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Chartchai Chionoi
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Born Naris Chionoi
(1942-10-10)October 10, 1942
Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, Thailand
Died January 21, 2018(2018-01-21) (aged 75)
Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, ฺKhan Na Yao District,
Bangkok, Thailand
Pneumonia
Native name ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย
Nickname(s)
  • Little Marciano of Asia
  • Marciano of Oriental
Nationality Thailand
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Reach 166 cm (65 in)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand
Years active 1959–1975
Professional boxing record
Total 82
Wins 61
By knockout 36
Losses 18
By knockout 5
Draws 3

Chartchai Chionoi (Thai: ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย; RTGS: Chatchai Chiao-noi) a.k.a. Chartchai Laemfapha (Thai: ชาติชาย แหลมฟ้าผ่า; RTGS: Chatchai Laemfapha) or birth name Naris Chionoi (Thai: นริศ เชี่ยวน้อย; RTGS: Narit Chiao-noi; October 10, 1942 – January 21, 2018) was a Thai professional boxer, WBC world champion and WBA world champion in the flyweight division. He took the WBC World Flyweight Championship two successive times and the WBA Championship one time before finally relinquishing it.

Early life

He was born into a poor family near Hua Lamphong quarter in Bangkok. Later, he moved with his family to settle down on the Thonburi side close to Wat Mai Phiren temple, where he started boxing for the first time in the event organized by Royal Thai Navy.

Professional career

Chartchai Chionoi was the second world boxing champion from Thailand, following his Idol Pone Kingpetch. Unlike most Thai fighters, Chartchai was never involved in the Thai combat art Muay Thai.

Chartchai Chionoi turned pro on March 27, 1959 with a second-round knockout over Somsak Kritsanasuwan. He went 7-0-1 in his first eight pro fights, with a six-round draw against Sala Kampuch the only blemish. In his ninth professional fight, he lost a 6-round decision to Singtong Por Tor. He avenged this loss five years later with a 10-round decision against Por Tor.

Chionoi traveled to Japan for his next 11 fights, going 8 and 3 in the process. All three of his losses were by 10-round decisions, including a loss at the hands of the reigning OPBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Haruo Sakamoto. The other two fighters that defeated Chionoi during this time, Mitsunori Seki and Akira Oguchi, lost rematches with him.

After fighting in Japan for a year, Chionoi returned to his native Thailand for his next four fights, his only loss to Ernesto Miranda, whom he later defeated in a rematch.

On September 22, 1962, in Quezon City, Philippines, Chionoi met Primo Famiro for the vacant OPBF Flyweight Championship. Chionoi decisioned Famiro over twelve rounds to capture the vacant title. In July of the following year, Chionoi lost his first defense of the OPBF Flyweight Championship in a decision to Tsuyoshi Nakamura in Osaka, Japan. Nakamura made ten successful defenses of the OPBF Championship, before finally losing it in October 1969.

Chionoi went 19-2-1 over the next three years to earn his first world title shot. During that stretch, he won a 10-round decision over WBA and WBC Flyweight Champion Salvatore Burruni. Burruni had captured his world titles by defeating Chionoi's predecessor, Pone Kingpetch, in April 1965.

On December 30, 1966, Chionoi challenged the World Flyweight Champion Walter McGowan (lineal champion, recognized by EBU, BBBofC and The Ring). He stopped McGowan in the 9th round to capture the vacant WBC Flyweight Title, his first world title. Chionoi made four successful title defenses during this first reign as champion, including victories over McGowan in their rematch, and Efren Torres.

On February 23, 1969, Chionoi lost his title to Efren Torres in a rematch. The fight was stopped in the 8th round because Chionoi's left eye had swollen shut. He won two out of three fights to earn a rematch with Torres.

In March 1970 in front of over 40,000 of his countrymen, Chionoi won a 15-round unanimous decision over Torres in their rubber match, to once again claim the WBC Flyweight Championship. He won by scores of 148-142, 147-144 and 145-141. His second title reign was short lived.

In his first title defense, Chionoi was knocked out by Erbito Salavarria in the second round. Salavarria made several successful title defenses before losing the WBC Flyweight Championship; he later reigned as WBA Flyweight Champion as well.

Undeterred by losing the WBC Flyweight Championship for a second time, Chionoi went undefeated in his next six fights to secure a title shot against long time WBA Flyweight Champion Masao Ohba. On January 2, 1973, Chionoi faced Ohba in a very memorable fight. Chionoi put Ohba on the canvas early, but the champion rebounded and stopped Chionoi in the 12th round.

Ohba died in an auto accident 22 days after this fight. As a result, Chionoi was paired against Fritz Chervet in May 1973 for the vacant title. He knocked out Chervet in the 5th round to capture his third World Flyweight Championship.

Two successful defenses of his WBA Flyweight Championship followed, before Chionoi lost it on the scales in October 1974. Despite being stripped of the title, he still fought Susumu Hanagata in a fight that was for the vacant WBA Flyweight Title, at least on Hanagata's part. Hanagata stopped Chionoi in the 6th round to walk away the WBA Flyweight Champion.

