(International-163) Thai Boxing killed a young man…but it also propelled another young man to the top of the game, and today a well known actress and model in Thailand (read the 2nd story below)

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PERSONAL NOTE: SOME TIME IN 2006, I was in a book store looking for a foreign movies…I have come to like, enjoy and appreciate most foreign movies, not the American ones…and I happened to see the title of BEAUTIFUL BOXER…a movie made in my biological mother’s country, Siam, today Thailand! I own a copy of this movies…great movie of a young village boy, determined to succeed as a kick boxer so he could become the person he wanted to be…a female! True story, get a copy and watch it…at the same time, I am sharing a sad story with you, about a young kick boxer who died in Thailand, too young to die. What is the government planning to do? Realistically speaking, many Thai boys learn to do kick boxing to make money to help their poor families, especially those in rural areas in Thailand, just like the story of the Beautiful Boxer…yes, too much had been reported about foreigners going to Thailand for cheap sex, exploiting the poor boys and girls coming from poor families and poor villages! You might wonder why the ladyboys are so popular in Thailand…you guess it, right! Cheap sexual encounters for many males from western countries, many from Australia, USA, etc…now you know. My mom was from Thailand (Siam, once)…and I had a Thai nickname when I was adopted, growing up in a poor farming village in Malaysia! Make SURE you also read the 2nd story below, about the making of the movie BEAUTIFUL BOXER! Steve, usa, november 13, 2018   stephenehling@hotmail.com  blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com

Thais mourn boxer Anucha Kochana, 13, killed in fight
• 13 November 2018 BBC NEWS

The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out in a Thai kickboxing match has led to renewed pressure on Thailand to ban children from boxing bouts.
Anucha Kochana was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage two days after he fought in the charity match.
He had taken part in 170 fights since the age of eight to help raise money for his family, reports say.
The Thai parliament is reviewing legislation that would ban children under 12 from boxing matches.
Thai boxing, or Muay Thai as it is also called, is hugely popular in the country, where thousands of young fighters and their families see it as a way of earning money.
But there are few rules governing the sport and some people oppose proposed laws to protect young fighters, saying they are part of the country’s boxing tradition.
Thais and their families see fighting as a way of earning money
Many Thais have been saddened by Anucha’s death and have been sharing footage of the fight in central Samut Prakan province. A number of prominent boxing stars have sent tributes.
Opponent’s sadness
Video of the match showed the boy, known by his boxing name Phetmongkol Por Peenapat, and his opponent were not wearing any protective headgear.
Anucha was repeatedly punched in the head, before falling to the mat.
His opponent, who is 14, has said he’s very sad about what happened and he didn’t mean to take another life. He plans to auction the shorts he wore for the match to raise money for Anucha’s family.
Thailand has more than 10,000 registered boxers under the age of 15, according to figures released last year by its national Sports Authority.
A draft law before parliament would ban children under 12 from professional kickboxing matches, and regulate the participation of young teenagers.
“Those aged 12 to 15 will need to be registered, have the permission of their parents and wear protective gear for professional fights,” Gen Adulyadej Inthapong, vice chairman of the National Legislative Assembly’s committee on sports, told Reuters.
Some campaigners and medics want the minimum age to be raised to 18 and say change is being delayed because child boxing is so lucrative.
The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand wants the age for participation in organised bouts set at 10.
Anucha’s death comes shortly after Italian boxer Christian Daghio died in a title fight in the country.

BEAUTIFUL BOXER, a Thai movie. August 9, 2005 Release
Based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman.
Parinya Charoenphol was born 9 June 1981, nicknamed Toom, also known by the stage name Parinya Kiatbusaba and the colloquial name Nong Toom, is a Thai boxer, former Muay Thai (Thai boxing) champion, model and actress. She is a kathoey, a type of third gender in Thailand.

Based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he’s a girl trapped in a boy’s body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity.

Fighting to Be The Person You Were Meant to Be
September 18, 2018
“Beautiful Boxer” is based on the true life story of muay Thai fighter Nong Toom. Toom was born biologically a male and from an early age we see Toom embrace his feminine side, putting on make up and giving dance performances as a child to the delight of his mother and brother, but to the disapproval of his father. Toom struggles with his identity as he goes from Buddhist monk trainee to selling souvenirs on the street. Although he has no interest in fighting initially, his brother drags him to a camp, where the trainer sees Toom kick and decides to train him. The coach’s wife and his female friend support him as he explores his gender identity and decides to fight to become the woman he has always wanted to be. One of the most touching scenes in the film is when his father gives his permission for him to have the surgery. A well done gem of a film for anyone who has struggled with their identity and has desired to become someone else.

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