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Q&A: Pariyakorn Ratanasuban

By Damrong Simakajornboon

Ms.Pariyakorn Ratanasuban is the youngest daughter of legendary Thai promoter Songchai Ratanasuban of Onesongchai Boxing Promotion. After approximately 9 years working in boxing, she has successfully won many prestige trophies such as the WBC Asia female promoter of the year during 2008-2012 and the WBO Asia-Pacific promoter of the year during 2010-2012. She is now promoting former WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu, former WBA featerweight title challenger Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo, WBO #3 flyweight Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym, WBC ABCO featherweight champion Bualuang Onesongchaigym and two-time WBO female 105lb champion Teeraporn Pannimit. This is the conversation between your Fightnews correspondent and this famous Thai female promoter.

How did you become the only female promoter in Thailand?

Well, I think it is my responsibility to continue my father’s great legend. My father is the legendary promoter of Thailand. In Muaythai, he is the pioneer who started to promote Muaythai to the world since the year 1989. He made the history of Muaythai to be well regonized into every continent. In Boxing, he created nine world champions, ranging from WBC super bantamweight champion Samart Payakaroon, IBF light flyweight champion Muangchai Kittikasem, IBF flyweight champion Pichit Sithbanprachan, WBA flyweight champion Saen Sor Pleonchit, WBA bantamweight champion Daorung Chuwatana, WBA superflyweight champion Yokthai Sithoar, WBA light flyweight champion Pichit Chor Siriwat, WBA super bantamweight champion Yoddamrong Sithyodthong and WBA super feather champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai.

Onesongchai Promotion under my era, I has created one WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu and two female champions, WBC atomweight champion Winyu Paradorngym and WBO minimumweight champion Teeraporn Pannimit. However, I am still progressing and working strongly to create more world championships for our country and our fans.

Your fighter Pungluang Sor Singyu just lost his WBO title last March in Namibia. What’s his next project?

Pungluang-Ambunda fight was a close affair. My boxer almost dropped Ambunda in the final round. So, I have not thought that Pungluang lost in this fight but I have respected the WBO’s officials’ final judgement. However, we need the rematch and I hope that WBO and Ambunda’s team will give us an opportunity to promote this rematch in Thailand. Pungluang has just captured the WBO international title last month (May 10). I expect to promote Pungluang-Ambunda II at the early of 2014, after the Namibian’s first defense.

How about your plans for the other fighters?

Besides Pungluang, Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo is one of our best fighters. He is now the WBO Asia-Pacific and PABA 126lb title holder, being ranked #5 by the WBO, #12 by the IBF and #14 by the WBA. Although he lost to Chris John in an exciting WBA featherweight championship fight last November, he gained more experience. We are planing to support him challenging for a world title in the near future.

Undefeated WBO #3 flyweight Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym is also our prospect. He had fought in Muaythai competitions more than 100 times before he turned to boxing. He is now the current WBO Oriental flyweight champion, successfully defending his title three times. He is ready to fight for the world title. We expect him to challenge for the WBO title against the winner of Estrada-Melindo next.

WBC #24 feather Bualuang Onesongchaigym is a good skill undefeated-fighter. He will compete in the WBC World Cup as the ABCO champion. I think he is good enough to be the winner of this tournament.

Our promotion has many good skill female boxers. Many of them have challenged for the world title. We have trained them hard so that we will create more world champion in the near future.

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