Thursday, April 04, 2013

IN MEMORY OF: Apidej Sit-Hirun (September 1941 - April 4, 2013)

The Muay Thai community lost a legend today.

BOXING TRAINING: Apidej had his first formal Muay Thai training with Suporn Wongsaroj and boxed under the name of Apidej Lookpornchai.After only a few bouts, the young boxer became widely known in his home regions, namely ThaChalorm, Mahachai, and Bang Nok Kwaek districts for his violent and powerful kicks. The aspiring Apidej later joined the Sit-Hirun Camp run by Kasem and A-ngoon lampinyo. Despite his flair, some still doubt his potential since he was often unexpectedly defeated. But after rigorous training and firm determination on his part, Apidej successfully polished his tactics and became one of the best known Muay Thai boxer to date.

Of all the Muay Thai boxers of a heavy division, Apidej is the boxer with the most fearful kick strike of the past 20 years. It can be said that there has never been a boxer to match his kick ever since.

The name Apidej Sit-Hirun captured the boxing fans' imagination when he impressively kicked his way to victory in the bout against Danchai Yontrakit who was downed in the third round. Several other well-known boxers lined up to meet him, in order to be defeated, one after another. He outscored the famous Adul Srisothorn and his kicks almost ruined Sompong Charoenmuang's boxing career by breaking his arms.

As a matter of fact, Apidej defeated all the Muay Thai stars of that time. But his most persistent opponent was none other than Dejrit Itti-anuchit. They took turn winning and losing for as many as 11 times. The second most persistent could be Kongdej Lookbangplasoi who had four memorable matches with Apidej.

A highly exceptional boxer, Apidej is a good boxer in both Muay Thai and international boxing. At one time he held seven Welterweight titles of both Muay Thai and international boxing. This historic record has never been broken since. On international level, Apidej's skills won him the championship of the Eastern Region, and, more yet, a world champion contender. His boxing statistics totalled 177 bouts in both Muay Thai and international boxing.

He won the Welterweight championship of the Rajadamnern Stadium by outscoring Srisawat Sitsorpor. And he took over the Lumpini Stadium championship by defeating Dejrit Itti-anuchit by a technical knock-out. This victory simultaneously made him champion of the Professional Boxers Association of Thailand.

Feeling that he was getting too old to box, Apidej retired after he got married. Even then, he was coaxed back to the ring for a few more bouts with younger boxers. He was defeated. But everyone knew that it was his age that was the real killer. Apidej's impressive kick are firmly imprinted in the minds of his fans. For whenever one talks of the kick ace in Muay Thai, it is Apidej who is still number one.

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My sincerest condolences to Apidej's loved ones, students, associates and fans.

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