When it comes to talking about Thai fighters from the 1990's and early 00's it's fair to say that Foijan Prawet (77-6, 46), aka Wethya Sakmuangklang, is not a name that many fans will know too much about. That's despite the fact that the Thai fought for the better part of 20 years, faced some genuinely notable names, challenged for a world title and had more than 80 bouts in his 16 year career that saw him travel around the globe.
The Thai fought from 1993 to 2009 and and really did fight some of the most notable fighters of his era, including a young Filipino by the name of Manny Pacquiao in 2001, the then WBC world champion Guty Espadas Jr and notably contender Rolly Lunas, and he also won the OPBF Super Bantamweight title.
Today we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Foijan Prawet, as we look to shine a light on one of the forgotten Thai fighters of the 30 years.
1-Foijan wasn't the only boxer in the family. His brother, Kumarnthong Por Pluemkamol, also had success in the ring winning the OPBF Bantamweight title, in a massive upset win against Jun Toriumi in 2005. This makes them one of the very few sets of brothers to have won OPBF honours, and in fact they both also won the Thai national title
2-On the subject of his OPBF title reign, Foijan was the third Thai to hold the OPBF (or OBF) Super Bantamweight title and the first since since Prayurasak Muangsurin, who won the title almost 2 years before Foijan.
3-As is the case with many Thai fighter's there is some despite about Foijan's record. Boxrec lists him as being 77-6 (46) whilst Thai sources actually have him listed as being 78-6 (46).
4-If we accept his Boxrec record as correct, Foijan's away form is much more impressive than we usually see for Thai fighters. He went 7-5 away from home, including wins over Masakazu Sugawara, Hurricane Futa and Kyohei Tamakoshi and losses to Guty Espadas Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Rolly Lunas. On the other hand he did go a frankly ridiculous 70-1 at home in Thailand, with the one loss at home coming early in his career to Mongolian fighter Sukhbayar Nemekbayar.
5-Foijan was born on July 6th 1976. That's the same day as Ski Cross legend Ophélie David, American actor Bashir Salahuddin, award winning US journalist Mary Wiltenburg, mathematician Ioana Dumitriu, and Candian Ice Hockey players Greg Crozier and Chris Dingman.
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