5 Facts You Might Not Know About Muay Thai

5 Facts You Might Not Know About Muay Thai
  1. Muay Thai champions in Thailand train very hard since a young age around 6-9 years old. They typically live in the gym as they train, eat, and sleep in the Muay Thai camp. Youngsters who lack financial opportunities are frequently taken on by training centers that educate them to fight while also taking care of them. If the children grow up to be successful fighters who begin to win matches, their school and family will receive a portion of the winning cash.
  2. The clinch is one of the most popular Muay Thai moves. When an opponent's neck or body is grabbed, it's called a clinch. You may have seen this on TV during a boxing match when the two competitors clinch just before they are separated.
  3. Some professional Muay Thai fighters in Thailand do not earn nearly as much money as their counterparts in western boxing, where fight purses can exceed millions of dollars. Professional fighters might earn as little as 120 USD each battle depending on where they fight. They might make up to 3000 USD if they are a "celebrity fighter", battling in Bangkok's well-known venues.  However, if they are in a lower position, they will earn much less. This is why some fighters fight several times a month, or even more frequently if they are younger. 
  4. When compared to boxers or MMA competitors, Muay Thai fighters make much less of a fortune.  Not only is the purse smaller, but the prize money is frequently split among numerous persons such as trainers, gyms, fighters' families, promoters. In other words, the Muay Thai fighters receive a small fraction of the prize pool. 
  5. As a result, the temptation for some fighters to accept money from gamblers is quite strong. Most of the time, gamblers' tips can sometimes be worth more than the actual prize money. In Thailand's Muay Thai community, gambling has a significant influence. It may even have an impact on the result of a fight. Gamblers may pay a boxer to throw a fight for them or tip a fighter if a battle went their way. Throwing a fight, on the other hand, is a serious violation in the Muay Thai community as well as in Thailand, with harsh consequences for the fighter. A referee will stop a fight and disqualify a combatant if they are suspected of throwing it. The fighter may be banned for months or years, and he or she is usually expelled from the society. Pay special attention to your surroundings the next time you witness a Muay Thai fight in Thailand. Throughout the battle, you're likely to see gamblers using hand signals to communicate with one another.


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