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World Boxing Federation Champions Of The Past: Samson Dutch Boy Gym

Posted on March 10 2014
By: Clive Baum  
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Since the World Boxing Federation was originally founded by American Larry Carrier in 1988, many of the sport’s biggest names have won a WBF title, and proudly defended the blue, red and gold belt all over the world.

In the first two segments of the series we profiled former two-weight WBF World Champion Johnny Nelson, one of the best Cruiserweights of all time, and former WBF World Welterweight Champion and Hall-Of-Famer Greg Haugen.

Now the time has come for someone less recognizable, but never the less a very noteworthy boxer in former WBF World Super Flyweight Champion Samson Dutch Boy Gym from Thailand.


Born in July 1972 in Roi-Et in the northeastern part of Thailand, his real name is Somboon Phantasi. It is common in Thailand that professional boxers are given ring-names to honor the gyms they represent, or to raise awareness of a sponsor.

While he is mainly known as Samson Dutch Boy Gym, the Southpaw-Puncher also fought as Samson Elite Gym, Samson 3K Battery, Samson Toyota-Thailand and a few other names.

As is the case with most boxers from “The Land of Smiles”, Samson started out as a Muay Thai boxer, gaining a lot of ring experience and fame fighting as Saengmuangnoi Lukchapormasak (we will let this be the first and only time this name is used in this article).

Only 19-years old but with countless Muay thai battles and championships under his belt, Samson turned to traditional boxing and made his professional debut in February 1992, stopping curiously named Filipino Young Elmer in the first round.

For some reason it would be over two years before Samson continued his boxing career, as he knocked out another Filipino, Edwin Casano, in the second round in May1994, but his return would be the start of a truly amazing journey. He was now on a fast-track!

In June of 1994, in only his third pro fight, Samson stepped significantly up in class when he took on world-ranked Philippines champion Dan Nietes (26-6-1) in a ten rounder. Samson showed his great potential by beating Nietes by unanimous decision, and could now already be considered world class at 3-0.

His celebrity status growing, the management of Samson wasted no time in capitalizing on the Nietes victory and secured their man a September shot at the vacant WBF World Super Flyweight title, in Bangkok, against another world-class campaigner in Australian champion Colin “Kid” Nelson.

Samson repaid his handlers by dominating and stopping Nelson in only three rounds, and amazingly becoming a world champion in only his fourth fight.

While this is probably some kind of record, it was only the beginning for Mr. Dutch Boy Gym, real name
Somboon Phantasi, formerly known as Saengmuangnoi Lukchapormasak (OK, this will be the last time!).

Over the course of the next two years, Samson was kept incredibly busy and defended his world title fifteen times, almost always in devastating fashion.

It must me said that some of the challengers were, to put it mildly, less than scary, but he also took care of quality fighters such as former WBC world champion Rolando Pascua, future South African titlists Ndoda Mayende and Sandile Sobandla, undefeated Mexican contender Genaro Garcia and former world title-challenger Francisco Montiel.

In November 1996 Samson was pitted with Russian Alexander Makhmutov, who brought a 26-3 ledger and had lost a twelve round decision to another undefeated Thai world champion, WBA ruler Saen Sor Ploenchit, only two months earlier. Now 19-0, Samson got the job done in six rounds. Makhmutov would later win the European title twice!

Despite competing in a division where it is hard to get steady top-class opposition, Samson continued to fight often and always defending his WBF belt. He continued to face the occasional push-over, but he also took on true world class challengers whenever it was possible:   

In March 1997 Samson destroyed Mexican Cruz Carbajal in four rounds. Five years later Carbajal won the WBO world title, and made several defenses.

In June 1997 Samson defended his title with a sixth round knockout over Argentinean Hugo Rafel Soto (47-4-2). Less than a year earlier Soto had gone twelve rounds in a losing effort against legendary Johnny Tapia for the WBO world Bantamweight crown, and less than a year later he would go on to win the WBA World Flyweight title.

On May 8 2001, Samson was taken the distance for the first time in sixteen straight fights when he outpointed undefeated Filipino Diosdado Gabi (11-0). Gabi went on to fight for world titles again, and retired in 2008 with a 30-4-1 record after sharing the ring with big name world champions such as Vic Darchinyan and Abner Mares.

After the Gabi fight, Samson made two more title defenses, which he also won on points. The fact that he was no longer destroying opponents in the same manner that he used to, may have influenced his decision to retire from the sport at only 29 years of age shortly after beating Alfren Bulala in April 2002.

Undefeated at 43-0 (36), and with thirty-eight (!) successful defenses of his WBF world title, Samson Dutch Boy Gym must be considered an all-time great at Super Flyweight. It can be argued that he was protected by only boxing in his home country, sometimes against undeserving challengers, but at the end of the day his accomplishments speak for themselves.

  Part 2: Greg Haugen
  Part 1: Johnny Nelson
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