ANUWAT KAEWSAMRIT: THE IRON HANDS OF SIAM
Sunday, May 10th, 2020: The week is almost done. It has been quite a wonderful stroll down memory lane watching a copious amount of Anuwat Kaewsamrit fights, from the early days of his storied career, to the latter part when he hopped on planes to export his hands of steel to various corners of the planet.
Anuwat spent his entire professional career at Bangkok’s Kaewsamrit gym, a gym located in the western parts of greater Bangkok. The gym has produced many champions such as Watcharachai Kaewsamrit, Chanachai Kaewsamrit, Rittijak, Singmanee and Yuthajak — the most famous and decorated of them all is “The Iron Hands of Siam” aka Anuwat Kaewsamrit.
In the very early part of his career, Anuwat became a 3-weight division champion at Rajadamnern stadium, winning the stadiums minimum-weight, light-flyweight, and flyweight titles within a fifteen month period, between November 1998-February 2000.
The next two years saw Anuwat moving up in weight and in 2003 he captured the Rajadamnern featherweight title. He went on to defend that title three times over the next two years. One of his most famous victories was when he captured the coveted Isuzu tournament at Omnoi stadium, mastering a heavily favored Duwao Kongudom in the final, having lost to Duwao earlier in the tournament. Anuwat also took home the Omnoi stadium super-bantamweight title in the same contest.
Up to that point in his career, Anuwat had scored sensational knockout victories over Singdam Kiatmoo9 (twice), Lerdsila Chumpairtour and Bovy Sor Udomson, to name a few.
One of the most stunning victories in Anuwats career, came in mid-2005, when he clashed with Nopparat Keatkamton — on a show to celebrate the champions of Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums, which took place at Lumpinee stadium. Anuwat stopped Nopparat early in the contest, with a vicious punch in the opening round, to become the new Lumpinee stadium featherweight champion, while retaining his Rajadamnern Stadium title. This was the first time in history - this feat was achieved - for a champion to hold the Raja and Lumpinee titles in the same weight category, at the same time.
The Kaewsamrit star wrapped up the year 2005 with yet another KO victory. This time it was Orono Tawan who was on the receiving end, on December 22nd, on the Rajadamnern stadium birthday show, where Anuwat sent him to the canvas in the midst of the third round to receive the loudest applause from the rapturous crowd, on the night.
The nationally recognized accolades began to flow from the years 2003-2005. Anuwat was crowned the Sports Writers 'fighter of the year' for 2003 and 2004. He also captured the Sports Authority of Thailand 'MuayThai boxer of the year award' in 2004 and 2005.
Expanding The Trophy Cabinet
More championship glory came in the year 2006 as Anuwat defeated his compatriot, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, to claim the WBC MuayThai featherweight world title at Rajadamnern stadium. He would go on to give Singtongnoi a rematch in the early part of 2007 — with a familiar outcome — in Anuwat retaining his WBC world title after five rounds of hotly-contested action.
Three years would pass before Anuwat claimed his fifth and final Rajadamnern stadium title. This time it was up at super-featherweight and a victory over Kompayak BeemDesign, taking home a unanimous points decision and another prestigious Rajadamnern championship belt.
The Overseas Trips
During his illustrious career, Anuwat traveled the world to take on a host of International MuayThai stars, where he scored wins over Liam Harrison in Jamaica, Kamel Jemel in France, Houcine Bennoui in France, and further contests in Australia, Japan, France, Holland and in Switzerland heralded both victory and defeats.
The first of his trips to Tokyo was back in 1998 when he stopped Japan's Hinari Fukatsu in the 5th round and amazingly - 18-days later - he would capture his first Rajadamnern Stadium title.
A New Chapter
After a 22-year pro career in the ring, with an array of elite stadium titles under his belt, Anuwat hung up his gloves to become a teacher of the game he knows so well. His most recent gig was as a trainer in Ontario, Canada.
He gave us plenty of thrills during his storied career. He inspired many International stars such as England’s Kieran Keddle, a three-time world champion, who would travel from the UK to train alongside Anuwat at Kaewsamrit gym.
To Anuwat the fighter: we say thank you for the memories. To Anuwat the man and family man: we hope you continue to enjoy your retirement and your life back home in the south of Thailand.
(Photo: R. Cox)