Army's role in boxing a shady affairGen Prayut Chan-o-cha, then army chief and executive director of the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, lays foundation stones at the construction site of the new stadium on Ram Intra Road in Bangkok in August 2012. There is no need for the army to promote professional Thai boxing any more. According to Rattapong Sornsuparb of the Social Innovations Faculty of Rangsit University, there are more than 3,800 Thai boxing gyms overseas, promoting Thai boxing among many foreigners who are familiar with it. Since the promulgation of the Thai Professional Boxing Act in 1997, Thai boxing has evolved considerably and many boxing camps have adapted to ensure their survival. Well-known former Thai boxer Somrak Kamsing once told a panel discussion that gambling and match-fixing are an integral part of professional Thai boxing.
Source: Bangkok Post March 29, 2020 20:26 UTC