Money in Muay Thai & Fighters Pay – Why British Muay Thai “is Getting Bigger BUT Very, Very Slowly”

Money in Muay Thai & Fighters Pay – Why British Muay Thai “is Getting Bigger BUT Very, Very Slowly”Muay Thai Grand Prix world champion, Danny Edwards, explains the issues effecting the development of both Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the UK (and across the western world), including: the money in Muay Thai, fighters pay and how this and much more adversely effects the growth of British Muay Thai.

Edwards fights out of K-Star Legacy Gym in Birmingham, under the coaching of former two-time world champion, Damien Trainor. Edwards’s next Muay Thai fight is against multiple world champion, Michael Wakeling in April 2019 for, the vacant 76.7kg Muay Thai Grand Prix world title.

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Interviewed by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi @k1anoop

With thanks to: Danny Edwards (Instagram @edwards901), Damien Trainor (Instagram @trainor103) & K-Star Legacy Gym.

Photo Credit (Featured Image/Thumbnail): Buakaw – Screengrab via YouTube: MAX Muay Thai.

Michael Wakeling “has been around a long time. I prefer being the underdog.” – Danny Edwards Interview

Michael Wakeling “has been around a long time. I prefer being the underdog.” – Danny Edwards Interview with K1ANOOP following the recent announcement of Michael Wakeling vs. Danny Edwards in April 2019 by Muay Thai Grand Prix for the (vacant) 76.7kg world championship title and much more.

Widely regarded as the best British Muay Thai & Kickboxing fighter of his generation, Michael Wakeling will be returning to Muay Thai after two years of inactivity (come April 2019 for, Wakleing vs Edwards) since his last fight against, Dutch Kickboxing veteran, Marco Pique, at Tanko Muay Thai League in early 2017. Whilst Danny Edwards who, fights out of K-Star Legacy Gym under the coaching of Damien Trainor, has been fighting more frequently in recent years.

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Interviewed by, Anoop Hothi – Instagram @anoophothi @k1anoop

With thanks to: Danny Edwards (Instagram @edwards901), Damien Trainor (Instagram @trainor103) & K-Star Legacy Gym.

Photo Credit (Featured Image/Thumbnail): Images by K1ANOOP.

Why GLORY Needs Andrew Tate, Chad Sugden and Michael Wakeling

GLORY Kickboxing needs controversial kickoxer, Andrew Tate, former Glory welterweight, Chad Sugden and UK Muay Thai legend, Michael Wakeling for the promotion’s future growth, especially in the UK where Enfusion are also competing for the UK audience with GLORY 54 Birmingham and Enfusion Newcastle both happening in June 2018.

British sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and K1ANOOP argue over the merits of both Enfusion and GLORY in the UK, the scale of events and venues both are using and the calibre of Muay Thai and Kickboxing fighters they are featuring on their events too and much more.

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What British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing Needs

What exactly does British MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing need so much more of or to do, in order to rapidly grow from being niche combat sports and establish themselves as mainstream sports?

With the rise of the UFC, Bellator and GLORY Kickboxing growing their presence in the UK with future plans for even more British MMA and Kickboxing events; and even gaining mainstream media attention from the BBC, BT Sport, Daily Star and TalkSports, only the UFC is really leading the way with increasing popularity with the general public.

So what exactly is holding back not only the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, GLORY and many of the other combat sports promotions here in the UK? Why aren’t more British fighters gaining much more recognition with the general public compared to UFC sensation Darren Till? And, why are Muay Thai and Kickboxing struggling compared to MMA?

Sports journalist, Andreas Georgiou and Anoop Hothi explored this and much more on The K1Anoop Show (podcast) recently.

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Badr Hari “can’t keep up” anymore? Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac “shit” rematch?

After a successful return at GLORY 51, did Badr Hari look like he “can’t keep up anymore” especially with Rico Verhoeven? As for the champion’s next fight, is the Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “shit” as the main event for GLORY 54 Birmingham?

K-1 veteran and Kickboxing Grand Prix (KGP) European champion, Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP discuss this and much more:

Luke Whelan and K1ANOOP – Shownotes:

  • GLORY 54 Birmingham, Enfusion Newcastle, WFL England
  • Chrisiti Bereton vs Nicola Kaye and the GLORY 54 prelim UK card
  • Luke Whelan on Sam Omomogbe and Brad Stanton pulling-out against him at GLORY 54
  • Taking K-1 World Grand Prix and big fights with one week’s notice
  • Why Michael Wakeling is the best, pound-for-pound, British Kickboxing & Muay Thai fighter
  • Luke Whelan vs Vinny Church at MTGP 16?
  •  Vinny Church vs Ben Woolliss, GLORY 54
  • Luke Whelan’s analysis of Vinny Church
  • Jamie Whelan and GLORY’s 6-man UK shortlist
  • Why GLORY need to add more of the lower weight-classes
  • Why Rico Verhoeven never left GLORY for the UFC
  • Mike’s Gym are the most impressive set of fighters in European Kickboxing?
  • Fernando Groenhart and his controversial hard sparring viral videos
  • Rico Verhoeven vs Mladen Brestovac rematch “is a load of shit”, GLORY 54 
  • Why Badr Hari “can’t keep up” with heavyweight rivals nowadays

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Michael Wakeling: ‘Thai boxing should be worth a lot more money. Fighting for far too cheap.’

Following his decision win against Marco Pique at TML 1: Tanko Muay Thai League on February 12, 2017 Michael Wakeling explained that his inactivity in recent years was due to the lack of ‘right money for right fights’ and that other people are fighting ‘for far too less’.

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Marco Pique on ‘hard fight’ with Michael Wakeling and retiring in one year

Marco Pique lost by decision against Michael Wakeling at TML 1: Tanko Muay Thai League on February 12, 2017. The next day, Pique spoke in more depth about that headlining clash and his upcoming fight schedule in what will be his last year of fighting before retiring.

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