai system.
Best known for his loss to Akira Yaegashi in 2013 Saenmuangloei has likely thrown the next year or two of his career down the drain. It's a shame that he couldn't learn from the same issue that struck Paipharob Kokietgym who arrested for something very similar just a year or two ago.
From our source we've been told that part of the reason why so many fighters get into "extra circular" activities is due to their lack of education. Many fighters are trained in boxing and Muay Thai from a young age and their education goes a miss as a result. This means that when they aren't able to get fights on a regular basis they tend to struggle to get decent jobs and as a result several fighters have fallen on hard times and done things like this.
Whilst we know some fans complain about the mismatches in Thailand they do help keep fighters busy and in pocket, and away from this sort of illegal activity. Lets be honest we'd rather have fighters fighting every few weeks than being arrested for various criminal offences.
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