Chatchai Sasakul (Thai: ฉัตรชัย สาสะกุล; RTGS: Chatchai Sasakun; born February 5, 1970) is a Thai former professional boxer in the flyweight division who held the Lineal and WBC flyweight titles. Aside of being a professional boxer, Sasakul is also a practitioner in snooker.
|Real name||Chatchai Sasakul|
|Height||5 ft 2 1⁄2 in (1.59 m)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Born||February 5, 1970|
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
|Wins by KO||38|
He represented Thailand as a Light Flyweight at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The results of his fights were:
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Luis Rolon (Puerto Rico) 3-2
- Defeated Maurice Maina (Kenya) 5-0
- Lost to Róbert Isaszegi (Hungary) 2-3
Professional boxing careerEdit
Sasakul turned pro in 1991 and captured the WBC and lineal flyweight titles with a win over Yuri Arbachakov in 1997. He defended the titles twice before losing to Manny Pacquiao by knockout in 1998 to earn Pacquiao his first championship title.
On March 31, 2007, Sasakul knocked out Lito Sisnorio, a Filipino boxer. Sisnorio reportedly sustained brain injuries during the fight. The next day, following unsuccessful brain surgery, Sisnorio was pronounced dead at Piyamin Hospital in Thailand at 9:15 PM. The controversy over the match arose from the fact that Sisnorio's role in the fight was not officially sanctioned by the Philippine Games and Amusement Board. His death prompted the Board to ban all fights involving Filipino boxers in Thailand starting April 2007.
On August 30, 2008, Sasakul challenged Cristian Mijares, the WBA and WBC unified super flyweight champion. However, he stopped in three rounds. According to a doctor who provided him medication after the match, this was the Thai boxer's last career fight. What might have become a disadvantage for Sasakul was that he had to go to a second flight to Mexico through Germany after having problems with the first flight which tried to go through Hong Kong. By the time he got to Mexico, the fight was only three days away and that he experienced jet lag.
After retirement, Sasakul opened his own boxing gym, Sasakul Muay Thai in Bangkok, focusing primarily on boxing with aspirations to create a new generation of Thai world boxing champions. Sasakul is also a trainer to Superbon Banchamek and to fighters in his former team Petchyindee Boxing Promotion, such as Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Kompayak Porpramook, Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Knockout CP Freshmart, Noknoi Sitthiprasert.
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- Inquirer (2007-04-03). "Pinoy pug's death a cause for concern, says Pacquiao". Inquirer Headlines: Sports. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
- Nathanielsz, Ronnie (2007-04-01). "Lito Sisnorio KO'd in Sasakul Mismatch". PhilBoxing.com. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
- Danseco, Rey (2007-04-02). "The Aftermath of Lito Sisnorio's Death". Boxing Scene: The Source for Boxing News Online. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
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- ""น็อคเอาท์"พบคู่ชิง ลั่นเผด็จศึกได้แน่". Komchadluek (in Thai). 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
- ""ครูหนึ่ง"ใช้โปรแกรมซ้อมปาเกียวติว"นกน้อย"". Khaosod (in Thai). 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-04-29.[permanent dead link]
- Professional boxing record for Chatchai Sasakul from BoxRec
- Chatchai Sasakul at Cyber Boxing Zone
- Chatchai Sasakul at the International Olympic Committee
- Chatchai Sasakul at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
| Lineal Flyweight Champion
12 Nov 1997 – 4 Dec 1998
| WBC Flyweight Champion
12 Nov 1997 – 4 Dec 1998