Battle of the Diamond Superfighter (15 July) – Thailand

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While the attention in Europe was catalyzed by the dream-fight between superstars Giorgio Petrosyan and Chingiz Allazov (VIDEO), a lot of interest in Thailand has been caught a completely different bout.

The match up was seeing two (quite talented in our opinion) extremely young kids-we can’t find any other way to refer to young nak muay that couldn’t reach the top rope in height- battling 5 rounds in a major promotion for a hefty side bet of 600.000 thb (~20.000 usd).
The main question we would like to submit our readers is, leaving apart the cheap considerations about ‘muay thai culture’, ‘tradition’ or other nonsense, if it is good for image and credibility of muay thai made in Thailand, giving such visibility to a bout than for many can be only seen as exploiting minors and putting their health in danger for filling some adult’s pocket?
Here we are not talking about adult boxers that choose a professional carreer, nor a friendly amateur bout between kids for the sake of the sport.
We have just witnessed children pushed in a ring under high pressure of adults looking for a jackpot.
All this happened in 2018, with Muay Thai trying to enter the Olympics.
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Emmanuele Corti: he started to practice muay thai at a young age in Trieste (Italy), beginning to fight almost immediately in prestigious gala along with top Thai fighters and rising stars like the Petrosyan brothers. After a period of work experience leading him abroad, he eventually settled in Thailand in late 2011 crowning the dream of his life, which is to open a muay thai camp. From that year he has been actively following the preparation of his camp's fighters and has often collaborated with the Muay Farang team, continuing to fight actively for the major promotions of the Asian continent.

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