Muay Thai child boxer punching out of poverty

Tata is a 9 year old muay thai boxer
He wants to pave the way for his family out of poverty
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 9 YEARS MUAY THAI BOXER, PORNPATTARA PEACHAURAI, SAYING:
"My mother told me that if I keep boxing like my sister, one day I can afford to buy her a house, a car and more money for her."
The flying season has been closed for months
His family struggled to survive
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TATAS MOTHER, SUREEPORN EIMPONG, SAYS:
"The main income of the family at the moment comes from him (Tata). For example the last fight in which he helped pay off my debts."
There are around 300,000 child boxers in Thailand
Some medical experts are calling for minors to be banned
They say it can stunt growth and cause brain damage
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TATAS MOTHER, SUREEPORN EIMPONG, SAYS: "I feel sorry for my son when he gets hurt. I know he's hurt when he's in the ring but he always tries to hide it and tell me about it later. "
Video transcript
[CROWD SHOUTING]
PORN PATARA PEACHAURAI: [NOT ENGLISH SPEECH]
Interpreter: My mother told me that if I keep boxing like my sister, one day I can afford to buy her a house and a car and make more money for her.
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
SUREEPRON EIMPONG: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
Interpreter: The main income of the family at the moment comes from him. Like the last fight he'd helped pay off my debt.
SUREEPRON EIMPONG: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
SUREEPRON EIMPONG: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
Interpreter: I feel sorry for my son if he is hurt. I know he's hurt when he's in the ring, but he always tries to hide it and tell me about it later.
- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
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