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At 48, farmer Songtham Stipa was a bit old to step into a Thai boxing ring, but the chance to earn a quick 400 baht persuaded him to take the challenge. It wasn’t worth it.

Thirteen-year-old Sidaporn Stipa pays her respects to her father, Songtham Stipa, who died from brain injuries sustained in a Muay Thai match in Surin on Saturday. NOPPARAT KINGKAEO


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Dying cheap

At 48, farmer Songtham Stipa was a bit old to step into a Thai boxing ring, but the chance to earn a quick 400 baht persuaded him to take the challenge.

After all, he had survived his two previous bouts and the money would be useful in helping to meet the expenses of his daughters' education and to care for his wife's elderly parents and disabled brother. Besides, his opponent was no youngster and was just an occasional boxer like himself.

His Muay Thai match was staged on Saturday in Surin as part of village celebrations marking the opening of a direct route to Ban Suan Na Kaew in Khewa Si Narin district.

The fight was brutal. Local media reported that Songtham struck his head violently after being thrown to the canvas in the third round by his opponent, Boontham Burana.

He continued fighting but was knocked down another five times. Eventually the two boxers fell to the mat together, but while Mr Boontham managed to stand up, Songtham lay motionless.

He did not regain consciousness and a doctor at Surin Hospital in Muang district pronounced him dead late on Saturday night. Severe brain trauma was given as the cause of death.

"He just kept getting up as if nothing had happened," Mr Boontham, 50, said.

"I feel very guilty for what happened. This will haunt me for the rest of my life."

Songtham's 13-year-old daughter Sidaporn Stipa was distraught over her father’s death.

"My father is not a serious boxer, but he dared to box for just 400 baht," she said, as she fought back tears.

Social Development and Human Security Minister Issara Somchai yesterday told officials to give financial assistance to the family in both the short and long term, especially to provide for his two daughters' education, for which Songtham died.
 
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Nopparat Kingkaew

pay respects to – to show deep admiration for someone แสดงความเคารพ
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
sustain – to experience, injury, damage, loss, etc. ประสบกับ (ความสูญเสีย การเจ็บป่วย)
persuade – to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should โน้มน้าวใจ เกลี้ยกล่อม
challenge – something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
after all – despite what has been said or expected  อย่างไรก็ตาม, ไม่ว่าอย่างไรก็ตาม
survive – to continue to live มีชีวิตรอด
bout – a boxing or wrestling match การแข่งขัน
expenses – money spent for a particular purpose ค่าใช้จ่าย
elderly – (of people) old สูงวัย, อาวุโส, อายุมาก
disabled – having a condition, especially a physical one, that limits your activities in some way พิการ
opponent – a person against you in a sports event คู่ต่อสู้
youngster – a young person or a child  คนหนุ่มคนสาว,  เด็ก
occasional – sometimes, but not frequently or regularly บางครั้งบางคราว
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
celebration – a special event at which you celebrate something การฉลอง
mark – to celebrate something เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
brutal – extremely violent and unpleasant โหดร้าย
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
struck (past of strike) – hit someone or something forcefully or violently กระแทก, ชน
violently – with great energy or strong movement, very strongly or severely อย่างรุนแรง
canvas – a strong heavy rough material used for making tents, sails, etc., or, in this case, the floor of a boxing ring  ผ้าใบ,เต็นท์, พื้นเวทีมวย
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
mat – the canvas floor of a boxing ring พื้นเวทีมวย
motionless – not moving; still  ซึ่งอยู่นิ่ง, ซึ่งไม่เคลื่อนไหว
consciousness – awareness ความมีสติ, ความตระหนักรู้
regain consciousness – to become aware of your surroundings after having been asleep, especially from an injury ได้สติ, ฟื้น
pronounce dead – to officially confirm someone has has died
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
brain – the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling  สมอง
trauma – a serious injury การบาดเจ็บรุนแรง
guilty – the unhappy feelings caused by knowing or thinking that you have done something wrong ความรู้สึกผิด, ความสำนึก
haunt – to cause repeated trouble, suffering or anxiety ทำให้กังวล, รบกวน
distraught – extremely upset, worried or confused  จิตว้าวุ่น, ว้าวุ่นใจ, สับสน
dare – to be brave enough to do something  กล้า
fight back tears – to try not to cry
financial assistance – help with money  ความช่วยเหลือทางการเงิน
short term – lasting a short time; designed only for a short period of time in the future ระยะสั้น
long term – that will last or have an effect over a long period of time ระยะยาว
provide – to give someone something that they want or need จัดหาให้,  จัดเตรียมไว้ให้

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