The death of a 13-year-old kickboxer in south of Bangkok sparked debate over whether to ban children taking part in kickboxing.
Anucha Tasako, who boxed under the name Phetmongkol Por Peenapat, was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage on Monday after he was knocked out in a match on Sunday evening. According to reports, he was killed after being knocked out in the third round of a match against a 14-year-old opponent.
Muay Thai, the Thai version of kickboxing is widely popular in the country. The game is a passion with many young enthusiasts dreaming of becoming a successful player.
Although the boy’s grieving relatives said they would not press charges over his death, Thai lawmakers are looking to tighten regulations to ban children under the age of 12 from competitive boxing.
Anucha was reportedly not wearing any protective gear and he was getting punched repeatedly in the head. He fell down and banged his head on the mat. He started his career at the age of 8 and had fought more than 170 matches. He was raised by his uncle after his parents are separated.