A few weeks ago I had arranged with Jack from Thai Boxing Store to get into the top Muay Thai fight show in the UK this year to grab some images for use in Jacks marketing. So both myself and good friend Si, Muay Thai connoisseur, headed north five hours to watch some of the top talent in the UK and the World. The last show held by both the Yokkao and Super Showdown promotion teams went down a storm, Yokkao 8 was heralded by many as one of the best shows put on in the UK to date.

So  what is Muay Thai? Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and translates as Thai Boxing in English. It is a small sport in comparison to other martial arts and fight sports mainly due to its brutal nature with most techniques aimed at grounding an opponent as quickly as possible. But it is also a uniquely beautiful sport at heart when contested by athletes who are both experienced and skilled.

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Stefania Picelli getting a quick close up of Mickael Piscitello injured leg.

I have not photographed a large fight show yet to date so I was looking forward to seeing some top fighters in action. The concept behind this particular show was to stack two shows together turning the day into a 10 hour long 19 bout overload of Thai boxing for all who came to watch. And what a show. Right from the outset everyone brought their A game with the fight of the night belonging to Brad Stanton and Crice Boussoukou. At one point I lost the feeling in my left arm because I had been holding the camera for so long, there might also have been some dehydration setting in with a touch of hunger.

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Happy punters.

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Commentator Vinny Shoreman .

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Another one of the photogs.

Anyway, below is a best of the best from my efforts for the night and if you want to see the whole set (600+ images!) then pop on over to my Google+ page.

 


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