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Name: Payao Poontarat
Birthplace: Bangsapan, Thailand
Died: 2006-08-13 (Age:49)
Hometown: Bangsapan, Thailand
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Charles Atkinson
Manager: Sahasompop Srisomwong
- Bronze Medalist in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, boxing in the light flyweight class, becoming Thailand's first Olympic Medal winner.
- In 2001, after his boxing career ended, he turned his attention to politics, winning a seat in Parliament for the opposition Democratic party, representing his home town of Prachub Kirikhan, 280 kilometers south of Bangkok. But he was forced to retire through illness after only a year.
- Died from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative nerve and brain disease, diagnosed in 2002.
- Defeated Remus Cosma (Romania) 4-1
- Defeated Alexander Tkachenko (Soviet Union) 3-2
- Defeated Gy?rgy Ged? (Hungary) 4-1
- Lost to Li Byong-Uk (North Korea) RSC 2
| WBC Super Flyweight Champion
1983 Nov 27 – 1984 Jul 5