Making their debuts in the Muay Thai ring, an Aussia and a female Swedish fighter both sent their opponents packing in the early rounds last night (July 24) at Patong Boxing Stadium making Tiger Muay Thai & MMA training camp in Phuket, Thailand proud.
Benjamin Fandell, a 28 year-old Australian fighter who has made multiple trips to TMT in the past, finally got in the ring and did not disappoint. He knocked out his Thai opponent Banyat, 35, with a devastating right elbow to the face, sending him to the ground in the third round.
“I come once a year for a month or two. I just finally committed and decided to do it. I was tired really tired. I couldn’t believe how hard it was. I was on adrenaline and I was happy,” said Fandell.
The Aussie took down Banyat, a veteran of over 70 fights, early on in the fight and at the end of the second round. He took a hard right hook in the first round but bounced back with strong performance in the third. The elbow Fandell threw at Banyat’s face to end the fight was one of only two he landed.
In the very next fight, Swedish female fighter Emma Eliasson stepped in to the squared circle for the very first time and came away with a TKO victory only two minutes into the bout. The 23 year-old gave a strong right cross to her opponent Nogkarn’s shoulder, which initially seemed to have dislocated the arm.
Nongkarn, a 19 year-old fighter, was fighting in her 20th bout when the referee stopped the fight. The Swede landed several combinations and set the pace early – something she had learned in the two years of her Muay Thai training.
“I just punched and then it just happened. I’m very happy that I won, really excited,” Eliasson said afterwards.