Former boxing champion in hospital
- Published: 2/01/2013 at 03:53 PM
- Online news:
Ailing former three-times world flyweight boxing champion Chartchai Chionoi, who suffered long-term brain damage, has been hospitalised and will be transferred from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for special treatment.
Chartchai, whose real name is Naris and is aged 80, has been staying at San Kamphaeng Hospital in Chiang Mai. He has been closely tended by his wife Sirinthon.
She said that her husband was admitted to the hospital after he had trouble eating. Mr Chartchai is to be moved to Thammasat University Hospital in Bangkok for further treatment for chronic traumatic brain injury associated with boxing. Currently, he is on a ventilator, being tube fed and has an IV drip.
Mr Chartchai was Thailand's second world champion boxer and was known as the Little Marciano of Asia back in his hey day. He won his world flyweight title in Quezon City in the Philippines in 1962. He also had many occasions when he fought in front of the King, which his family considers to be their greatest honour.
Chartchai Chionoi is considered as one of Thailand's great fighters, alongside Pone Kingpetch, Saensak Muangsurin and Khaosai Galaxy.
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