In Muay Thai the most prestigious honor a fighter can receive is the Sports Writers Association of Thailand Fighter of the Year award. This is an award that is voted on every year to determine who was the best fighter in Thailand during that year.

To win the Fighter of the year award is the Muay Thai equivalent to winning an Oscar for Best Actor at the academy awards. It is a huge accomplishment and something that every fighter dreams of accomplishing one day. Given the fact that there are tens of thousands of fighters throughout Thailand competing in matches every single day, this truly is an award that recognizes the best of the sport.

Over the years there have been many legends that have come and gone in the sport. The following is a look back at some of the greatest legends of the sport who have won the prestigious fighter of the year award. See if you can recognize any of the faces in the pictures.

A Look Back in History

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Fighter of the year 30s

Fighter of the year 40s

Fighter of the Year 50s

Fighter of the year 60s

Fighter of the year 70s

Fighter of the year 80s

Fighter of the year 90s

Present and Past Winners of the Award

2016 – PetUthong Or Kwanmuang 
2015 – Panpayak Jitmuangnon (Highlight Video Here)
2014 – Panpayak Jitmuangnon (Highlight Video Here)
2013 –  Panpayak Jitmuangnon (Highlight Video Here)
2012 – Yodwicha Por Boonsit and Sangmanee Sor Tienpo (Highlight Video Here and Here)
2011 – Penek Sitnumnoi (Highlight video Here)
2010 – Kongsak Sitboonmee (Highlight video Here)

2009 – Rungruanglek Lukprabart (Highlight Video Here)
2008 – Saenchai Sor Kingstar (Highlight Video Here)
2007 – Wuttidet Lukprabaht 
2006 – Jomthong Chuwattana and Norasing Lukbanyai (Jomthong highlight Here)
2005 – Nong-O Sit-Or (Highlight Video Here)
2004 – Anuwat Kaewsamrit (Highlight Video Here)
2003 – Anuwat Kaewsamrit 
2002 – Singdam Kiatmoo 9 (Highlight Video Here)
2001 – Thongchai Tor.Silachai
2000 – Fasuchon Sit-Or 

1999 – Saenchai Sor Kingstar (Highlight Video Here)
1998 – Kaolan Kaowichit (Highlight Video Here)
1997 – Anantasak Panyuthapoom
1996 – Namsaknoi Yuthkarnkamthon (Highlight Video Here)
1995 – Kaoponglek Luksuratham (Highlight Video Here)
1994 – Orono Por Muangubon (Highlight Video Here)
1993 – Wangchannoi Sor Palangchai (Highlight Video Here)
1992 – Jaroensap Kiatbanchong
1991 – Saenmuangnoi Lukjaophomehesak (Samson Isarn) (Highlight Video Here)
1990 – Kaensak Sor Ploenchit (Highlight Video Here)

1989 – Kaensak Sor Ploenchit 
1988 – Samart Payakaroon (Highlight Video Here)
1987 – Langsuan Panyuthapoom
1986 – Panomthuanlek 5 Palang 
1985 – Chamuekpetch 5 Palang 
1984 – Kongthoranee Payakarun 
1983 – Samart Payakarun 
1982 – Dieselnoi C. Thanasukarn (Highlight Video Here)
1981 – Samart Payakarun 
1980 – Nongkhai S. Prapassorn 

1979 – Phadetsuek Pitsarnurachan 
1978 – Kongthoranee Payakarun 
1977 – Vicharnoi Porntawee (Old Footage Here)
1976 – Porsai Sittbunlert 
1975 – Pud Pad Noi Vorawud (Highlight Video Here)
1974 – Puth Lawlek 
1973 – Sansak Muangsurin (Classic Fight Here)
1972 – Sirimongkol Luksiripat 
1971 – Seechang Sakornpitak (Classic Fight Here)
1970 – Fasai Taweechai 

It’s important to point out that the current international stars like Yodsanklai Fairtex, Sudsakorn Klinmee, Aikpracha, Kem Sitsongpeenong, Buakaw have never won a Fighter of the Year award, except for Saenchai who has won it twice. Jomthong Chuwatanna is another international star that won the award.