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Chartchai Chionoi after retirement

After losing his third World title, Chionoi won a ten-round decision over Willie Asuncion, then lost by knockout to Rodolfo Francis in August 1975. He retired from boxing after this loss, finishing with a career record of 61-18-3 (36).

Retirement

Chionoi lived a comfortable life in retirement with his wife of over 45 years, spending as much time as possible with their four children. Despite some lasting ill effects from his years as a boxer, he had fond memories of his career, and no regrets.

He had lasting effects from Parkinson's disease, including come paralysis, a by-product of his boxing career.

He died on the evening of January 21, 2018, at 75 years old.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
82 fights 61 wins 18 losses
By knockout 36 5
By decision 25 13
Draws 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round(s) Date Location Notes
82 Loss 61–18–3 Rodolfo Francis TKO 6 (10) Aug 16, 1975 Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
81 Win 61–17–3 Willie Asuncion PTS 10 Apr 11, 1975 Bangkok, Thailand
80 Loss 60–17–3 Susumu Hanagata KO 6 (15) Oct 18, 1974 Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan WBA flyweight title at stake only for Hanagata after Chionoi missed weight
79 Win 60–16–3 Fritz Chervet SD 15 Apr 27, 1974 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland Retained WBA flyweight title
78 Loss 59–16–3 Fernando Cabanela UD 10 Jan 29, 1974 Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
77 Win 59–15–3 Susumu Hanagata UD 15 Oct 27, 1973 Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBA flyweight title
76 Win 58–15–3 Fritz Chervet RTD 4 (15) May 17, 1973 National Stadium Gymnasium, Bangkok, Thailand Won vacant WBA flyweight title
75 Loss 57–15–3 Masao Oba KO 12 (15) Jan 2, 1973 Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan For WBA flyweight title
74 Win 57–14–3 Esteban Rangel KO 2 (10) Oct 18, 1972 Bangkok, Thailand
73 Win 56–14–3 Shiomi Tanaka PTS 10 Jul 5, 1972 Bangkok, Thailand
72 Win 55–14–3 Edmundo Ejandra TKO 9 (10) Apr 5, 1972 Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
71 Win 54–14–3 Kenji Endo PTS 10 Jan 31, 1972 Bangkok, Thailand
70 Win 53–14–3 Berkrerk Chartvanchai PTS 10 Nov 15, 1971 Bangkok, Thailand
69 Draw 52–14–3 Snappy Asano PTS 10 Apr 19, 1971 Bangkok, Thailand
68 Loss 52–14–2 Erbito Salavarria TKO 2 (15) Dec 7, 1970 Army Sports Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Lost WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
67 Win 52–13–2 Al Diaz PTS 10 Jun 19, 1970 Bangkok, Thailand
66 Win 51–13–2 Efren Torres UD 15 Mar 20, 1970 National Stadium Gymnasium, Bangkok, Thailand Won WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
65 Win 50–13–2 Ely Axinto KO 6 (10) Jan 13, 1970 Bangkok, Thailand
64 Win 49–13–2 Rudy Alarcon KO 9 (10) Sep 7, 1969 Bangkok, Thailand
63 Loss 48–13–2 Willy Del Prado UD 10 Jun 24, 1969 Bangkok, Thailand
62 Loss 48–12–2 Efren Torres TKO 8 (15) Feb 23, 1969 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Lost WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
61 Win 48–11–2 Bernabe Villacampo UD 15 Nov 10, 1968 Carusathiars Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
60 Loss 47–11–2 Eduardo Mojica UD 10 Jun 8, 1968 Estadio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua
59 Win 47–10–2 Efren Torres TKO 13 (15) Jan 28, 1968 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
58 Win 46–10–2 Mimoun Ben Ali KO 4 (10) Dec 8, 1967 Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
57 Win 45–10–2 Walter McGowan TKO 7 (15) Sep 19, 1967 Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, U.K. Retained WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
56 Win 44–10–2 Puntip Keosuriya KO 3 (15) Jul 26, 1967 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBC and The Ring flyweight titles
55 Win 43–10–2 Baby Lorona UD 10 Feb 28, 1967 Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
54 Win 42–10–2 Bonny Boromeo TKO 4 (10) Feb 3, 1967 Phitsanulok, Thailand
53 Win 41–10–2 Walter McGowan TKO 9 (15) Dec 30, 1966 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Won The Ring and vacant WBC flyweight titles
52 Win 40–10–2 Terry Go KO 6 (10) Nov 15, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
