Boxing has a lot of unlucky fighters, and one of the big parts of professional boxing is luck. One such example of a fighter lacking luck when he needed it was Thailand's fantastic Thanomsak Sithbaobay (56-6, 33) who fought between 1985 and 1996, with a one off comeback bout in 1998 when he was 33.
The talented Thai had success at Flyweight, Super Flyweight and Bantamweight during his 62 fight professional career though sadly came up short in 3 world title fights, losing all 3 by close and competitive decision. Despite being a genuinely talented fighter he has, in recent years, become very much a forgotten man who doesn't get spoken about much, other than fans remember his lack of luck when he needed it.
During his long career Thanomsak fought the likes of Soon Jung Kang, Kenji Matsumura, Frank Cedeno, Torsak Pongsupa, Luisito Espinosa, Katsuya Onizuka - twice, Rolando Pascua and Sirimongkol Singwancha and managed to win both OPBF and Thai national titles, though a world title repeatedly eluded him.
Today we're not here for a career synopsis on one of the least fortunate Thai's of all time, but instead to shine a small light on him as we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Thanomsak Sithbaobay.
1-Although best known as Thanomsak Sithbaobay it should be little surprise to learn that was not birth name, that was Tanom Kongsankam. Like many Thai's also fought under other names, and these were Khaoyai Mahasarakham, Khaoyai Pitsanurachan and Thalerngsak Sithbaobay
2-The talented Thanomsak was the 20th Thai fighter to hold an OPBF title, holding the OPBF Flyweight title from October 1986 to May 1987. During that time he made just a single defense of the title. Interestingly he was only the second Thai to win the OPBF Flyweight title, following in the footsteps of Pone Kingpetch, who had won the belt in 1957 and lost it in 1958, when it was still known as the OBF title.
3-In 1992 when Thanomsak lost to Katsuya Onizuka in a bout for the vacant WBA Super Flyweight title, in the first of two bouts between the men, the Japanese fans regarded the result as a suspicious decision, calling out the judges who had given the bout to the local favourite. This isn't a one off in Japan, but was still very notable at the time with Onizuka being a hugely popular fighter in Japan. Despite the questionable decision not a single judge for either of Thanomsak Vs Onizuka bouts was Japanese
4-Although best remembered for losing 3 times in close decisions in world title bouts, a feat that saw him being dubbed an "unlucky" boxer in Thailand it's even more remarkable that his record outside of Thailand was 0-4, with all 4 losses coming in Japan.
Two of those losses came to Onizuka in WBA Super Flyweight title bouts, the others came to Kenji Matsumura, when Thanomsak lost the OPBF Flyweight title, and the final one came in Thanomsak's ill fated 1998 comeback, when he was stopped by Tetsutora Senrima.
5-Professional wrestler Makoto Hatori took his wrestling name, Tanomusaku Toba, from Thanomsak.
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