Chiwit kong nak muay (the life of a Thai Boxer)
Life for would-be professional Thai boxers in Thailand starts early. It is not uncommon for boys as young as seven or eight years old to start fighting at a local level at village temple fairs and fetes.
Legend of Nai Khanom Tom
At the time of the fall of the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthya in 1767, when the city was destablized and heading for destruction because it rulers were weak, the invading Burmese troops rounded up a group of Thai residents and took them as prisoners. Among them were a large number of Thai boxers, who were held by the Burmese potentate Suki Phra Nai Kong of Kai Pho Sam Ton at the city of Ungwa.