Poonsawat has quit boxing due to blood disorder

Discussion in 'Boxing Discussion' started by ZroC, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. ZroC

    ZroC Silver Belt

    Sep 21, 2011
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    Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym has retired from boxing due to thalassemia.

    The 32-year-old Thai was diagnosed with the disease a day before challenging 122-pound WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba in the US last month. After talking to his doctor, Poonsawat was advised to quit the sport.

    "According to the doctor, it will take time to cure it," his manager, Niwat Laosuwanwat, said. "At 32, it would be tough for him to remain competitive in boxing. So it is better for him to retire now."

    Poonsawat, who is no longer ranked in the WBA, won the title in September 2009 after stopping Bernard Dunne in the third round in Dublin. He successfully defended his title twice in Thailand before losing to Ryo Li Lee in Japan in October 2010.

    Last month, he flew to the US in an attempt to win back the title but failed a blood test before the fight and was later diagnosed with thalassemia _ a blood disorder caused by weakened red blood cells which can lead to anemia.

    The Sakon Nakhon native leaves the sport with an impressive record of 48-2-0, with 33KOs.

    Poonsawat is the second Thai ex-world champion to retire in recent months after former WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam hung up his gloves in November, following his third-round loss to Filipino Rey Migreno in the defence of his WBC international flyweight title.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  2. Francis Rossi

    Francis Rossi Here's a song for ya

    Jul 12, 2006
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    Down the only road I've ever known
    Nasty. That can get pretty serious.
  3. KounterPunch

    KounterPunch Purple Belt

    Dec 5, 2012
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    It was HIV.
    The thalassemia thing came afterwards .......as a face saver imo.
    Methinks Mr Poonsawat be dipping his wick into the local produce.
  4. emcee

    emcee Purple Belt

    Feb 12, 2012
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    What this guy said. I remember the first reports stating it was HIV, unequivocally.

    Not to mention the thalassemia thing is evidently inherited from the parents. He should have been born with it and carried it with him his entire boxing career. So wouldn't prior blood tests have picked it up? Why did it take so many years? Or was this the first time the guy ever took a blood test?
  5. yodsaenkla**

    yodsaenkla** Blue Belt

    Nov 29, 2009
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    Seems such a shame to get HIV and effectively end your life just to get your end away.
  6. aduriz

    aduriz Banned Banned

    Apr 12, 2012
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    hiv is not a death sentence anymore
    thalassemia requires frequent blood transfusions, that's how we got infected

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