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Muay Thai boxer

Pheeranut Saleephol, 14, spars with his trainer, Jamlong Jaipakdee, 50, at a Bangkok gym. Thai boxing, known as Muay Thai, is considered to be the national sport of Thailand, with children as young as 8 competing professionally. Pheeranut has been boxing since he was 11. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Tapanat Thaisamran watches as his son Pheeranut Saleephol trains. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Pheeranut spars with his trainer, Jamlong Jaipakdee.
 (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Pheeranut lifts weights after his boxing routine.
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Pheeranut warms up for his workout. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Pheeranut cools down after a workout.
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Pheeranut and his mother, Aoy Chumsri, in their Bangkok home.
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Pheeranut’s father, Tapanat Thaisamran, gets ready for work. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Pheeranut and trainer Jamlong Jaipakdee settle in to their dorm room before a big match at a Muay Thai stadium in Pattaya, Thailand. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times )
Pheeranut weighs in before his April match in Pattaya. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times )
Pheeranut prepares before the match in Pattaya.
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Pheeranut battles his opponent at the Pattaya stadium.
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Tapanat Thaisamran watches son Pheeranut’s match. (Lauren DeCicca / For The Times)
Pheeranut rests in his corner after the first round of his match.
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Pheeranut celebrates his victory in the Pattaya stadium.
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