Lumpinee Boxing Stadium

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Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
(Sanam Muay Lumpinee)
Bangkok Lumpinee Boxing Stadium 1.jpg
New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in 2014
LocationRama IV Road (8 December 1956 — 8 February 2014),
Ram Intra Road (11 February 2014 — present)
Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°52′1.36″N 100°36′31.88″E / 13.8670444°N 100.6088556°E / 13.8670444; 100.6088556
OwnerRoyal Thai Army
MGen Teera Kraiparnon,
Stadium Manager
Capacity9,500
Field size3007.5 m2
Construction
OpenedDecember 8, 1956
Expanded11 February 2014 (move ground)
Tenants
Songchai Promotions
Annual King's Cup

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium (Thai: สนามเวทีมวยลุมพินี) is a sporting arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Opened more than a decade later than Rajadamnern Stadium, Lumpinee is run by Royal Thai Army. It has become the symbol of modern muay Thai. Only Rajadamnern Stadium rivals the prestige of holding the title of "Muay Thai Champion of Lumpinee". The ranking system and championship titles are held from mini flyweight (105 lb) up to super welterweight (154 lb).[1]

Muay Thai bouts are held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The fights usually start around 18:00.[1]

The final event at its original site on Rama IV Road near Lumphini Park was held on 8 February 2014.[2] The stadium then moved to its new home on Ram Intra Road which can hold up to 5,000 spectators.[3] The new stadium held the first fight on 11 February 2014 and was officially opened on 28 February 2014.[4]

History[edit]

Lumpinee's ring bell, old stadium
Muay Thai ring at the old Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, 2005

General Praphas Charusathien was the driving force behind the construction of the Lumpinee Stadium, a second national stadium built in Thailand after Rajadamnern. Lumpinee opened its doors on 8 December 1956. The stadium is operated the Army Welfare Department of the Royal Thai Army. All proceeds from the fights go towards supporting the various departments of the Thai Army.[5]

Eleven promoters have the responsibility to book boxers to fight at the stadium. The rules are the same as at Rajadamnern with the boxers having to weigh more than 100 lb (45.4 kg), be aged over 15 years, and the weight difference between the boxers is not allowed to be more than a 5 lb (2.3 kg). Women are not allowed to fight in the stadium or enter the ring.[6]

One of the most famous Lumpinee champions was Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn who reigned without defeat in the early-1980s, holding the Lightweight title for four years. He was eventually forced to retire because he ran out of opponents.[7]

Lumpinee Stadium logo
Muay Thai championship belt of Lumpinee

Notable champions[edit]

Boxer in new Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
  • only four non-Thai athletes have been awarded the most prestigious belt in muay Thai, that of Lumpinee champion. The first winner was French-Algerian fighter Morad Sari, French fighter Damien Alamos who is the only foreigner to win the prestigious belt twice and Rafi Bohic, also French. Ramon Dekkers was a super star in Lumpinee but never won the Lumpinee belt. Stéphane Nikiéma also came close to being the second Lumpinee champion, but was beaten. A number of non-Thais have achieved top 10 rankings within the stadium.

Injuries[edit]

Inside new Lumpinee boxing stadium

An accident occurred at Lumpinee Stadium at 27 January 2012. In this incident, LH Jimmy (also known as Left Hook Jimmy) [born: VIPUL R. Bamane (Indian)] was struck in the back of the head with roundhouse kick which caused a concussion, resulting in a coma that lasted approximately six weeks and later paralyzing him for four months. The injury ended LH Jimmy's career as a professional MMA fighter. After recovering, Jimmy was not medically-cleared to fight for more than two years. Trainer Dennis Romatz commented "He was good Kid. Starlet, very talented, very aggressive, and most of all very humorous kid. If that accident didn't have happened, couple more years and he would be traveling the world. It is very unfortunate that it happened, but we all here the staff and friends wish him good in his future." Records state that Jimmy was only 13 training sessions from his official debut as a kickboxer.

Gambling[edit]

Lumpinee is one of the few places in Thailand where gambling is permitted and it takes place at the second level. The betting is done by hand-signals, as in a stock exchange trading floor.

Security at Lumpinee is managed by armed military police.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stadiums in Thailand". www.muaythaionline.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  2. ^ "Last Ever Show At Old Lumpinee Stadium 8th February 2014" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  3. ^ "End of an era as Lumpini Boxing Stadium closes its doors on Friday". Phuket News.
  4. ^ "New Lumpini Stadium". Muay Thai Focus. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  5. ^ "History of Lumpinee". World Muay Thai Council. Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  6. ^ Mallon, Scott. "Lumpini Stadium Turns Fifty". The Sweet Science. Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  7. ^ "Lumpini Stadium History". World Muay Thai Council. Retrieved 2008-01-25.

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