Recently I was asked to photograph a night of Muay Thai Boxing by my good friend, Ruth Ashdown, a title holder herself! She trains at the Lumpini Gym in Crawley. I must say, I was rather daunted by the prospect! I nearly got landed on a few times, although, I did have the best seat in the house, with a free Thai food dinner thrown in!
I’ve never done sport photography before, so it did feel like a bit of a baptism of fire, but once I got going, it was great fun! Not least because of all the half naked muscly men running around all over the place, (sorry Ross!) Here are a few of my favourites:
The atmosphere at the start was very exciting…
The ring girls were stunning
They have young fighters too, which is a bit weird… They’re not supposed to hit each other in the head, Ruth saw this shot and pointed out that the idea wasn’t to capture the illegal moves!
That’s gotta hurt! Look at the sweat fly ;o)
Excuse me, your foot appears to be in my face
The girls fight too!
Love this one! This boxer looked like he was carved from wood
And finally, the silly face contest