Andrew Richardson has taken viewers into the center of one among fight sports activities’ largest coaching amenities. We’ve seen him undergo grueling conditioning circuits, quick paced grappling courses, and stuff himself with quite a lot of six legged snacks.
On this episode, Richardson will get some stable sparring in, and checks out an occasion referred to as the BBQ Beatdown, the place he received to take pleasure in all of the meals he might eat, together with watching a dozen or so beginner bouts, headlined by a professional battle.
Typically, the fights have been … not high-level. I’m speaking punching from the underside whereas mounted-type fights! That’s okay although; anybody who has ever seen a regional beginner occasion is aware of that fights might be a lot enjoyable no matter ability stage.
There was one main exception, and it overshadowed the whole lot else by a mile. Within the lone skilled bout of the evening, 12- and 14-year-old Thais confronted off in Muay Thai. Each had over a dozen skilled bouts to their title, and the 2 introduced the motion. It was essentially the most thrilling bout I noticed whereas in Thailand, as the 2 adolescents battered one another, the momentum shifting sides with every clear cross and chopping elbow.
Earlier to BBQ Beatdown, I had visited the celebrated Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok for reside fights, and none of these 10 grownup bouts have been fairly as thrilling as this one. I don’t imply to indicate that kids needs to be brutalizing one another, nor am I condemning a Thai cultural establishment.
All I’m saying: these youngsters can f*cking battle.