Muay Thai child boxer punching out of poverty

Tata is a 9-year-old Muay Thai boxer

He wants to punch his family’s way out of poverty

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 9-YEAR-OLD MUAY THAI BOXER, PORNPATTARA PEACHAURAI, SAYING:

"My mom told me if I continue boxing like my sister, one day I can afford to buy her a house, car and earn more money for her."

The flight season has been closed for months

His family has struggled to survive

(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TATA'S MOTHER, SUREEPORN EIMPONG, SAYING:

"The main income of the family at the moment comes from him (Tata). For example, the last fight he had helped pay off my debts."

There are about 300,000 child boxers in Thailand

Some medical experts are calling for a ban on minors

They say it can stunt growth and cause brain damage

(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TATA'S MOTHER, SUREEPORN EIMPONG, SAYING: "I do feel pity for my son when he gets hurt. I know he is hurt when he is on the ring, but he is always trying to hide it and tell me about it later. "