January 28, 2013 by Melissa Ray
How much do you know about the backgrounds of the Thais you train with? I’ve trained at my gym Eminent Air for the past 5 years but, to be honest, I haven’t asked too many questions about the boxers’ histories prior to their joining the gym.
The exception might be Bpragaipetch, who last year featured in National Geographic Channel Asia’s Fight Club Asia, as I was involved in the research and fact-checking process for his sections of the documentary.
For most of the other fighters, my knowledge of their backgrounds mainly consists of their home provinces and approximate total number of fights, as well as family members who have visited the gym or attended fights at various stadiums.
So when John Wolcott came to Eminent Air last year to film interviews with Rungubon, Neungthep and Bpragaipetch for his Muaythai Journal documentary series, I was, of course, interested in seeing the end results—not just to view the fruits of his labours, but also to learn more about the beginnings of the boxers I train with—matters we don’t tend to discuss during training.
The first of the Eminent Air boxers to feature in the series is Rungubon. Rungubon is one of the quieter, more reserved characters at the gym, but with a wickedly dry sense of humour when he opens up.
Hailing from Ubon Ratchathani, he forms one half of Muay Thai’s cutest couple with his fiancée Pond, a teacher from Uttaradit.
His major fighting achievements are the 115lb and 118lb Omnoi titles and the 116lb Maa Daeng tournament title, and his notable opponents include Gengart and Genglaa Sor Chokkitchai, Gamlaiyok Gor Romsrithong and Seaukim Sitjetaew amongst others.
Unfortunately, at the time of filming, Rungubon was carrying an injury so was unable to provide a demonstration of his power and skills on the pads. However, there remains much for Muay Thai fans to enjoy in this episode thanks to another excellent piece of film-making from John.