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Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

BANGKOK --- The sight of two preteen boys pummeling each other with fists, elbows, knees and feet as a boisterous crowd shouts wagers at each other is considered good, clean sport in Thailand. However, the death earlier this month of a 13-year-old Muay Thai contender may push forward changes to protect other youngsters in Thai kickboxing. Anucha Tasako died of a brain hemorrhage two days after he was knocked out in a bout on Nov. 10, his 174th match in a career that began at age 8. His death was a fluke, said some of the sport s boosters. They said that the referee did not stop the fight soon enough, and that no doctor was available. But even those boys who can carry on f...

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