Pheearanut Saleephol, 14, spars against his trainer, Jamlong Jaipakdee,50, at the Sor. Pullsawas Gym in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday April 8, 2019. Thai Boxing, locally known as Muay Thai, is considered to be the national sport of Thailand, with children as young as 8 years old competing professionally. In recent years, allowing children under the age of 15 to compete has become controversial due to potential health risks. Pheearanut has been boxing since age 12. His adoptive father and grandfather boxed professionally in their youth and he decided to follow in their footsteps.
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