Payao Poontarat

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Name: Payao Poontarat
Hometown: Bang Saphan, Thailand
Birthplace: Bang Saphan, Thailand
Died: 2006-08-13 (Age:49)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 165cm
Reach: 175cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

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.

Olympic Results

Preceded by:
Rafael Orono
WBC Super Flyweight Champion
1983 Nov 27 – 1984 Jul 5
Succeeded by:
Jiro Watanabe