Here’s Irishman Stephen Meleady (left) looking strong, fighting in Manchester early in 2012. Stephen is now a stadium ranked fighter in Thailand and recently ran the fearesome Rungravee Sasiprappa very closely in Thailand, with the Thai winning but going home with broken ribs for his efforts. I reckon we’re going to see a lot more of Stephen in the future - he works hard and is entertaining to watch. Promoters will want him on their shows!
Stephen trains out of Bridgestone gym, Ireland and Jitti Gym in Thailand.
You can follow Stephen on Twitter: @StephenMeleady
Most of my international followers won’t have seen Macauley Coyle in action yet, but I can say that without doubt, he’s one of the best prospects I’ve seen this year on the Muay Thai circuit in the UK. If he keeps on the form he’s shown when I’ve seen him, I fully expect him to be headlining big shows sometime in the future.
Here he is fighting on the Black Widow show at Gatecrasher, in Birmingham 15th Sept 2012.
If you’re on twitter, give him a follow: @MacauleyCoyle
Buakaw Banchamek (Formerly of Por Pramuk gym) has recently announced his retirement from the sport, due to differences and legal wrangles with his former gym. I only ever got to shoot Buakaw the once, when he came to fight in London against the very talented UK fighter, Jordan Watson. Here I am at work, pointing my lens at the man himself. What an athlete!
Photo by: James Newton
**Edit** Who would have thought, just a few Tumblr Posts later, I’d be shooting the man in action again! :o)
Luke Turner was in fine form at Leeds Town Hall today, in a fight against a very tough and sharp Mikey Wiseman from Griphouse in Glasgow, the @badcompany man found his range in round four stopping Mikey with an elbow that seemed to land right in the Scotsman’s eye.
Here’s an older picture of mine May 2008, Andy Thrasher looking ready for war in his fight on the Power of Scotland Muay Thai show in Glasgow where he fought and beat local favourite Rab Burt convincingly on points.
I love watching Rungravee, he’s one of the most badass Muay Thai boxers I’ve ever seen perform. Here he is entering the ring to fight Damien Trainor in the UK in 2011. Damien gave Rungravee a good run for his money, but Rungravee won comfortably on points at the end of an aggressive, hard fight.