15 fights and 13 KO in Thailand
Few years ago, MuayThaiTV already draw the Youssef BOUGHANEM young boxer portrait up. At this time, the champion Basha Vallon said in a private conversation: “Youssef, he’s a little Thai” Remember, Youssef was 12 years old when he started training muay thai with his friend Selim and his coach Azis Katthou before going to the Friend’s Gym when Yassine his little brother joined them.
Youssef has around 30 fights in Europe (Class A) but left recently to live in Bangkok where he rents an apartment and works in a mobile store. Youssef said: "Life is nice and less expensive than in Europe, a lots of westerns live here and there are many mosques for a mainly Buddhist country. I really appreciate that”
Youssef was 18 when he felt in love with Thailand, going to train for the first time of his life. By passion for this “sport” he choosed to live in the “country of smiles” where he is very happy to carry on learning Muay Thai.
Youssef gets some opportunities to visit his family in France and Belgium but would like to come back as soons as possible amound us to fight the best Europeans Nak Muay (boxers).
What boxing camp does Youssef train in ? Amazing (or surprising?) , he is not commited to any contract or boxing camp. He said “I chooses my fights being free. I am not commited by contract only by ethic and friendship”. In Thailand he has 15 fights and 13 by KO!
How he does train? So, with Yassine, who should not stay in the shade of his brother, and also his friends Alex and Rachid.
Today, Youssef is 20 years old and has already a great record since he started his career in Belgium with 62 fights for 4 defeats (losts??). He is also Champion of Fairtex Stadium in Pattaya, Phuket and Ko Samui.
Champions, amound others, that he fought:
Numeechai SCORPION GYM, Champion of Raja
- Tawalitnoi SKV GYM, ex champion of Lumpinee and Thailand
- YodNapa CHANGTALLEY, ex champion of Raja
- Mangkornyok SITYOTONG; champion of Pattaya who figth at TV 9
- Sittisak SENGSEWEAUGYM
15 fights and 13 KO in Thailand
Youssef shares with us “all my opponent in Thailand are strong” and “none of my fight have been easy, Never."
His hardest fight : out of Bangkok, a room full of spectators who’s yelling, betting, standing by the “child of the country”, they are all against me, except his team (3 friends). Youssef is a Nak Muay on the ring in the middle of the world but not connected to it. He is in a good spirit, must fight, it’s his job. On 15 fights, 13 was like that.
“No camp, no coach, just friends with me”
Youssef hasn’t fight in Raja yet or at the Lumpini, neather at TV7 but soon. He has many offers…
Nevertheless, his relationship with Thai people and the nak muay are fine. He found a tolerant country in Thailand, just cultural differences. So, Youssef doesn’t have a coach, he has fun answering : “I just have friends with me, friends to play, and the game is Muay Thai.”
Last August, Youssef BOUGHANEM, fought and won for France at the Queen of Thailand’s birthday. “I got this honor, and I’m very happy”. A fighter was missing, so M. CINTURA called me and I accepted.
Youssef like the Dutch school because of its teaching of boxing. Hollandese have their own and unique style in Europe. They get inspired by Japanese Kick boxing and authentic Muay Thai, the one known since centuries in Thailand.
When I asked him : « How your coach from the Friend’s gym in Brussels made the decision of putting you in Class A to fight ». He answered : “my goodwill”.
For Youssef, the 5 best fighters of his weight class are : Kongfa UDDONMUANG Champion of Lumpinee, Noppadeat KIATPETCH Champion of TV7 and Thailand, Singmanee SOR SRIPONG, Khem FAIRTEX, Tagnondet KIATPETCH… He would like to challenge them soon!
He thinks also about Sudsakorn, “a smart boxer who’s a leader in Thailand in my weight class”.
Does Youssef do as a boxer does? “Samart PAYAKAROON, Diesel NOI, Samson ESARN”.
Youssef greets the MuayThaïTV community NamsaknoyKeawsamrit, Kalgoran, Choco, Nabil, Selim, Veteran and of course all his family. Plus, he said: “The Muay Thai is like a huge family, never forget that we love the same sport”.
Almost 2 years ago, we introduced you a young Belgium full of goodwill and hopfull. Today, we notice that his commitment is total in Muay Thai and has always been.
We haven’t been wandering who could be « the little guy, next champion of Thailand », we found him in his humble spirit, Youssef BOUGHANEM.
Pictures: Marc Olivier SOUDER