THE CHALLENGER

Sweat, blood and adrenaline pump through AXN in The Challenger Muaythai.

STARTS ON AXN ASIA 15TH SEPTEMBER … WATCH OUT FOR LAMAI CAMP FIGHTERS !
Things are about to get bloody exciting on AXN. The network is bringing the heat of the fight back to TV screens with a brand new series The Challenger Muaythai, and in high definition no less! Whether for glory or gain, 16 world-class fighters will fight it out to win the ultimate title of Muaythai World Champion and the grand prize of US$100,000!

From Malaysia, Thailand to Israel and South Africa, the motley crew of fighters trail blaze an impressive track record both in their countries and in the international arena, with numerous championship titles under their belts. With ages ranging from 18 to 35, the calibre of fighters is certainly unparalleled. Some have started their training since the tender age of seven, while others have fought The Contender Asia champion Yodsanklai and even won. With intimidating monikers like ‘The Cheetah’, ‘The Sniper’ and ‘Black Dynamite’, it is clear that the boys are not in town to play. With such high stakes, each and every fighter will not go down without a fight!

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Muay Thai Training on Koh Samui, Thailand – Zidov Akuma

What is it like learning Muay Thai in Thailand? Zidov Akuma who featured on the The Contender Asia tells you exactly how it is, calling upon his own experiences, trials and tribulations.

How did you come to train in Muay Thai in Thailand?

When I moved to Thailand, I first spent 2 years in Ubon Ratchatthani in the Isaan region of North Eastern Thailand. I trained with Ole ‘Iron Fist’ Larsen of Denmark at the Legacy Gym. After 2 years of working with Ole, I entered The Contender Asia and met loads of other high-class fighters, who I kept in touch with. Lamai Muay Thai had featured on the show and I enjoyed my time there so together with Stephan Fox, I relocated to Koh Samui and started training at Lamai Muay Thai.

Are you happy training at Lamai Muay Thai camp?

Having trained at Lamai Muay Thai for 3 years now, I must say that I’m very happy here. After a difficult time in my life, I can truly say that I have found a new family. My trainers, Pi Deng and Gai, are two of the best on Koh Samui and do their utmost to look after me, every day.
Stephan Fox had ensured me that I would be able to get plenty of fights if I moved to Lamai Muay Thai and he has been true to his word. I’ve had loads of fights inside and outside of Thailand and can honestly say that I am living my dream; travelling the World to face the best fighters another nation can offer.

What is your long-term goal in Muay Thai?

I was incredibly lucky to be accepted on The Contender Asia but I’m incredibly proud of how much I have achieved since then and I think that people understand how much I love this sport. In the future, I hope to become World Champion and beat John Wayne Parr.

Would you recommend other people learn Muay Thai on Koh Samui?

Learning Muay Thai on Koh Samui is great. The island offers beaches to relax on when you are finished training and the nightlife in Chaweng is also good fun. After a hard week of training, most of the fighters head over to Green Mango for a few drinks and a bit of fun. I would love to bring my family out here so that they could share this life with me, I honestly feel that it is one of the best places in the World.

Learning Muay Thai Thailand

Jason ‘The Warrior’ Woodham has been fighting out of Lamai Muay Thai for over a year now and tells you exactly why he chooses to train and fight in Thailand.

Oi! Oi! This is Jason ‘The Warrior’ Woodham a.k.a. The Handsome Hero and I’d like to tell you all about life at the Lamai Muay Thai camp, which also includes Lamai Fitness. I’ve been here for over a year now and I’ve loved every single minute of training and living in this beautiful country.

Becoming a Muay Thai Fighter in Thailand !

I wanted to learn Muay Thai in Thailand for a mere 3 months, but after coming out to Lamai and getting settled at the camp, I couldn’t bring myself to leave. When I told the guys at Lamai Muay Thai I wanted to fight professionally, they made it really easy to get setup and I had sponsorship in no time. As a professional fighter, I’ve had over 20 fights and not just in Samui. Lamai Muay Thai is really well-connected and I’ve had fights in mainland Thailand, Bangkok and all over the World.

Aside from travelling the World as a pro Muay Thai fighter, my technique and confidence in the ring has improved beyond all recognition, entirely thanks to the experience and knowledge of the trainers at Lamai Muay Thai. Each trainer offers his own unique insights on training and fighting and it is this that has helped me develop my own style of fighting based on a variety of different styles.

Its not just about Muay Thai training !

If you choose to learn Muay Thai in Thailand, make sure the camp offers gym facilities as well. Lamai Fitness is attached to Lamai Muay Thai camp and by combining work in the ring with gym workouts; I’ve been able to boost my strength and stamina enormously. Lamai Fitness has offered conditioning training under the instruction of my now good friend, Billy Orr. Billy is always on hand to help out with your training and to answer any questions you might have about dieting or conditioning your body for fighting

Koh Samui…a great place to learn Muay Thai !

I came out here to learn Muay Thai in Thailand and I have to say that I’m delighted with what I’ve found. I couldn’t be happier with Lamai Muay Thai and Lamai Fitness and I really wouldn’t change my training for anything else. Its great living and training on a beautiful island and when you finish your training, Green Mango in Chaweng is just 20 minutes away! Haha!