51 Win 39–10–2 Saknoi Sor Kosum KO 1 (10) Aug 16, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
50 Win 38–10–2 Chaythong Singchiopleong KO 3 (10) May 21, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
49 Win 37–10–2 Clever Luna KO 4 (10) Apr 10, 1966 Chiang Mai, Thailand
48 Win 36–10–2 Ernesto Miranda PTS 10 Mar 15, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
47 Win 35–10–2 Salvatore Burruni UD 10 Feb 8, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
46 Win 34–10–2 Pornchai Poprai ngam KO 1 (10) Jan 7, 1966 Bangkok, Thailand
45 Win 33–10–2 Michel Lamora PTS 10 Sep 28, 1965 Bangkok, Thailand
44 Loss 32–10–2 Hajime Taroura PTS 10 Aug 22, 1965 Tokyo, Japan
43 Win 32–9–2 Cherry Montano KO 2 (?) Jul 8, 1965 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
42 Win 31–9–2 Cherry Montano KO 2 (10) Jun 10, 1965 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
41 Win 30–9–2 Rudy Villagonza KO 3 (10) May 12, 1965 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
40 Win 29–9–2 Rudy Villagonza TKO 4 (10) Apr 24, 1965 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
39 Win 28–9–2 Singtong Por Tor PTS 10 Feb 2, 1965 Bangkok, Thailand
38 Win 27–9–2 Anandech Sithhiran PTS 10 Sep 12, 1964 Bangkok, Thailand
37 Loss 26–9–2 Bernardo Caraballo PTS 10 Jul 12, 1964 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
36 Win 26–8–2 Little Paramount KO 2 (10) Jun 10, 1964 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
35 Win 25–8–2 Rudy Villagonza PTS 10 Feb 8, 1964 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
34 Win 24–8–2 Pat Gonzales KO 7 (10) Jan 7, 1964 Cebu, Philippines
33 Win 23–8–2 Leo Macamlinton PTS 10 Nov 21, 1963 Bangkok, Thailand
32 Draw 22–8–2 Tetsuya Yamagami PTS 10 Aug 28, 1963 Tokyo, Japan
31 Win 22–8–1 Tadao Kawamura PTS 10 Jul 26, 1963 Kokura Gym, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
30 Loss 21–8–1 Takeshi Nakamura PTS 12 Jul 7, 1963 Osaka, Osaka, Japan Lost OPBF flyweight title
29 Loss 21–7–1 Takeshi Nakamura PTS 10 Jun 7, 1963 Tokyo, Japan
28 Win 21–6–1 Seisaku Saito TKO 8 (10) Feb 19, 1963 Tokyo, Japan
27 Loss 20–6–1 Hiroyuki Ebihara UD 12 Dec 31, 1962 Yasaka Hall, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
26 Win 20–5–1 Baby Espinosa KO 6 (10) Oct 4, 1962 Cebu, Philippines
25 Win 19–5–1 Primo Famiro PTS 12 Sep 22, 1962 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Won vacant OPBF flyweight title
24 Loss 18–5–1 Ernesto Miranda PTS 10 Jul 12, 1962 Bangkok, Thailand
23 Win 18–4–1 Mitsunori Seki MD 10 Apr 24, 1962 Bangkok, Thailand
22 Win 17–4–1 Kyo Noguchi PTS 10 Dec 9, 1961 Bangkok, Thailand
21 Win 16–4–1 Akira Oguchi TKO 5 (10) Sep 28, 1961 Bangkok, Thailand
20 Win 15–4–1 Masao Ogawa RTD 5 (10) Sep 7, 1961 Nakajima Sports Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
19 Loss 14–4–1 Haruo Sakamoto PTS 10 Aug 17, 1961 Tokyo, Japan
18 Win 14–3–1 Masakatsu Kuroki RTD 7 (10) Jul 21, 1961 Abeno Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
17 Loss 13–3–1 Akira Oguchi PTS 10 Jun 8, 1961 Tokyo, Japan
16 Win 13–2–1 Shotaro Aida KO 2 (10) May 15, 1961 Tokyo, Japan
15 Win 12–2–1 Kazuyoshi Amada TKO 6 (10) Apr 19, 1961 Tokyo, Japan
14 Loss 11–2–1 Mitsunori Seki UD 10 Jan 4, 1961 Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 11–1–1 Masao Ogawa PTS 10 Dec 4, 1960 Tokyo, Japan
12 Win 10–1–1 Yoshikatsu Furukawa PTS 8 Oct 19, 1960 Tokyo, Japan
11 Win 9–1–1 Atsuto Fukumoto TKO 2 (10) Sep 29, 1960 Tokyo, Japan
10 Win 8–1–1 Masanobu Kambayashi KO 8 (10) Sep 2, 1960 Tokyo, Japan
9 Loss 7–1–1 Singtong Por Tor PTS 6 Aug 1, 1960 Bangkok, Thailand
8 Win 7–0–1 Suparit Benjamasit KO 4 (6) Jun 4, 1960 Bangkok, Thailand
7 Win 6–0–1 Willy Lertrit KO 2 (6) Feb 2, 1960 Bangkok, Thailand
6 Win 5–0–1 Wan Wanpho PTS 6 Dec 29, 1959 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
5 Win 4–0–1 Yu Samang KO 2 (6) Nov 1, 1959 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
4 Win 3–0–1 Opas Rorsorpor PTS 6 Sep 27, 1959 Bangkok, Thailand
3 Draw 2–0–1 Sala Kampuch PTS 6 May 31, 1959 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2 Win 2–0 Surin Praromdee KO 2 (?) Apr 8, 1959 Bangkok, Thailand
1 Win 1–0 Somsak Kritsanasuwan KO 2 (6) Mar 27, 1959 Ratchaburi, Thailand

See also

  • List of flyweight boxing champions
  • List of WBC world champions
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