• Short Summary

    THAI BOXING IS IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN. IT'S NOT EXACTLY ALL-IN, BUT WITH?

  • Description

    THAI BOXING IS IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN. IT'S NOT EXACTLY ALL-IN, BUT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WRESTLING, BITING, SPITTING, AND BUTTING, JUST AND ABOUT ANYTHING GOES -- INCLUDING HITTING THE REFEREE WHO HAS LITTLE TO DO BUT SORT OUT THE OCCASIONAL - KNOT OF ARMS AND LEGS.

    THESE YOUNG THAI BOXERS ARE PROFESSIONALS. FOR MOST OF THEM THE GLITTER OF THE RING IS THE ONLY MEANS OF WINNING FAME AND FORTUNE, BUT THAI BOXING IS VIRTUALLY RESTRICTED TO THE ARENAS OF BANGKOK, AND THERE IS NOT NEARLY THE WEALTH THAT IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE PROFESSIONAL RING UNDER THE QUEENSBURY RULES.

    MODERN BOXING AS A SPORT DEVELOPED FROM A KIND OF UNARMED COMBAT TAUGHT TO SOLDIERS IN THE MIDDLE AGES. THEN THE AIM WAS TO KILL, AND LOOKING AT THAI BOXING THE AIM SEEMS LITTLE CHANGED. BUT THERE ARE NO MORE DEATHS RESULTING FROM THAI BOXING THAN FROM ORDINARY BOXING. THIS WAY BE DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE THAIS ARE LIGHTLY BUILT AND VERY FEW HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTS ARE EVER STAGED.

    A THAI BOXER USUALLY FIRST DEMONSTRATES HIS SKILL AS A CHILD IN A VILLAGE FAR FROM BANGKOK. IF HE IS LUCKY AND PROMISING HE MAY BE SPOTTED BY ONE OF SEVERAL MANAGERS WHO TOUR THE COUNTRY ANNUALLY. THEN, AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS, HE WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE CAPITAL AND JOIN PERHAPS 30 SIMILAR BOYS. ALTHOUGH NOT ALLOWED TO FIGHT PROFESSIONALLY UNTIL HE IS 18 YEARS OLD, FROM HIS ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK HE IS TRAINED AND SCHOOLED IN THE ART OF BOXING. THAI BOXERS AS A RULE DO NOT HAVE TIGHT LEGAL CONTRACTS BINDING THEM TO THEIR MANAGERS BUT THEY ARE SO UTTERLY DEPENDENT ON THEIR MANAGERS THAT THEY ARE TIED TO THEM AUTOMATICALLY.

    ONCE A BOXER BEGINS TO FIGHT HE EARNS SOMETHING LESS THAN GBP8 FOR A ABOUT. GBP8 IS ABOUT AVERAGE AND THE MOST PAID TO A BOXER FOR A SINGLE FIGHT AMOUNTS TO GBP1,000.

    IN THE COUNTRY, AMATEUR RULES ALLOW THE BOXERS TO FIGHT NON-STOP UNTIL ONE IS NO LONGER ABLE TO CONTINUE. BUT PROFESSIONAL BOXING IN BANGKOK IS LIMITED TO FIVE 3-MINUTE ROUNDS WITH A TWO MINUTE BREAK BETWEEN EACH ROUND.

    WITH THE INCREASING AMERICAN COMMITTMENT IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, TOURISTS ARE FLOCKING INTO BANGKOK AND THE BOXING ARENA IS PROVIDING AN INTERESTING AND DIVERTING EVENING'S ENTERTAINMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEXFLO5VXTTM8SNRR5OHMVX38E
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXFLO5VXTTM8SNRR5OHMVX38E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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