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. "