Two-time WBC super-flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was named the Best Professional Athlete award by The Sports Writers Association of Thailand at the annual Athletes Awards in Bangkok yesterday.
The 31-year-old boxer made his first public appearance after his break-up news with long-time girlfriend Patchareewan Kanha made national headlines last week.
Srisaket, who asked reporters not to ask him questions related to his personal life, has become the headline name in Thai sport following back-to-back wins over Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua in New York and California.
His coach Chokechai Pisitwuttinun was named winner in the Best Coach category.
Panipak Wongpattanakit ( first from right )
In the amateur categories, Thai-Japanese teenager Kosuke Hamamoto was named the Best Male title due to his achievements in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia and the Putra Cup, while taekwondo exponent Panipak Wongpattanakit, gold medallist in the World University Games and World Championships in Moscow, London and Abidjan last year, was named Best Female.
Thailand’s first male junior world singles champion Kulavut Vitidsarn won the Best Male Junior award while 15-year-old golfer Atthaya Thitikul won the female category after last July becoming the youngest winner on the Ladies European golf Tour, taking out the Thailand Ladies European at just 14 years, four months and 19 days.