There are many Muay Thai schools around the United States. But as a professional sport, it had never reached the kind of media celebrity that MMA and boxing has. Even newer combat sports such as bare knuckle boxing are starting to garner more media attention than both Muay Thai and kickboxing.
Female Muay Thai is on the up. There have been tremendous leaps and bounds in the sport in the last couple of years. All these progressive steps have led to more opportunities for women to fight, given them a brighter spotlight in the fight scene and (in some cases) better paydays. A few organizations and events are to thank for this newfound interest in women fighters, whether by proactive or reactive means.
With gyms given the “OK” to open up again early June, many gyms scrambled to get their fighters back in shape for the shows that were rumored to start in mid to late June. However, those shows that were announced, mainly at Channel 7 and Omnoi, were postponed due to the government still forbidding fights from happening. Many fighters breathed a sigh of relief as it gave them more time to get their bodies back in shape after months of inactivity. It is not common for fighters in Thailand to try to stay in shape when they’re not at the gym (or even when they’re simply without a fight), so many gyms saw their fighters heavier than usual and with barely any signs that they were in shape just a few months ago prior to lockdown. Please support the continuation of content on Muay Ying via Patreon On July 2, the Muay Thai community rejoiced – the government, along with the boxing committee, gave the green light for fights to officially start on July 4th. Stadiums are allowed only the fighters, cornermen, officials and judges, and venue staff. No audiences just yet. Fighters also have to obtain a medical certificate saying […]