• Short Summary

    THAILAND'S WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION CHARTRAI CHOINOI, POPULARLY KNOWN AS THE 'BANGKOK BELTER', HAS BEEN HAVING NIGHTMARES.

  • Description

    THAILAND'S WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION CHARTRAI CHOINOI, POPULARLY KNOWN AS THE 'BANGKOK BELTER', HAS BEEN HAVING NIGHTMARES. AND HIS ATTEMPT AT SELF-CURE HAS BEEN TO TEMPORARILY JOIN THE RANKS OF THE BUDDHIST MONKS.

    CHARTCHAI CHOINOI RECENTLY DEFEATED THE FORMER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION WALTER MCGOWAN IN A FIERCE NINE-ROUND CONTEST, THEREBY RECAPTURING THE FLYWEIGHT CROWN FOR THAILAND. IT THUS CAME AS A CONSIDERABLE SURPRISE TO THE BOXING WORLD WHEN HE JOINED THE MONKS, SOME DAYS AGO. THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE TALEHBOK TEMPLE AT NAKORA PATHOM, ABOUT 500 MILES NORTHWEST OF BANGKOK, NEAR THE LAOTIAN BORDER.

    HIS QUEST FOR RELIGIOUS SECLUSION DOES NOT SEEM SO CURIOUS TO THE THAIS. IT IS THE TRADITIONAL PRACTICE FOR YOUNG THAIS TO DEVOTE A PORTION OF THEIR LIFE TO MONKHOOD TO LEARN LORD BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS IN ORDER TO GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO SOME OF THE MYSTERIES OF EXISTENCE. CHARTCHAI, AS A PROFESSIONAL BOXER, NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO TAKE HIS RELIGION VERY SERIOUSLY.

    HOWEVER, WHEN PLAGUED BY A SERIES OF WILD DREAMS, TO CHOOSE A PERIOD OF RELIGIOUS RETREAT SEEMED TO BE THE NATURAL ANSWER. HENCE, HIS TEMPORARY REMOVAL TO THE COTTAGE IN SUPAN BURI, SOME THIRTY MILES NORTHWEST OF THE THAI CAPITAL. DURING HIS FIVE-DAY STAY THERE WITH HIS RELIGIOUS TEACHER, HE HAD FREQUENT VISIT FROM HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. THEY BROUGHT HIM OFFERING OF FOOD AND FOLLOWED HIM TO A NEARBY TEMPLE WHERE HE SAID HIS DAILY PRAYERS.

    CHARTCHAI'S ACTION IS REMINISCENT OF AMERICA'S BILLY GRAHAM, WHO BECAME A MINISTER AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS BOXING CAREER AS A WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER. AFTER FAILING TO WREST THE TITLE IN A FIGHT WITH SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, HE DEVOTED HIS FULL TIME TO PREACHING. HE NOW ENJOYS A VAST FOLLOWING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7TC4K6J81Q1CY3WLCLNBA1GAI
    Media URN:
    VLVA7TC4K6J81Q1CY3WLCLNBA1GAI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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