..Muay Thai boxing by ladies  has re-emerged in Thailand after a long period of twenty years. Though women Thai fighters are not new to Thailand, superstition and a serious of accidents some fatal, has caused the appearance of women thai boxing in the ring to almost disappear...
The first fight night between Gan Ped So and Nong Nim and for the first time, was refereed by a none Thai, Arjarn Frederick Fitzgerald, Senior Director of the AMTJRA (American Muay Thai Judge and Referee Association) Official branch of the USMTA (United States Muay Thai Association),  in front of a packed  Rangsit stadium.
The fight created a huge media interest in Thailand, as everyone was eager to see if the Thai girls could be as dangerous and as skilled as their male counterparts. The bouts were action packed from the start of round one, and after some tremendous bouts, it was in the third round that Nong Nim displayed some awesome grappling skills, putting her opponent Gan Ped to the canvas with a crippling barrage of devastating and highly effective knee strikes. leaving Referee Frederick Fitzgerald no other

option but to count her out, as she could not recover in time. The fans at the Stadium (Rangsit Stadium)  went wild, and it appears that They are perched on the edge for more bouts of the fairer sex.  In Europe, America and Australia Muay Thai fighting women are not new to the scene. in the early eighties and nineties such great names as American Kick boxing fighter who turned toThai boxing for a brief time,  Kathy Long,

and a host of other American lady Thai fighters, who we will look at in later issues, and  several British Top Thai fighters such as Lisa Howarth, Sandra Moore, and Pixie Elmore  including many,  many great Lady fighters from France, Holland and Germany have kept the female flame burning.

...In the next several issues we will look at some all time great fights between western lady Thai fighters...

To Be Continued...

 

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